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Lauren

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 739 titles in library
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  • The Sword in the Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (131)

    This is one of the most popular re-tellings of the story of King Arthur. Like The Lord of the Rings, this fantasy novel has been equally popular among younger readers and adults. White takes an inventive approach that involves animals who speak and Robin Hood! A true Arthurian classic.

    Shelly M. Felton says: "I've been waiting for this..."
    "Wait until the full version is released"
    Overall

    This is a great book and a great recording. I know that I'm not the only person who's been waiting what seems like a ridiculously long time for this extremely popular novel to be released on audio. However, for those who haven't read the book, I would suggest waiting until Naxos releases the full version, which is supposed to occur December 2 2008. It really is a continuous story, and you're bound to be disappointed if you have to wait months for the subsequent parts. I understand that it builds "drama" and "buzz" to release this way, but given that the entire book has been recorded, it's frustrating that we all have to wait until December to have access to the complete recording.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (914)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Melinda says: "Not So Luminous"
    "Best Book I've Listened to in 2013"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent intricate storytelling. Complicated enough to engage your brain, but not so complicated you get lost in the audiobook format.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Austenland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (384)

    Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

    ElChangoPelon says: "Fun read"
    "Couldn't Get Through It"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could Shannon Hale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I love Jane Austen and thought this was would be a good "fluff" book but I found it to be too dumb to be enjoyable. The whole Austenworld scenario seemed so unbelievable that it could not hold my attention, even as a funny/silly story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader took the story WAY too seriously and read with earnest passion, instead of recognizing the irony. It made it hard to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13309)
    Performance
    (11677)
    Story
    (11727)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "great book; not sure about some of the voices"
    Overall

    Love the books and excited to be listening to the next installment (finally). But why, oh why, is Roy Dotrice using this horrible, crone-like twisted voice for Daneris Targaryen??? It's awful and it's ruining my enjoyment of her first chapter. Especially bizarre given that he didn't use that voice for Daneris in the first three books (though he did use it for older low-born women characters). What gives?

    67 of 81 people found this review helpful

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