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D. Edwards

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  • Tears of the Jaguar: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (340)

    When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery: a collection of rubies so precious that generations of men have died - and killed - to possess them. Some believe the jewels harbor occult power; others believe they are the key to the arms race; still others see merely their potential for profit. But Deborah doesn’t want power or money - she only wants the truth.

    D. Edwards says: "Light Hearted unoriginal Adventure"
    "Light Hearted unoriginal Adventure"
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    What did you love best about Tears of the Jaguar?

    I can't say I loved anything. The pace was pretty good and the storyline kept me mostly engaged although it felt like other stories of its type and not at all original. There was nothing to love.


    What other book might you compare Tears of the Jaguar to and why?

    The Nosferatu Scrolls.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The accents were appalling which made any parts of the story not involving Americans hard to stomach. Couldn't figure out why the British MI5 agent sometimes sounded slightly Scottish, other times Irish and then slipped into Dick Van Dyke cockney from time to time. This was the same for the Lancaster accent, ARRRGGHHH! The Spanish accents were off too.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a light Adventure story, fairly well paced, but a bit too interwoven in places and lacking something, I went with the flow and was entertained though annoyed by the narrators accents. I was surprised not to like the main character more, in fact, there aren't any really strong or likeable characters in this book. Perhaps that's what is missing?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (643)

    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

    Mary says: "Laugh out loud"
    "Highly entertaining."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Silly, but very clever as well as highly entertaining.
    I will certainly download more of these from earlier in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream Thieves: Raven Cycle Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (526)

    Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after....

    FanB14 says: "Expanded Characters in Raven Boys Book 2"
    "Perfectly read, hypnotic series."
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dream Thieves to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrator really brings life to the characters and the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Each of the boys has an endearing character trait and elicits a emotional response form the reader or listener. Blue is an interesting character too. All of the main characters are relatable, and easy to care for.


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

    Emotion and life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Pretty much, yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watcher of the Dark: The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Joseph Nassise
    • Narrated By Anthony Bowden
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    New Orleans was nearly the death of Jeremiah Hunt, between a too-close brush with the FBI and a chilling, soul-searing journey through the realm of the dead that culminated with a do-or-die confrontation with Death himself. But now Hunt is back and on the run in Watcher of the Dark. But when he performs an arcane ritual to reclaim the soul of the magically gifted, beautiful woman who once saved him, he must flee the law once again, to Los Angeles, city of angels, a temporary sanctuary.

    James says: "Another good installment"
    "Excellent series, cant wait for the next one."
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    Would you listen to Watcher of the Dark again? Why?

    No, I know the story now, I don't tend to relisten to books like this. Looking forward to the next one though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the supernatural slant and the cast of characters.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Bowden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N\A


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really great supernatural series which has got better as its gone on. The main character was a little hard to warm to at first, but then so is Harry Dresden. The supporting characters balance him out. I want to know more about Demitri!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sylvia Izzo Hunter
    • Narrated By Julian Elfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    In the hallowed halls of Oxford’s Merlin College, the most talented - and highest born - sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory. But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover.… Gray’s deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace - and without a trace of his power.

    Colleen says: "A fabulous listen!"
    "Yawn"
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    Would you try another book from Sylvia Izzo Hunter and/or Julian Elfer?

    Noooo, this was such a yawn. Just kept going on with nothing really happening and I never felt engaged with any of the characters. Not sure if it was the narrators reading or the story, but probably both. I gave up and I love stories with magic in them!


    Has The Midnight Queen turned you off from other books in this genre?

    If I hadn't read other better ones it might have done.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think his reading was slightly dead and cold, he didn't make the listener engage or care about anyone. His reading lacked emotion.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Midnight Queen?

    Most of them, the story needed to get to the point.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing, I thought this was going to be another discovery of witches. It was not!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (9316)
    Performance
    (8402)
    Story
    (8418)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Great story, brilliantly read, addictive."
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    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    Because its read so well and the story has such interesting characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not exactly edge of my seat, but it was very compelling and well paced.


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

    He's excellent reading this story, I wasn't expecting him to be so good. He brings the perfect tone and level of emotion to the characters and a lovely little Cornish twang when he's voicing Strike. I suppose he brings the story and Characters to life.


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

    Every time Strike has to deal with his emotions and or his damaged leg.


    Any additional comments?

    This is more then a detective novel. And so NOT Harry Potter. JK Rowling tells a great mystery story and introduces us to a new cast of characters that I want more of! Would be great as a miniseries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble in Mudbug

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jana DeLeon
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (623)

    Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law's death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn't slow down Helena one bit. DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into - especially as it seems someone wants her dead.

    K. April Holgate says: "My newest addition"
    "Fun light hearted listening"
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    Where does Trouble in Mudbug rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its not truly great or anything, but its a fun listen, well read with a decent story. Middle ranking I'd say.


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

    I love this narrator, she has a lovely Southern twang that makes the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the southern vibe in this story and the introduction of the little town and its inhabitants. I'm intrigued to read more about them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1896)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1223)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Went on too long"
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    The basic premise of this story was good, but it just went on too long. There was too much backwards and forwards and meandering. Ok overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Clocks

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (972)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (850)

    Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

    Mel says: "Not Short Listed, This Time"
    "I Just dont get the hype!"
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    Would you try another book from David Mitchell and/or the narrators?

    Absolutely not!!


    What could David Mitchell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Given the book a storyline and some cohesion.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    They were ok. I couldn't get into the characters, I just didn't care. I'm not sure if any narrator could have made this better?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None. I gave up with book as I couldn't get into it and switched to the audio version hoping it would be better. I read a lot and have a varied range of tastes. This book was a boring mish mash that seemed to go on and on with no real point. Total waste of my time. Arrrrrgggggh!


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth a credit! I question whether all the people who rave about this author have actually read his books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King of the Dead: The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joseph Nassise
    • Narrated By Anthony Bowden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (176)

    In a devil’s deal, Jeremiah Hunt sacrificed his human sight in exchange for the power to see the hidden world of ghosts and all of the darker spirits that prowl the streets. Hunt uncovered a world of murder and magic that took his daughter from him and nearly cost him his life, but that was only the beginning.... Now Hunt is on the run from the FBI, who have pegged him as a mass-murdering dark sorcerer. His flight from the law is diverted to New Orleans when his companion has a horrific vision.

    Darren says: "Good Sequel"
    "Left me wanting more"
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    This story follows on well from the first book and was in many ways much better with a stronger faster pace. The narrator is excellent and having just finished this book, I can't wait for the next one. What will happen next?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (893)

    It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

    C. ALLINGER says: "Stiefvater does it again!"
    "A great start to another interesting series."
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    Where does The Raven Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top ones.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Raven Boys?

    When the group realize the truth about Noah.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As above.


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

    Adam's home situation.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book meant for a young adult/youth audience, but I rarely let such classifications put me off, even though I am far from a teen myself. I've read all of this authors other books and find them to be very refreshing. They offer Supernatural fiction with a nice twist of darkness. The stories have a fairy tale type quality that I find hypnotic and some truly interesting characters. I love the way the author let's us learn about her characters, and am already in love with these boys, although each of them is totally different.This tale is no different from the others in that it has several layers to it which I can't wait to unfold. Looking forward to the next. Will Patton is a great narrator for this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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