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  • Pursuit: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    Thirteen bodies are found in a Louisville restaurant. When the police can find no suspect or motive, the family of one of the victims seeks the services of the enigmatic and solitary specialist Roy Prescott, known for his ability to find people who don't want to be found.

    Maxine says: "Great book"
    "Good author, exciting tale"
    Overall

    I've enjoyed Thomas Perry's books, starting with the Butcher's Boy, and continuing through the different series. Perry often introduces a non-typical hero, sometimes unlikeable and occasionally even the "bad guy". Perry's ability to make these characters sympathetic enough for us to want to find out what happens to them is remarkable, particularly as he does it without watering down their personalities. Each one is an individual.

    Another thing Perry does very well is craft an exciting story. He does it again here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10169)
    Performance
    (7621)
    Story
    (7665)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "An ok story, despite some flaws."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about A Discovery of Witches? What did you like least?

    The premise of the book, that demons, witches and vampires were somehow interrelated, was intriguing. I particularly like the use and integration of folklore, the magical book, and the sentient house. I think the relationship at the center of the novel between the witch and the vampire was ridiculously drawn out. The effect, rather than increasing the sexual tension in the book, banished it, and left me wishing to get on with the story. Some characters were developed in an interesting direction and then abandoned to mediocrity.


    What didn’t you like about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance?

    On the whole, I liked her performance. She made some really terrible pronunciation errors, however, which completely distracted me. An example I still grouse about was her pronunciation of


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4196)
    Performance
    (3120)
    Story
    (3132)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I loved reading the books, and sometimes don't enjoy the audio versions as well. Steven Pacey, however, really brings the characters to life. I think this is even better than the book, thanks to the reader. (I admit I had to go look up grimace, to check the pronunciation. Grim ACE' is an alternate way to pronounce it. I love learning something new!!!) Great fun. I'm now a follower of Mr. Pacey's work. More please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Lord's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2894)
    Performance
    (1913)
    Story
    (1915)

    For years he has endured the endless trials and triumphs of a man whose skill and power could not be restrained. Battling ancient enemies, forging new alliances, and confronting the corruption within his own land, Gaius Octavian became a legendary man of war - and the rightful First Lord of Alera. But now, the savage Vord are on the march, and Gaius must lead his legions to the Calderon Valley to stand against them - using all of his intelligence, ingenuity, and furycraft to save their world from eternal darkness.

    Jason says: "Excellent conclusion"
    "Jim Butcher can't write a dull book!"
    Overall

    This series held up beautifully throughout. I'm waiting for sequels. In the interim, I'll reread the Harry Dresden novels. Keep writing, Mr. Butcher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2567)
    Performance
    (1036)
    Story
    (1036)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "Intense, and very well read."
    Overall

    Basing a novel on a factual situation is tricky, but this was quite well done. The ending is a shock, and to some reviewers, dissatisfying. The possible causes of the crash, the real mystery, are well outlined. The fictional story is intense, well written and excellently read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (325)

    The Fiery Cross is Diana Gabaldon's fifth novel in her award-winning Outlander series, featuring 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall.

    Debra says: "Waiting for Davina"
    "How I hate abridged books!"
    Overall

    This book, as abridged, was marginally better than The Breath of Snow and Ashes. Having said that is about the best I can do. The good news is that Audible is apparently aware of our community's feelings on this matter, and negotiating access to the unabridged books. Meanwhile, is the new one unabridged? And, for those of us who gave up understanding what was going on because of the abridged versions, should we read it now or wait to reread the unabridged Fiery Cross and Snow and Ashes? A fun dilemma for a change!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2169)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (977)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "Good book, bad narrator"
    Overall

    I know I liked the book when I read it initially. The narrator does not fit well with the story. He sounds clipped, or bored, but not particularly involved. His accents are fleeting and inconsistent. Occasionally, the accents are just strange, like when he drops into a southern drawl. Really? In a book with a castle on its cover and a prince and princess as main characters? Unfortunately, the reading is so discordant that I struggled to listen.
    The world Bujold creates is complete and consistent. The plot is intriguing and the characters worth meeting.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Berlin Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Nancy says: "Yes but"
    "Excellent series"
    Overall

    I previously read this and the next two books many years ago. I was thrilled to see these available on Audible, especially with the excellent narration of Robert Whitfield. I've just finished all 9 books in the series, and can recommend them without qualification. Excellent spy series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Your Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tom Holt
    • Narrated By Raymond Sawyer
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Ever been offered a promotion that seems too good to be true? You know, the sort they'd be insane to be offering to someone like you. The kind where you snap their arm off to accept, then wonder why all your long-serving colleagues look secretly relieved, as if they've been let off some strange and unpleasant hook.

    Julie says: "If you enjoy...."
    "very fun and imaginative!"
    Overall

    Paul Carpenter is the accidental hero archetype. His work at the evil corporate headquarters is too funny. The writing is very well done, and the narrator convincing as Paul. The other "voices" are a bit mushy, but it doesn't interfere. Tom Holt reminds me of Terry Pratchett in corporate garb; high praise, indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Heat, Political Thrillers Series #5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (162)

    As a presidential campaign narrows into a dead heat, the Secret Service learns of a catastrophic terrorist plot to assassinate one of the candidates - but which one? Who do they want dead? And can U.S. forces stop the terrorists before millions lose their lives?

    Andrew says: "Loved the Book Series!"
    "This should be listed as a Christian book."
    Overall

    I anticipated a political thriller from the synopsis. Although there is a story here, it is totally bogged down in evangelical Christianity. I found it very heavy-handed, and it completely overwhelmed the story. It was very disappointing.

    2 of 17 people found this review helpful

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