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MJ Dulmage

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  • Stoneheart: The Stoneheart Trilogy, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charlie Fletcher
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (271)

    A city has many lives and layers. London has more than most. A 12-year-old boy named George Chapman is about to find this out the hard way. On a school trip he's punished for something he didn't do. In a tiny act of rebellion, he lashes out at a small carving on the wall - unexpectedly breaking it off. And then something horrible does happen: a stone pterodactyl unpeels form the wall and starts chasing him. George is already running before his mind starts trying to tell him that this is impossible!

    MJ Dulmage says: "Fantastic Story, Great Narrator!"
    "Fantastic Story, Great Narrator!"
    Overall

    I will admit that I bought this mainly because Jim Dale was narrating and I'd enjoyed him so much with the Harry Potter books. This story, though, is beautifully written and well-plotted. The characters are well-developed in the best way: you're shown who they are via their actions rather than told. The mythology of this "other London" is realistic in the manner of the best fantasy books. This is a great tale for all ages. (And Jim Dale, as usual, does a bang up job with the voices -- he had me laughing aloud at The Dictionary.)

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Card: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (132)

    Best-selling master of suspense Jeffery Deaver is back with a brand-new Lincoln Rhyme thriller. To save the life of a young girl who's being stalked by a ruthless hit man, Lincoln and his protege, Amelia Sachs, are called upon to do the impossible: solve a truly "cold case", one that's 140 years old.

    Orvetta says: "The Twelfth Card - Excellent"
    "I found it really entertaining!"
    Overall

    This is only the 2nd review I've ever written, but when I read the negative comments, I just had to put in my two cents' worth. I found this a highly absorbing book to listen to. It isn't the best of his books, and I did anticipate most (but not all) of the plot twists. Even so, with my 3 hour near-daily commute, it kept me glued to my iPod each time I climbed in the car. I thought the narrator did a really nice job with the voices. For sheer entertainment, I felt this book was a really great value.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

    Henry says: "The Kingdoms and the Elves - book one"
    "I Don't Get the Hype."
    Overall

    I love fantasy and fully expected to enjoy this book; however, I coudl barely listen to the end. It was just too much work to follow the plotlines in audio. I listened to the first hour of audio three different times to try and understand which character was which. And when the book finally got to the end, there was no resolution. It's so much of a serial that a single book doesn't finish any of the plotlines. The narrator was way too melodramatic and really annoyed me. His volume (as mentioned in another review) did get to be an issue for me as well. The whole experience was very frustrating.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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