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Allyson

Kingston, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9534)
    Performance
    (7038)
    Story
    (7078)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Discover a winner of a book"
    Overall

    Having read the posted reviews about this book I took a chance and from the first chapter was never disappointed. Although long, the writer wove such an entrancing tale that it never felt long or overly wordy. The plot is reminiscent in some ways of Diana Gabaldon’s Outler (without the steamy sex), but don’t for a minute think there is no sexual tension in this novel! Like Gabaldon’s novels, there were certainly some aspects of the story that strained the bonds of credulity, but by the time these emerged in the tale I was willing to shrug them off. There are some Twilight elements, to be sure, but only as far as suggesting the possibility of cross-species romance. The reader was excellent and did a fine job of character portrayal. All in all, I was thrilled with my choice and await the next book in this series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Soul Music: Discworld, Book 16

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Tony Robinson
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Other children receive xylophones. Susan just had to ask her grandfather to take his vest off. Yes. There's a Death in the family. It's hard to grow up normally when Grandfather rides a white horse and wields a scythe: especially when you have to take over the family business, and everyone mistakes you for the Tooth Fairy. And especially when you have to face the new and addictive music that has entered Discworld. It's lawless. It changes people. It's called Music With Rocks In.

    Allyson says: "disappointing"
    "disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I did not realize this was the abridged version. I love Terry Pratchett, but his plots are so intricate and weave in so many characters that the 3 hour condensed version just jumped around all over. It was really difficult to follow.


    Has Soul Music turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love listening to Terry Pratchett books, but I won't buy another abridged version!


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

    Tony Robinson himself is not the issue. He is a marvellous reader.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Soul Music?

    The opposite. I would not have cut any. That was the whole problem.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get a refund!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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