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  • Apart from Love

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Uvi Poznansky
    • Narrated By David Kudler, Heather Jane Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
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    (13)

    Secrets, passion, betrayal... Coming back to his childhood home after years of absence, Ben is unprepared for the secret, which is now revealed to him: his mother, Natasha, who used to be a brilliant pianist, is losing herself to early-onset Alzheimer's, which turns the way her mind works into a riddle. His father has remarried, and his new wife, Anita, looks remarkably similar to Natasha--only much younger. In this state of being isolated, being apart from love, how will Ben react when it is so tempting to resort to blame and guilt? "In our family, forgiveness is something you pray for, something you yearn to receive--but so seldom do you give it to others."

    Aaron P. Lazar says: "A Literary Masterpiece!"
    "Apart from Love weaves a dual spell"
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    Would you listen to Apart from Love again? Why?

    I'll listen to Apart from Love again because I so enjoyed the interplay between Heather Jane Hogan and David Kudler, the two narrators.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ben was my favorite character. David Kudler brings Ben to life with sensitivity and grace, subsuming his narration in the story and letting the character come forth. Ben's story is at times heart-rending, and would be easily over done but a narrator of lesser skill.


    What does David Kudler and Heather Jane Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The combination of Kudler's Ben and Hogan's Anita makes the tension of the book crackle with life; Anita's southern accent and Ben's underlying musicality (even to sometimes singing his lines), are unique to the narrators' interpretation of this sometimes tragic story.


    If you could take any character from Apart from Love out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Definitely Ben, for his view of life as a melody with white keys and black.


    Any additional comments?

    A deep and complex tale, well worth hearing more than once.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shards of the Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Roy A. Mauritsen
    • Narrated By Christopher Crosby Morris
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Can a group of heroes, including Goldenhair, Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel, help General Snow White and her dwarven resistance fighters defeat the tyrannical Queen Cinderella? And will they succeed before a war with Wonderland destroys everything? Their only hope to stop Cinderella's quest for power lies with a young girl named Patience Muffet.

    Gizmo Sprocket says: "Clever take on familiar characters."
    "Cinderella's story, brilliantly told for true"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved Shards of the Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder, by Roy Mauritsen. Narrated by Christopher Crosby Morris, this dark retelling of a story near to the hearts of million takes on a new immediacy, as if this were the original story all along. Morris' deft ear and facile voice gives us character after character so realistically I feel as though I'm right beside the characters, even seeing through their eyes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the pace and style with which the story of Queen Cinder unfolds, told for teen to adult listeners. Morris makes you believe that this version is the truth. The narrative rolled into my ears, each character perfectly portrayed. I loved the way you're soon savoring every nuance as the story unfolds with exactly the right accents of sound effect and music.


    What about Christopher Crosby Morris’s performance did you like?

    Christopher Crosby Morris makes the story sound as if it's happening all around you. He voices each character unforgettably, and brings them together so that you never wonder who is speaking. He never missteps, or speaks a false note. He brings each and every character comes to life. I have read the book, and from this narration I found depths that I had missed missed in the print version.


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

    I wanted to listen in one sitting, but this is a meaty book -- over fifteen hours. So I lsiten in two sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    The combination of Roy Mauritsen's deep, dark writing and Christopher Crosby Morris's compelling voice make an old story new -- sharp as a knife, wrapped in velvet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Alexandra Butcher
    • Narrated By Rob Goll
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In a land of forbidden magic, a mysterious cave holds both riches and danger for three adventurers who discover a mighty treasure and a terrible secret.

    Convoke says: "The Warrior's Curse: your ticket to adult fantasy"
    "The Warrior's Curse: your ticket to adult fantasy"
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    What did you love best about Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse?

    I have long loved Alexandra Butcher's Erana Tales: they are smart, sometimes sexy, and always transcend the everyday. The new "Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse" shows us Butcher at full power, teamed with exactly the right narrator for her tale, one Rob Goll. Through their efforts, Erana's world of elves and prejudice and love and human foible becomes so real you can reach out and touch it.


    What other book might you compare Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse to and why?

    I'm not sure this book has a comparison to anything done today. Those who loved Tolkien will love this, but the action is much closer to hand, more visceral, not only a tale of war and love but of eroticism: everything you treasured about Lord of the Rings and nothing you didn't like. Those who loved Canticle for Leibowitz will also love The Warrior's Curse, by reason of its arch social commentary and fully realized world view. If you like your fantasy laced with thoughtful allegories that lay bare the human condition, yet never are preachy, you'll want to own this book -- both the audiobook and the ebook; having both ebook and audiobook enhances each. I got both: the audiobook companion to the e-book, and now I can switch back and forth from reading to listening without missing a beat or a word.


    What about Rob Goll’s performance did you like?

    Rob Goll brings to the audiobook of The Warrior's Curse an elegant, perfectly executed style, a great relief after too many hyper-active comic-book readings. Goll always delivers the story, never makes the story merely a commercial for himself. He sounds exactly the way the narrator for a fantasy of such refined taste SHOULD sound. Give a listen, and you'll want to hear more. He delivers story with easy and grace, always applying just the right amount of emphasis to lines and phrases to make me forget everything else. Bravo, Mr. Goll!


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

    I did, but I can't. So I had the joy of pleasures deferred until I finished listening. My husband is listening to Goll read Butcher now, and then I'll listen again. If you ARE able to gobble up an entire audiobook in one sitting, I recommend this one highly: it keeps you immersed until the very last word.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this. Butcher's world is truly a world that readers from new adults to the most experienced will want to revisit time and again. In a time of such blunted sensibilities and crass blood thirst, it's a joy to find a story that gives you every story value in proper proportion, narrated by a voice you'll never forget.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daddy's Game: Daddy's Girl, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Normandie Alleman
    • Narrated By Alicyn Aimes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Sparks fly when up-and-coming artist Carmen Harris meets football star Natron Dakers at her first gallery opening. Carmen soon discovers that Natron is the type of man who sees what he wants and goes after it -and apparently what he wants is her. Almost before she knows it, Carmen finds herself taking everything Natron gives her and begging for more. And when he reveals that he wants to be her dominant daddy and her to be his submissive little girl, she doesn't hesitate to agree.

    mani says: "Sexy audiobook"
    "Sexy and at times pulse-pounding erotica"
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    What did you love best about Daddy's Game?

    I loved that Alleman's series is continuing. I loved the voice of the narrator, perfectly matched to the tale.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daddy's Game?

    I actually found the entire listen mesmerizing, but I do want to say that you can listen to this one and enjoy it without having heard its predecessor -- but then you'll want the previous story. However, the start of this story grabs you and holds you captive, so I'd say that's my favorte bit, along with the middle and the end...


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

    I thought Alicyn Aimes really put her heart into this one, and she's so comfortable with the story line and characters that the narration flows without a hitch or bump.


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

    I nearly did: I wanted to hear the whole tale. But I listened on two consecutive days, and loved every minute of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Bravo, author and narrator!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elias Zapple's Rhymes from the Cabbage Patch (Zany, Funny, Illustrated Poems For Ages 9+ Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Elias Zapple
    • Narrated By Richard Mann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Inside this audiobook, you will find: Funny nonsense from my mind. Zany rhymes and slimy tales.

    Convoke says: "Fifty Minutes of Unadulterated Fun in Zapple-world"
    "Fifty Minutes of Unadulterated Fun in Zapple-world"
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    What made the experience of listening to Elias Zapple's Rhymes from the Cabbage Patch (Zany, Funny, Illustrated Poems For Ages 9+ Book 1) the most enjoyable?

    The combination of Zapple's zany mind and Richard Mann's playful delivery is perfect for this humorous and inventive odyssey.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Zapple's slugs. Shall I tell you about the slug that shocks? Nah, better make you listen for yourself. Cinders and Goldilocks came a close second, but I am a Zapple slug fan. As Zapple shows you slugs as you've never thought to consider them, she transports you to a world where the commonplace becomes extraordinary.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't call out a single scene, since the book is so well conceived and executed. But I should warn you about the creepy-crawlies and their bloody trails. (That's a hint.)


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

    This book removed me from the commonplace, lightened my load, and made me happy when I really needed some relief. Highly recommended for its ability to totally transmute reality and you with it.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. Long live Zapple, slugs and all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daddy Morebucks

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Normandie Alleman
    • Narrated By Alicyn Aimes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
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    (40)

    From the moment she laid eyes upon him, Marley knew in her heart that James was not just another client, and the difference wasn't even the large sum of money he offered in return for a single night of submission. No, what set him apart was the fact that when she called James "daddy," it was her own heart which beat faster and her own body which ached with need. After that night, Marley does her best to put all thought of him behind her, using the huge payday he provided to get on her feet again and start over…until James knocks on her door and walks right back into her life.

    Carmen C says: "Pretty Woman Meets 50 Shades - Smokin' Hot!"
    "Daddy Morebucks will rock your world"
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    If you could sum up Daddy Morebucks in three words, what would they be?

    Sexy. Passionate. Exciting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Normandie Alleman has a knack for erotica that really moves you. I could feel the characters every move.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't think of a moment in this book that I didn't enjoy.


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

    Absolutely. I found it hard to tear myself away.


    Any additional comments?

    Bring us more Daddy Morebucks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Peek at Bathsheba: The David Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Uvi Poznansky
    • Narrated By Justin Harmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Against the backdrop of wars, raging within the land and without, David is growing into the mantle of leadership. Between his anointment as a tribal king and his anointment as the king of all of Israel, he uses wisdom, cunning, and his own understanding of the forces of history, aiming for high ideals: stopping the bloodshed, uniting the nation, and bringing about healing and peace.

    Convoke says: "Bathsheba revealed"
    "Bathsheba revealed"
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    If you could sum up A Peek at Bathsheba in three words, what would they be?

    Inventive. Intimate. Surprising.


    What other book might you compare A Peek at Bathsheba to and why?

    Poznansky's work with biblical characters is a modernist look at ancient tales, which few do as well today. If I had to compare it to other works, I'd choose John Barth's Chimera, for the way both authors give a surprising immediacy to the story and remake the characters with more modern sensibilities, or The Last Temptation of Christ by Kazantzakis for its use of graphic language.


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

    I had not heard Justin Harmer's work before I listened to the Bathsheba sample, when I marveled at what a perfect choice Poznansky had made to narrate this book. His delivery is smooth and always appropriate, his pronunciations correct, and he adds his own verve. Having read the book previously, I will say that Harmer made the story different from the way I heard it in my head, bringing out surprising nuances. I'll need to listen to other books that he's narrated and I have read make comparisons.


    If you could rename A Peek at Bathsheba, what would you call it?

    Behind Bathsheba


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful melding of story and narrator. Recommended for YA and adult readers comfortable with strong, modern language in a biblical setting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Veil of the Dragon: Prophecy of the Evarun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tom Barczak
    • Narrated By Neil Hellegers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Chaelus, Roan Lord of the House of Malius, is raised from the dead by the hand of a child. His kingdom stolen by the evil dragon, Gorond, Chaelus's only hope to reclaim his throne rests with the child knight who saved him, the heretical order to which the child belongs, and the truth about Chaelus which they alone protect.

    Convoke says: "Veil of the Dragon sings a lyric song of discovery"
    "Veil of the Dragon sings a lyric song of discovery"
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    What made the experience of listening to Veil of the Dragon the most enjoyable?

    This story is sensitively written but full of pathos, adventure and risk. The narrator, Neil Hellegers, never overdoes the narration or voices the lines so that they feel staged, or even recited; rather, you feel as if the voice and the story are one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Barczak's writing. Here he pairs his unique vision and almost poetical gift for description with a plot that shows both to best advantage. He is a father, an architect, an artist and writer, and all of these other skills and experiences enrich his storytelling. The death of Chaelus, Roan Lord of the House of Malius, dies a the beginning of the tale, overcome by the Dragon's Sleep, only to be snatched away from death by the hand of a young boy.Resurrected or redeemed, Chaelus sets out on a quest to divine his own nature. As in all books worth reading, this one makes a point. This point is about faith and trust in an adventure where nothing is as it seems, and the mystery of the Dragon can only be found of Chalus can overcome his fears.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the boy saves Chaelus is my first favorite scene: it shows that gentility with which Barczak can create a thoroughly harrowing scene, taming us, making us fall in train with his vision right from the outset.


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

    I tried to listen in one sitting, but the book is more than seven hours long. I listened over two days.


    Any additional comments?

    Meet your own inner dragon while reading Veil of the Dragon.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth about Caffeine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Marina Kushner
    • Narrated By Timothy McKean
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    The Truth about Caffeine exposes caffeine's darker side that scientists know but that the beverage, confectionery and pharmaceutical industries have tried to suppress. Caffeine is a highly addictive drug, does not offer any nutritional value and has not been proven safe. Epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies link caffeine to heart disease, pancreas cancer, bladder cancer, hypoglycemia and central nervous system disorders. New and updated third edition.

    Moongie says: "Is Your Cup of Coffee Dangerous?"
    "The Disturbing Truth about Caffeine"
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    If you could sum up The Truth about Caffeine in three words, what would they be?

    Incisive. Compelling. Convincing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Truth about Caffeine?

    The summary near the end, where the narrator reminds you that if you're healthy you never think about illness, and if you're ill you can think of nothing else.


    What about Timothy McKean’s performance did you like?

    McKean's voice is matter-of-fact, crisp, yet kind. He doesn't lecture. He tells you what he must say gently but clearly. His delivery is never overblown. He provides helpful strategies in the same honest fashion that he details risks. I never once resented him telling me things I didn't want to hear.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Get Caffeine out of your life while you still have one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first nonfiction audiobook I've read, and I was wondering how the form would adapt to nonfiction with a serious message. Although it was not my attention, I listened to the book in one sitting, and will listen to it again, as well as recommend it to my friens at the coffee shop.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mage Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Janet Morris
    • Narrated By Alex Hyde-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons prepare to take the Wizard War to the Mages of Wizardwall in this gripping story set in Beyond Sanctuary. With Jihan the Froth daughter at his side, Tempus and the core of the Stepsons ride into the embattled town of Tyse, where they find friends and foes among the witches, wizards, and warfighters. From the first full length novel inspired by the Thieves' World series, Mage Blood takes you into unknown realms fraught with unimaginable peril.

    Convoke says: "The Sacred Band makes war Beyond Sanctuary"
    "The Sacred Band makes war Beyond Sanctuary"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mage Blood the most enjoyable?

    Listening to Mage Blood brought the trek Beyond Sanctuary to life. This story, from the Beyond Sanctuary trilogy, is passionate, sensual, violent, as gritty and dark as historical fantasy can be. Hearing it read is almost like being there as Tempus and his Sacred Band take the war against sorcery to Wizardwall.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the descriptions, the dialogue, the story itself. I loved the sense that I'd been transported into an ancient world where magic and the gods are at war. Tempus and his Sacred Band face witches and warlocks and all manner of monstrous, mythical enemies, yet the story never seems one bit less real, no matter how fantastic the foes or amazing the forces brought to bear against them. Roxane the witch who loves and stalks Niko makes your hair stand on end. The story always feels historic, as if you're right beside the Stepson cavalry on their journey. I really liked the fact that Mygdonia and Nisibis are actual ancient places, and that the tactics and weapons of the cavalry fighters seemed so correct, real, and vivid that you can almost smell the horses and the fearful sweat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved every scene, so one is difficult to choose. I adored the scary but humorous scene where Tempus and Jihan, his lover, are attacked by sorcerers in the Free Zone, but my favorite scene of all is when Niko falls into the clutches of the witch Roxane, disguised as helpless young woman.


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

    This story makes you worry for the Stepsons, hate Datan the sorcerer. Bur most of all, you fear for Niko, who has fallen under the spell of Roxane the Nisibisi witch. These sensual but evil enemies make you want to somehow protect the Stepsons, who are facing more than mortal enemies, perhaps more than they can handle. At any moment, you're sure that even with Tempus and his immortal Sprite along, their mission is doomed and so is the Sacred Band. I laughed, I cursed, I paced, I yelled at the characters to be careful. But of course, they couldn't hear me.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is a great introduction to the Beyond Sanctuary trilogy of novels and the courage of the Sacred Band itself, with their unwavering commitment to service and sacrifice. I loved it. The Stepsons become like good friends, each distinct and with many personal agendas. I really love it that the Stepsons don't all get on with one another, but put aside their differences for the betterment of all. This is a story I can listen to repeatedly and always find something new in it. If you love mythology, or sword and sorcery, or heroic fantasy, you'll love Mage Blood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Man and His God: A Sacred Band Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Janet Morris
    • Narrated By David Kudler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
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    (4)

    An immortalized cavalry commander joins forces with the high-priest of the god of war.... Where myth meets legend, two men kiss and Tempus' world changes forever. Meet and mourn the Slaughter Priest in "A Man and His God." In this canonical short novel, the Sacred Band begins when Abarsis, Slaughter Priest, brings his Sacred Band to Tempus and dies in his arms. In this pivotal story, the Sacred Band is formed from love and death....

    U.P. says: "Mortals and immortals: story-telling at its best"
    "The Sacred Band begins in blood and death"
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    If you could sum up A Man and His God in three words, what would they be?

    Heroic. Mythical. Sophisticated.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to say if I like Tempus or Abarsis best, but Abarsis sacrifices all in this story of heroism that brought me to tears and made be believe there really was a Storm God at work in antiquity.


    What about David Kudler’s performance did you like?

    Kudler's voice is multifaceted, bringing different characters to life but always faithful to the written words. He whispers in my ear and takes me places I haven't been before. These characters are beloved by many, first met in the million-copy bestselling Thieves' World series, so the narrator must be up to the task of bringing them to life.


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

    Yes, and I did. Listening takes about an hour and a half and I was sorry when the tale was told. I've listened to it several times since then and loved it every time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a lover of the Sacred Band of Stepsons, this story is one you'll treasure. If you've never read the Sacred Band tales of heroic fantasy, this is a great place to start. Dark, gritty, violent and passionate, these mercenaries of the god of war are complex and realistic heroes in the ancient world where magic and the gods go to war. You'll love them and hate them, but they'll always move you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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