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Linda

Benton Harbor, MI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • A Beautiful Friendship: Star Kingdom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1055)

    Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home - a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie's explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!

    brendanstallard says: "Wow, Weber hits the target."
    "Great start to the series"
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    Where does A Beautiful Friendship rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well up in the top 5 percent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Beautiful Friendship?

    I think when Stephanie was injured and Lionheart protected her.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    A tossup between Stephanie and Lionheart.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I have already gotten the second book. I also tried the Honor Harrington series by the same author on the reviews of other listeners but returned it as I found it to be totally uninteresting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9814)
    Performance
    (8811)
    Story
    (8974)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Not the old CD version"
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    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    The story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None in particular


    Have you listened to any of Rob Inglis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I know


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I had the old CD version of the Hobbit and nearly wore it out listening to it. I was a bit disappointed by this new version, I don't care for some of the character interpretation or voices, but that's probably because I am accustomed to different ones. The story doesn't change however. The main thing that I do not like in this audio book vs. a reading book is the singing of all the songs. While the narrator has a good singing voice, I don't think that the dwarves and hobbit would have such a cultured singing voice. I find myself wanting to skip forward over the songs. Overall, I believe that most listeners would enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mossflower: Redwall, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brian Jacques
    • Narrated By Brian Jacques, Full Cast
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (134)

    Visit the magical animal world of Brian Jacques in this thrilling prequel to Redwall. Long before the abbey of Redwall is built, the land is known simply as Mossflower, a lush woodland and happy home to all. That is, until Tsarmina, a cruel wildcat queen who demands obedience and offers the castle's dungeon to those who defy her, comes along. Brian Jacques' tales of courageous heroes and deliciously hateful villains have captivated countless readers.

    Laura says: "Fantastic listening"
    "As good as the written books"
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    What did you love best about Mossflower?

    I have read the entire Mossflower series and enjoy the audible books as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mossflower?

    None in particular


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Voices were easy to listen to but not really altogether how I had imagined some of them.


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

    Neither.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    After 500 years, the world's huge debt to the wisdom of the Indians of the Americas has finally been explored in all its vivid drama by anthropologist Jack Weatherford. He traces the crucial contributions made by the Indians to our federal system of government, our democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture, and ecology, and in this astonishing, ground-breaking book takes a giant step toward recovering a true American history.

    Lou says: "Eye Opening..."
    "Not Quite what I had Expected"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, while there were some points of interest, overall, it was rather boring.


    What was most disappointing about Jack Weatherford’s story?

    I had thought it would have more of an historic theme about the contributions of the American Indians and it wasn't


    Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

    No real characters represented.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If it hadn't been a free book I would have returned it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3992)
    Performance
    (2424)
    Story
    (2459)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Mote in God's Eye?

    There was always something new going on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subject line had good continuity


    What about L J Ganser’s performance did you like?

    There was good character interpretation.


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

    Be careful of alien sentients.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon's Time: A Dragonriders of Pern Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    For the first time in more than three years, best-selling authors Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey have teamed up again to do what they do best: add another chapter to the Dragonriders of Pern. Even though Lorana cured the plague that was killing the dragons of Pern, sacrificing her queen dragon in the process, the effects of the disease were so devastating that there are no longer enough dragons available to fight the fall of deadly Thread. And as the situation grows more dire, a pregnant Lorana decides that she must take drastic steps in the quest for help.

    Josie says: "Too confusing!"
    "Rather disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey and/or Emily Durante?

    I love Anne McCaffrey books, but her son Todd does not quite seem to have her gift, and Emily Durante definitely does NOT make for an enjoyable listen. Having her as narrator is almost enough to prevent me from listening at all.


    If you’ve listened to books by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey before, how does this one compare?

    I love pretty much anything that Anne has written, I am nearly always very disappointed by Todd's work, however.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice is too high pitched to be comfortable and when she attempts to alter her voice to indicated a man's character, it comes out sounding very badly.


    Could you see Dragon's Time being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, I cannot. I would love to see a movie being made of Anne's early Pern series, but not the later books.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a shame that Anne has passed on leaving Todd to continue Pern. She attempted to involve him while she could still contribute, but his stamp is undeniable and leaves much to be desired. This story is far too much about the characters and their feelings and way too little about the situation they are in. It is also very disjointed and the entire storyline is so chopped up that one cannot piece it all together. Not at all the quality one would expect of a Pern novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom's Challenge: Freedom Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Susie Breck, Dick Hill
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    Kris Bjornsen has come a long way since alien slave ships scooped her up in Denver with thousands of others. Dropped off on an apparently uninhabited world with the rest, she has fallen in love with Zainal, a renegade Catteni, and has made a comfortable life for herself and her new family. But she feels a soldier's duty to escape Botany and rejoin the struggle for freedom.

    Linda says: "Interesting and Different"
    "Interesting and Different"
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    Where does Freedom's Challenge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I particularly like Anne McCaffrey books and this is as good as her Pern series. I think she could have gone on and added to this series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Freedom's Challenge?

    None in particular


    What does Susie Breck and Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Probably nothing special


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

    N?A


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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