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Evelyn

Dweenaleena

ratings
10
REVIEWS
8
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
15

  • Odalisque: Book Three of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (302)

    The trials of Dr. Daniel Waterhouse and the Natural Philosophers increase one-hundred fold in an England plagued by the impending war and royal insecurities - as the beautiful and ambitious Eliza plays a most dangerous game as double agent and confidante of enemy kings.

    Evelyn says: "Great book"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    I found the addition of Katherine Kellgren as Eliza in the third book a little jarring, after having gotten used to Simon Prebble doing Eliza's voice in the two previous books (and doing a seamless job of it, too.)

    Kellgren's Eliza is a touch too arch, too insufferably prissy; not how I imagined Eliza to be. It makes the numerous readings of Eliza's correspondence in this book three of the cycle seem interminable. This stands out because, though this is a ridiculously long work, I rarely lose patience with its length - and I remember reading through the correspondence sections of the third book without any impatience or sense of 'slogging through'.

    I think her voice is just a bit too much, like trying to make an entire meal of lemon bars. Makes you long for plain bread. I'm hoping this effect lessens as the books go on.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1782)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (799)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Richard says: "Tour de force"
    "Highly satisfactory"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    William Dufris is the perfect narrator for the main character of Erasmus. He is absolutely wonderful in this role, and shows a lot of scope. All the other characters are voiced convincingly and well, too.
    The book is fascinating, a vision of an alternate universe and a compelling train of events that leads to unexpected places! So worth it. One of my most highly recommended audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desolation Island: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, surgeon Stephen Maturin, sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy and a treacherous disease that decimates the crew. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her life into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, where, in mountainous seas, the Dutchman closes in.

    Robert A. Boyce says: "Terrific Narration"
    "Not up to snuff"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In this book, O'Brian feels like he's losing steam and enthusiasm for the series. The plot really seems to go nowhere fast. At the end, I wondered why he, and I, bothered! I'm not sure now whether I'll go on to read subsequent books in this series.

    For one thing, I am not sure how entertaining it will be to watch the characters age out - at the rate that O'Brian is aging them between books, they'll be true geezers by the end of the series, if they can even make it that long!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    Third in the series of Aubrey-Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams: the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet.

    Lawrence says: "Excellent Narration"
    "Vance is wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This series is entertaining and enjoyable. The characters are well developed and the nautical and military details are interesting. Simon Vance does a fantastic job as reader. The books in this series are a bit 'fluffy', there are no great philosophical issues being explored here...perfect for a beach listen or a tedious flight.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (454)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "No up side"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Insufferably smug narrator. Intolerably pretentious writing style - like going to a minor hell where you're forced to hear the inner thoughts of someone who isn't very interesting. Telling, telling, and not showing. God. Somebody just shoot me now. Why did I download this thing?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Small House At Allington

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (129)

    Lily is the niece of Squire Dale, a morose and rather unimaginative old bachelor who lives at the 'Great House' at Allington. His sister-in-law lives at the adjacent 'Small House', with her two daughters Lily and Belle, and the action centres on the relations between the two houses and on the romantic entanglements of the two girls.

    Joseph R says: "Lilly Dale, At Times, An Infuriating Heroine"
    "Lovely fluff, could do with a female narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator, Timothy West, did a good job; he has a very distinguished voice and did not detract from this little period romance. However, I think a female voice would probably have fit the tale better. An editorial choice. This was an enjoyable listen, a bit less involved than other works by this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Slash Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Edward Wellen
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    A brilliant screenwriter is tragically stricken with Alzheimer's disease. In anticipation of this he has prepared an intricate computer program to look after him and direct his every move. As a result, he fools everyone into thinking that he is still normal, including the police - who suspect him of several slasher murders.

    Barbara says: "Terrific, but why unavailable elsewhere?"
    "Not much to work with here"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Rene Auberjonois does a good job with very little; that said, this is possibly the least-gripping, least-engaging audio book I've downloaded. I feel that the writing is just not that good. The premise is novel, but that's not really enough to make this work. Overall: Meh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1353)
    Story
    (1373)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Great book, but the reader doesn't enhance it"
    Overall

    I love this book and have read the print version 4-5 times. This isn't bad, but the narrator is jarringly glib, and doesn't change emotional gears all that well between the humorous parts and the more serious parts. Nor does he have enough mastery of accents or acting chops to clearly delineate the various characters from all over the world.
    Granted, it's very challenging that way due to the scope of the book, but I wish Audible had looked a little further for a narrator that had more depth. Sorry, William Dufris. Haven't heard your other work, which may be great for all I know. But as someone who knows this book like the back of their hand, I don't think justice was done. I don't, in retrospect, feel this audio book was worth two credits. Probably would have been worth one. I should have popped for Anathem instead, maybe! Live and learn.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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