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Becky

Avid reader and writer I've gotten into audiobooks because I can "read" while I craft or do other things

San Antonio, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Druids: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barry Cunliffe
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    The Druids have been known and discussed for at least 2,400 years, first by Greek writers and later by the Romans, who came in contact with them in Gaul and Britain. According to these sources, they were a learned caste who officiated in religious ceremonies, taught the ancient wisdoms, and were revered as philosophers. But few figures flit so elusively through history, and the Druids remain enigmatic and puzzling to this day.

    Becky says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "Not what I was expecting"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I didn't appreciate that it wa titled Druids but only a few paragraphs were spared for the actual class of celtic society it mostly focused on the spred if romanization and history of Gallic celts


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Now I have to find more accurate and complete works on Druids very annoyed at the lack of information


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yeah but not about the subject he was supposedly writing about it


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Amber Benson
    • Narrated By Amber Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Calliope Reaper-Jones so just wanted a normal life: buying designer shoes on sale, dating guys from Craig’s List, web-surfing for organic dim-sum for her boss. But when her father - who happens to be Death himself - is kidnapped, and the Devil’s Protege embarks on a hostile takeover of the family business, Death, Inc., Callie returns home to assume the CEO mantle - only to discover she must complete three nearly impossible tasks in the realm of the afterlife first.

    Steve says: "Hard to listen to..."
    "Freaking awesome"
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    If you could sum up Death's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Totally freaking awesome I love they were able to get amber to read it made it ten times better AMAZING


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Cleo she's a great supporting role and humanizes calliope in a subtle way


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

    No but I love anything done by amber benson and I think stories always sound better when read by those who conceived them


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3530)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (952)

    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
    "Favorite"
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    Would you listen to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe again? Why?

    Yes it's one of my favorite stories of all time a story I have grown up with and will always treasure


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?

    Always the stone table scene I cry every time even though by now I know the story by heart


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3013)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (1009)

    Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

    Anita says: "an exceptional story that's had bad press"
    "Extraordinary"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Amber Spyglass the most enjoyable?

    The cast


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amber Spyglass?

    When will and Lyra realize they are in love


    Have you listened to any of Philip Pullman and full cast ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Brilliant as always Pullman and his cast really brought the story to life


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing performance work on the part of Pullman and the cast members this is a story I have loved for many years and they really brought it to life in a way I never dreamed possible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, Full Cast
    Overall
    (3686)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1122)

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

    Geoffrey says: "The second book in a fantastic trilogy!"
    "Great performance"
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    Where does The Subtle Knife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The subtle knife is among my favorite books and hearing it told in this way with voices to attach to the characters I so love is just fantastic


    What did you like best about this story?

    The performers and humanity they brought to the story


    What about Philip Pullman and Full Cast ’s performance did you like?

    They made it real in my minds eye


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10725)
    Performance
    (7630)
    Story
    (7634)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Wizard"
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    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    The voice of Harry Dresden and all of the expressions added in the performance


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Humanity


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5007)
    Performance
    (1526)
    Story
    (1547)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Excellent"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great performances made the story real


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Golden Compass?

    When Lyra reads the compass for the first time


    What about Philip Pullman and full cast ’s performance did you like?

    It was amazing I look forward to re-reading the book with true voices in my head


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enclave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (380)

    New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "It was supposed to be good."
    "Interesting spin off a zombie apocypse"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Enclave to be better than the print version?

    I have yet to read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Enclave?

    The first time you meet Fade


    Did Emily Bauer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Putting the story in the point of view of someone who'd had no knowledge of what the world has was an interesting choice makes the other characters more alien but you grow to know them in a better way


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

    The strong survive


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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