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FernT

Mt Rainier, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 10 ratings
  • 68 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • White Heat: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By M. J. McGrath
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (27)

    Half Inuit and half outsider, Edie Kiglatuk is the best guide in her corner of the Arctic. But as a woman, she gets only grudging respect from the elders who rule her isolated community on Ellesmere Island. When a man is shot and killed while out on an “authentic” Arctic adventure under her watch, the murder attracts the attention of police sergeant Derek Palliser. As Edie sets out to discover what those tourists were really after, she is shocked by the suicide of someone very close to her.

    FernT says: "Wonderful story"
    "Wonderful story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed this story! The characters were very well developed and memorable, the narration was outstanding (leaving me with a no doubt false sense that I had a grasp of the Inuit language), and the plot and setting were great. Not the deepest book you'll ever read, but above average for a mystery, in my opinion. Listening to it through the heat of summer was especially refreshing as you enter a world where below freezing weather is comfortable and normal. A few inconsistencies in the story annoyed me, but they were quite minor (like the fact that she has a dog pack that conveniently appears in the story once or twice although she almost never has to feed or care for them). The dive into modern Inuit culture seemed (to my ignorant self) to be realistic, not overly romanticized as could so easily be the case. I wanted to spend time up there so badly by the end of the book....

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5805)
    Performance
    (2611)
    Story
    (2633)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Good, not great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A good story, which grows on you, and is worth a listen - but there are others of Gaiman's I prefer to this. And sorry, but I didn't love Gaiman as a narrator - you really notice the difference when you listen to professionals most of the time. His voice modulation and cadence often made him difficult to understand, and I was constantly adjusting the volume to try and deal with this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • West with the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Beryl Markham
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west, describes her childhood on a farm in Kenya, her apprenticeship as a horse trainer, and her later career as a pioneer aviator who piloted passengers and supplies in a small plane to remote corners of Africa.

    Katherine Michaels says: "Captivating"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a story! And beautifully narrated.... The beauty and adventure and exquisite language will carry you dream-like through this book, and you'll be glad you can listen again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4048)
    Performance
    (2522)
    Story
    (2553)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Satisfyingly Hilarious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The best of two worlds - Pratchett and Gaiman - combine smoothly to form a seamlessly great story. Very enjoyable, start to finish. You will laugh out loud so many times, it should be required reading/listening for sad people. And they aren't cheap laughs - the social commentary and observations on human nature leave you satisfied and shaking your head with their cleverness.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1881)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1242)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    russell says: "Endurance"
    "A grueling but amazing story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like survival stories (bit of an addiction in fact) and this may be one of the greatest ever. It is breath-taking, in both how amazing the details of the story are, and in how exhausting the story line can be. For many many hours, you get almost no relief from the insane stress and difficulty of this group's survival. I especially enjoyed reading it not actually knowing the history (as in, whether they lived or died) - which obviously I could have looked up on wikipedia but I preferred to keep myself in a bit of suspense. Very well narrated as well. I wept at the end, and there's no question this story will be a part of my consciousness forever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7300)
    Performance
    (3845)
    Story
    (3880)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "voice"
    Overall

    Sorry, I couldn't get off the ground on this one. The voice and accent were jarring to me. Maybe listening to these books doesn't work once you've become addicted to "True Blood". Or maybe I should try again later in a different mood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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