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Damaris

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  • The Privilege of the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Felicia Day, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (436)

    Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrators and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents. In this exciting new "illuminated production", the author herself reads her own work, supported by a full cast.

    Ann says: "Austen-es​que tale (with swordfight​s!)"
    "Surprising and Refreshing!"
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    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I think Neil Gaiman is a fabulous narrator no matter which roles he takes on. Otherwise, i truly love the character of Katherine who is so naive and lovable and heroic all in one go and she was brought to life really well too.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't remember the last time i've read a book which doesn't fit into one of the main trends out there: dystopian, supernatural / vampires / angels etc and was really captivating. Watching the young katherine grown and take on substance in a world of men was fun. The story line is so well written it feels light and bubbly and quirky and charming whilst bringing up tough subjects such as sexual abuse, equal rights, power and responsibility. I'm impressed!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Acheron: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1376)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (834)

    Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.

    Mar-z says: "couldn't stop listening"
    "Endless!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well, I enjoy reading this series on occasion when i want a light read with supernatural elements and romance. Acheron was always my favourite character and i decided to listen despite some of the reviews. 3/4 of the book covers Acheron's human life and then the next few thousand years all fit into the remaining 1/4. Honestly, it was too much of a pity parade and so not necessary! I hesitated forwarding so often but refrained from doing so - a mistake?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sherrilyn Kenyon? Why or why not?

    Sure, i've read others before and found them more enjoyable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Summarised his human existance - we got the gist of it after the first couple of hours!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowned Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (373)

    In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

    Ryan says: "Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure"
    "Terribly realistic!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes definitely. Its gripping and troubling and definitely worth the read. This is not a light read as it deals with gruesome topics: child soldiers, war and all its horrors but it is touching and well written.


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

    This is one of those tear jerkers and despite it all, it leaves you with hope.


    Any additional comments?

    Dystopian yes but very adult, well written and the characters are so very real!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (1272)
    Story
    (1270)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Charles says: "Unique"
    "Fab story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great storyline and well written. Its rare that you find a book that isn't predictable and this is one of them. Its quite rare i give 5 stars either but this one's worth it. I was glad I gave this a listen despite the negative comments on the reader. She does do the male voices a bit oddly but otherwise i think she reads well and a woman is definitely suited to this role as the main character is a woman. If you generally prefer male voices, then check hers out before hand, otherwise, go for it!


    What other book might you compare Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) to and why?

    There are lots of books out there where the world's gone terribly wrong and the survivors live very different lives from us. Most of them are young adult oriented and though very enjoyable, they do have quite a naive approach to it. And frankly, 15 and 16 years old saving everyone is fun but not very realistic. This one's a dystopian story for adults with grownups failing and succeeding. On the whole very enjoyable! I guess its comparable to Divergent / Insurgent (great books both) but as I said, oriented towards adults.


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

    Yes, I actually went to bed at 6am one day to finish it. Big mistake as of course i had to get up to go to work the next day...


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to see the next book Hugh Howey's gonna write. Hurry up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (1882)
    Story
    (1864)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Teddy says: "Barely Made It Through This One"
    "One of the worst narrators ever!"
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    Would you try another book from Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins and/or Paul Costanzo?

    The book itself is ok. The style is very basic and quite repetitive but the content is actually interesting. So yes, if the topic interested me.


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

    Change the narrator. His style is so bad that I just wanted to throw my ipod out the window. He completely detracts from the content of the book and makes it unbearable to keep on reading. I have had to move on to another book in between and then return to it in order to actually finish it.

    Otherwise, the writing could be less repetitive and more to the point.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He drove me nuts as he cannot go three words without putting a pause in. This makes for terribly un-natural sentences and slow rhythm.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The content boiled down to its essential is actually very interesting. Its probably a lot more compelling when the author is actually lecturing but the content is still useful.


    Any additional comments?

    See a lecture, get the book but do not go for the audio-book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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