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Coral

I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)

Mississauga, ON, Canada | Member Since 2004

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  • Seraphina

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Hartman
    • Narrated By Mandy Williams, Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (255)

    Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered.

    Amazon Customer says: "Completely Inspiring Fantasy"
    "Now this a book about being different"
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    This is a really good story. I enjoy the whole package - the characters are believable and enjoyable. It is a pity it's hidden in the young reader section! This is about being different and then coming to see that you are not the only one and that your differences isn't the most extreme in world nor does it define you but it does change how you are. But this isn't a moral story it's a actual story - enjoy read. My only question is where are more books by Rachel Hartman?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (745)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Jessica says: "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
    "Well written modern Fantasy"
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    Story

    This is the type of story I like best - well written characters - with the center figure like able and if a little slower then me rather good company. This is an adventure well written - not a growing story or a morel or horror but fun and exciting. The story is original and even the author admit at one point you likely already worked this out but on the plus side not that much before the character.

    This isn't a childern story but likely a older child (grade 6-7) would enjoy it; it not a teen story but if the teen isn't look for a sex story then they would enjoy too.

    The book is modern enough to have a few pass reference to more popular books but nothing that is more important that the length of the paragraph. In many way I liked it much better then those book anyway.

    Worth it's very high rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (345)

    Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

    Nancy says: "A great listen"
    "The Monster"
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    I won't comment on the book. I not really sure I enjoyed the story but I understand why it is deemed a classic.

    The reader is very enjoyable. Frankenstein and the Monster are read so completely differently that it is jarring to return to Frankenstein. I bought this one on sale and I believe this edition frequency is the one selected to be on sale. It still every good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantress: Evermen Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Maxwell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Ella and her brother, Miro, are orphans, their parents killed long ago in the ongoing struggle against the mad Emperor. From the day Ella witnesses an enchanter using his talents to save Miro from drowning, she knows what she wants to be. But the elite Academy of Enchanters expects tuition fees and knowledge. Determined, Ella sells flowers and studies every book she can. Meanwhile, Miro dreams of becoming one of the world's finest swordsmen, wielding his nation's powerful enchanted weapons in defense of his homeland.

    Hlambase says: "Good but ...."
    "Just missing some spark or link to me"
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    Nothing is really wrong with this book- the plot is predicable but not too baddly; the characters are reasonable and the magic system has a some level of logic (for whatever that worth). I even wanted to know how the author would unfold the story yet nothing really made me enter the world. IT was just a story. I think another might enjoy it yet it had no link to me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Flame: Chronicles of Elantra Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (197)

    Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She's not at home in the Imperial Palace - and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that. Kaylin can't as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade's younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she's called to the fief - by Teela.

    Cheri says: "still a good listen...but..."
    "This is book 10-"
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    This is book ten - if you liked the previous 9 books this will be just as enjoyable. If not then start with Cast in Shadow. There are a few inconsistent with the previous books but they are very minor. I really love how this series is able to continue to expand without need to "develop" new rules or myths to keep the books good.

    Audible please ask Michelle to add to this series to more international locations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Symposium

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    The Greek word sumposion means a drinking party (a fact shamefully ignored by the organizers of modern symposia), and the party described in Plato's Symposium is one supposedly given in the year 416 BC by the playwright Agathon to celebrate his victory in the dramatic festival of the Lenaea. He has already given one party, the previous evening; this second party is for a select group of friends, and host and guests alike are feeling a little frail.

    Brian Quaranta says: "Cast brings this great dialogue to life"
    "Different"
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    I am trying to read a collection of books at the moment which given I have a History Degree people seem to feel I should have read. I apporch this book from having taken a couple of second university courses in Greek rule of Egypt and Rome history.

    If you are fimilar to with the content then let me say the reader is good and the pace light.

    For those like me who don't know about the content then it is rather different then the modern view of many things. If you have strong views on gay taken child to as lovers I suggest you skip this book. It is written from the view that gay sex is the correct and normal course for man. It is interesting to have couples viewed from a different gender normal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shada: Doctor Who: The Lost Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts
    • Narrated By Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (220)

    The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana, and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous. The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots.It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

    Robert says: "Like uncovering a lost treasure"
    "Dr Who verson of Dirk Gently Dectective Agancy"
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    Think book started off really promising then well I feeling there was a bit of character reuses and finally more that it was a different version of Dirk Gently Dec. Agency rather then a story I haven't hear before. It's not really the same plot but the feel very similar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soul Music: Discworld, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (81)

    On the planet of Discworld, phrases like "there's a Death in the family" take on a whole new meaning. Young Susan has always suspected that her Grandfather was different, as though all the time he spent riding a white horse and wielding a scythe weren't enough of a giveaway.

    Coral says: "Living on borrowed Music"
    "Living on borrowed Music"
    Overall
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    If you have never read the discword this isn't the book to start with; there are lots of establish story lines going on and you will be much happier starting with Mort.

    For those who have read Mort and Reaper Man - you know all about Death and Susan.

    This book is about the crowd, music and fame. Something which Pratchett - personal feel - falls a little short on. It's much better then Moving Pictures but somehow need seemed as neat to me as some of the other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3294)
    Performance
    (3100)
    Story
    (3100)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "Gets betters the openning is a tad rough"
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    The story starts pretty weak in the fashion of a child view of a spartan style education - one could wish that the author had spend some time around children and teenagers because the skills the student have are WAAAY to advanced for their age.

    Once the book breaks out of the schooling story it gets more interesting about the last third of the book decided me to buy the second book.

    The "magic" isn't very well explained or detailed in the book however the story handles it reasonable well. There are no vampires - which some people I talk though it would be based on the title nor is the book grim with split blood. The battles are quick and descriptive (and thankfully) vague about corpse or guts.

    It's a reasonable start to a good set of books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Missing: Troubletwisters, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Garth Nix, Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Stanley McGeagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The grand finale of the thrilling middle-grade fantasy series from best-selling authors Garth Nix and Sean Williams. Jack and Jaide Shield have defended themselves against The Evil before - but it's never been as dangerous as this. It isn't just the town of Portland that's threatened, it's the whole Earth . . . and certain dimensions beyond.

    Coral says: "And then Nix and William ran out of ideas"
    "And then Nix and William ran out of ideas"
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    I must admit to having generally mixed feelings about this series. I really like Garth Nix work - Aborhorson &, Keys to the Kingdom but this is weaker. The character in the Troubletwisters have always been more flat and ideas less interesting. Ok so I really liked the cats - who saddly are almost bit parts in this book.

    The story starts out promising - the twins are finally going to advance in there training - a mysteries message for help from someone Grammy X knows but then the story flags. All is relived about Grammy X yet it presented in such a way that no suspense is allowed to build up.

    Personally I would say there is wiggly room for more books - maybe they just wanted to a sequel series rather then try to keep Jake and Jade.

    If your adult for your own pleasure it's about 3.5 - for kids (middle school crowd) it's likely better but not by much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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