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Linda

Rogue River, OR, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (614)

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "Very offbeat, but interesting if only . ."
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    What did you love best about Among Others?

    I love the quirky main character


    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    Almost everything!!! The main character was Welsh and I've heard Welsh people speaking English but NEVER with an accent like that. It was so bad I had a hard time listening to it.
    Her other accents seemed fine.


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (1197)
    Story
    (1190)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Fascinating"
    "I bought this under false pretenses!!"
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    What disappointed you about The Hangman's Daughter?

    I was looking for a book and got an e-mail from Audible suggesting that if I enjoyed Robert McCammon's Mister Slaughter series (the Providence Rider et al), I would certainly enjoy this. I can only surmise after laboriously listening to the first half of this, that whoever came up with that has not listened to either one or both of these authors. I enjoyed every minute of Robert McCammon's novels. The mysteries were riveting and the author kept you completely immersed in the period. Everything was accurate - the language, the history, the descriptions of the locals, clothing, etc. And the narration was also superb. The accents, pronunciation, different voices were all in keeping with the narrative and the time period. So . . . that's what I was expecting. It is certainly not what I got.

    It started with the narration, which sounds more like someone doing a documentary than recording a historical piece and things went rapidly downhill from there. I don't know if it is perhaps the result of careless translation or if the translator was trying to make things sound up to date but there are many, many instances of words or phrases that are out of place in Anno Domini 1660. In once instance there is a fire and people hear the sound of
    "all the breaking glass in the windows". This is Europe in the 1660's! Glass in windows was reserved for the very, very rich. At another point, after referring to a group of children who were running away from him as 'the little bastards' a character them refers to them as those 'kids'. Again, not a commonly used phrase for the time. I find this sort of thing so off putting that it's pretty hard to even concentrate on the plot.

    I will most probably struggle through to the end just because it's hard for me not to finish what I start. But it is also probably the first book that I will use to take advantage of the new 'return' policy that Amazon has started.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm not sure yet.


    What didn’t you like about Grover Gardner’s performance?

    Yikes! A lot! I don't think I've actually ever listened to one of his recordings in the past and I'll listen to the sample very carefully before I do so again. The characters sound so much the same. I feel like someone is reading me a book he doesn't really care for. And notice I said reading, not performing.


    What character would you cut from The Hangman's Daughter?

    most of them


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3241)
    Performance
    (1582)
    Story
    (1581)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Great! Best thing I listened to in a while!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The author did a wonderful job of describing the sights, sounds, smells and feel of Bombay during the time period. And the prose is so poetic that I found myself rewinding and listening to certain descriptions or thoughts more than once. I really cared about the main character - what he did and what happened to him. All of the characters seemed like real people not caricatures. The narrator did a superb job, also, with clearly defined differences in voice, cadence of speech and accents. As long as this book was and with as many people as there were in it, once you heard a character you could recognize them immediately as soon as they started to speak. And all of the accents for the many nationalities were good.

    I'm not attempting to retell the story here because the synopsis is quite good, but it sure is worth the listening time and credit.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd love to see this made into a movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3973)
    Performance
    (2980)
    Story
    (2958)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "Kind of a less believable Mitch Rapp"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was fine, fast, very light (as far as needing concentration - lots of blood and gore!). I got it because I was in a hurry and I like the Mitch Rapp type character. But this guy is unbelievably lucky. And the narrator, who did a good job as any of the men, can't do children's voices. I didn't actually listen to a sample. I was in a hurry and just picked it. While it wasn't horrible and would probably appeal to young guys who like shoot 'em ups, it wasn't nearly good enough for me to get anything else in the series.


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

    The grey man could have been a little less god-like in his performance and ability.


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

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Powder War: Temeraire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (380)

    After their fateful adventure in China, Captain Will Laurence of His Majesty's Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching.

    Margaret says: "really enjoyed the book"
    "The whole series makes great listening"
    Overall

    I just finished the fourth and am about to get the fifth. I've been listening to them back-to-back, something I don't usually do for this long a series of books. I'm waiting to see what Tremaraire and Will Laurence will get up to (and into) next. All of the characters - human and dragon alike - are complex and well written. The battle scenes are great and the Napoleonic wars have never been so interesting! Adding to all of it is Simon Vance's exemplary narration. He makes me happy to be listening to, rather than reading, these books. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1419)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (805)

    When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

    Janet says: "Dragon Riders of Pern meet Master and Commander"
    "Great fun! Well written and narrated"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this 'first of a series' immensely. My thanks to Audible for offering it for sale as I probably wouldn't have tried it otherwise. It's amazing how interesting dragons can make the Napolionic wars to someone who's not a war buff. All of the characters,including the dragons, took on form and substance in my imagination. Simon Vance did his usual superb job. Just got the second in the series and I highly recommend them to one and all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1548)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (950)

    Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about - his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. Vin diPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that - until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking Harley-riding, self-professed savior.

    AMC says: "Promising New Series"
    "Superflous sex!"
    Overall

    If I were reading instead of listening I'd just flip a couple of pages. I really like the story line. I love the narrator and think he adds a lot to the work. And, I admit, I will probably get at least another of the series to try. It is, in part, a love story so a couple of the sex scenes would be fine. They're even well written (if extremely explicit). But after the fifth or sixth it's just too much. They get in the way of an otherwise good tale. Too bad.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Inkspell

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Brendan Fraser
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (305)

    Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past.

    Vanessa says: "Inkspell indeed"
    "Great story, fantastic narration"
    Overall

    I think Brendan Frazer did such a great job on all of the characters (and there are a lot) in this audiobook that they came to life for me. It's as if story was performend by a troop of readers. Each character has a unique tone, accent and cadence to his speech.The series is well written and draws you into the story so complety that when this book ended I was caught short. I so wanted to hear what was going to happen to Dustfinger, the BlueJay, Meggie and Fareed that as soon as I got home today, I purchased InkDeath. I am, however, very disappointed that there is another narrator for this final book. I'm sure it will be good, but . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6436)
    Performance
    (3218)
    Story
    (3238)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "a great 5 star listen!"
    Overall

    It was such a pleasure to listen to this book. An adventure tale that captured my imagination with the first sentences,it held it until the very end. The narration was perfect also. As I listened I could visualize the author creating these wonderful charatacters and I'm sure only he could have brought them so vividly to life. I hope that no one is put off from purchasing this because of the 'YA' category. I think it would be enjoyed by lovers of fiction of almost every age.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Stanley
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour - no body, no case. But when Kalahari game rangers stumble on a human corpse midmeal, it turns out the murder wasn't perfect after all. Enough evidence is left to suggest foul play. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department is assigned to the case.

    Robert says: "Hot and Arid"
    "disappointing in so many ways"
    Overall

    Maybe it's because I've never read anything else by this author that I was so unhappy with this. I chose the book by the description, listened to a sample and read reviews. I was expecting an interesting mystery set in Africa with a lot of local flavor. I was intrigued with the idea of a new detective. The begininng was fine and I was getting into the storyline when the whole thing morphed into a bad romantic novel. The sex scenes (which didn't need to be there at all) were really badly written. It was as if the author lost the thread of the African mystery and decided to throw a little sex in to pick things up. The only thing I actually did like about this book was the narration. That, however, was not enough to save it. This is the first Audible seclection I have chosen not to finish in several years of membership.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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