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Jessica

ROMA, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • 24 reviews
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  • 38 purchased in 2014
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  • Utopia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas More, Gilbert Burnet (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Sir Thomas More's Utopia has spurred debate, reflection, and critical thinking since its original publication in the 16th century. More's fictional island of Utopia provides an exploration of issues that shook him and his contemporaries and that continue to be problematic in the modern day.

    oscar says: "Good re-enacment of a Classic!"
    "Clearly written by a man."
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    I'm no women's liberationist but the some of the ideas in this book are so ridiculous I cannot understand how it has survived the centuries and remains popular enough to be cited in popular media (like movies).

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (378)

    I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of 10 thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just "VRI Inc.", and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing...except a single word, on the notes line: "You." Just those three letters.

    NEW NAME says: "Whew....that was....WOW!"
    "Obsessive compulsive "hero""
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    The storyline kept bugging me because the "hero" was a control freak (to the point of OCD) and the author seemed to think it was sexy. Maybe I struggled because I grew up in the land of "She'll be right, mate" or "No worries, whatever's easiest" I found his control issues rather ugly. If I didn't know any better, I'd suspect Jasinda Wilder was actually a bloke. Surely no woman would seriously dream of such a situation.
    All that aside, the narrator did a good job. I really appreciate a good actor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows (Part One): Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (221)

    A Feast for Crows brings to life dark magic, intrigue and terrible bloodshed as the war-torn landscape of the Seven Kingdoms is threatened by destruction as vast as any in its violent past. The War of the Five Kings has ripped Westeros apart. The bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning Lannisters occupy the Iron Throne, with allies as ruthless as themselves. Lord Frey was host at the Red Wedding, so called for the massacre of the guests, their screams unheard above the music of the feast.

    Tony says: "Disjointed and Confusing"
    "Roy Dotrice has failed"
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    I admit I wasn't a great fan of Roy Dotrice to start with - he has a limited range and really only ever did justice to three or four characters at the most, I think. But in this book, he has changed the voice of Arya into that of a gutter-rat and Cersei into a shrieking banshee. Actually, Cersei seems to take on Joff's vocal range.
    The story line continues to add in irrelevant characters. I'd like to see an abridged version of the whole story line. If I were reading the physical book, I dare say I'd be cutting out chapters. As it is, I tune out of Roy Dotrice's narration every now and then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings (Part One): Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (310)

    This is Part One of Book 2 of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series. George R. R. Martin’s superb fantasy epic continues in consummate style as bloodshed and alchemy lay waste the Seven Kingdoms. This second volume of A Song of Ice and Fire is unabridged and split into two parts. The Iron Throne once united the Sunset Lands, but King Robert is dead, his widow is a traitor to his memory, and his surviving brothers are set on a path of war amongst themselves.

    Michael says: "If you are up to this, you are hooked"
    "Not the best narration"
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    I think they could've found a better narrator. He did well for King Robert in Book 1, and Eddard Stark and Tyrion Lannister for that matter (pardon the spelling, I've not read the books). But I'm rather disappointed in his need to give all minor characters cockney, ill-spoken, or drawling accents. Even children! Truly, when was the last time you ever heard any child speak with a slow drawl?
    I join my fellow listeners in disappointment over the splitting of the book into two parts but Audible are fantastic about returning old books so I don't really begrudge them this. They do what they can. It was probably the publisher's decision, anyway. Better to do it this way than not at all.
    As for the story line so far, this book lacks something the first had in abundance. In the first, I was gripped from the moment the dyrewolf cubs were found, but this one... the only interest I've found is trying to keep up with Tyrian Lannister, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm - Prologue: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading, Harriet McDougal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    The prologue of the long-awaited conclusion to Robert Jordan's fantasy masterpiece. This selection features a bonus recording of Robert Jordan's widow and longtime editor, Harriet McDougal, discussing the process of continuing the Wheel of Time series after Jordan's death, and how they came to select Brandon Sanderson to carry the torch.

    Brent says: "Exactly what I expected, something extraordinary"
    "Poor sound quality, no new material"
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    This is an extract from the Gathering Storm, and a very poor quality one at that. The sound was dreadful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crossroads of Twilight: Book Ten of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3751)
    Performance
    (2049)
    Story
    (2072)

    The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Crossroads of Twilight is book ten of Robert Jordan's best selling Wheel of Time series.

    Robert Eric Koch says: "The Lowest Point of the Entire Series"
    "Almost nothing happened!"
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    The only (ONLY) part of this book that impacts the story line is Matt and Tuon's courtship. Aside from that, I was bored witless. I read somewhere that Jordan was influenced by War and Peace. I couldn't agree more. This book removes all doubt.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shelters of Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Rowena Cooper
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Ayla and Jondalar leave the safety of the lands of the Mammoth Hunters and embark on a seemingly impossible journey across an entire continent. Their goal is the Cro-Magnon settlement in what is now southern France where Jondalar lived as a young man. Accompanied by the half-tame Wolf, the superb stallion, Racer, and the mare, Whinney, they brave both savage enemies and the elemental dangers of weather and terrain in their search for the place that will become Home.

    Jessica says: "I liked it but..."
    "I liked it but..."
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    I was very disappointed in Rowena for changing her pronounciation of Zelandonii. In Valley of the Horses, it was established that it was pronounced Zelandonyee, but in this book (where it's repeated a hundred times!) she changes it to Zelandonee-eye. Soooo frustrating. There were a few other things that got on my nerves: The River she pronounces as Thee River, more often than not. I think this is more an error on Jean's part, though. It is extremely distracting and very unnecessary. This is the last book I care for in the series. The final book is not to my taste at all and I have no desire to purchase the audible version, having already read the printed version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (787)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "A compelling read."
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    It took a few hours to peak my interest but once grabbed, I couldn't stop. Even had it playing at work. The main character does tend to carry on a bit. The actors are very good. The punch line at the climax of the story lost a bit of strength because it wasn't as obvious to me (in the 21st century!) just how serious the deed really was, but the true depth of the plot soon came out and only then could I understand the main characters' vehement reactions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Magic: The Immortals, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Tamora Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (243)

    When Daine comes down from the mountains, she carries with her two things: a dark secret about her own past, and a strangely powerful magic that even she doesn't understand.

    Cathy says: "The Immortals series: One of my favorite"
    "Narration is a little off-putting."
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    I have been a fan of this story and subsequent books in the series for years. I'm a little disconcerted by the narration, however. Bearing in mind that I'm Australian and the author is American, I always read the names with the hard American "a" sound (as in apple), thinking I was being congruous with the American author's intention. Boy, was I wrong. It's a very odd mix of English pronunciation for names and American accent for basic narration. E.g. the words "Arram asked" becomes "Arm assked" and it turns out that Alana is pronounced Alahna. Hardly fitting, given the origins of that character (Alan).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naamah's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    Far from the land of her birth, Moirin sets out across Tatar territory to find Bao, the proud and virile Ch'in fighter who holds the missing half of her diadh-anam, the divine soul-spark of her mother's people. After a long ordeal, she not only succeeds but surrenders to a passion the likes of which she's never known. But the lovers' happiness is short-lived, for Bao is entangled in a complication that soon leads to their betrayal.

    Selin says: "LOVED IT! Can't wait till June 2011"
    "Disapointing story, nothing like Phedre's."
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    Sex scenes totally ruined it. Phedre's sex scenes always left me wanting more, but Moirin's were explicitly detailed and did nothing for me. They were disjointed, no build up of sexual tension between characters and, basically, wonton. If it weren't for Anne Flosnik's vocal talents, I'd never have bothered to finish this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky Man: A Memoir

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael J. Fox
    • Narrated By Michael J. Fox
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease: a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself.

    Patti says: "Not Bad for a Celebrity Story"
    "Refreshingly honest"
    Overall
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    I loved it, and am thrilled that he was able to narrate it himself. I've never been a fan of tabloids so most of his story is completely new to me. His voice has a lilt to it that no-one will ever be able to immitate. I think I'd like to listen to more from him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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