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Lee

MATTHEWS, NC, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Laura Amy Schiltz
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Laura Amy Schlitz delivers this Horn Book Fanfare and Laura Amy Schlitz delivers this Horn Book Fanfare and Cybils Award-winning best-seller that whisks 11-year-old Maud Flynn from a cold New England orphanage and into the stately mansion of three wealthy spinsters. After the Hawthorne sisters adopt her in 1909, they tell her she's their secret child. She must remain indoors at all times and must never stand in front of windows. Maud doesn't mind their restrictions. But she does wonder what could possibly require such secrecy.

    Lydia says: "loved it!"
    "A wonderful novel full of intrigue & emotion!"
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    To tell you too much about the plot of this book would rob you of the suspense that it so beautifully builds up as you listen. By adopting Maud, the 3 spinsters she comes to live with have made her a vital part of a conspiracy. Maud clearly understands that if she does not comply with the scheme they have developed, she will likely be sent back to the orphanage she was so happy to get away from. Will the scheme work as planned? Will Maud dutifully carry out her part? I was so anxious to get the answers to these questions that I regretted having to stop listening to go do other things. And along with the interesting twists and turns of the plot, there is a wonderful current of emotion flowing throughout the story – the longing of an orphan for a loving mother and caring family. But please don’t think this is some soppy tear-jerking tale – Maud is a smart, spirited, strong-willed girl and not a meek wallflower. The characters have distinctive personalities and are well defined. They are also all excellently voiced by the narrator, who is a perfect match for this story.

    I hope you will give this book a try. It is so well written that I was completely invested in it and couldn't wait to find out what happens next! It was clear to see why it had won 2 awards when I finished my first time listening to the complete story. I have already listened to it twice now and am sure I will listen to it more in the future. I want to keep company with these characters again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6093)
    Performance
    (5537)
    Story
    (5554)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "A GREAT & FUN LISTEN!"
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    Where does Hard Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's tied with the Anne Hathaway narrated version of The Wizard of Oz as my favorite Audible purchase so far. Both have wonderful fantasy stories with exceptionally good narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmm. Can't narrow it down to just one. Jake Sullivan, the main character, is an interesting tough-guy with lots of smarts and a true commitment to fighting for the things he believes in. It's a very good thing that he's almost indestuctible. Faye Viera is a lot younger than Jake, so she doesn't know nearly as much as he does, but she's a fast learner. She's also a real hoot and sometimes makes me laugh out loud! I can't wait to get the other two books in this series so I can find out which one learns the most about using his or her magical abilities.


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

    Never listened to him before, but I was greatly impressed by his talent! He does a wonderful job giving each character a very distinctive voice. It was if I was listening to a cast of people doing a radio show. I'm glad he narrates all 3 books in this series, since I'm looking forward to hearing all the voices again.


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

    It's too long for me to do in one sitting, but I did look forward to my listening time every day. I was never bored and always wanted to know what was going to happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a fan of superhero comic books, and one reason I loved this book was because the "magical" powers the characters had made them seem like superheroes. I'm surprised no comic company has bought the rights to do an actual monthly comic based on this series. It would make a great comic book! (And a great movie, too!) This was my introduction to Larry Correia's work, and I will definitely be buying more. He's a nicely "visual" writer who lets you easily picture the settings and action going on. (Which is especially good since there is a LOT of action in this book.) He creates some really interesting characters and lets you know why they are acting the way they do. (I even liked the villain in this book and came to understood his motivation.) Reading/listening to HARD MAGIC was the most fun I've had with a book in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Horror at Red Hook

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Jim Donaldson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Lovecraft’s gothic horror masterpiece. During an investigation in Red Hook, Detective Thomas F. Malone, and discovers horrors that he never imagined. A horror classic.

    Daryl says: "Just a Bit of a Warning"
    "Worth a listen, but not one of Lovecraft's best."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Horror at Red Hook to be better than the print version?

    I feel for any narrator who has to read Lovecraft's wonderful but archaic prose. Jim Donaldson did a great job with it, though! I enjoyed his reading, and appreciated the addition of some musical touches and sound effects of moans and shrieks during dramatic moments. It really made listening to the story a better experience than reading it would have been. I will be looking for other horror works done by Mr. Donaldson.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    From what I've read, this was one of Lovecraft's early works, and I think that shows. The story seemed to go on longer than needed. I thought that HPL's xenophobia was showcased more than usual in this tale, which was off-putting.


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

    There are some good creepy scenes in the story, which I enjoyed.


    Any additional comments?

    After the end of the story, there is a short piece giving some background on Lovecraft and his influence on modern-day writers. I thought this was nicely done and appreciate the effort to show the significance of HPL's works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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