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Divine Ms K

I love books (history and fantasy especially), animals, guns, motorcycles, walking in the rain (okay, just kidding about that one)... someone who strives to be a life-long learner.

San Diego, CA | Member Since 2010

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  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4231)
    Performance
    (2699)
    Story
    (2729)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "I don't know if I can finish it"
    Overall

    This is the first time I've rated and reviewed a book before finishing it. After listening to the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, I wanted more and so I purchased this book. After two hours the book hadn't moved in any direction and the narration was SO VERY BAD, that both of us listening had headaches and couldn't take a minute more. Gaiman's storytelling is unique and perhaps he is the only narrator who can really do justice to his work. I may try to listen again, after slightly sedating myself, or maybe I'll just try to read it. But if I do, it won't be until I recover from this.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1104)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "A book not soon forgotton"
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    What made the experience of listening to Going Clear the most enjoyable?

    This book sometimes seemed like watching a horrible traffic accident - you don't want to watch and yet you can't turn your eyes away. The story had so many levels -Though primarily and ostensibly about the history of Scientology, this book is about so much more - religious freedom, first amendment rights, personal freedoms, how and why we make decisions, the power of groups... I will be thinking about this book for a very long time.


    What other book might you compare Going Clear to and why?

    I don't typically read books like this (evaluations of modern day societies etc.) as I'm usually afraid they will be extremely biased and sensational. If I had to make a comparison it would be to " Under the Banner of Heaven" by Jon Krakauer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the meeting with the author (with his publisher and the publishing house lawyers) and Tommy Davis (and the Scientology lawyers) prior to the publishing of an article he was writing for the New Yorker (which was the basis for this book).


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    There were actually two: 1) the extent of the Church's wealth and 2) the number of members who are people in the "arts"


    Any additional comments?

    It is also well written and researched (it has excellent footnotes) and provides as balanced approach as possible considering the subject matter.The narrator was a good choice for this books and while he didn't necessarily enhance my enjoyment of the book, his narration did not detract from it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3623)
    Performance
    (3358)
    Story
    (3367)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "I'm running out of adjectives!!!!!!!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Monster Hunter Legion in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, fun, BOOM!


    What other book might you compare Monster Hunter Legion to and why?

    Somewhat reminiscent of David Eddings series (mix of other worldliness, character development, action, and fun... but Correia takes the concepts and takes them to the next levels. His characters are smarter, less predictable, and grow throughout the story. Enough connection in the story thread to be meaningful and comforting, but never stale or redundant.


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

    I have never listened to O. Wyman before listening to this series. THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE.


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

    This book and the 3 proceeding... In fact, except for this one I have listened to all of them more than once.


    Any additional comments?

    Wow! Boom! Gasp! Cringe! Guffaw!

    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
    (9811)
    Performance
    (7296)
    Story
    (7335)

    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?"
    "Enchanting Listen"
    Overall

    I've read many reviews about this book and clearly some love it and some don't. I LOVED IT. This is a book that I am so glad I listened to instead of reading myself (although I'll probably get around to reading it). Some have complained the pace is slow, the heroine vapid etc. but I really enjoyed the pace of the book. Much like one enjoys taking small bites to really relish a delicious food. I saw and smelled and felt this book and the pace allowed me to do so. Yes, there were times I wanted to slap Diana and tell her to get a spine, my patience was rewarded. I cannot imagine a better narrator than Jennifer Ikeda. I HOPE (Audible, are you listening) that Jennifer can be engaged to narrate the next in the series. I will be waiting anxiously!!!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6530)
    Performance
    (3308)
    Story
    (3329)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Perfect and charming!"
    Overall

    The story of Bod (short for Nobody) is wisely and wonderfully written and narrated by Neil Gaiman. We began listening to this on a car trip and everyone was so engrossed that the drive flew by and my son and husband couldn't wait to get back into the car to continue the story. We weren't able to finish the book on the trip and so the following night, the three of us sat in a dark room for another two hours to finish! This book has some dark moments which might not be suitable for children under 12, but other than that there is wisdom, laughter, and wonder for readers of any age. As we listened to Bod grow up, we grew up too. After hearing the narration of Neil Gaiman, I am inclined to listen to his other books, even when the story description is not that interesting, for the sheer pleasure of his skill as a reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4815)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1707)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "A fabulous read and listen"
    Overall

    I read this book right after it was published and LOVED IT!!!! After several re-reads I found it on Audible and purchased it. I loved the audiobook as much as I enjoyed reading the book. The narration is spot-on and the story literally took me away with it. If you enjoy Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, give this book a listen. You will not be sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4273)
    Performance
    (1551)
    Story
    (1563)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Wild, Wacky and Wonderful"
    Overall

    After unsuccessfully trying to read a different book by Christopher Moore, I thought I would not try any others; that is until I read the abstract for this one. The premise for the book seemed so odd that I was intrigued and had to try. I am so glad I did.
    The book made me laugh out loud (a lot) and after my son read it, several phrases from the book made their way into our daily vocabulary (Kitty!) The story was weird, wacky, funny and absolutely unpredictable and both of us were truly sorry when it was done. This is a book that I think I enjoyed having read to me more than I would have enjoyed reading it - a tribute to the reader indeed. Fun, fun, fun.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lighthouse Land: The Lighthouse Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (176)

    When Jamie’s mother inherits a small island and moves her little family from Harlem to Ireland, her troubled son sees a chance to start over, far away from the bullies and the pitying stares. Cancer has left Jamie without an arm or the will to speak. But Muck Island is no sanctuary, and it offers more than solitude and sea views. Jamie learns that he is heir to an ancient title—Laird of Muck, Guardian of the Passage—and certain otherworldly responsibilities.

    Kathy says: "Brilliant!"
    "Good story with a less than adequate narrator"
    Overall

    After thoroughly enjoying the Graveyard Book written and narrated by N. Gaiman, I thought this book might provide a similar experience. I did enjoy this story but the narrator was really substandard. His reading of the narrative almost had a computer-generated feel and he ended sentences with the most odd inflection which was impossible not to fixate on. He was far more successful with the character voices (especially the English and Irish) but even in this area his performance was adequate. Because of my struggle with the narration, it took me forever to finish this book - I could only listen to about 15 minutes at a time - and had I not wanted to know how the story ended, I would have probably abandoned the book. Such a shame. This book is still a good read, and I would recommend that you read it (and give it your own voice) rather than listening to this audio book production. Oh well. I love Audible and I guess not every book I listen too is going to wow me.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2804)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1165)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Almost better than when I read it!"
    Overall

    I read this marvelous book several years ago. When I saw it available on Audible I thought it would be nice to have it read to me. This book is even better as an audible title. The readers are fantastic - the accents help keep the story clear and add another layer to the marvelous textures in this story. Read this book. Listen to this book. You won't be disappointed. I have enjoyed my Audible subscription (finding new stories and listening to stories that I already know) but this is by far my favorite audio production to date. The perfect blend of a great story and a fabulous audio production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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