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Jeff

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  • Speak

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated By Mandy Siegfried
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (140)

    From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, a major infraction in high-school society, so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute.

    FanB14 says: "Recommend with Slight Reservations"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    The book is fun, witty and moves quick. It's a very short listen, but seemed to be the appropriate length to develop the main character and the story. The narration is very good.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (316)

    Discover the origins of Durzo Blint in this original novella set in the world of Brent Weeks' New York Times best-selling Night Angel trilogy.... "I got a bit of prophecy," the old assassin said. "Not enough to be useful, you know. Just glimpses. My wife dead, things like that to keep me up late at night. I had this vision that I was going to be killed by forty men, all at once. But now that you're here, I see they're all you. Durzo Blint."

    Tara says: "nice to get some background on the hero"
    "Nice addition to the Night Angel Trilogy"
    Overall

    If you've read the Night Angel Trilogy, this is a nice addition to round out some of the details hinted at in the books. If you haven't had a chance to read them, they are excellent. I would recommend reading the trilogy before listening to this novela as it has some information that is more enjoyable to discover as you work through the books.


    The narration was very good although I'm always aggravated that a new narrator (or the producer) can't take the time to listen to the previous work and pronounce names the same. It's a minor gripe becuase this is a really good narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2557)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1029)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Stick with Wee Free Men"
    Overall

    After enjoying the Wee Free Men series, I had very high hopes for this series. Audio quality is dreadful and it's just not funny. I could only last about two hours before I gave up. Maybe it get's better, but I'm not going to waste any more time on this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Book of a Thousand Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Chelsea Mixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    After being imprisoned in a tower, a princess and her serving maid at last escape to find a changed world and danger at every turn.

    Maureen says: "Great story and narration"
    "Book okay, Narration awful"
    Overall

    I have yet to find an audio book done by a Cast (instead of one or two alternating narrators) that I have liked. This audio book changes nothing... instead of different voices for characters, they substitute with bad over-acting. Give me a good narrator with some voice range any day!

    While the story line is clever, it moves slow and the frequent song snipets were really annoying to me. Fortunately, the songs are very short. Maybe it would not have been so annoying with the written copy (but... I do remember skipping over most -- well okay, all -- of those songs/poems in the Lord of the Rings series... so maybe not). I also have to admit, I'm the sort of person that has trouble with all of the old movie musicals, so again, if you love them, maybe this book will work for you.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5067)
    Performance
    (2681)
    Story
    (2718)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Not as good as Twilight, but still a good read..."
    Overall

    While I really enjoyed this book, I cannot agree with those that rate this book in the same league as the Twilight series. The narrator is okay, but I found myself dreading the narration when the main characters were emotional. To be fair, I think the narrator for Twilight (Ilyana Kadushin) was amazing, so it's always harder to enjoy the next book even when the narrator is good.

    After reading the Twilight series and this book by Stephanie Meyer, I do see some patterns and hope that her next books will not depend so heavily on the love triangles, which seem to drag out a little too long.

    I still highly recommend the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • So You Want to Be a Wizard: Young Wizard Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Diane Duane
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (230)

    Because she insists on fighting with words instead of her fists, 13-year-old Nita is regularly tormented by a gang of classmates. One day, running to escape their blows, she hides in the only safe place nearby: the library. When a book about wizardry catches her eye, Nita finds the help she needs in its pages. As she moves from chapter to chapter, Nita learns more sophisticated spells. Soon, stepping through a worldgate, she enters a shadowy city swirling with vicious taxicabs and carnivorous fireplugs.

    Diana says: "Not quite Harry Potter ... better"
    "Confusing"
    Overall

    I forced myself to finish the book, hoping it would get better, but did not enjoy it.

    I thought the terminology was not so much childish, but jibberish.

    A previous review referred to HP books 1 to 3 being silly, but nowhere in HP does a star show up belching jets...

    Very few books do I delete from my library... this is only the second one. Don't waste your credits.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3393)
    Performance
    (2059)
    Story
    (2084)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Linda says: "Marvelous Book & Expressive Reader"
    "Good, but heavy handed"
    Overall

    I like the narrator very much. Solid story for the length. A bit preachy for my taste.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Wizard of Earthsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    This first volume of the Earthsea Cycle is an adventure story, a Quest, a tale of a proud, incautious boy who meddles too early with the Dark. It is a pure fantasy telling about a real thing: a boy coming into his power and his manhood...coming of age.

    Wyonia says: "Great Book...Frantic Narrator"
    "Overacted Narration, Mediocre Story"
    Overall

    First, I have to completely agree with the other reviews about the narration. I dismissed those reviews because I often find that it takes some time to appreciate each narrator. However, this is the absolute worst narrator I have ever heard.

    Second, I found the book lacked depth and I found myself not caring for the characters. If you want to listen to a good magic/fantasy book, try Eragon, Inkheart, Dragon Rider, or the Harry Potter series. All fabulous books, with very good narrators.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful

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