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Megan

Salinas, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Sabriel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (708)

    Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

    Erin says: "One of the Best Audio Books I've Heard"
    "Sabriel"
    Overall

    Tim Curry's wonderful voice brings alive this fantasy world. The use of bells as a fantasy power devise is unusual and dealing with the dead (and mostly dead) is sufficently creepy to keep you in your car long after the motor is off. I can hardly wait for Lirial and Abhorsen to come to the audio format as well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Macho Man: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Hamish Macbeth - Lochdubh's one-man police force - has suddenly become a prime murder suspect when a belligerent newcomer turns up dead. To save his career, Macbeth must delve into this Macho Man's unsavory past. Suddenly, suspects are everywhere: a salty fisherman, a reclusive romance writer, a respectable matron, a restauranteur's wife, and even Hamish's ex-fiancee Priscilla Halburton-Smythe and her newest boyfriend.

    Anne says: "Death of a Macho Man"
    "Highland Fling"
    Overall

    A fun, if a bit predictable, mystery. The Scottish Highland setting is the star of the story. Set in the early 90's Hamish MacBeth's problem learning to use computers, login disc's and 5" floppies, was a reminder of how quickly technology has changed. Davina Porter is my favorite narrator, so if you can't wait for the next Diana Gabaldon this will tide you over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Thomas Levenson
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    In 1695, Isaac Newton already renowned as the greatest mind of his agemade a surprising career change. He left quiet Cambridge, where he had lived for 30 years and made his earth-shattering discoveries, and moved to London to take up the post of Warden of His Majestys Mint. Newton was preceded to the city by a genius of another kind, the budding criminal William Chaloner.

    Megan says: "Terrific Historical Biography"
    "Terrific Historical Biography"
    Overall

    I couldn't stop listening to this great biography. By putting such people as Locke and Halley into context, making the science (mostly) understandable, and discovering that Newton was one of the first great English detectives, makes this a must listen. The narrator does a fantastic job.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (141)

    Great Britain, circa 1985: time travel is routine, and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

    Susan says: "What a gem!"
    "Lost in time"
    Overall

    I really wanted to like this audiobook. I thought, now here's something completely different. I was right, it is different; perhaps if I had been reading this, instead of listening to it, I would have enjoy it more.
    Elizabeth Sastre was unable to differentiate the multiple characters to the extent needed. With all the changes in time and place, not to mention history, the narrator really needed to have many more voices than this one was able to successfully pull off. I found myself constantly asking, "Who said that?", "Where are we?". Heaven forbid, I should have to stop in the middle of a section.
    On the other had, the storyline is imaginative, the villian is interesting and Thursday Next is likable. Just be prepared to do a lot of rewinding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Standing as one of the most revered works in all of English literature, Great Expectations traces the development of Philip Pirrip, called Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations to a man of depth and character. Pip is reared by his sister and her husband Joe Gargery, a blacksmith. In his youth he is influenced by the eccentric Miss Havisham, who was jilted on her wedding night and who has brought up her adopted niece Estella to hate men.

    John says: "Fully Deserving a 5-Star Rating!"
    "Changed my mind"
    Overall

    OK, I have to confess that I have never liked Dickens. I would quietly shudder when recommending him to my students. I'm sure it had to do with the whole required reading thing of High School and College.
    Well, this audiobook has managed to change my mind! Listening to Frederick Davidson's outstanding narration, I was finally able to understand the sly humor, political jabs, irony and pathos I had missed by reading Dickens on my own. "What larks!"
    I guess now I'll have to reread, "A Tale of Two Cities"....or maybe I'll just listen to it in my car!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1891)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (723)

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia Lee Reneau says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "Delight to the ear"
    Overall

    This audio book is just brilliant. Ms. Redgrave's undeniably great theatrical ability, is put to great use as she effortlessy voices each character. I have to admit I was a little worried about the male characters, but I was soon put to ease.

    The story is delightfully dark as the evil Capricorn, read out of the book Inkheart, come to life and takes over. Poor Meggie must overcome many obstacles to find her courage and save her loved ones.

    Themes of book burning, imagination and the power of the written word are skillfully interwoven in this excellent book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 2, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (137)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Robin says: "Entertaining, Enjoyable and a Must Read"
    "Ambitious overkill"
    Overall

    I loved Eragon! I couldn't wait to get Eldest! I recognize that the author is a very young man and am amazed that he has the discipline to continue this story. That said, I felt that this book suffered from too much exposition. I don't need to know every jot and tittle about how Eragon and Saphira's training is acomplished or how magic works or what elves wear in their off hours...I felt like Mr. Paolini had learned new vocabulary and was sure going to show us he knew how to use it. Talk, talk, talk with very little action. But the book is redeemed when the action finally happens. The boy knows how to write a fight scene.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Damsel in Distress

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Strange things are happening at Belpher Castle. For starters, the Earl's sister is intent on pairing off her stepson, Reggie, and niece, Lady Patricia (known as Maud). Maud, however, is in hot pursuit of Geoffrey Raymond, and she is also being pursued by the unacceptable composer, George Bevan.

    Christine says: "Very Entertaining!"
    "Driving trouble"
    Overall

    Reggie's trouble on the driving range was comparable to mine in my car,as I had to pull over due to hysterical laughter. This classic bedroom farce kept me in stitches.
    The British Accent took a bit of getting used to, but once acclimated it was great. I will be listening to this one again and again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17084)
    Performance
    (13500)
    Story
    (13574)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Endless"
    Overall

    While this is a well written, fully realized, fantasy world I have to say I found this book actually painful to listen to. Something in the audio format brings the characters to life more intensly than reading, and so when the major characters die, are brutalized, or on trial, I would only be able to listen for about 10 minutes before having to it turn off. This makes for a long listening experience as these plot lines are the norm in this book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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