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Elisa Buch

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  • The Number of the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Emily Durante, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (339)

    The wickedest, most wonderful science fiction story ever created in our - or any - time. Anything can begin at a party in California - and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction. When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans - two male, two female - find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies - and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.

    Michelle says: "I've been waiting for this book in audio format..."
    "Overall Good Story"
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    What did you love best about The Number of the Beast?

    I read this book years ago and thoroughly enjoyed listening to this excellent production. I had forgotten how confusing the story could be at times but the cast did a fantastic job and I really enjoyed listening to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am not sure who my favorite character is because they were all portrayed so well.


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

    No, though I did listen to it over a few days.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • England My England: Anglophilia Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Mark Dery
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (308)

    Downton Abbey has brought out the Anglophile in American fans of the hit TV series. But Anglophilia has a long history in America. Why are some native-born residents of our Shining City Upon a Hill, where All Men Are Created Equal, seduced by the fluting tones of manor-born privilege? At last, Anglophilia explained - in American, thank you.

    Janice says: "Failure to achieve objective."
    "Didn't like this at all"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought this was going to be a humorous explanation of all things British, like suet pudding, how they call potato chips, crisps etc. Maybe the history of high tea, and other things like that.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definitely nothing by this author.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It wasn't a story per se.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was good but I didn't like the book itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redoubt: Collegium Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (205)

    Mags, a young Herald trainee in Haven, the capital city of the kingdom of Valdemar, has talents not commonly found in Herald trainees.

    Recognizing this, the King's Own Herald decides to train Mags as a spy in order to uncover the secrets of a mysterious new enemy who has taken an interest in Mags himself. Why is the even deeper mystery. The answers can only be found in the most unexpected corners of Mags' past...assuming he can live long enough to find them.

    Christine says: "Great story, wonderful author"
    "Fantastic story, excellant narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Redoubt to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I loved listening to the audio book.


    What other book might you compare Redoubt to and why?

    Tamora Pierce's Circle series as well as the Tortall books because they both feature characters that grow from often humble origins to achieve their destinies. I also hope Nick get hired to narrate the Owl series of books by Mercedes Lackey.


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

    I didn't think I had but when I checked my library, I realized that I did have another book that he narrated. He did a great job on the other book but I really enjoyed his narration of this series. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series that won't be released until November (I think). I really hope they get Nick to narrate Owlflight, Owlsight and Owlknight from Mercedes Lackey. They are some of my favorite books that she has written and I can't think of a better narrator for the series.

    I had no idea how popular Nick was and how many books he has narrated. I will definitely check out some of the other books strictly on basis of his narration of this series.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A story of a boy taken literally from rags to . . . Herald?


    Any additional comments?

    I started listening to the first of the Collegium Chronicles books and was brought back into the wonderful world of Valdemar. I normally listen to books as I drive to work or when running errands. This time I couldn't stop listening and had to continue in my house. I think I listened to all four books in about a week.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonflight: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (887)

    On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread. Now those times may be returning....

    Suzanne says: "Anne Fan...Still"
    "Great Story, Great Listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dragonflight the most enjoyable?

    I discovered this story when I was a teenager and then fell in love with the series. I have reread the stories many times and it was a real treat to listen to the story again. It felt like visiting old friends. I have purchased most of the original stories in the series in the audible format and thoroughly enjoyed them all.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    F'Nor - he has always been one of my favorite characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Light in the Window: The Mitford Years, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (272)

    His attractive neighbor is tugging at his heart-strings. A wealthy widow is pursuing him with hot casseroles. And his red-haired Cousin Meg has moved into the rectory, uninvited.

    Sara says: "Story of community"
    "Fantastic story, excellant narration"
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    Where does A Light in the Window rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to since I joined Audible. Of course, the story is one of the best I have read in many years. Jan Karon, the author, has a way of writing that lets you step into the lives of the people of Mitford. I feel that I would recognize any of the characters if I met them on the street. This is a "slice of life" type story where you step into the lives of the characters and follow them through the months and / or years. Every character is vividly drawn.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Light in the Window?

    I think that my favorite moments include Father Tim's first meeting with Dooley Barlow, the time spent with Miss Sadie, and his introduction to Puny.


    What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

    John McDonough was able to narrate the story in such a way that you can enter the world of the story and forget the narrator. John's use of the native idioms and accents was right on.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Come enter the world of Mitford . . . you will never want to leave!


    Any additional comments?

    I am really looking forward to listening to the rest of the series. I read these books years ago and have been wanting to reread them for quite a while but have just been too busy. Audible provided the perfect way for me to do both.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Arrows of the Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Carole Edie Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (250)

    Talia has always known that she isn't suited for the life her elders have chosen for her. As part of a small, conservative community, she's never been allowed beyond the boundaries of her father's lands. Her only window to the outside world has been the few books she's been allowed to read, but this only fuels her desire to know more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Highly Recommend"
    "Wonderful story, not so good narration"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This was the first Valdemar book and read and I loved it from the first page. I have read it numerous times and was really looking forward to listening to it again.


    What other book might you compare Arrows of the Queen to and why?

    Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's New York / New Jersey accent really detracted from the story. The accent just really bugged me because it seemed out of place and that is deadly in a fantasy story. The accent kept pulling me away from the world of Valdemar. I really hope audible can get someone else to narrate the rest of the stories in this series. I don't know if I would buy the rest of the trilogy if the same narrator is used and that would be hard for me because I really want to listen to the rest of the books.


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

    Absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonsinger: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (564)

    Menolly has returned home and entered the Harper Hall. But her entry into the Hall proves the beginning of more troubles, and the Master Harper gives her a difficult time because she is a girl. As Menolly begins to despair, she finds help in the shape of nine bright allies.

    debra says: "Discription Diffrent"
    "Excellant story from a brilliant author"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys Anne McCaffrey's works. I remember reading this as a teenager and really connected to the emotions of the main character. Listening to the story drew me back in to the world of Pern and made me want to reread all of her stories, starting back at the beginning.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seeing a different point of view than that of the the dragonriders. I really like the character of Menolly.


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

    She is a good narrator who brings the story to life.


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

    I really resonated with Menolly's feelings of loneliness and alienation from her friends and family for being talented and different.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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