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Annie Schneider

TULSA, OK, US | Member Since 2009

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  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3197)
    Performance
    (2998)
    Story
    (2986)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Another wonderful read"
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    I love these characters as if I actually knew them. Can't wait for the next installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2478)
    Performance
    (2327)
    Story
    (2314)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Monumentally Awful"
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    The first book was engaging, the second book was disappointing, but tolerable because it appeared to be a set-up for this book. This book is terrible.

    The performance is done like a 70s-era soap opera, which pretty much matches the tenor of the book. The book feels like it is drawn out for the sake of meeting some predetermined page limit.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • White Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1057)

    They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

    FanB14 says: "Prep for Starz Drama"
    "Too Long--Aimless"
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    I have read several of Phillipa Gregory's books and have enjoyed them. This one was just too long and it was just the same thing over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4298)
    Performance
    (3245)
    Story
    (3251)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "How Have I Missed This Book?"
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    I took a "chance" on this book on a recommendation. I can't believe I've never read it. Wonderful characters, story, performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    Overall
    (9326)
    Performance
    (8545)
    Story
    (8555)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "I don't get the buzz"
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    I cannot understand why this book is so popular. It just goes on-and-on. I'm not opposed to long tomes, enjoy them even. I didn't like this one much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Thunder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    In the winter of 1920, a quirky bequest draws Morrie Morgan back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride, Grace. But the mansion bestowed by a former boss upon the itinerant charmer, debuted in Doig’s best-selling book The Whistling Season, promises to be less a windfall than a money pit. And the town itself, with its polyglot army of miners struggling to extricate themselves from the stranglehold of the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems - like the couple’s fast-diminishing finances—on the verge of implosion.

    Lorna says: "Another great story from Doig"
    "What Fun!"
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    This book is just fun. The characters are a hoot. I would recommend reading/listening to Work Song first. (which is also delightful).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (958)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "Enjoyable re-appearance of Winter Sea characters"
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    The story was cleverly written and well narrated. I found it very enjoyable with likeable characters and good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Byzantium

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (211)

    Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present the beautiful and costly hand-illuminated Book of Kells to the emperor of all Christendom.

    Christine says: "Unforgettable!"
    "Enjoyable all the way through"
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    Some have complained about the narration, but I enjoyed it. I think the slow pace at times is reflective of the mood of the somewhat epic story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butcher's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (378)

    Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

    richard says: "A writer with extreme talents."
    "Entertaining--lots of twists and turns"
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    The first book I've listened to of Thomas Perry's, and the first book he wrote. I was entertained.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5652)
    Performance
    (4822)
    Story
    (4818)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Don't be put off by the new narrator--he's good"
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    If you could sum up Ghost Story in three words, what would they be?

    Very entertaining


    Have you listened to any of John Glover???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other John Glover's performances, but will.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I'd be disappointed with a different narrator because James Marsters IS Harry Dresden. Without including a spoiler, I'll say that having a different narrator for this book echos the new perspective in the book. Glover does an excellent job!

    After about 2 minutes the new narrator seemed right for the book. That's amazing since I've pretty much listened to all the books the series back-to-back over the last year, and I expected to be disappointed. And, the story is good too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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