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Captain Skurvy

I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print

Queensland, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (714)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "Epic Fantasy"
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    I read the first L. E. Modesitt's Recluse series when it first came out in the early 1990's since then15 additional titles have been added to the series.

    If you enjoy Epic Fantasy over many long novels, then this series is for you (this novel alone is over 19 hours long).

    The book is Narrated by Kirby Heyborne who does an excellent job of trying to read an difficult novel. Anyone who has listened to Lynsay Sands Argeneau vampire series will be recognise his name.

    The audio issue is that the book has many written "sound effects" which when read one can partially ignore, but the narrator cannot do this in an unabbridged version. Although Kirby does a reasonable job with the "sound effects" they tend to destroy the flow a bit in the Audio version. The ideal audio version should have actual sound effects, but that would have mad it too costly to produce.

    L. E. Modesitt's world and character building is excellent. The main character wears on you a bit as he seems fixed in his "eveything is boring" mode and his need to be spoon fed information at least at first . . . but slowly he learns and grows.

    Even with the comments above i would highly recommend this book and the Recluse series.

    I gave Kirby Heyborne's perforce 5 because i did not feel it was fair to lower his score because of the authors tendency to throw in sound effects every where eg clop, clop clop for horses. If i remember correctly sound effects were in italics in the printed version.

    In the book the White (Chaos) wizards are the "bad guys" and the Island of Recluce is the home of the Black (Order) wizards. Anyone on Recluce that does not embrace Order is exiled or give a chance to learn to embrace Order by receiving a little training and then going on a dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden quest in the lands beyond Recluce . . . but all is not that cut and dry . . .

    The Magic of Recluce follows the adventures of Lerris and several of the dangergeld group he trained with, trying to complete the dangergeld or at least come to terms with their exile

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • The Soprano Sorceress: Spellsong Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By L.E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Amy Landon
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When Anna Marshall is transported from her boring and frustrating life in Ames, Iowa, to the very different world of Erde, she's angry and confused. But she soon finds out that for the first time in her life she's uniquely powerful. In Iowa, Anna was a music teacher and small-time opera singer, but on Erde, her musical ability makes her a big-time sorceress-potentially. First, though, she must figure out how to use her ability before the rulers kill her.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Excellent start to another great series brought to Audio"
    "Excellent start to another great series brought to Audio"
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    I remember reading this many years ago, now it being released to audio and i am very grateful - first because its a great series and second because even with Modsitt's audio ramblings during his books and the length, it's well executed and narrated.

    i would recommend this book and hopefully this series to all who like epic well written fantasy.

    One hopes they keep the Narrator

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Rowena Cooper
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    Ayla leaves the safety of the Clan who raised her and sets out alone on an epic journey of discovery. A hostile land awaits her, and her need for human companionship and love remain unfulfilled. A sequel to The Clan of the Cave Bear.

    Timothy says: "More Please"
    "Ruined by new narrator"
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    Another great series that has been re published and ruined in th audiobook format due to a change in a narrator who is not only too old sounding by is totally wrong,

    The original release narrated by Sandra Burr should be listened too if possible, it is a far better version

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Plains of Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Rowena Cooper
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Accompanied by the half-tame Wolf, the superb stallion Racer, and the mare Whinney, Ayla the orphan and Jondalar the traveller brave both savage enemies and the elemental dangers of weather and terrain in their search for the place that will become home.

    Susan says: "DONT BUY"
    "Republished Audiobook ruined by the new narration"
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    Another great series that has been re published and ruined in th audiobook format due to a change in a narrator who is not only too old sounding by is totally wrong,

    The original release narrated by Sandra Burr should be listened too if possible, it is a far better version

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fluency

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jennifer Foehner Wells
    • Narrated By Susanna Burney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (364)

    NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960's. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it. Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it's an adventure she can't refuse.

    Striker says: "Great Concept, Loved the Story... I Want More!"
    "one of this years sleepers"
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    An excellent SCIFI adventure. Great plot and characters around first contact in contemporary times.

    A lot of good ideas with some some a bit too far fetched but still believable within the story.

    A must read for any science fiction / fantasy fan

    A good narrator seals a excellent package

    Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goddess with a Blade

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lauren Dane
    • Narrated By Eve Bianco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she's a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty. A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas's new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampire all over them, and Rowan warns Clive to keep his people in line - or she'll mete out her own brand of justice.

    Maria says: "Super Good Listen!!"
    "Excellent spin on the supernatural world"
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    Excellent spin on the supernatural world - just be aware that there are some very descriptive sex scenes (although they don't take over the book like some authors) and use of colourful language, (again it exists but there are must worse out there) so if such things put you off then this book is probably not for you. which would be a pity as it well worth the purchase and listen.

    The narrator is excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curtsies and Conspiracies: Finishing School, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Does one need four fully-grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully-grown guests? Sophronia's first year at school has certainly been rousing. First, her finishing school is training her to be a spy. (Won't Mumsy be surprised!) Secondly, she gets mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and has a cheese pie thrown at her.

    Captain Skurvy says: "MS Carriger does it yet again"
    "MS Carriger does it yet again"
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    Another great Steampunk romp from Gail Carrier with an excellent narration from Moira Quirk.

    This is the second in this series set before the timeline of the excellent Parasol Protectorate series. it even includes younger versions of some of the characters or their relations from the original series. Whilst the technology is earlier there is a definite Steampunk vibe to the story arc and of course the same supernatural races are woven into the tale.

    The story is told in Ms Carriger's irreverent tongue firmly in cheek style of her earlier series and whilst listed as YA it will most definitely appeal to those who love Steampunk and or her earlier series no matter what their age . . .

    enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1406)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1280)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Shelly says: "I really hope this turns into a series..."
    "The "heroine" causes 90% of the problems & deaths"
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    The "heroine" causes 90% of the problems & deaths, in this book and I can't remember the last time i wished for a main character to die quickly, save lives and put us all out of our misery. She "never" appears to learn & she causes more pain and death to her friends because basically she appears to be too stupid to live. She even admits her stupidity several times during the book.

    Amanda does a wonderful job with the narration but even she is hard put to save this book.

    The plot has promise but Olivia Kiskey (the Heroine) is so clueless to reality she causes harm, damage and death all around her, supposedly in the guise of "doing the right thing", she is the kind of friend who makes it superfluous to have enemies

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing the Star Garden: The Airship Racing Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Melanie Karsak
    • Narrated By Libby Clearfield
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It all begins on one of the worst days of Lily's life. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What's a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: Drink absinthe and smoke opium.

    Susan says: "Exhilarating!"
    "Excessive descriptions of sex, drugs and abuse."
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    The story is listed under fantasy and as Steampunk, but would be better listed under erotica.

    The excessive descriptions/use of sex, "colourful" language, drug taking, deviant sexual behavior and alcoholic binges, could be somewhat excused by the early life of the "heroine" but such things need not become most of the book. they could have be described once and then eluded to instead of becoming most of the books bulk and story.

    The narrator is the only real saving grace and in-spite of the material does an excellent job.

    I wont go into plot spoilers but instead would like to use this review as a warning for those who are looking for a Steampunk Fantasy rather than an erotic one, because i don't think you will like this book, which is a shame as decent Steampunk fantasies are few and far between especially in Audiobook format.

    If however erotica, with heaps of helpings of drug and other abuse is your thing . . .enjoy

    I don't consider myself a prude but I require a reasonable cohesive plot with such stories before they interest me in anyway and such devices should be used as a means to grow the characters and the world they inhabit or at least used with skill not as a bludgeon and constant shock or page fillers because after a short time such stories and devices have no real value other than to fill space.

    This review is solely my own interpretation and will obviously not agree with that of others, I just hope it helps some in evaluating this book under the category it is listed as

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon and the George

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Gordon R. Dickson
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Through no fault of his own, the once human Jim Eckert had become a dragon. Unfortunately, his beloved Angie had remained human. But in this magical land anything could happen. To make matter worse, Angie had been taken prisoner by an evil dragon and was held captive in the impenetrable Loathly Tower. So in this land where humans were edible and beasts were magical - where spells worked and logic didn't-- Jim Eckert had a big, strange problem.

    Captain Skurvy says: "A classic brought to life"
    "A classic brought to life"
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    I remember reading and enjoying this when it first went into print (a little while back in the 70's) so maybe I was expecting more, and whilst it's not bad it was not what i was exactly expecting. This maybe because due to reading the series several times in the past or the narrator.

    Whilst the narrator is far from bad it took me a bit to get used to him, again this might be me and not a reflection on the narrator.

    This series pretty much follows the standard fantasy formula but does it very well and does deviate from that formula in a witty and irreverent and you soon find yourself transported into a new world with its own rules and characters.

    I would recommend this book and series to all who enjoy a good fantasy, this is also one of Dicksons better series at least in my opinion




    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Falling on Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (502)

    Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it's not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can't micromanage. An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state.

    Bonnie says: "Sure Kelsey makes poor choices, who doesn't?"
    "Another winner for Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi"
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    Another winner for Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi a wonderful combination of the right Author and Narrator . . . once again Amanda's narration lends it's self perfectly to Molly Harper's characters and writing style to produce another great story. If there is one thing i had issue with was that this visit ended too soon, but like all her stories it will be revisited many times until the next installment

    This is the 3rd is this series (sorry not vampires or werewolves in sight). I suggest you start with book one if you wish to enjoy and fully understand the rich interaction between the characters and their full back-stories. I normally prefer scfi or fantasy but have been known to wander into other genres if the author / narrator / or story grab my interest.

    Well worth the price/credit and time

    Thank you Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi for yet another wonderful escape.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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