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Dave Brown

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  • The Fortune of War: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (219)

    The H.M.S. Leopard pulled into the bay of Pulo Batang looking more like a shabby merchant ship that a man-of-war. The crew had endured a calamitous voyage plagued by gaol-fever, pursued by the Dutch Waakzaamheid, and struck by an iceberg. Suffice it to say, Jack Aubrey was ready for home.

    Amazon Customer says: "Alternative Entry Point"
    "Naval spy games done well"
    Overall

    I was pleased how he was able to work in a significant amount of naval warfare and strategy into what ultimately is a spy/escape story. There are some wonderful moments: one with Jack mistaking another character's identity because of a common name, considerable development of Steven as a spy including a tremendous chase sequence that remains clearly in my mind to this day, and a satsifying and thunderous ending. Knowing that if you enjoyed this you can follow the characters on further (and previous) adventures is really a plus.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jeeves in the Offing

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Ian Carmichael
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The Times has announced, much to Bertie's astonishment, the news of his engagement to the beautiful Bobbie Wickham. But worse is to come....Uncle Tom's antique silver cow-creamer has gone missing; Kipper Herring has libelled his and Bertie's former headmaster; leading British psychiatrist Sir Roderick Glossop is posing as a butler; and Aunt Dahlia's masterly French chef, Anatole, is once again becoming a pawn in a terrible power struggle.

    Dave Brown says: "Awful audio quality, good book"
    "Awful audio quality, good book"
    Overall

    Sounds like it was originally recorded on a grammophone, converted to tape, and then converted to audible format. There were passages that were literally undecipherable even in format 4. The book itself is quite good, feeling like a true Jeeves novel, with an appropriate laughable ending. But find another recording and save your poor ears.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4601)
    Performance
    (1792)
    Story
    (1801)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "memorable especially for history"
    Overall

    Considering how little I remember of history class, and especially for living in the areas where these things happened, this was an interesting and moving way to discover why all those towns and places I knew growing up were known in history books. The story-like retelling of these events was refreshing in a topic that I usually have trouble paying attention to. The narrator was superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick F. McManus
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (113)

    Bo Tully is the sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, where law enforcement is usually pretty mundane: tracking down truants running away from school, picking up country boys who've had a few too many beers. But Tully gets a little more than the country norm when an ex-con calls with the startling news that there's a corpse draped across one of his fences.

    Carl says: "WHAT A TREAT"
    "A fun departure"
    Overall

    As a fan of McManus' humor, I found a great deal of fun in this tale, even though it was so different than the things he usually writes. There was plenty to chuckle at, some long-prepared gags, and still a fun mystery to be solved that was not at all spoiled for the occasional bits of lightheartedness. I really had a great time with it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hart's Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Carrington Macduffie
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Enter the city of Hart's Hope, ruled by gods both powerful and indifferent, riddled with sorcery and revenge. The city was captured by a rebellious lord, Palicrovol, who overthrew the cruel king, Nasilee, hated by his people. Palicrovol, too, was cruel, as befitted a king. He took the true mantle of kinghood by forcing Asineth, now Queen by her father's death, to marry him, raping her to consummate the marriage.

    Melissa says: "Mesmerizing fantasy!"
    "Not my favorite OSC"
    Overall

    The narrators were excellent, as they so often are from Scott Card books. I found the story hard to follow, as I couldn't see where he was taking it. I felt like the first chapter(s) could have been easily dropped off the book or at least shortened a lot and still gotten the point across as easily. Even then, I didn't especially care for the way he delivered the point. I find this odd, as usually I like his books so much.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3088)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1077)

    Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

    Anita says: "an exceptional story that's had bad press"
    "hmm"
    Overall

    Some great action chapters. There were a couple places you could feel that the book could end and not upset you terribly, and yet there was more coming. Definitely not a book I would have around for the younger set, but someone over 12 would be able to handle it. The characters seem a bit thin (as they do throughout the series), but it's consistent and fits within the world they've developed well enough.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4360)
    Performance
    (1714)
    Story
    (1739)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    The narrators were sufficient, but some of the material was somewhere between uncomfortable and frustrating.

    Her take on time travel is quite fascinating. The unraveling story of a couple collecting shared memories in different orders was quite fun. Some of the memories themselves I could have lived without, and I don't just mean the unpleasant memories, but some of the episodes were either pointless or vulgar and could have been rewritten more to my taste than to hers. Not done poorly, but not to my preference.

    One of the main characters does things you don't want or expect hero characters to do, which to me really spoiled the book, even after all the good in it. I would love to see a PG or PG-13 revised version of the storyline with those segments removed, which to me would tighten the story a bit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By L.M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (50)

    Historic Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence is the scene of this charming romance, which has captivated generations of readers young and old. Anne, the orphan child who brings happiness and love into the lives of her foster parents, is one of the most beloved heroines in all literature. But life was not kind to her at the start of her great adventure. For when Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, living alone, decided to adopt a child from the local orphanage, they asked for a boy.

    Clinton says: "O'Malley leaves something to be desired"
    "Pleasant light reading"
    Overall

    I've seen the movies with friends, but decided I'd take a break from more serious book topics to go through this one myself. I like the narrator and the subject matter is light, which makes for a pleasant break. The chapters are short, which also makes it nice for dishes or cleaning duties.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prestige

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (501)

    In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

    Andrew says: "One of a Kind."
    "Surprised me"
    Overall

    I did not see the film, but saw the press ooh and aah over it without reading a summary. I expected one type of book and came away with a very pleasant surprise in addition to what I expected. Now I'm looking forward to seeing the film, having received the full surprise and intended effect from the book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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