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Claire

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  • The Sea-Hawk

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rafael Sabatini
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Sir Oliver Tessilian, a Cornish nobleman, is abandoned or betrayed by everyone he ever loved. He is framed for murder, affronted and shunned by his fiancee and sold into slavery by his half-brother.

    Optimistic skeptic says: "Fun story ruined by poor reading"
    "Narration painful, story good."
    Overall

    I love Sabatini, and The Sea-Hawk is one of my favorite books.

    It is sad, therefore, that the narration made it almost impossible to listen to this book. It sounded as though he disliked the book and was reading as fast as he could to be done with it. The characterization was mediocre.

    I only wish I had paid attention to another reviewer, rather than simply purchasing the book because I knew I liked the story. I could have saved myself disappointment and money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1379)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Formulaic Story, Bad Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't think anyone would enjoy this book with the current narration. With a different narration it could be for someone who likes formulaic fantasy and romance. This book might be good for a quick read while riding the bus, waiting in line or at the airport, in book form.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    I find her "witch/magic" stories her weakest and least satisfying, perhaps because I read a lot of good fantasy (and a lot of just okay fantasy, too). Raven Calls by C. E. Murphy has a similar story line about a battle between magics and magic users that echoes down families, and this felt like a weak copy of that idea.


    How could the performance have been better?

    In the beginning the reader sounds as though she is exhausted. Possibly she is trying to convey the feeling of the narrating character, but I found I could listen for no more than 20 minutes at a time before I had to turn it off. I have yet to finish it and am considering returning the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Highland Mist: Highlander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2141)
    Performance
    (1315)
    Story
    (1321)

    He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.

    E. Anderson says: "Loved It!!"
    "Excellent reader, average story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like romance novels with steamy sex scenes and a an average plot, this is for you. Sort of junk for for the reader - enjoyable, but not high art.


    Has Beyond the Highland Mist turned you off from other books in this genre?

    A little bit. Things that you can skim over when reading a book you must sit through while listening to one.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    I didn't so much have a favorite character, as an admiration for the performance as a whole. He read some of the most silly sex scenes with style. I admire him for that.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (537)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

    Ben says: "Finally on Audible!!"
    "Very good reading of a fun book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1632 to be better than the print version?

    No, it is not better, but it isn't worse. I would say it was true to the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't have a favorite character as such. I think each character has his or her points, and I like many of them for different reason. Mike for his resilience, leadership, and adaptability; Dr. Nichols for his style and sense of humor; Ms. Mailey for her past, and for the way she grows in the story; Gretchen for being so strong and down-to-earth, Rebecca for being smart and wise and witty and fun. I could go on, but just read the book and decide for yourselves.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle of the crapper. You'll know what I mean if you read or listen to the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ms. Mailey's conversion to the new reality.


    Any additional comments?

    I like alternate history stories. This one is lots of fun, and well thought out. And the characters are people, not cardboard cut-outs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fantasy in Death: In Death, Book 30

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1234)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (720)

    Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can’t wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company’s latest top-secret project, Fantastical.

    Judy says: "Another Home Run!"
    "Good book, narration not my favorite"
    Overall

    I like the Fantasy in Death Series, and this is a fair representation of the series.

    I have never listened to an audio version of any of this series and had a problem with it. No disrespect to the reader, and she did a good job: Clear differentiation of characters and a nice flow to the reading. But her interpretation of the sound of the characters was very different from how I imagined them and the conflict was jarring to me. Perhaps others will find her reading right on the money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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