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Almira

PHOENIX, AZ, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Expendable: League of Peoples, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Under the benevolent leadership of the League of Peoples, there is no war, little crime, and life is sacred...unless you're an Explorer. The ugly, the flawed, the misfit, the deformed, they are the unwanted, flung to the farthest corners of the galaxy to investigate hostile planets and strange, vicious creatures. Out there, there are a thousand different - and terrible - ways to die.

    Almira says: "Odd but delightful"
    "Odd but delightful"
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    Occasionally improbable but interestingly speculative, I found the story fun and the narrator excellent. Festina's delightful internal voice and development as a character is absolutely is the strongest thing about this book, but I will be interested to hear more about this universe, the League of Peoples, the Explorer Corps and the Admiralty in the other books.

    What's with Audible's numbering of the series, though? Is there not a Book 2?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: Flavia de Luce, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (278)

    Flavia de Luce - "part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" (The New York Times Book Review) - takes her remarkable sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools in the captivating new mystery from New York Times best-selling author Alan Bradley.

    Tomgotsue says: "A little disappointing"
    "Another Flavia charmer"
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    Must read these books in order to get the best effect.
    Love this quirky girl and her unique situation in the world. Great books set in a little known time in history. Mysteries are a little muddled but Flavia's blend of brilliant naivety and Jayne Entwhistle's enthusiastic narration more than make up for any plot weaknesses. She does great accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Study: An Anna Pigeon Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    It is January, and Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is sent to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to learn about managing and understanding wolves, as her home base of Rocky Mountain National Park might soon have its own pack of the magnificent, much-maligned animals. But what was once an idyllic refuge becomes a place of unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary.

    W. Black says: "Perhaps better than reading it"
    "Best of Pidgeon"
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    What did you love best about Winter Study?

    Atmospheric, creepy, decent mystery, lots of interesting information about the place (Isle Royale) and the science behind the Wolf/Moose Study


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Always Anna. I love how she has aged. But one of my favorite things about Nevada Barr is how she develops her 'fringe characters' and supporting cast. Bob being compared to John Goodman is brilliant.


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

    Lots of them. This is a good one. Some of the Barr books have sounds of narrator swallowing and breathing not edited out, which can be distracting. But B.R. is excellent here. I really enjoy her range of voices and her ability to do men.


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

    Yes. This was one of my first audible experiences and it left a lasting impression. There were times, listening alone in the dark basement as I did laundry or whatever, that I had the creepy-factor making me jumpy. In a good way. I have listened to it since then at least twice more when 'in between' other books.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Barbara Rosenblat, listen to the Amelia Peabody Series about Egypt. Can't think of author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pale Blue Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Louis Bayard
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    When the body of a suicide victim disappears at West Point Military Academy in 1831, only to be discovered hours later missing its heart, the Academy calls on retired detective Gus Landor to investigate. Landor is something of a legend among his peers, noted for an uncanny, Holmesian ability to read people. When Edgar Allan Poe, a new cadet, comes forth with his own cryptic conclusion - that the man Landor is looking for is a poet - Landor is intrigued and enlists Poe as his assistant.

    Calliope says: "Wonderful novel with excellent narration"
    "Stick With It"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Pale Blue Eye the most enjoyable?

    Young Edgar Allen Poe. And the mystery. The ending.


    What other book might you compare The Pale Blue Eye to and why?

    It was not like any other book I have read. And I read A LOT.


    What about Charles Leggett’s performance did you like?

    I didn't like it at first, but it grew on me and by the end, I really had gotten used to his style and thought it was appropriate for the book. I think it was probably a pretty difficult book to narrate.


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

    No. But I did enjoy the end. And it made me want to read up on Poe's early life. Also look at pictures to find out if his forehead really WAS so large.


    Any additional comments?

    This book took me two tries. The first time I started to listen, I abandoned it after about an hour. Then I went back to it at a later time and got interested and enjoyed it very much. It was different than I thought it was going to be. But not in a bad way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Ashes: Lady of Ashes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Christine Trent
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    Only a woman with an iron backbone could succeed as an undertaker in Victorian London, but Violet Morgan takes great pride in her trade. While her husband, Graham, is preoccupied with elevating their station in society, Violet is cultivating a sterling reputation for Morgan Undertaking. She is empathetic, well-versed in funeral fashions, and comfortable with death's role in life - until its chilling rattle comes knocking on her own front door.

    Sara says: "A Most Unusual Book!"
    "A Hot Mess"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Choose a theme and stick to it.


    What could Christine Trent have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have loved to read a book JUST about a female undertaker in Victorian England. Super interesting. But instead it just goes ALL OVER the place---seriel killer, Contact with eccentric royalty, a troubled marriage, the civil war, adopting a troubled child, romance... I was irritated.


    Did Polly Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, she did fine.


    Did Lady of Ashes inspire you to do anything?

    Not read the next one in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I had high hopes but this was pretty awful and I couldn't wait for it to end.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Why Shoot a Butler?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Ulli Birvé
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    On a dark night, along a lonely country road, barrister Frank Amberley stops to help a young lady in distress and discovers a sports car with a corpse behind the wheel. The girl protests her innocence, and Amberley believes her – at least until he gets drawn into the mystery and the clues incriminating Shirley Brown begin to add up. In an English country-house murder mystery with a twist, it's the butler who's the victim, every clue complicates the puzzle, and the bumbling police are well-meaning but completely baffled.

    Becky Price says: "The Speed of a Glacier"
    "I typically love Georgette Heyer, but....."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the narrator.


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

    Georgette Heyer's books are known for their plentiful characters and authentic voices of the time and the witty dialogue. So a really strong narrator is needed who can clearly voice different characters. Also, this plot was rather more convoluted than other mysteries by Heyer, so that made it trickier. I hated the narrator. She sounded bovine and mournful the entire time.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ulli Birvé?

    Kate Reading, Ellen Archer, Clifford Norgate, Stephen Thorne, Hugh Fraser


    Could you see Why Shoot a Butler? being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Heyer, try her later mysteries like "Behold, Here's Poison" and "The Unfinished Clue"

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (663)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Had a blast listening to this one!"
    "Relatively Entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if the person enjoyed 'paranormal' type mysteries and wasn't looking for a lot of depth.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It ended how I expected.


    Did Amanda Ronconi do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. I do not care for this narrator. I actually think this probably would have been better in print form and that Amanda Ronconi detracted from the experience.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed hearing about the old house and the renovations and it's history

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lena Dunham
    • Narrated By Lena Dunham
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (1212)
    Story
    (1217)

    For readers or listeners of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham - the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO's Girls - as one of the brightest and most original writers working today.

    Brie Stoll says: "Eh"
    "If You Like Lena Dunham, Then You Will Like This"
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    What did you love best about Not That Kind of Girl?

    Lena Dunham is fascinating to me. She reminds me a little of David Sedaris, except younger, female and more neurotic (if that is possible). I love how honest she is about everything. I find her perspective to be familiar (we share some personality traits) and yet also foreign in how willing she is to reveal---embrace, even----her quirks and misadventures. She rejects the shame. It's amazing to me that she's able to do it in her 20's.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lena, Lena, Lena. Who else?


    Which character – as performed by Lena Dunham – was your favorite?

    I love listening to authors narrating their own work (usually). It's authentic and you know the emphasis and inflection are always correct. She also does great accents.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well, the date rape, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the imperfection Lena Dunham embraces. I laughed and cringed at the same time and listened to the entire thing in less than 24 hours. I just couldn't wait to hear the next topic.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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