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  • 52 titles in library
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  • The Mauritius Command: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (279)

    Lucky Jack Aubrey escapes the burdens of domesticity when he is appointed to the post of Admiral for an expedition to the coast of Madagascar where French frigates are threatening one of England's valued trade routes.

    Constance says: "Twists Turns and A Great Story"
    "Strong author, excellent narrator (MAYBE!!!)"
    Overall

    I began the series after a friend recommended Master and Commander to me knowing how much I enjoyed reading the C.S. Forrester, "Horatio Hornblower" series.

    I'd recommend these to fan of naval action, especially to any fan who enjoys subplots of life intertwined in a book.

    The first three audio books I purchased were narrated by Patrick Tull. #3 and #4 were by Simon Vance. I would not recommend anything narrated by Simon Vance. He lent a particularly cartoonish flavour to the books that set my teeth on edge.

    Luckily, Audible was able to obtain #4 and #5 with Patrick Tull. Mr. Tull's characterizations were more in keeping with the situations and characters. Mr's Vance's, on the other hand, danced on the edge of being a cross between the "League of British Gentlemen" and a Monty Python skit.

    I'd would buy any of this series narrated by Mr. Tull.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Ties Book One: The Turning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armintrout
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (326)

    I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.

    David says: "Meh"
    "so-so"
    Overall

    The story is pretty light and breezy. The dialogues reflect this.

    Having read L.K. Hamilton's and Kim Harrison's books, I found this title somewhat lacking. The action "wasn't." Really. And the erotica was less than skillful. In fact, it could have been left out entirely.

    The narrator has a voice that I could listen to while she read grocery lists. However, her characterizations aren't quite perfected and "Nathan's" accent frequently slips towards the end of long phrases.

    Overall, it was entertaining enough, though I won't continue with the series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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