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Yvette

Kirkland, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Black Sun Rising: Coldfire Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (576)

    The Coldfire trilogy tells a story of discovery and battle against evil on a planet where a force of nature exists that is capable of reshaping the world in response to psychic stimulus. This terrifying force, much like magic, has the power to prey upon the human mind, drawing forth a person's worst nightmare images or most treasured dreams and indiscriminately giving them life. This is the story of two men. They are absolute enemies who must unite to conquer an evil greater than anything their world has ever known.

    William says: "Tedium Ad Nauseum"
    "Nice narration, interesting premise, but bad story"
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    The reviewer "William" said it better than I could--this story became a chore to listen to. The story started off interesting and with a cool premise, but by the middle of the story it was becoming clear that the plot was going to progress at a very slow pace, that the characters weren't going to find sufficiently believable motivations, and that the stakes weren't going to be raised any time soon. I consistently found myself asking why this quest was still happening.

    The main character makes decisions that are bewildering, sacrificing his core values--and really, the core values of anyone even trying to be moral, that is, "killing lots of innocent people is bad" for a cause he has all but emotionally abandoned by that point.

    The stakes are assumed to be high, and "people will suffer if we don't finish this" is used as a justification for helping an evil person who must kill countless innocents to survive. The trouble is that despite the book's description, the story never really gives us any evidence that this is true. The main character wrestles with the moral problems of whether or not he can justify working with evil to fight some vague evil, but never stops to wonder what it is he's actually doing or why.

    It just got frustrating.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing Well Audio Collection

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By William Zinsser
    • Narrated By William Zinsser
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (75)

    This expanded audio collection presents William Zinsser's On Writing Well, the classic teaching book that has sold more than 1 million copies, together with a new 90-minute section that tells you how to write a memoir.

    Kindle Customer says: "Zinsser lays out"
    "Disappointed"
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    The audiobook description doesn't make it clear that the vast majority (the "bonus" section)of this audiobook relates exclusively to memoir writing. I don't mind extras but as intelligent as the course was, far too little was useful for anyone but memoir writers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Learn French: Ultimate Getting Started with French Box Set, Lessons 1-55

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Innovative Language Learning
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (22)

    Start speaking French in minutes, and grasp the language, culture and customs in just minutes more with Ultimate Getting Started with French Box Set, a completely new way to learn French with ease! Ultimate Getting Started with French Box Set will have you speaking with proper pronunciation from the very first lesson and arm you with cultural insight and other information to utterly shock and amaze your French friends.

    Yvette says: "Love the program, hate the choice of lessons"
    "Love the program, hate the choice of lessons"
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    I recognize the program from a podcast I listen to, a very good one. The narrators are excellent and informative, and I've always wanted to purchase more of their lessons.

    However, when it comes to the lessons Innovative Language Learning chose to include in this "ultimate getting started" box set, I was very disappointed.

    A huge chunk of these 55 lessons (I'd say somewhere around ~20, very rough guess) don't actually include ANY lessons on speaking French, but rather information like French pop culture icons, French politics, etc. The program starts off well with lessons about pronunciation and grammar, then for some bizarre reason all you end up learning is how French government works etc.

    This isn't "Learning French"--it's helpful but it's not at all what was advertised.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1322)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1102)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"
    "Made me appreciate Arthurian legend"
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    Like most people, I've only ever had a passing familiarity with Arthurian legend. I got curious after this book was recommended to me, and gave it a try. I'm so glad that I did!

    The narrators (written and voice) are incredibly engaging. The story is a brilliant, elegant character study without all of the snobby you often find in more complex works. I've had trouble stifling my laughter while listening to this book at work--it's often as hilarious as it is moving. I went in expecting to enjoy Merlin as a character and that's about it, and came out with emotional baggage. Now I'll always have an especially soft spot for Lancelot, Pellinore, Guinevere, the Orkney brothers, and many more.

    This book gets described as a classic, but more importantly, it's the kind of classic that really is timeless and has a powerful emotional impact. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8804)
    Performance
    (8082)
    Story
    (8121)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "The weakest of the series, but necessary"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Feast for Crows to be better than the print version?

    Yes--Roy Dotrice is a real joy to listen to.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There's some redundancies/overlap in the points of view. Several chapters could have been removed entirely and not taken away from the known information, that were new and dry POVs.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His character voices, singing, and the general sound of his voice are all a real treat.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Everybody dies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15592)
    Performance
    (12114)
    Story
    (12180)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "An emotional read"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Storm of Swords the most enjoyable?

    Dotrice's narration makes the excellent story even better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Storm of Swords?

    There are just too many in this one, especially when compared to Book 2.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voices! I love all of the voices he does, and how he sings the songs and puts the emotions into his work.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listened to the audiobook at work and numerous times listening to this one, had to try very hard not to laugh, or cheer, and a few times had to stop listening for a little bit because I was so upset at what had happened.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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