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Deborah

Plattsburgh, NY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1316)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (745)

    Here is the saga of a people who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear; how they lived; the animals they hunted; the great totems they revered. But mostly it is the story of Ayla, the girl they found and raised, who was not like them. To the Clan, her fair looks make her different - ugly.

    Terri says: "Clan of the Cave Bear"
    "Narrator distracting"
    Overall

    I read these books year ago and thought they were great. Listening to them, I found the narrator to add little to the story, even frequently distracting me, with little variation in her voice characterizations. The story is unique and worth listening to, but I didn't find it as gripping as the book and can't recommend the narrator. I'm glad to have refreshed my memory about the story line but won't listen to it again.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Redeeming Love

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (545)

    Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

    Jo says: "Not Just For Girls"
    "Lovely and memorable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Redeeming Love again? Why?

    Yes. I read the book years ago and count it as one of my favorites. Francine Rivers touches on some tragic topics and reveals so many elements of the human condition. It's a story with so much depth that you will remember it long after its end. I know the characters have been well-developed when they make me want to scream at them or cry over their sorrows. Rivers has accomplished that without doubt.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because when I find a really compelling book, I like to savor it. But, it was that good that I did listen to it hours at a time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9363)
    Performance
    (6895)
    Story
    (6939)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Jason says: "Brandon's Best Work Yet"
    "Confusing and slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Way of Kings? What did you like least?

    The narrators do a great job. I've listened to the team before. The man's voice is so low that it grates on the nerves at times, but they're very good.


    What could Brandon Sanderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Introduce fewer characters at a time, in order to develop their characters well. He switches from one character/situation to another, continuing to add new names. I just don't care about them yet, and it's very, very confusing. I've listened to about 10 hours and can't remember who many of them are, especially if I leave the story for a few days. I'll try to slug away at it, because I've read other books from Sanderson, but it will require rewinding a few times.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

    Yes, I've listened to Jim Butcher's series that they narrate.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Doubtful. I'll have to see if I can get through the rest of it first.


    Any additional comments?

    It came with high customer recommendations, so I tried it. I'm really not satisfied at this time, even though I know it must improve eventually.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15210)
    Performance
    (13770)
    Story
    (13866)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Exciting and intriguing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this story overall because it had action, psychological and ethical dilemmas, and pretty good character development. I didn't love the narrator. She sounded like she was sleepy sometimes, but she wasn't bad or annoying. The ending threw me. I'm not sure if it was meant to have a sequel or if it just ended abruptly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Princeps' Fury: Codex Alera, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2575)
    Performance
    (1643)
    Story
    (1662)

    Tavi of Calderon, now recognized as Princeps Gaius Octavian and heir to the crown, has achieved a fragile alliance with Alera's oldest foes, the savage Canim. But when Tavi and his legions guide the Canim safely to their lands, his worst fears are realized. The dreaded Vord - the enemy of Aleran and Cane alike - have spent the last three years laying waste to the Canim homeland. And when the Alerans are cut off from their ships, they find themselves with no choice but to fight shoulder to shoulder if they are to survive.

    Christopher says: "Great Book. Fantastic Narrator. Engrossing Series."
    "Tedious start"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or Kate Reading?

    Having listened to the previous 4 in the series, I am determined to slug my way through this one, but it's so boring so far. I've listened to a fourth of the story. What's up? Jim Butcher is usually an easy read, but this one is so bogged down with war stratagems and other minutia that I don't know if I can make it through the series. I'm very disappointed. Book 3 picked up, but it also started slowly. This one is really slow though.


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

    Regardless of whether a book is a stand alone or a sequel, it still needs some action. So far, there is nothing happening but lots and lots and lots of talking about nothing.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    She's very good consistently. I only have trouble with her when she yells like a man. It's kind of disturbing.


    Do you think Princeps' Fury needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If the story isn't finished, then yes. I haven't finished it so don't know how it ends. I dislike not finishing a series but won't get the next one if this one continues to go so slowly.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Lover: The Masters of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brenda Joyce
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Ian Maclean's arrogance hides a terrible secret - for decades he was held prisoner by demons. Not a day goes by that he isn't tormented by his darkest fears of powerlessness. Now he is about to sell to the highest bidder a page he's stolen from the Book of Power - if one woman doesn't stop him.

    Cindy Simmons says: "I really don't like the narrator."
    "Horrible narrator"
    Overall

    I couldn't stand the narrator, and it was so distracting that any interest in the book vanished. Read it instead of listening to it, and save yourself the irritation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Enchanted Evening

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lynn Kurland
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    A duty-bound knight has taken on the task of rebuilding the most dilapidated castle in all of England. A costume designer gets her chance to shine by showcasing her fairy tale designs at an upscale party in an authentic medieval castle. And the magic that whispers along the castle's hallways is about to orchestrate an improbable happily-ever-after.

    Ilona says: "enchanting"
    "Sappy"
    Overall

    The storyline could have been redeemed, but the author created one of those women who never ask the right question or give the right information when it's needed. There were also lots of missing bits in the story, so sometimes I wasn't sure what had happened. It's sappy and too sweet, although there were some interesting parts in it. Too bad.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The High Queen: The Mists of Avalon: Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (179)

    Morgaine, finally reconciled to the birth of her son, must relinquish him to her aunt Morgause in exchange for the kept secret regarding his parentage. Arthur marries the timid but dutiful Gwenhwyfar, while ongoing wars with the Saxon invaders continue to rage accross the land. Morgaine, tired of worldly concerns, attempts to return to Avalon, but disappears without a trace somewhere near the end of her journey.

    Adam says: "Gwenhyfar is not the Guinevere you think you know"
    "Intriguing"
    Overall

    I love Davina Porter's narration so finished the first book and thought it was pretty good. Having just completed book 2, I enjoyed it even more since I'm already involved with the characters. This version of the Arthurian legend introduces some novel ideas about Guinevere and Lancelot, and even Morgane herself. I enjoyed it very much and will continue the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (268)

    At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh. The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a race against time to solve a riddle going back centuries.

    Bob says: "mystery - history storys"
    "Snoozeville"
    Overall

    I have read all of the James Rollins books available at Audible and through the library. This one, regrettably, is a real snoozer. I have tried for months to get through the first half and just can't get interested. I will plug on, only because I have enjoyed his previous books, but don't waste your money if you are reading this review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Spaceman

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Olen Butler
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler tells a magical and humorous contemporary fable that captures the state of humanity at the cusp of a new millennium - as seen through the uniquely sensitive perspective of an empathetic extraterrestrial. An audible.com audio exclusive!

    Jim says: "Mr. Spaceman"
    "Cute, but..."
    Overall

    I actually liked the premise of this book, and found it to have a sweet quality. However, it's always disturbing to be surprised by crass vocabulary when the rest of the story doesn't contain any. This element was so out of sync with the other parts that it left me with bad taste. It's unfortunate too, because I actually liked the Spaceman character a lot and the ending was predictable but had a twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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