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salt

phila, pa | Member Since 2007

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  • The Enchantment Emporium

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (130)

    The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, and they like to keep this in the family. Alysha Gale is tired of having all her aunts try to run her life, both personally and magically. So when the letter from her Gran arrives willing her a "junk" shop in Calgary, Alysha jumps at the chance. It isn't until she gets there that she realizes her customers are fey. And no one told her there's trouble brewing in Calgary - trouble so big that even calling in the family may not save the day.

    HealingMaven says: "A good fun listen, but an uneven reader"
    "Narrator Kills Book"
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    What disappointed you about The Enchantment Emporium?

    I could not get over the reader. Her delivery would sometimes be good, but mostly bad. There was is a constant struggle distinguishing between the narrator and the character that is speaking.
    The sole reason I listen to audible books is so that I could multitask while listening. This book demands that I do nothing but stay still and really focus on what the narrator is saying.
    For instance while driving and listing, you will find yourself with a distracting choice drive on muscle memory to your destination, or become dismissive of your safety because you realized you blanked out on the last 10 minutes and need to rewind. The book becomes too much work!
    The story sounds great but the reader kills it.


    Would you recommend The Enchantment Emporium to your friends? Why or why not?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    little distinction between characters. It felt like I was being read to by my fourth grade teacher. Not a bad thing but terrible for a multi-tasker.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (1070)
    Story
    (1070)

    When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

    Isaac says: "Good, but... Something is missing"
    "Story & Performance Abysmal Combination"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Sometimes a story has merit and is good. In that case, the performer reading it will have a difficult time to mame what the author has set out to do. Sometimes the reader breeds extra life into a dull story. In this case, neither story or performer are in bed together. There are no sparks. Between the story and the performer, this is a terrible match. I can tell that both are good in other aspects. But, as a listener, and the way that I listen, the two together could not capture my imagination or my attention. I struggled to grasp what is going on. This is even after multiple rewinds and serious attempts to figure out what the two were trying to say.I am all in chapter 17 right now. I don't completely know who the main character is or what he is even trying to do. I think he's trying to become some sort of sorcerer. At this point, I cannot do one more rewind of a complete chapter. I am done. At least with this performer!


    Has A Crucible of Souls turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I may give this author another chance if there was a different performer. So I guess the performer killed it for me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Everything seemed to be read almost as if in one tone. I could never feel the characters come to life. Each chapter was like Groundhog's Day (the movie's concept. No slam to a great movie.) The beginning of a bad start that never got started.


    Could you see A Crucible of Souls being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Stop!


    Any additional comments?

    I see books like this sometimes gets great reviews. That's why I tried it.I recommend a reader's choice on a redo/reread of the same book with a different performer, like Simon Jones (who I like) or Michael Cramer (who I don't like so much as a reader but, he cannot kill a good story because he is still a great performer).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1405)
    Performance
    (1292)
    Story
    (1300)

    Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

    Derek says: "Just awful"
    "BORING"
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    What would have made The Slow Regard of Silent Things better?

    a story


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    added a story


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Slow Regard of Silent Things?

    the whole thing


    Any additional comments?

    I like the rest of the series, but this book seems to be the rambling sketches of nothing in particular.
    It is like a sky full of clouds and the author is saying" look, you can see a man in a phone booth, talking to his six year old son(on the other end) who is wearing a blue green bonnet with purple polka dots." No matter how I squint...I can't see it.
    Rothfuss did a fine job reading. But he read nothing!
    For the way I use and enjoy audible books, this was the complete wrong book for me.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Assassin: Book One of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Elliot Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (538)

    FitzChivalry - royal bastard and former king’s assassin - has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire. Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past...and his future.

    Andrew says: "Painful"
    "Narration Frustration"
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    What did you love best about Fool's Assassin?

    Robin Hobb wrote it.


    What didn’t you like about Elliot Hill’s performance?

    almost all of the male characters sounded very feminine, For a while, i had to keep rewinding to determine who was doing the talking.After getting used to James Langton's steller narration for previous series, this was like listing to good music with busted speakers (you love the song but the sound super sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


    Any additional comments?

    James Langton need an exclusive deal with any series involving these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Negotiation Genius: How to Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Deepak Malhotra, Max H. Bazerman
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (71)

    From two leaders in executive education at Harvard Business School, here are the mental habits and proven strategies you need to achieve outstanding results in any negotiation. Whether you've "seen it all" or are just starting out, Negotiation Genius will dramatically improve your negotiating skills and confidence. Drawing on decades of behavioral research plus the experience of thousands of business clients, the authors take the mystery out of preparing for and executing negotiations.

    Michael says: "Boring"
    "Boring one's Self"
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    What would have made Negotiation Genius better?

    Less complicated acronyms


    What could Deepak Malhotra and Max H. Bazerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    sum it up. the stories of analogy are not near interesting enough to be stretched for 13 hours


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guild of the Cowry Catchers: A Story of Pirates and Panamindorah, Complete 5-Book Series

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Abigail Hilton
    • Narrated By Abigail Hilton, Full Cast
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Those with paws eat those with hooves. This is what the wyvern gods of Wefrivain teach. The fauns of the islands are the slaves and food animals of their paw-footed counterparts, and the wyverns maintain the hierarchy. In return, wyverns are fed and worshiped. These days, however, faun pirates are spreading new ideas. Their charismatic leader, Gwain, has taught them to kill wyverns, and they are effectively killing off Temple Police. Gwain's pirates are starting to worry Morchella, the Priestess of the wyvern cult.

    Michael says: "Buy this right now."
    "Way to much production"
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    What would have made The Guild of the Cowry Catchers better?

    less music. there are way to many seams to concentrate on the story.


    Has The Guild of the Cowry Catchers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    when i first heard lord of the rings with a full cast, it was amazing and well produced. this on the other hand has too many bells and whistles. the splicing together of the performance needs a better continuity


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Guild of the Cowry Catchers?

    i cant finish it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29941)
    Performance
    (23481)
    Story
    (23702)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Drew me in!!!"
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    1.) The story was good. 2.)The reader's performance was excellent. 3.) For a person who loves and needs long stories to listen to while performing menial task, This series was just what the doctor ordered!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31912)
    Performance
    (24773)
    Story
    (24961)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Drew me in"
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    1.) The story was good. 2.)The reader's performance was excellent. 3.) For a person who loves and needs long stories to listen to while performing menial task, This series was just what the doctor ordered!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37450)
    Performance
    (28232)
    Story
    (28631)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "This book drew me in."
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    1.) The story was good. 2.)The reader's performance was excellent. 3.) For a person who loves and needs long stories to listen to while performing menial task, This series was just what the doctor ordered!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    Overall
    (4450)
    Performance
    (2260)
    Story
    (2277)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Coming Together!"
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    When a good writer writes a good story ( they don't always do that) and the narrator draws you into the the story and makes you believe (they don't always do that), you have a masterpiece on your hands and you don't want the book to be over.

    That is this book.
    Many other audio books are created with a deficiency of one of the above mentioned. This one has none!!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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