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  • A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2571)
    Performance
    (2232)
    Story
    (2215)

    The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

    But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

    Coffee Lover says: "More Royal Fun!"
    "Absolutely fantastic narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I suspect I'd enjoy this even more were I English, or more
    knowledgeable about the English cast system, accents, and
    so on. Even without that, this (as others in the series) is a
    fantastic listen.

    Books available on Audible have a lot of great narrators. But also
    some who are just ho-hum, and some that are annoying (depending,
    of course, on your personal preferences). IMHO, Katherine Kellgren
    ranks among the best of the best.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Bill the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (248)

    There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them. Bill Ryder was a dateless dweeb...then he died. Unfortunately for him that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke to find himself a vampire, one of the legendary predators of the night. Unfortunately for him, he was still at the bottom of the food chain. Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst yet, they all want him dead...permanently this time.

    Mike Naka says: "imagine howard stern as a vampire"
    "Better read than listened to"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth a read. The narrator has a good voice, unf, he doesn't "do voices," so all characters sound the same. I found this frustrating. I ended up reading (most of) the book on an android tablet, and imagining voices from the "Monster Hunters International" narrator (sorry, can't remember his name)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (228)

    In a bold novel, Harlan Coben (Tell No One) continues to stake out new ground in suspense, unleashing a haunting tale of secrets and betrayal...and of one man's search for his missing brother that spirals into a breakneck hunt for a killer, a victim, and the truth.

    Ed says: "Excellent twists and turns"
    "great story, not so much the narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Jonathan Marosz?

    Coben, absolutely! Marosz -- not without lisetening VERY CAREFULLY to the preview, and being assured his cadence has changed from what he used for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the story fantastic: oodles of plot twists that kept my attention. The narrator -- well, he does "voices," and they're OK. BUT, when he's reading either narrative or 1st person (the book is partly in 1st and partly in 3rd person), EVERY sentence has the same cadence. This drove me to distraction. The only reason I finished is because the story was so interesting.

    I gave "overall" three star only due to the narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Susan Duerdan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (575)

    In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection.

    Rosemary says: "A Worthy Read"
    "six stars"
    Overall

    Combination of literary steepage and science fiction. Wish I was more steeped in literature to get more of the jokes/connections. Reading Wikipedia entries added much to my enjoyment. As a bicycle mechanic, I did get the references to Sturmey Archer and Bowden Cable. Which made me realize I likely missed dozens of others.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz, Ed Gorman
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (457)

    They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created, and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Helios, once Frankenstein, can stop the engineered killers he's set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Now the only hope rests in a one-time "monster" and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison.

    Chris F. says: "Other Reviewers Are Nuts"
    "good story, bad narration"
    Overall

    I give a 5 for the story, but had much trouble with the narration. All the fun back-and-forth between the detectives from the first book was missing. OK, it was there -- but the narrator made it seem like it wasn't. Please listen carefully to the sample before purchasing! (your mileage may vary)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Terminal Experiment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (103)

    An experiment has gone terribly wrong. Dr. Peter Hobson has created three electronic simulations of his own personality. One will test life after death; another, immortality. The third one is the control unit. But now all three have escaped from Hobson's computer into the worldwide electronic matrix. And one of them is a killer.

    David says: "Incredible"
    "fa"
    Overall

    Please see review from David, from Glenview, IL; he's said it very well. Only thing to add: I hesitated about this listen because, judging from some of the publisher's comments, etc, I feared the religious overtones might be strong, obnoxious, and pro "intelligent design." I was very wrong! This book is full of ideas, debates about ideas, and great fun. If you like great sci-fi (as opposed to fantasy -- when will they stop being lumped together on the shelves!) I believe you'll enjoy this read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3425)
    Performance
    (1624)
    Story
    (1635)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "enjoyable satire"
    Overall

    Perhaps no brilliant new sci and/or fi insights (I'm only 1/2 way through), but brilliant satire. Don't know if the author intended that, but very enjoyable. A very fon listen. The narator sometimes seems to lose track of his accents---but I don't care, his reading is still topnotch. And maybe that was his intention, in keeping with the satiracal (sp) theme.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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