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A Blake

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • The Bodies Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    The Bodies Left Behind is an epic cat-and-mouse chase, told nearly in real-time, and is filled with Deaver's patented twists and turns, where nothing is what it seems, and death lingers just around the next curve on a deserted path deep in the midnight forest.

    Deb says: "very disapointing"
    "A real stinker."
    Overall

    This book is a never ending series of mishaps and implausible vignettes. None are entertaining. The book is at least three times longer that the story justifies. I did not bother to finish it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (2030)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (925)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "Wonderful series, but made by Tull"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended. The interaction between Maturin and Aubrey as brought to life by the incomparable Patrick Tull make this series a must read in this genre. I began this series with a variety of readers until I came to a Patrick Tull narration. I went straight back to the beginning an downloaded all the Tull narrations available. The series has several good readers, but there is only one Patrick Tull, who has the ability to make you laugh and be moved at previously unrealized humour and pathos. Tull conveys such meaning in every sentence you will find yourself laughing at pauses and sighs.


    What other book might you compare Master and Commander to and why?

    Naturally similar in content to the Bolitho series as well as the Hornblower series. All good in their own way.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

    The two main characters are inseparable here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (360)

    Not far from Washington, D.C., in a wooded area of Northern Virginia, a small house at the end of a gravel road serves a secret purpose. With its sophisticated security apparatus and hidden miniaturized cameras, it is being used by the FBI to interview one of the most important witnesses the agency has ever had, a young woman with an incredible story to tell. But a few people know about the secret meeting. And for them, a violent drama is about to begin.

    Geoffrey says: "This Book is 14 years old"
    "Narrator unlistenable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Saving Faith better?

    Any narrator would been an improvement.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Kramer’s performance?

    A five year old would have found the narration fitting for a 1950's soap commercial.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (539)

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    cristina says: "Plot without characters"
    "Out of nowhere, the book ended. Ridiculous ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed the series until the end of this book which smacked of the "publisher is on my case, I better finish it." If there is another book in the series I could accept the ending... but barely.


    Any additional comments?

    I had not noticed previously but in this book Archer's technical knowledge lacks the depth to describe some aspects of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4237)
    Performance
    (2444)
    Story
    (2469)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "John Lee is an absurd reader after Dotrice"
    Overall

    After Roy Dotrice's masterful reading of the first three books in this series, I find the fourth and impossible listen. John Lee reads like a high school student on his first ever oral read of Shakespeare. It comes across as unimaginative poetry.

    As much as I wanted to hear the end of this series I've given up 1/3 the way though this book

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Red Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert A` Heinlein
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (176)

    Jim Marlowe's Martian pet, Willis, seems like nothing more than an adorable ball of fur.

    But Jim's devotion to the little creature will soon lead him and his pal Frank into a death-defying trek across Mars.

    Robert says: "Another good story by one of the great SF authors"
    "With readers so bad who could finish the book?"
    Overall

    The readers simply make this book unlistenable.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2876)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (787)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "I wanted to like the story, but wasted my time."
    Overall

    There are many interesting aspects of this book but the story isn't one of them. It just muddles along and finally peters out in a disappointing ending.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6141)
    Performance
    (2284)
    Story
    (2291)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Excellent book, one poor narrator"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and rate it at 5* but I winced every time the book swung over to Aiko Nakasone's child like narration which I rated as unacceptable.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Knife of Dreams: Book Eleven of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (4126)
    Performance
    (2323)
    Story
    (2357)

    The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off.

    Natasha says: "Getting us there!"
    "More of the same"
    Overall

    I enjoy these tales, but endless minor character development, repetative language and a few virtually meaningless chapters,you're left scratching your head. Huh! I would have given this book a 3 or 4 star rating based upon the story, but after one chapter of Follet's 'Pillars of The Earth', I realized 'Knife of Dreams' isn't even close.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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