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Danielle

Georgetown, TX, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Bishop's Heir: The Histories of King Kelson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Katherine Kurtz
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Once again, the Kingdom of Gwynedd under young King Kelson found itself facing the horror of war between the Church and the Deryni. As the Pretender Queen plotted to free Meara from Gwynedd's control, and the ex-Archbishop hatched a devious plan, it looked like the peace of Gwynedd was to be a thing of the past.

    Danielle says: "A good book ruined"
    "A good book ruined"
    Overall

    I've read this book and all of Kurtz's Deryni books many times. This narrator could easily ruin it for me. He o-ver e-nun-ci-ates, which would be good for some readers, I guess, but not for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thief Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious thirteen-year-old boy who calls himself the "Thief Lord." Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo delight in being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own.

    Charlene says: "Excellent production, original story"
    "Not quite what I had expected"
    Overall

    I hadn't read this book before purchasing the audio tape, and it wasn't quite what I'd expected based on the blurbs. The plot is good, but I had thought there would be more elements of fantasy in it. Also, because of the number of characters in the book and their unusual names (the book was originally written in German, though most of the names are Italian), I had difficulty following the plot while driving. The narrator, though good, was also a bit too soothing for my alertness level.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2046)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (874)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "Good plot and great narration!"
    Overall

    I had read the book before purchasing the audio CD, and I was skeptical about how well any narrator would be able to capture all the voices (and footnotes!) in the book. Simon Jones has done a great job with the narration on this, and his rendition has caused me to think about several of the characters in new ways.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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