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  • Islam: A Short History [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson

    Best-selling author and renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong presents a concise and articulate history of Islam, the world's fastest-growing faith. Beginning with the Prophet Muhammad's flight from Medina and concluding with an examination of modern Islamic practices and concerns, Armstrong delivers an unbiased overview. She contends that no religion is more feared and misunderstood by the Western world as Islam, and firmly challenges the notion that these two civilizations are on a collision course.

    Amazon Customer says: "Read the Book, pass on the audible!"
    "Armstrong's Islam"

    Armstrong's picture of Islam is illuminating and insightful. Her discussion of fundamentalism in general is valuable.
    Unfortunately, the recording suffers from a reader who didn't bother to learn to pronounce either the Arabic or the religious vocabulary. Apart from that annoyance, I would give the book five stars.

    S. Treloar, M Div

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Absolutely Delightful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone. The story is great on so many levels. It is full of lighthearted humor made even better by the author's narration. (Love the British accent.) Yet, it is a book with serious thought behind it and a point to make.

    What other book might you compare Neverwhere to and why?

    Gaiman's style is similar to Terry Pratchett's. They've even written together. If you like Discworld, this book is for you. In tone, if not in subject matter, it's also a lot like the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Believe it or not, the author is not always the best choice to narrate his own work, but Gaiman is fantastic. He knows exactly how to read the dry humor to make it work. His knowledge of the characters and the story helps him make the plot crystal clear, and he never muffs the proper inflection of a single sentence. His British accent is bright and cheery, very easy on the ear.

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

    I did not want to stop. I annoyed my husband by listening to it constantly (and ignoring him, I'm afraid) until I finished it.

    Any additional comments?

    This is just a great listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Greywalker: Greywalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kat Richardson
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Kat Richardson excels at creating vivid, fast-moving novels that blend urban fantasy with paranormal mystery. In Greywalker, Seattle P.I. Harper Blaine is viciously attacked and murdered - but after exactly two minutes, somehow she returns to life. Now she's seeing strange things all around her - dark visions from the shadow world - and living a normal life may no longer be possible no matter how hard she tries.

    Nathan Caroland says: "A fun take on the paranormal ..."
    "Average Story, Terrible Narrator"
    What would have made Greywalker better?

    The narration made the story fall flat. The reader's voice had such an unvarying tone, rhythm and inflection that it became difficult to listen. Scenes that were meant to be exciting were read with the same dull tone as the explanatory bits. Attempts to differentiate between voices had every young person sounding drugged and/or air headed. It seemed like the narrator was extremely concerned to pronounce each word very precisely, but had no feel for the flow of the plot.

    Since the story was only moderately good to begin with, a poor narrator made the whole thing not worth even the sale price.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Barron’s performances?

    No. I could not recommend this narrator to anyone. I think she could make my favorite book sound unbearable.

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

    Actually, the story could have used more fleshing out. It went rather lightly on actual characterization. The whole plot line about the auctioneer who was crooked and fired Will was extremely weak. It could have been dropped and Will could still have gotten that good job in Europe as an excuse to dump gray girl.

    Any additional comments?

    Overall, extremely disappointing. I'm not sure why I actually kept listening to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vor Game: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Barrayaran Military Academy with high expectations of ship command, but is disappointed with an assignment as meteorologist to Lazkowski Base, an arctic training camp. His tenure in the windy, snow-covered north is cut short when Miles narrowly averts a massacre between the trigger-happy base commander and mutinous recruits. After a brief stay under 'house arrest', Miles is re-assigned to investigate a suspicious military build-up near a wormhole nexus.

    David says: "Finally!"
    "Fabulous on Numerous Levels"

    Bujold is a highly versatile writer, and Miles Vorkosigan is one of her strongest characters. This action adventure set in a future world of space travel and interplanetary intrigue is often tongue-in-cheek, refusing to take itself too seriously. Miles is a not-so-heroic hero who manages to overcome physical handicaps and long odds to do what needs doing. Great fun, and highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues, including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy, offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology.

    Bernie says: "Time to end the series"
    "Fun Book, Narrator Should be Shot"

    Even though it was obvious that I had unknowingly plopped into a book at the tail end of a long series, I found "Book of the Dead" to be clever, well written, and intriguing. A classic mystery.

    The only thing that made this a tough thing to listen to was the narrator. Apparently unfamiliar with Southern names, she pronounced, "Lucius" as "luscious" (as in delicious) instead of like "Lucy" throughout. It was like a Chinese water torture, the more it happened, the more it wore on me. She often missed the natural reading of a sentence, and gave a peculiar inflection to the words that had me rewinding to make sense of what she said.

    This is an enjoyable story, marred by the reading.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of Evernight: The Bitterbynde, Book 3, Part I

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cecilia Dart-Thornton
    • Narrated By Kris Faulkner

    Once upon a time, the great Faeran high king, Angavar, became trapped in mortal Erith, along with his twin brother and nemesis, Morragan, "the Raven Prince". It was when the gate to the Faeran Realm was closed on them. Now, many centuries later, the fugitive who calls herself Tahquil has at last discovered the truth. She is being hunted down by the Raven Prince, because she alone can reopen the gate to the Fair Realm, so Morragan plans to use her for his escape from exile.

    Amazon Customer says: "To Be Continued"
    "To Be Continued"

    This is a wonderful trilogy, imaginative, well-narrated and delightful. But be warned, although it does not say so anywhere, this recording, unlike the recordings of Book 1 and Book 2, is incomplete. This is only the first half of the book. It seems the second half isn't out yet. I wouldn't have bought something half done, and have to wait until who knows when to finish it, had I known it was not complete.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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