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Hudson, IL, USA | Member Since 2006

  • 3 reviews
  • 64 ratings
  • 418 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • Whispers Under Ground: Peter Grant, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher - and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom - if it exists at all - is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects...except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant.

    Tango says: "Lesley's Back!"
    "Love this Narrator!"
    What did you love best about Whispers Under Ground?

    The narrator does an excellent job with all of the different character voices. But like an earlier reviewer, his American accent needs some work.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I've listened to the entire series, and the stories are very good. However, Aaronovitch leaves quite a few plot holes, and sometimes assumes the reader has a set of knowledge about wizardry that doesn't need to be explained. I'd like more detail or explanation in some areas.

    Any additional comments?

    In all three of these books, the audio editing was sloppy. Several times, a section repeated, or a gap was left while it went straight to the next chapter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton-Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget.

    colleen says: "A Different Pratchett"
    "Nice Story, But Maybe Was Rushed to Print?"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a good story, if not Pratchett's best effort. (I was not familiar with Baxter before this book, so can't comment on that.) I'm a huge Discworld fan, and this was a departure from that style. I only had one big problem. I don't mind the ending leaving you hanging. Fans knew there would be a sequel.

    However, I think the American characters created a problem for the British authors. Throughout the book, there were words and phrases used by the American characters that were clearly British. (And this was compounded by British pronunciations by the narrator of words that Americans pronounce differently, e.g. "garage".) It should have been copy-edited by an American (I assume it was not). Some of these oversights could have been caught and fixed. For British readers, it may not be noticeable. But for me, it was distracting. Given Pratchett's medical condition, I feel like maybe this book was rushed to print, and enough time wasn't taken in copy editing.

    Regardless, it was a wonderful, thought-provoking story, and quite enjoyable. I will still read the sequel, and anything else Terry Pratchett is able to bestow upon us in the time he has left on this earth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lucas Davenport has had disturbing cases before - but never one quite like this, in the shocking new Prey work from the #1 New York Times best-selling author.

    Linda says: "Another great "Prey""
    "Ferrone Can't Narrate Women's Voices"

    This is horrible. I've been reading Sandford's books for years, and listening to the audio books for a couple of years. I can hardly tolerate Richard Ferrone's narration. I'm considering not finishing this audio book. Ferrone's portrayal of women's voices is ABOMINAL. And insulting. He makes them sound like whiny nasal inferior substandard characters. And the women are such a big part of this story. If I'm going to listen to another Sandford novel, it will only be if there is someone else narrating. HORRIBLE. Takes so much away from the story.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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