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Becca

Whitmore Lake, MI, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Spirit Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (142)

    Fiametta Beneforte dreamed of making beautiful and enchanted objets d'art, but alas her magician-goldsmith father was more likely to have her scrub the kiln than study magic. After all, it was a waste to train a mere daughter beyond the needs of the moment.... Thur Ochs dreamed of escaping the icy mines of Bruinwald. But the letter from his brother Uri arranging his apprenticeship to Master Beneforte was not the only force that drew him over the mountains to the Duchy of Montefoglia.

    Becca says: "On the whole, a disappointment"
    "On the whole, a disappointment"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Spirit Ring is clearly early Bujold, but loads of fun anyway - except that this reader is so over the top in her reading that I found it hard to listen to and may not finish it in spite of my loving Lois Bujold's work. There are odd pauses and cadences to the reading that seem to have nothing to do with the actual sentence being read. At one point a character wails something, and it's read like an Old Testament prophet thundering, rather than being the voice of terror and despair.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jessica Almasy?

    Bernedette Dunn, who read The Sharing Knife books by Bujold would have done a better job of it.


    Do you think The Spirit Ring needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no, it's complete in itself.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantasy lovers should find a copy of this book to read - it's very good - but I'd appreciate any other reviewers who might have found different things in the narrator than I did.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1281)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1118)

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

    Kim Venatries says: "Not So Good"
    "Classic Nora Roberts romantic suspense"
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    What made the experience of listening to Whiskey Beach the most enjoyable?

    I always enjoy Roberts' romantic suspense stand alone novels, and this one is no exception. It's got a twisty plot (I didn't see who dunnit coming, although in retrospect I should have), and a nice, slowly developing relationship between the protagonists. Whiskey Beach doesn't have Roberts' usually well-defined cast of secondary characters, and the family relationships that make Roberts so much fun mostly take place off-stage - all the book focus is on the two main characters, really, with even the antagonists being mostly off-stage.


    What other book might you compare Whiskey Beach to and why?

    It's not as good as Blue Smoke, but it's better than Chasing Fire.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

    anyone. Peter Berkrot just reads the book, makes no real attempt at differentiating voices, even of the male characters - this makes it sometimes hard to follow, given that Roberts usually avoids the "he said, she said" style of dialog.

    The lead character and his family are an old Boston family, and there's no attempt to sound East Coast at all - it's all read pretty much in a midwestern accent.


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

    The very beginning when a hear-sick and weary Eli first comes to the Bluff House, his retreat from a life in Boston that had become intolerable.


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