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  • Methuselah's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (211)

    After the fall of the American Ayatollahs as foretold in Stranger in a Strange Land and chronicled in Revolt in 2100, the United States of America at last fulfills the promise inherent in its first Revolution: for the first time in human history there is a nation with Liberty and Justice for All. No one may seize or harm the person or property of another, or invade his privacy, or force him to do his bidding. Americans are fiercely proud of their re-won liberties and the blood it cost them; nothing could make them forswear those truths they hold self-evident. Nothing except the promise of immortality…

    Rey says: "Another brilliant work by RAH"
    "This old favorite holds up pretty well"
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    I don't know that an audio edition really adds much to this book, a long-time favorite. But this was better, in the sense that it didn't seem as silly/outdated, than *The Number of the Beast*, which was my first RAH audiobook attempt (returned that mess to Audible).

    The narrator used more of a corn-pone/hick sort of accent for Lazarus than I would have preferred, but overall he did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything ... until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger." Yet in this exotic setting, nothing was ever quite what it seemed.

    Craig says: "Yes, yes, yes!"
    "One of Christie's most clever plots"
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    Much as I love Suchet, I don't think he's got his best voices going for all the characters in this book, particularly Col. Race (who has a sort of wet lisp) and Miss Van Schuyler (whose voice is the least consistent, and quite harsh, a croaking rasp). The character of Jacqueline is given very dramatic lines, and a lot of them, which may be a large part of why this very familiar tale came off as just a bit too dramatic, too fraught.

    Nonetheless, this is an ingenious plot, and so clever; despite knowing who did it and why, I still found myself puzzling about just how the deed was done.

    So, for this recording, I give Suchet 3+ stars, the story 5, and overall it comes out to 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel: Magnificent Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (396)

    At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

    K. Holt says: "Absolutely spectacular!"
    "Decent narrator, but oh, those misspoken words!"
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    I loved the Lady of Devices stories in print and looked forward to an audio version. By and large, the narrator does a decent job, and she has some nice voice differentiation for the various characters, but she does mispronounce some fairly common words very badly - Hors d'oeuvres had the s sounded, viscount wasn't vy-count, etc. They're just enough of a bobble to throw the listener out of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2627)
    Performance
    (1956)
    Story
    (1968)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "What took me so long?"
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    This has been a favorite book for many years, but I never seemed to get around to listening.

    Ralph Cosham is really outstanding. As an example, when he's reading the part of the dog, Rowsby Woof, he uses a sharp speech pattern that almost sounds like short, sharp barks. And a perfect Scandinavian accent for the seagull, Kehaar. I'm sad that I took so long to finally listen to this old favorite, and I'm sorry that it's over. It will definitely be a favorite re-listen.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Angel's Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Melody Malone
    • Narrated By Alex Kingston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    On some days, New York is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. This was one of the other days... Melody Malone, owner and sole employee of the Angel Detective Agency, has an unexpected caller. It's movie star Rock Railton, and he thinks someone is out to kill him. When he mentions the 'kiss of the Angel', she takes the case. Angels are Melody's business...

    Tabitha says: "Loved it!"
    "It was fun, and pretty much OK"
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    This is a scant 3 stars, though it was cute, and I do like listening to Alex Kingston. There is pretty much less than zero involvement of Doctor Who or any of the characters therefrom (though I haven't watched the last season or so of DW, so I may be missing some connection). But Alex K did a great job of the fun and innuendo of the story, and managed more-or-less enough voice differentiation; it's a story entirely from that character's POV, so the limited differences are OK. It's short, but I think that's about all the story there was. Not something I expect I'll re-listen. But it put a small smile on my face, and that's good. (GR review)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Terrance Dicks
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Sladen
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Its happening, Brigadier! It's happening!' Sarah cried out. The Brigadier watched, fascinated, as the lifeless body of his old friend and companion, Dr Who, suddenly began to glow with an eerie golden light... The features were blurring, changing... .'Well, bless my soul,' said the Brigadier. 'Who will be next?' The last exciting adventure of Doctor Who's third incarnation.

    CatBookMom says: "Just like the original series"
    "Just like the original series"
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    Elisabeth Sladen did a decent-enough job with the narration. I especially liked the high, squeaky-but-so-evil voice she used for the Spider characters. The plot and pacing clearly reflected the 20+ minute segments of the old, original Doctor Who shows, with lots of scene changes. I could almost see the old yellow flivver named Bessie that Jon Pertwee drove, as well as the Brigadier and the Sergeant from UNIT. Fun, likeable, not great.
    (from my GoodReads review)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden Fruit: Corinna Chapman Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Louise Siversen
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Corinna Chapman, owner of Earthly Delights, detests Christmas. The shoppers are frantic and the heat oppressive. Neither of which, this perfect size 20 with a genius for baking breads finds congenial. She's dreaming of quiet, air-conditioned comfort but instead finds herself dealing with a rose-loving donkey named Serena, a maniacal mother with staring eyes, a distracted assistant searching for the perfect muffin recipe, her friend the fearless witch Meroe, and the luscious Daniel with whom she'd like to spend a lot more time.

    CatBookMom says: "Nicely done; very enjoyable"
    "Nicely done; very enjoyable"
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    Another very enjoyable story about Corinna and her wonderful bakery, the great friends she has, and the odd little mysteries that fall into her life. Nice Christmas theme twining through, without being sappy; and of course there’s no snow, since Christmas happens in Melbourne in the middle of summer. The narrator, Louise Siversen, isn’t quite as multi-voiced as Stephanie Daniel, who reads Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher books, but she’s very good. 4 stars means I like it a lot.

    Definitely recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (1187)
    Story
    (1200)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Better to read than listen"
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    I found that it was not possible for me to continue listening to this book, and had to get the print edition. It was nothing wrong with Ms. Ericksen's narration, which was wonderful, as always. It was something I cannot describe about this particular killer and the words that described his killings, that somehow affected me as an audiobook; as a print book, I could skim or skip the cruelest bits.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Ballarat Train: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (351)

    In Phryne's third adventure, Phryne is off to Ballarat for a week of fabulousness, but the sedate journey by train turns out to be far from the restful trip she was planning. What was planned as a restful country sojourn turns into the stuff of nightmares: a young girl who can't remember anything, rumours of vile white slavery and the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings.

    Kathi says: "Phryne's back--another really fun listen!"
    "Outstanding!"
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    I am a huge fan of the Phryne Fisher mysteries, both in print and in audio, and this is one of the best. Stephanie Daniel is an excellent narrator, and I cannot say enough about how well she does voices and background, timing and emphasis.

    I've recently listened to a couple of new audio versions of long-time sci-fi/fantasy favorites, and I wish the narrators had listened to Ms Daniel as a training exercise.

    Very highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sassinak: The Planet Pirates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (110)

    Sassinak was 12 when the raiders came. That made her just the right age: old enough to be used, young enough to be broken. Or so the slavers thought. But Sassy turned out to be a little different from your typical slave girl. Maybe it was her unusual physical strength. Maybe it was her friendship with the captured Fleet crewman. Maybe it was her spirit. Whatever it was, it wouldn't let her resign herself to the life of a slave. She bided her time, watched for her moment. Finally it came, and she escaped.

    CatBookMom says: "I hoped for better; I didn't get it."
    "I hoped for better; I didn't get it."
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    Once again I am disappointed by the newly published audiobook of an old favorite sf/f book. Maybe Audible Frontiers needs a bit more in their budget for narrators.

    Ax Norman did a passable job of reading the book. He did not feature any differing voices for the different characters. Toward the end of the book he began to waver in how he pronounced names - maybe he was getting tired. And Mr Norman's rhythm varied a lot, sometimes fast when it should have been slow and vice-versa.

    It was perhaps only my many re-readings of this book that made me hope for better, and that I differed with how Mr Norman chose to pronounce names. The title character in particular, I've always thought of as SASS-ih-nak, not Sah-SIN-ik. Sadly, we can't ask Ms McCaffrey.

    I won't be buying any sequels as audiobooks, and definitely not any of Mr Norman's other recordings. In 2013, I've come to expect multiple voices, consistent pronunciations, and timing that suits the story.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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