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Laura A Azevedo

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  • Redoubt: Collegium Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (212)

    Mags, a young Herald trainee in Haven, the capital city of the kingdom of Valdemar, has talents not commonly found in Herald trainees.

    Recognizing this, the King's Own Herald decides to train Mags as a spy in order to uncover the secrets of a mysterious new enemy who has taken an interest in Mags himself. Why is the even deeper mystery. The answers can only be found in the most unexpected corners of Mags' past...assuming he can live long enough to find them.

    Christine says: "Great story, wonderful author"
    "Great story!"
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    Would you listen to Redoubt again? Why?

    Of course! I love the whole series so far. Just a bit of mind candy to entertain you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mags of course! He is a strong, well developed character and has a way of expressing himself that I find to be compelling.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    I love his voices and accents. He reads at a steady pace that is very easy to listen to and his voice is just lovely.


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

    Very much so. Wish I had the time!


    Any additional comments?

    I had a hard time pausing this story and stayed up half the night to listen to parts of it. I can't wait to listen to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent's Shadow: Elemental Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (482)

    From the magical mysteries of India to the gaslit streets of Victorian London, Mercedes Lackey's unique departure from her Valdemar series follows a young woman doctor as she searches for the secret behind the sorcery in her blood.

    CatBookMom says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Wonderful Story, Bad Pronunciation"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Serpent's Shadow to be better than the print version?

    No. The reader/performer did not do a very good job with pronunciation. It would have been nice if she had done some research about the correct way to pronounce words like epitome. If you can ignore that, she does a great job with the voices.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The richness of the background world.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I hated the incorrect pronunciation of common words. I loved the voices.


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

    Yes, almost did too.


    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1228)
    Performance
    (1103)
    Story
    (1119)

    What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

    Cather says: "A nice descent into fantasy..."
    "I adore this book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Jumper the most enjoyable?

    The reader/actor does an AMAZING job of speaking in Davy's voice. I really feel like I'm part of the story as I listen


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

    I have to say this is his best. It's like he IS Davy.


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

    When he first meets his mother.


    Any additional comments?

    I really really really really wish there was some way to remove the stupid music at the beginning. When will these book companies realize that that music is NOT inspirational or feel good, but simply drowns out the reader and annoys the listener.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Koban, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (558)

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    Richard says: "Well Developed Story Line, Well Developed World!"
    "Great Story, Poor Narration"
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    What did you like best about Koban? What did you like least?

    Wonderful world building, great storyline, rich with interesting characters. I would probably loved it more in print. The narration of the story took quite a lot of getting used to.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Freeman?

    ANYONE. Seriously . . . . . learn how to pace your words and stop sounding like Captain Kirk. Because . . . I really enjoyed . . . . your voices. . . . and I enjoy . . . the timber of . . . . your voice . . . . but there . . . . are more . . . . variations . . . . to punctuation . . . beyond . . . periods. . . .


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The book really is worth the effort of getting used to the narrator . . . but it may be more enjoyable to read it in print.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Pukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ted Kerasote
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    When Ted Kerasote was ready for a new dog after losing his beloved Merle - who died too soon, as all our dogs do - he knew that he would want to give his puppy Pukka the longest life possible. But how to do that? So much has changed in the way we feed, vaccinate, train, and live with our dogs from even a decade ago. In an adventure that echoes The Omnivore’s Dilemma with a canine spin, Kerasote tackles all those subjects, questioning our conventional wisdom and emerging with vital new information that will surprise even the most knowledgeable dog lovers.

    Leslie-Ann says: "One of my Favourite Books EVER!"
    "Very informative book for all dog lovers"
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    What made the experience of listening to Pukka's Promise the most enjoyable?

    The author interwove the story of his second dog, Pukka, with his research about the health and well being of dogs. He mostly sticks to science to explain many things associated with living with and owning dogs.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a dog trainer. I've lived with dogs my whole life and I rely on my service dog to live in a world made for able bodied people. I do my best to stay up to date on the best ways to care for my dogs. This book opened my eyes to a few new things I can do to ensure my dogs live long and healthy lives.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a dog professional, a dog lover, or just someone who wants to learn more about these animals we share our lives with, read this book. I promise you will learn something.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Rising: The Mage Storms, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    In Storm Rising, mysterious mage-storms are wreaking havoc on Valdemar, Karse, and all the kingdoms of the West, plaguing these lands not only with disastrous earthquakes, monsoons, and ice storms, but also with venomous magical constructs - terrifying creatures out of nightmare. Both Valdemar's Heralds and Karse's Sunpriests struggle to marshal their combined magical resources to protect their realms from these devastating, spell-fueled onslaughts

    cat696 says: "How to ruin Mercedes Lackey"
    "A great story"
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    Where does Storm Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middling . . . the story is great, but the reading could use some work


    What other book might you compare Storm Rising to and why?

    Anything else by M. Lackey. It's very much in her style with many interesting characters but common threads bringing them all together.


    What three words best describe David Ledoux’s voice?

    Annoying, monotone, steady.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Warning: The Mage Storms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (90)

    With her phenomenal Mage Winds trilogy, bestselling author Mercedes Lackey captivated fans across the country. Now in the first volume of the series sequel, she continues the same storyline, returning readers to a war-torn Valdemar in preparation to confront an ancient Eastern Empire - ruled by a monarch whose magical tactics by be beyond any sorcery known to the western kingdoms.

    ArtisticFool says: "Great story! Slow narration."
    "Great story, mediocre performance."
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    What made the experience of listening to Storm Warning the most enjoyable?

    I love this story and I love listening to stories read aloud. The parts that were in Karal's head were the best because the reader didn't have to make up stupid voices.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Karal Austreben is an interesting and deep character who has a wonderful 'voice' in the story itself.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Ledoux?

    Just about ANYONE who could speak at a reasonable pace and who might be willing to read the pronunciation guides that M. Lackey has published in several places. Not to mention someone who had more than three voices for characters that are not horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE find some better readers for these books. They are some of my favorites and it is horribly disappointing to have them read by people who don't even care enough to learn how to pronounce the names.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Gift of Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Lee Meriwether
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    For more than 30 years, Pern has conjured visions of brave men and women mounted upon the backs of dragons. As anyone knows who has been touched by the storytelling magic of Anne McCaffrey, to hear of the exotic world of Pern is to inhabit it - and to experience its extraordinary dragons is to soar aloft with them and share their dazzling adventures. A Gift of Dragons brings together three beloved stories and a thrilling new tale of Pern, published here for the first time, in a single volume.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "satisfaction"
    "Great Stories"
    Overall

    I love this book. 4 very good short stories, including my favorite, The Smallest Dragon Boy.

    The reader does a great job with a nice easy to listen to voice, however at the start and end of each story is the MOST OBNOXIOUS MUSIC overlapping the reader's voice. I would have rated this 4 stars but for that. I wish there was a way to make the music go away.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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