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Sandra Ross

Brisbane, Australia | Member Since 2006

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  • The Smoke Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    In the free-fall environment of the Smoke Ring (an envelope of breathable atmosphere around a neutron star), the descendants of the crew of the Discipline no longer remember their Earth roots - or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the ship's computer-program despot. Until Kendy initiates contact once more.

    Dennis says: "Poor narration"
    "So slow"
    Overall

    I am a fan of Larry Niven's worlds, and bought this with high hopes. I recently found it in my library, not remembering that I'd tried to listen to it once before. I found the narrator very droney and monotonous. I persevered for nearly 2 hours and have finally had to turn it off, I'm so distracted by the droning that I've lost track of the story line a few times. I'm sure it's an excellent story, so disappointed in the narration.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5365)
    Performance
    (4093)
    Story
    (4107)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    Overall

    I don't usually write reviews, and I am NOT a fan of the vampire romance genre at all! But I saw that other people thought this was funny, and felt like a laugh but I was prepared to doubt. Don't hesitate, truly, Molly Harper has such a funny turn of phrase, very dry wit, and she's written a smart incisive character (no pun intended) who is just like the friend we all want. Expect to laugh, well worth your credit :)

    50 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (553)

    Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. This revised edition draws on recent theoretical work on gender and class.

    Sally says: "Delightful"
    "Gloomy and Slow..."
    Overall

    First of all, the narrator is wonderful - her characterisations and mellow voice are all that make this bearable. It is so slow, and downright gloomy, that I felt rather depressed by the end of it! It does have more social and historical background than Austen, but none of the wit or satire. Only the narrator kept me going, I kept expecting something to actually happen...

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Arrows of the Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Carole Edie Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (222)

    Talia has always known that she isn't suited for the life her elders have chosen for her. As part of a small, conservative community, she's never been allowed beyond the boundaries of her father's lands. Her only window to the outside world has been the few books she's been allowed to read, but this only fuels her desire to know more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Highly Recommend"
    "Patchy"
    Overall

    This is more a book for young readers. It's lyrically written but crams a big story into a short space, so it seems often that there's something missing - like the story skims over the lives of the characters. Not something I'd listen to again, or in hindsight would have bought, though I have enjoyed Mercedes Lackey's other work.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rhonda Byrne
    • Narrated By Rhonda Byrne, contributors
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3632)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1104)

    It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want.

    Elisabeth says: "Good for an intro to the Law of Attraction"
    "More of the same - fabulous"
    Overall

    Yes as some other reviewers have said, this isn't new information. Rhonda's gift to the world though is in providing an accessible summary of eons of spiritual wisdom and modern science and presenting it in an engaging way. There is much more information here than there was in the DVD which I enjoyed but somehow felt there was something missing - well it's all in here. I completely enjoyed this and highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

    Henry says: "The Kingdoms and the Elves - book one"
    "Very strange..."
    Overall

    Based on the positive reviews of this book I had high hopes of a new 'personal' classic. I tried three times to get into it but the narrator's very odd accent and frankly weird intonation and cadence had me concentrating more on that than on the story line. Most unenjoyable, I've given up on this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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