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MARIA

Miami, FL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Wings: The Bromeliad Trilogy #3

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Somewhere in a place so far up that there is no down, a ship is waiting to take the nomes home, back to wherever they came from. And one nome, Masklin, knows that they've got to try and contact the ship.

    MARIA says: "Ok, but not brilliant"
    "Ok, but not brilliant"
    Overall

    While I loved the setting for this installment, I am still disconcerted by Stephen Briggs' performance. Again, no variation of his performance from his Discworld performances, so you will hear Granny Weatherwax or Nanny Ogg from the lips of other characters.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Evolutionary Psychology I: The Science of Human Nature

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Allen D. MacNeill
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    “Why do we do what we do?” In this thought-provoking series of lectures, Professor Allen D. MacNeill examines the surprising - and sometimes unsettling - answers to this most basic of human questions. The remarkable new field of evolutionary psychology takes a scientific approach to the evolution of human nature. Analyzing human behavior in relation to food, clothing, shelter, health care, and sex, Evolutionary Psychology proves an immensely stimulating exploration of human endeavor.

    James says: "Great primer on Evolutionary Psychology"
    "Not Great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you want to learn everything there is to know about who founded what, then this is for you. If you want to know how any of this research is applied to humans, then keep searching. I'm sure the MS series has such an audiobook.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The French Revolution, Volume 1: The Bastille

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Carlyle
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution is a landmark of literary history. Conceived not as a dry recounting of facts, but as a personal, vivid, direct and dramatic encounter with the turbulent times of revolutionary France, it is in fact an extended dramatic monologue in which we meet not only the striking personalities and events of the time, but the equally striking personality and mind of Thomas Carlyle himself.

    Michael says: "A Poetic Version of the Revolution"
    "a regret"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A dreadful waste of money. If you are expecting to actually learn something about French history in a meaningful way, pick something else.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Forever Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dan Abnett
    • Narrated By Catherine Tate
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    When the TARDIS is invaded by a holographic marketing scam, the Doctor and Donna find themselves trapped on the Edifice, a purpose-built complex of luxury apartments in space. Their new environs leave much to be desired: millions of beings from across the Universe have been gathered to live side by side in similar apartments. Instead of creating neighbourly affection, it's led to terrible battles being waged in the corridors and on the stairwells.

    rtdb says: "Brilliant performance"
    "Very Well Done"
    Overall

    This would have gotten 5 stars, but paying almost $10 for a 2-hour audiobook seemed excessive. Catherine Tate is a wonderful actress and her characterizations gave the story life. A very good listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Apollo 23

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Justin Richards
    • Narrated By James Albrecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    For a few moments this afternoon, it rained on the moon...' An astronaut in full spacesuit appears out of thin air in a busy shopping centre. Maybe it's a publicity stunt. A photo shows a well-dressed woman in a red coat lying dead at the edge of a crater on the dark side of the moon - beside her beloved dog 'Poochie'. Maybe it's a hoax. But as the Doctor and Amy find out, these are just minor events in a sinister plan to take over every human being on Earth.

    Rachel says: "Not Nearly As Bad as the Other Reviews Say"
    "average reader, average story"
    Overall

    The story was average and might have been a bit more interesting had the reader been up to it. The American accents employed were simply dreadful (be prepared for the mispronunciation of words such as "schedule"). Not worth the purchase price.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • These Old Shades

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (189)

    Society believes the worst of Justin Alastair, the notorious Duke of Avon who is clearly proud of his Sobriquet, Satanas. It is he who buys Leon body and soul from a scoundrel in a Paris backstreet.

    Sharon says: "The epitome of romance"
    "A Compelling Story, A Fine Performance"
    Overall

    The good thing about Garrett is that he does such different voices for his characters, that each takes on a life of his or her own. His vocalizations don't repeat themselves from one book to another.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiet Gentleman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming.

    Carol says: "Over the top"
    "Garrett provides another fine performance."
    Overall

    This book is slow to develop, but steadily picks up steam. A stellar performance by Garrett.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Reluctant Widow

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.

    Joseph R says: "The Governess's New Position"
    "Francis Cheviot steals the show."
    Overall

    Garrett's portrayal of Francis Cheviot is one of the most entertaining interpretations I have ever heard. Garrett brings all his characters to vivid life. Well done.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Paradox: Artemis Fowl, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Enn Reitel
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    After disappearing for three years, Artemis Fowl has returned to a life different from the one he had. Now he's a big brother, and spends his days teaching his twin siblings the important things in life, such as how to properly summon a waiter at a French restaurant..

    Chris says: "Disappointing Narraration, buy the paper book."
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    First, the change in readers was very disappointing and diminished the enjoyment of the story. Second, the story itself was uninspired and a patched together with literary cliches. I look forward to the next book proving this one was the equivalent of an off day.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tales from the Norse Legends

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Edward Ferrie
    • Narrated By Benjamin Soames
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    The tales of the Norse gods, of the giants, demons, trolls and dwarves, still have the power to fascinate more than a thousand years after they were first told. Here are the stories of the one-eyed god Odin, Tyr the god of war, of the cunning Loki, of Thor the mighty thunder god and a host of others.

    reggie p says: "lots of fun"
    "Only thing worse is the Greek Tales"
    Overall

    Poor delivery.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tales from the Greek Legends

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Edward Ferrie
    • Narrated By Benjamin Soames
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The great myths of Ancient Greece have inspired mankind for centuries. Each of the heroes has to undergo trials of strength and courage to prove his valor against a host of monsters - the Minotaur, half man, half bull; Hydra, the many-headed serpent; Medusa the Gorgon. Meanwhile, the gods, lead by Zeus the Thunderer from his seat on Mount Olympus, watch, encourage, help - and sometimes hinder.

    reggie p says: "just what I wanted"
    "Could have been worse"
    Overall

    Good information, poor delivery.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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