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Betania

Carlsbad, CA, United States

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  • 23 reviews
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  • Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Mosse
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery: two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag.

    Sara says: "Terrible Listening Experience"
    "NO STARS, didn't finish listening to it"
    Overall

    I also very, very much disliked the narrator, whose voice I found grating. The novel, even if I had read it on paper, I did not find well written. I wouldn't have given it even one star, but apparently that is a technical impossiblity on the webpage. There seemed to be many anachronisms. Fairly early in the story, I didn't like or respect the main character, or understand her motivations, and lost interest in the novel about a fifth of the way through. I slogged on, but after getting about a third of the way (and this was just listening in my car, in traffic, so it didn't have to be very good) I was so bored and uninterested that I didn't finish listening to the book. I would not, obviously, recommend it at all.

    10 of 13 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
    (12362)
    Performance
    (9176)
    Story
    (9178)

    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"
    "kind of fun, good narrator, but not that great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Storm Front? What did you like least?

    The narrator is great (hearing him swallow is a bit irritating but no big thing) and I did like the main character; but I didn't find the plot that interesting and I wasn't really very intrigued by the story (stopped listening a couple times, and then began again just to get the book finished). Also, none of the other characters seemed very well fleshed-out and the part about magic didn't seem that creative to me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Butcher? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately, I got two of the Dresden files books at once so I may listen to the next one but won't buy another; not sure what everyone is raving about. If I want a paranormal I would use my credits on another


    Was Storm Front worth the listening time?

    I didn't find this book very worth listening too; it was alright if I was in traffic but that's about it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7199)
    Performance
    (3555)
    Story
    (3558)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Drags some, unsatisfying ending, good characters"
    Overall

    I like long audio books so when I saw this one discounted, I bought it, although I was wary about the general topic-vampires. Definitely needs some editing and drags in places. Really liked the characters and cared about them. I personally liked the narrator; not the greatest of all time but good. A few slightly irritating anachronisms (mentions of things that people after the apocalypse wouldn't know about) and the absence of the internet was strange and unbelievable, no explanation of why it apparently disappeared. Most disappointing was the end; not that at the very end it was abrupt (I actually liked that) but a few threads didn't seem tied up, some things weren't explained (with such a long book, it seems like he could've explained everything). This might be due to a planned sequel but that doesn't excuse it. I don't agree that this is on a par with Pillars of the earth at all, but it is generally a pretty good read, although it does drag at places and the ending isn't satisfying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silent on the Moor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (261)

    In Grimsgrave Hall, enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane has inherited a ruined estate, replete with uncanny tenants and one unwanted houseguest: Lady Julia Grey. Despite his admonitions to stay away, Lady Julia arrives in Yorkshire to find Brisbane as remote and maddeningly attractive as ever. Cloistered together, they share the moldering house with the proud but impoverished remnants of an ancient family: the sort that keeps their bloodline pure and their secrets close.

    M&M says: "Compelling romance continues"
    "Very enjoyable denouement"
    Overall

    Very enjoyable third novel in the series, which although the series might possibly continue, does provide a satisfying romantic denouement. Had fun listening to it, would recommend as a light, fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent in the Sanctuary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (232)

    Fresh from a six-month sojourn in Italy, Lady Julia returns home to Sussex to find her father's estate crowded with family and friends: but dark deeds are afoot at the deconsecrated abbey, and a murderer roams the ancient cloisters.

    Judy says: "Wrong narrator listed"
    "Fun sequel (Archer narrating!)"
    Overall

    I read the previous Raybourn-Silent novel and enjoyed it, and this one as well. I waited until it came out narrated by Ellen Archer, who does an excellent job narrating (listening to it narrated in an American accent would be irritating, I think). These are light, fun novels that keep your attention while you read them and provide a fun time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Net Is Wide: A Prequel to Tales of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By J. Paul Boehmer, Julia Fletcher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (868)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (306)

    Set before Tales of the Otori begins, Heaven's Net recounts the life of Lord Otori Shigeru, the series' spiritual warrior-godfather and the adoptive father of the Tales' Takeo. We learn about Shigeru's training; his relationship with the Tribe of mysteriously powerful assassins; his fateful meeting with Lady Maruyama, who would become his secret lover; the battle of Yaegahara, where his father is killed; and other turning points that shaped the Tales.

    Maria says: "Extremely Satisfied"
    "enjoyable if you read the previous books"
    Overall

    I found this last novel in the series enjoyable, especially because I had read the previous novels in the series. It is a prequel but is best read at the end. The story comes full circle and some things you already read about in previous books are explained (others were already obvious in the first books), which is fun and satisfying. The other books might stand alone but this is probably only really interesting if you have already read them.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (459)

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    Bruce says: "Fourth Book falls short"
    "Enjoyable although previous narrators were better"
    Overall

    As with the other novels in this series, I enjoyed this one and had fun listening to it, although the change in narrators was unfortunate-they aren't bad but not as good and enjoyable as the previous narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance of the Moon: Tales of the Otori, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2217)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (741)

    In the final installment of the Tales of the Otori, the young Takeo meets his destiny, fulfilling the prophesy: "You were born into the Hidden, but your life...is no longer your own."

    William T. Katz says: "Good trilogy. Book 3 is weakest."
    "Enjoyable and interesting, good narrators"
    Overall

    As with the other novels in this series, I found this one enjoyable and fun, with very good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grass for His Pillow: Tales of the Otori, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2829)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (696)

    The exhilerating tale of Takeo continues in book II of the internationally best-selling Tales of the Otori trilogy, a sweeping saga set in a mythical, medieval Japan.

    RacerX says: "Good book. First one was better"
    "Enjoyable and fun"
    Overall

    As with the other novels in this series, I found this one enjoyable and fun, with very good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6243)
    Performance
    (2372)
    Story
    (2382)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Fun, enjoyable and interesting, good narrators"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this novel -and the following books in the series- a great deal. It was a fun, interesting fantasy and apparently well-researched. The characters were very likable, I felt their motivations and feelings were convincing and the plot kept me interested (through this novel and the whole rest of the series). I also liked the narrators voices (Nakasone takes a little bit of time to get used to, but after a few sections you get to like her, and Kevin Gray has a great voice). I would recommend it if you are interested in Japan or if you just feel like having a good time listing to a fun novel (or two, or five). I think the series would also be appropriate for young adults or teenagers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27631)
    Performance
    (14220)
    Story
    (14274)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Wonderful book, incredible narration"
    Overall

    I loved this book, and it is probably better in audio than in print because the women's voices are so wonderful, so apt, so well done. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I laughed out loud, almost cried and really felt I got to know the main characters and above all that I could identify with them even though their lives are different in a million ways from mine. It almost seems that if a racist read this book and really listened/let the text penetrate, they would be a little less racist afterwards. But it is not a tract or harangue, it is a very, very good novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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