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Alethea

GLENDALE, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1487)
    Performance
    (973)
    Story
    (966)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Bloody Awesome"
    Overall

    I've read a lot of orphan stories, but this one by L.A. Meyer stands out. The heroine grows from a timid beggar child to swash-buckling sailor, charming both her supporting characters and readers.

    While the first book can get pretty dreary at times (Jacky is, after all, attempting to escape poverty and a life of petty crime by climbing onto a warship--both lives fraught with danger), it is worth being drawn to tears; subsequent books feature a pleasing balance of pathos and comedy. Katherine Kellgren's spirited rendition is priceless.

    I would recommend this for readers 14 and older, due to some violence and sexual content.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Murder: Drew Farthering, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Julianna Deering
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (85)

    From the tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his cheviot trousers, Drew Farthering is the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered. With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he’s learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer - and trying harder to impress Madeline - Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.

    Jean says: "fun mystery"
    "Utterly tedious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Rules of Murder?

    The story is both overly melodramatic and tedious. If Simon Vance wasn't reading it I would have quit hours ago.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I adore Simon Vance, and I suppose this is about as close as I'll ever come to listening to him read a phone book. His performances are always top-notch, even if the material is weak.


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

    I think Anglophiles and anyone yearning for 1930's period drama with a little comedy and romance thrown in would enjoy this despite the repetitive and predictable mystery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9684)
    Performance
    (8899)
    Story
    (8948)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "The previous version was read by John Lee."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this to everyone who loves A Song of Ice and Fire. If anyone reads the previous reviews for this title, please note that previous version from 2005 was read by John Lee, not Roy Dotrice. So the crazy comments about Roy mispronouncing names, etc. are about another reader, but somehow people failed to read the voice actor's credit. The only available downloadable version (as of Feb 2012) is now Roy Dotrice's, thank goodness! The John Lee version drove me mad about 3 hours in and I quit. I even went ahead and spent 2 extra credits to re-buy the audiobook. Even just from the audio sample, I can tell Dotrice's performance is stellar and worth the 4 credits I have so far spent on A Feast for Crows. Goodbye, cringe-worthy pronunciations (Cersei, Brienne, don't even get me started on the Dornish names). Hello again, Westeros.


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

    Having listened to Roy Dotrice read over 100 hours of A Song of Ice and Fire, there can be no other voice in my head except his.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that the next books in A Song of Ice and Fire will not suffer again from Roy Dotrice being unavailable for recording. As much I am willing to wait for George R. R. Martin's phenomenal writing, I am willing to wait for Roy to read it out loud. I will wait!!

    19 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Paranormalcy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kiersten White
    • Narrated By Emily Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (198)

    Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours. But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal.

    Kirstin says: "Why Did I Wait So Long?"
    "Hilarious fun!"
    Overall

    I thought the ditzy Valley-voiced narrative would wear on me but after listening to the sample I couldn't help but laugh and enjoy Emily Eiden's portrayal of Evie, who knows nothing of being a real American teenager except what she's seen on a WB/CW-type teen drama. I'm impressed with Kiersten White's debut novel: the story is clever enough to sate those seeking Buffyesque YA fangs, claws, and things that go bump in the night adventures; the heroine is sympathetic enough to keep you engaged until the end. I even found myself eagerly waiting for the next time Evie would excitedly yell "SHUT UP!" (not in a "please be quiet" sort of way, but a "no way, really? that's awesome!" way). Heck, I'm excited for the next one, and I'll definitely get the audio. (And don't you dare change the reader! She's a keeper!)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2213)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (965)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "A Great Escape"
    Overall

    I wanted a book to get away from real life just for a couple of hours but I'd never have guessed how far away the Study series would take me. I was hoping for a little romance and got action, adventure, and magic instead. (yes, there is a little romance. :) Yelena and all of the characters are so well fleshed out and Gabra Zackman reads them well. Ms. Snyder's otherworld is well-developed and so real, I could practically see myself there! Cheaper than a trip to Cancun and when you wake up, you're already home!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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