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Nancy

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Kings of the North: Legend of Paksenarrion, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (284)

    Peace and order have been restored to the kingdoms of Tsaia and Lyonya, thanks to the crowning of two kings: Mikeli of Tsaia and, in Lyonya, Kieri Phelan, a mercenary captain whose royal blood and half-elven heritage are resented by elves and humans alike. On the surface, all is hope and promise. But underneath, trouble is brewing. Mikeli cannot sit safely on his throne as long as remnants of the evil Verrakaien magelords are at large.

    Morris says: "Absolutely worthless"
    "Love the story, but changing narrator midstream?"
    Overall

    I have no objection to Susan Ericksen as a narrator, but I do question the choice of changing narrators mid story. The narrator becomes an element of the story because of the way she presents the different characters, the accents, the depth of voice, the pace. Trying to continue the thread of a story with a different narrator is jarring. This happened with the Artemis Fowle series and was very upsetting. I would love to understand what makes the producers, author, or whoever makes these decisions, choose to change narrators midstream.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2096)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1124)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Dazed and Confused"
    Overall

    I didn't want to detract from the rating this book already has, but, WHAT? I downloaded the book and for 20 minutes all I heard was whining and annoying dramatics. I don't think that in my early twenties or my teenage years would I have found this engaging. Because I bought it, I will listen to the rest of it, maybe it will pull me back from annoyance. If that is the case, I will rewrite this. So far, though, making no sense.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Teaglass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Emily Arsenault
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (194)

    The dusty files of a venerable dictionary publisher, a hidden cache of coded clues, a story written by a phantom author, an unsolved murder in a gritty urban park: all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault's magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and of the stories we choose to define us.

    Ed says: "Enjoyable Book with Great Characters"
    "Unsatisfying"
    Overall

    How a dictionary is revised and added to is definitely interesting. Also, the characters had a great deal of potential. What I found unsatisfying about the story was how very slow and unsubstantial the plot development felt.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful

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