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J. HOPPER

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  • Witches Abroad: Discworld #12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (539)

    Pamela says: "What fun!"
    "One of the best Witch books"
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    I'm a Terry Pratchett fangirl. I adore almost everything he writes. He's witty and clever, and knows things about Story that amaze me.

    This book is about Fairy Tales, and how a fairy godmother may not be who you think she is.

    Pratchett narrators are generally excellent. I love Nigel Planer's way with voices.

    I listen to this one over and over again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Railroad!: Volume 1: Rodger Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tonia Brown
    • Narrated By JoBe Cerny
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Railroad is a fast pace steampunk story of gadgetry, gunplay and grit.Join us as we follow the strange stand-alone train known as the Sleipnir; eight cars of free traveling steam powered might. Able to lay her own tracks, as well as pick them up again, the train is a marvelous feat of engineering, and as an unbound entity she can travel anywhere her master desires. The only trouble is the trouble she attracts.

    Bill says: "Great beginning!"
    "A light and pleasant listen"
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    This is a nice, light entertainment, the first volume in a serial novel. I think it has some characteristics of the old-fashioned Western serial movies. It's set in the Old West, but one that has more in common with "The Wild, Wild West" than with "Tombstone".

    I was interested in this book because it has a train in it, albeit a very unusual train, one that doesn't need conventional tracks. It has a bit of the paranormal, with a ghost, dog-men, a possible zombie(?). It has a wacky genius professor, a clockwork butler, and a Hero With A Past. A Heroine shows up near the end of this volume too.

    This isn't the sort of thing I usually spend much time on, so I don't plan to pick up the other volumes, but I don't regret listening to this.

    The narrator is earnest and tries really hard. His pronunciation of Sleipnir slides around a little, and there are a few infelicities in his pacing, but I'll give him A for effort.

    I got this audiobook for free in return for an honest review. This is my honest opinion. If you like this sort of Crazy West steampunk-y story, you'll like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Dog Dare: The Raine Stockton Dog Mystery Series, Volume 8

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Donna Ball
    • Narrated By Donna Postel
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    For dog trainer and search-and-rescue volunteer Raine Stockton, the last few months have been marked by murder, danger, and betrayal. A luxury vacation to the Caribbean resort island of St. Bart's sounds like the perfect antidote for stress, particularly since it includes three of her favorite traveling companions: her boyfriend, Miles; his daughter, Melanie; and Raine's happy-go-lucky golden retriever, Cisco. But even in paradise, trouble finds them.

    Briant says: "Quick, light and fun with a twist of murder"
    "An easy, enjoyable mystery"
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    This is my second Raine Stockton dog mystery. It's the 8th book in the series, and the other one I read was the very first book (Smoky Mountain Tracks). I was afraid I'd be bothered by what I'd missed in the intervening books, but the author gives enough background in the course of the story that I could mostly fill in the missing pieces.

    This is a fairly cozy mystery, though a child does get put into a bit of danger. It takes place in St. Bart's, where Miles, Raine's boyfriend, has taken her for a much-needed vacation. And of course there is murder involved. Raine tries to navigate the world of the rich and famous, but feels a bit alienated. She misses her mountain home.

    The mystery part is pretty straightforward. The author does foreshadow some of what's going to happen from the very first, and there weren't (to me) any real surprises in how the plot worked out. But I liked the way two themes of the plot dovetailed at the end, and echoed each other. (I'm trying to avoid spoilers here!)

    I started listening to this book on Wednesday night, and finished listening on Thursday afternoon. A book that keeps me listening straight through is fairly rare! It helps that the narrator has a warm and lovely voice. She does just enough different voices/accents to help keep the characters clearly defined. I liked that Miles' mother's South Carolina accent was just a bit different from Miles' Atlanta accent.

    It's an easy, enjoyable listen, and I'm glad I had the chance to hear it.

    One note: I was slightly disappointed that she left her Aussies at home. If she'd had an Aussie with her instead of a Golden Retriever, she probably wouldn't have had a dog that would go off with a stranger! Aussies are generally more cautious than that. :) (Yes, I've shared my home with Australian Shepherds for many years.)

    Full disclosure: I received this audiobook for free in return for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton-Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (729)

    The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget.

    colleen says: "A Different Pratchett"
    "An unlikely pair of authors"
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    I love Terry Pratchett almost better than life itself. I've read a little Stephen Baxter, but nothing recently. I was a little apprehensive when I read that they were collaborating. I was afraid I'd be disappointed.

    I wasn't.

    The book is science fiction. It's obviously the beginning of a series, and there are lots of threads left dangling. But I really liked the idea of the multiple Earths that people suddenly learned how to "step" into. I'd've loved to have a little more actual STORY rather than just foundation-laying, but I still enjoyed the book.

    The narrator does an EXCELLENT job. Again, I'm used to Nigel Planer or Stephen Briggs with Pratchett, and I was worried that I wouldn't like this narrator. But his use of voices and accents was exceptionally good, and really helped to make the characters stand out one from another. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. Well done all around.

    16 of 20 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
    (1608)
    Performance
    (1352)
    Story
    (1354)

    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!"
    "Great story, AMAZING narration"
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    I read this story years ago, so when the complete audio version became available, I snapped it up. The story is pretty much as I remembered, but so much better because of the narration. Neville Jason handles the archaic terms impeccably, and moves easily between the chivalric language harking back to Malory and the more modern phrases and asides.

    Mr. Jason also strikes just the right notes, whether in the light-hearted sections or in the more poignant passages. I felt the true sense of tragedy in the story of a king who tried to do something new and good, and who nevertheless was brought down by fate and youthful indiscretions.

    An excellent, excellent story, and a lovely narration. I didn't mind the last book, but if you skip it, you won't really have missed anything much. But I wanted to hear the whole thing, and I'm glad I did. Thank you, T.H. White and Neville Jason for a truly memorable work.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1573)
    Performance
    (1394)
    Story
    (1395)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    karen says: ""A river runs through it...""
    "Listened to the whole book in one sitting"
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    Will Patton did an excellent job of narration in this book. I'd seen the movie, but had never read the book. The movie follows the book pretty closely.

    I thought the whole story was quite engrossing, since I finally finished listening at 3 in the morning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper Man: Discworld #11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (605)

    Edmund says: "The most moving of the series"
    "One of my very favorite Pratchett stories"
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    I come back again and again to listen to this book. I really enjoy Pratchett's depiction of Death as a character. I love the storyline where Death, as Bill Door, meets and works with Miss Flitworth.

    There is a silly plotline with wizards, and another with Windell Poons, who keeps trying to be dead, but failing. All good fun. :)

    One of my absolute favorites of the Discworld books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick F. McManus
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    Bo Tully is the sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, where law enforcement is usually pretty mundane: tracking down truants running away from school, picking up country boys who've had a few too many beers. But Tully gets a little more than the country norm when an ex-con calls with the startling news that there's a corpse draped across one of his fences.

    Carl says: "WHAT A TREAT"
    "A mystery by McManus"
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    I've read lots of McManus' humorous works and always enjoyed them. I was curious to see how he would do with a mystery novel.

    He did ok. The biggest criticism I have is that I thought you could see the structure of the plot a little too obviously. But it's good and workmanlike, and kept my interest.

    As others have said, the narrator really makes this book. His style is laconic and a bit understated, and it really works well. It took me a little bit to get used to it, but I was a big fan after a couple of chapters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Soul Music: Discworld #16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (913)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (440)

    Silas Marrs says: "Low sound quality"
    "Death rocks"
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    This isn't my favorite book in the Discworld canon, but any book that brings us more about Death and Susan Sto Helit is worthwhile in my world.

    I found the "music with rocks in" theme a little heavy-handed for my tastes. But listening to Nigel Planer is always fun. And Death gets to be awesome, as usual.

    I want to be Susan Sto Helit when I grow up. Either her or Nanny Ogg. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1728)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (868)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "Working my way through these books"
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    I really enjoy Andy Carpenter and his friends in these books. Good, light entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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