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  • Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Demigod Files

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (205)

    How do you handle an encounter with Medusa on the New Jersey interstate? What's the best way to take down a minotaur? Become an expert on everything in Percy's world with this must-have guide to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Complete with interviews, puzzles, games, and original short stories by Rick Riordan.

    Jimmy says: "Riordan throws us a few scraps from his table"
    "Very short, not worth a credit."
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    What disappointed you about Percy Jackson & The Olympians?

    It mainly offered a lot of the same refrains that you find in the Percy Jackson series without enough story to compensate for the repetition of the initial storyline. It doesn't really offer anything new. I just seems like some extra stories that, for whatever reason, he cut out of the main series and do not on their own merit an entire book. I felt cheated.


    What could Rick Riordan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe if he put these stories together with the other one, the demigod diaries, and added a few more stories that would be worth a credit. This work felt like a rush job, incomplete and a lot of filler.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Fantastic: Discworld #2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (668)

    Carl Cravens says: "Great story, enjoyable British humour."
    "Picks up where Colour of Magic leaves off, Great!!"
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    What did you love best about The Light Fantastic?

    Rincewind's inner monologue concerning his sanity.


    What other book might you compare The Light Fantastic to and why?

    It is comprable to the Colour of Magic, as it is the next step of the story, the same wonderfully absurd characters, it at least meets all expectations set by the first book, and in certain ways surpasses them.


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

    Everything that he brought to the Colour of Magic. Wonderful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed often while listening to this book!! The discussion of descriptive writing was downright hilarious.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Equal Rites: Discworld #3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Celia Imrie
    Overall
    (1272)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (586)

    Lisa L. Hilton says: "Lots of fun"
    "Very funny, as I now expect from Terry Pratchett!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely!


    What other book might you compare Equal Rites to and why?

    The Colour of Magic, from a female perspective, Witches instead of Wizards, kind of....


    What about Celia Imrie’s performance did you like?

    I very much liked her performance, and immediately got the next book in this part of the series, so that I could enjoy more of her quality narration, which I now have come to expect from any work of Terry Pratchett's. I wish she narrates more that just these 2 novels of Discworld, (Equal Rites, and then Wyrd Sisters). Anyways, I will definitely keep an eye out for any books that she chooses to narrate. The voice she used for the youthful protaganist of this book is downright adorable, as is the voice she chose for the stuttering boy-genius wizard she befriends.


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

    Many moments in this book brought me to audible laughter, causing some curious looks from neighbors and pedestrians while I gardened!! The letter that granny weatherwax wrote to the unseen university cracked me up, as did her discussion of headology.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab The Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dr. Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson
    • Narrated By George Grizzard
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Nowhere is there another lab like Dr. Bill Bass's: on a hillside in Tennessee, human bodies decompose in the open air, aided by insects, bacteria and birds, unhindered by coffins or mausoleums. At the "Body Farm," nature takes its course, with corpses buried in shallow graves, submerged in water, concealed beneath slabs of concrete, locked in trunks of cars. As stand-ins for murder victims, they serve the needs of science, and the cause of justice.

    Aries says: "Promising but falls just shy of delivering"
    "Real world forensic anthropology, bugs and all!"
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    What did you love best about Death's Acre?

    Dr. Bass's perspective and clear expertise in the field. He has written more than a few of my osteological textbooks and it was downright fun to hear how he describes his own experiences, how he has accumulated his considerable library of knowledge.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How Dr. Bass and Jon Jefferson managed to convey the absolute respect that is necessary when dealing with human remains as well as interesting, scientifically accurate, entertaining, humorous and in some cases heart rending situations that led to the need of Dr. Bass's expertise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3520)
    Performance
    (2358)
    Story
    (2363)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "A clever employment of the audio format."
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    Where does The Red Pyramid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook is good. It is not the best, but far from the worst audiobook I have listened to, it is above average and is a solidly good book. The author embraces this format and brings it into the story masterfully, while the performances by the two narrators is very good and moves the story along effortlessly. The differing perspective of the two main characters was intriguing and in many instances downright captivating. I would have rated this series higher, as I think that the way that Rick Riordan uses the audio format in this series is brilliant, but I listened to a superior work (The Colour of Magic by Terry Prachett) and cannot in good conscience give this work the same rating. This series is much better than Riordan's other, more famous, Percy Jackson series, which I also enjoyed.


    What does Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their narration gave more depth to the characters and brought that enjoyable sibling rivalry to life. Also, the accents they did were very good, even on the very very few instances where they attributed the wrong accent to a particular speaker. In fact, that is the only reason that they got 4 instead of 5 stars. Their performances were still well above par. I wish I could give them a 4.75. I have even started adding books they narrate to my wish list, simply because I enjoyed them so much.


    Any additional comments?

    I just want to make clear that this is a quality production and written work. I very much enjoyed listening to this series, much more than I anticipated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2590)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1058)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Absolutely Hilarious, Fun, and Brilliant!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, without a doubt! This performance is very enjoyable, and the content is ridiculous in a very good way. I laughed out loud often and heartily with this audiobook. The narration was the best that I have yet heard, and I have listened to quite a few audiobooks.


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favorite?

    The character of Death was extremely entertaining, with his echoing and powerfully commanding voice, but his portrayal of the Discwolrd's premier Tourist Two Flower was fantastic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, this book made me laugh quite a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On a Pale Horse: Incarnations of Immortality, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1021)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (521)

    In this, the first novel of the best-selling Incarnations of Immortality series, Piers Anthony combines a deeply moving examination of the meaning of life and death with a gripping story of romance and loyalty, all set in a world of magic and technical wizardry.

    Jake says: "Full Series Review: 5 Stars"
    "Enjoyable...... but......."
    Overall

    A very fun read/listen, but slightly tainted with dated sexist and racist undertones.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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