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Stephen

I consume literature. I drive a semi-truck/tanker and have lots of time between my destinations so a good book is essential to my well being

Arroyo Grande, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2222)
    Performance
    (2025)
    Story
    (2048)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Splendid!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dracula the most enjoyable?

    Alan Cumming and Tim Curry are two of my favorite actors so it really enriched the experience. Having people reading with real British accents was also nice.


    What other book might you compare Dracula to and why?

    I'm not going to compare it to other books, the style was unique to me.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Tim Curry's yes, much better this time.


    If you could rename Dracula, what would you call it?

    The Evil Bloodsucker Must Die


    Any additional comments?

    I had a good time listening to this audiobook, I can't believe anyone would have had a problem listening to it. I could really get a feel for the age it was representing with the readers using their native accents.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty Pleasures: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1190)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (698)

    Published almost 10 years ago, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a writer who was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major bestselling author. Now, for long-time Anita Blake aficionados and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its debut in downloadable audio

    Jeanette says: "In the beginning"
    "I Love Laurel! What More Can I Say!"
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    Would you listen to Guilty Pleasures again? Why?

    Yes, I've listened to it twice so far and will do so again before reading the next book when it comes out. Some books and series are like old friends and need to be revisited often.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guilty Pleasures?

    I don't know if there is one memorable moment in this book. But when Jean-Claude gives Anita the first of her vampire marks would be a good one. It is a gift not a sentence.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the big fight scene when Anita kills Nicolaos and saves Jean-claude is my favorite part of the book. I love a strong woman.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Anita's care for people she knows moves me, when she sees Willie McCoy for the first time since he has become and undead and treats him with respect and begins to realize that maybe dead is a relative term.


    Any additional comments?

    Laurel's books are wonderfully constructed pieces of art to me, I listed to a lot of books and have well over 200 titles in my audible library alone, not counting all of the books that I had purchased on cassette and disc before finding Audible.
    I've read Heroditus, Homer, Dumas, and Voltaire just to name a very few but I love Laurel K. Hamilton as much as I do the classics.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss of Shadows: Meredith Gentry, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (526)

    "All it would take was my true name being mentioned after dark, and it would float back to my aunt. She was the Queen of Air and Darkness, and that meant that anything said in the dark was hers to hear, eventually. The fact that spotting the missing Elven American Princess had become more popular than spotting Elvis helped."

    Mysticalsister says: "Not for the prudish reader -- but,"
    "I'm a guy! So what I love it!"
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    Where does A Kiss of Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 20 percentile! I love Laurel's style.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed that even though the main character is starting with the story in her 30's the author does not neglect her past. Its so important in character development.


    Have you listened to any of Laural Merlington’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, She's a terrific narrator. I don't get tired of listening to her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Meredith brings Roane Finn back to his power by giving him back his seal skin.


    Any additional comments?

    Character development! Its the key to holding my interest in a story. Laurel develops her characters very well and holds the readers interest in them. You need to know what is going to happen next. I have read descriptive sex in stories before(A.N. Roquelaure-Sleeping Beauty Trilogy) but she brings it to life. No it's not all sex, the story itself is a great concept and written superbly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3701)
    Performance
    (2026)
    Story
    (2076)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Oh My Dog! I loved it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    The story is so rich with descriptions and sub-plots and stories about the people that make up the story. I was amazed that anyone could keep it all connected without a word processor and a NORAD tracking team.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Count, because he was playing five different roles in the story, each one subtly different but all interconnected.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He brought life to the story with hi portrayal of each character as a different being. He is a great narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but OMD! 45 hours in one sitting is a bit much. It took me a week of delivering crude oil to finnish the story and I wanted more.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Alexandre Dumas works. He brought live to his characters like so few can. I expected to encounter Sinbad the Sailor or the Count himself at times as if they were real people. I can't get enough of his stories and I reread them at least once a year.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1598)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (747)

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    Readalot says: "What a great character!"
    "A wonderous talent!"
    Overall

    Lois Mcmaster Bujold is a wonderous talent and should be on everyone's to-read list. Her charater developement is superb and the way she pulls things together from what first appears to be a hopelessly tangles skien of yarn simply enjoyable.
    "Miles" is a boy born into a fuedal system of government that abhoars mutation of any kind. It just so happens that his father and mother and he in his mother's womb were victims in an attack by a rival faction in a bid to kill his father, the then Prime Minister of the planet Barrayar.
    After the attack he is rushed from his mother's womb to a Uterine Replicator where the doctors can do what they can to save the baby.
    The result is a boy with chauk for bones who is severly stunted in height. Whoever, he is gifted with a superior intellect.
    After breaking both of his legs in the first 2 minutes of the physical trials for entrance to Emperial service he goes to his mother's homeworld of Beta colony to visit his Grandmother Naismith.
    Mixed with his desire to serve "something", his abnormal sense of curiosity and eagerness to solve problems he frist becomes a captain owner of a freighter and goes on to the rank of Admiral in a Mercinary fleet where he ends a planetary civil war. After "winning all the marbles", as his cousin Ivan phases it, he realizes that for him to have all the marbles could spell death for him and civil war on his home planet.
    Trust me, Bujold is a fabulous talent and her stories flow like water downhill. I wish she would write more and that Audible would get the rest of her titles.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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