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  • Even the Queen & Other Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Connie Willis
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Included are these stories: "Even the Queen"; "At the Rialto"; "Death on the Nile"; "Why the World Didn't End Last Tuesday"; and "Close Encounter".

    Monika says: "Nice to hear the author"
    "Nice to hear the author"
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    I was interested in hearing how Connie Willis is narrating her own stories. Since it wasn't expensive I gave it a try.
    First, she is no professional narrator. This said, she does a real nice job reading her stories.

    I'm a fan of her long, elaborate novels, but I enjoyed the short stories very much. They bring new ideas and theories and are mostly funny.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound and the Echoes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dew Pellucid
    • Narrated By David Radtke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (73)

    The Sound and the Echoes is a high-concept, fantasy adventure for middle grade and young adult listeners. Imagine that everyone around you has a mirror image living somewhere else. Your world is like a sound, which produced that other world of echoes. And in this land men are governed by a terrible law-no Echo is allowed to live after his Sound dies. One Sound especially must die. The Prince's Sound. The Fate Sealers and Fortune Tellers will make sure of that!

    Julia says: "Beyond Imaginative!"
    "Couldn't get past the narrator"
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    The storyline looked very promising and as far as I got I was intrigued. But the narrator ruined it for me, I simply couldn't continue listening to the over-pronounced sentences with dramatic pauses every few words. I am sure, a better narrator could have let me really enjoy the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (653)

    Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.

    Euryleia says: "One of my favorites"
    "My childhood favourite"
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    I have read this trilogy many times over, so the story was familiar and well-loved. I really enjoyed listening to it for the first time.
    Even after the time had passed and I wasn't a teenager/young adult anymore, this is still a very enjoyable story. So don't hesitate to give it a try, it's not a childrens book.
    Sally Darling did a very good job depicting the different characters and her voice fit the young Menolly well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alanna, The First Adventure: Song of the Lioness, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Trini Alvarado
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (181)

    Alanna of Trebond is no ordinary girl: her dream is to become a knight. So she disguises herself as a boy and begins training at the palace of King Roald. Alanna quickly finds out that the road to knighthood is not an easy one, but her skills and stubborness help her become friends with Prince Jonathan and his followers. At the same time, Alanna makes an enemy of the prince's uncle, the overly charming Duke Roger.

    Hallie says: "my favorite"
    "My favourite story from Tortall"
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    (This review is for the complete series)
    I came across the Lioness books in a public library in the childrens section when I was in my mid-tweens and loved the story from the beginning. This books belong to the few I reread regularly over the years and they entertain me still.
    I greatly enjoyed the reading by Trini Alvarado who gave a fresh performance fitting the young main character, growing up into a self-secured woman over the four books of the series.
    Under all the adventures it is a story about taking responsibility for your actions, friendship and loyalty. Even if the story is aimed at young girls, it is neither simple nor soppy romantic, so adults (like me) can enjoy it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (5463)
    Performance
    (3786)
    Story
    (3804)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "My new favorite series!"
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    Got the first three books in a bargain here at Audible and boy I'm glad I took them! The heroin Cat is a clever, witty girl, stubborn and snarky. I love female characters with a strong voice. She develops from mindlessly hating and hunting all vampires to seeing the shades of grey after being introduced into the world of vampires, ghouls and ghosts.

    The story is well woven and kept my attention to a point where I couldn't go to sleep - I just had to finish it in one go. The scenes between Cat and Bones are sexy as hell but never embarrassing (at least for an European girl...)
    A lot of the reviews mentioned that Bones reminds of Spike, yet Bones has his own facinating character traits and habits and is far from being a "copycat". A lot of the typical vampiric themes are present too, but mixed and adjusted to an unique new blend.

    Tavia Gilbert is a fantastic narrator. She creates distinctive voices for all characters and especially Bones with his British accent is expertly done. I hope she will keep the voices over the following volumes since I will go on reading - like, you know, just now...

    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
    (12402)
    Performance
    (10837)
    Story
    (10879)

    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"
    "What happened to the story?"
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    I've now read the five books in short succession and maybe that is the problem.
    Roy Dotrice as the narrator is doing a bad job in the two new books. Maybe he'd gotten too old in the meantime, but his female voices plainly sound awful and there is generally not much distinction between the voices. (I won't want to talk about continuity anymore...)

    That all would've been endurable if the story had captured my attention like the first three books. I just can't detect any development in either the characters and the plot - and the only character I still found interesting and cared about (Jon Snow) is probably dead.
    The only emotion left is puzzlement. We read a lot about people wandering across the world and what they are eating and wearing. But what drives them? What is their aim? What do they want? That is no more visable.

    The only highlight: the dragons are free! Let them consume all the new irritating characters and get over with the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9097)
    Performance
    (8349)
    Story
    (8391)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "No consistency in the characters"
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    I am listening to the books without the break of years in between and it is irritating as hell that the voices for a lot of the characters have changed. Especially the female voices are completely different (and worse than before). Why use the same narrator and not check the previous recordings? I blame the narrator and the producers equally.

    This book is puzzle pieces jumbled together. The first chapter alone left me 'huh?' until the very end and the story introduces such a lot of new characters (and viewpoints) that it left my head realing. It's not bad, just incomplete without the next part. What I missed most? Tyrion! (well, no more spoilers) What I liked most? Sam got a larger part and the storyline around Sensa.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (562)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King enjoys immense popularity and a resounding chorus of critical acclaim for her exquisite mysteries. The God of the Hive continues the thread King began in The Language of Bees, in which Mary Russell and her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, face trouble with Scotland Yard and the deadliest of adversaries.

    connie says: "Imaginative and engrossing listen"
    "Bad marketing - wasted half a credit"
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    First, the rating is not based on either story or performance. I just can't write a review without rating first.
    I bought this as a bargain - two for one credit. But that was why I didn't check the series before wasting my credit. Again, book 2 and book 11 are the only performances available for me, all others I can't order here. So why bother and start listening at all?
    Either I like the story and can't listen the rest or I don't...
    So my advice: if you are not an US citizen, check first for the availability of the books in a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home from the Sea: Elemental Masters, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (159)

    In Edwardian Britain, magic is real. And Masters of the Elements control Fire, Water, Air, and Earth... Mari Prothero has lived all her life with her father, Daffyd, in a tiny fishing village on the coast of Wales. Though Daffyd takes his boat out on the sea regardless of weather, Mari has learned not to fear for his safety, for her father is a Water mage. Mari knows that in her family, children are expected to marry at 18, to an appropriate stranger. She, however, has no intention of agreeing to any arranged marriage....

    Amanda says: "Mercedes Lackey Delivers Again"
    "Nice addition to the series"
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    The story is not so well woven as some of the others in this series, but it is a good addition since it introduces the water masters. I loved the Selkies and the description of live at the Welsh seashore.
    In my opinion, the background stories of the English/Welsh conflict, the coal mining and the constable did more to hinder than bring action to the lovely story about out-witting a generation old bargain .

    What I loved especially: that this story again linked into older ones (Wizard of London). It is always fun to meet characters again: Yay Puck!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nerve

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (57)

    Despair, suicide, and obsessive hatred, mixed well with humor, love, and horses, brew up into the story of a battle between one man's nerve and another man's cunning. Robert Finn, steeplechase jockey, finds himself the focus of a malicious campaign which is also afflicting his friends. He sets out to discover its source, and remove it.

    A says: "An old read now on audio"
    "A favourite rediscovered"
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    This was the first Dick Francis I ever read, back in the time still in German and abridged. Nevertheless, the story hooked me and I got a fan. I read nearly all his books but I always came back to this. The storyline keeps close to the characters and uses racing as a colourful background. It starts with a bang and keeps your nerves taut till the gripping finish.

    Tony Britton does a wonderful job reading it, giving each character its own voice.

    If you are wondering, what the hype about Dick Francis is all about - try this one for starters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25524)
    Performance
    (19375)
    Story
    (19442)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Captivating and Complex"
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    I got aware of this captivating series by the TV show which is brilliant. To read the book afterwards does not diminish the thrill, since the characters get so much more details and the history gets more depth because, well, they just couldn't put everything into one season. I recommend listening to the book to everyone who loved the show.
    It took me some time to get used to Roy Dotrice and his reading and it still annoys me a bit when he pauses dramatically before - nothing special at all. Overall, he's doing a good job of bringing the characters to live, even the female ones.
    Annoying is the production of this audiobook because the repitition of the last sentence on the next CD just doesn't make sense in a continuous audio stream. So if you wonder, why there are so many "misreadings", it's because they just put together the CDs without further editing...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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