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Heather

Harrisburg, PA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (760)

    Here is the saga of a people who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear; how they lived; the animals they hunted; the great totems they revered. But mostly it is the story of Ayla, the girl they found and raised, who was not like them. To the Clan, her fair looks make her different - ugly.

    Terri says: "Clan of the Cave Bear"
    "The best of the books so far"
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    Where does The Clan of the Cave Bear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to the first 4 books in this series, and the first book is definitely the best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crown of Slaves

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Weber, Eric Flint
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (234)

    The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Add to that the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon's stellar back yard, a problem which High Ridge also ignores.

    Charlie Russel says: "Eric Flint makes this MUCH better"
    "No more "deep breath" and "head shake" David Weber"
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    Where does Crown of Slaves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It would be somewhere in the middle of my large library. I'd listen to it again, but it isn't a book I'll be craving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was pleased by Eric Flint's influence on David Weber's story. In more recent Weber books I get so tired of listening to every one of David Weber's characters taking deep breaths and shaking their heads to clear their minds of the long inner monologues he relies on to move the story...this was a refreshing change.


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

    My mind wandered in some sections, I had to rewind and listen again, so no..I was not glued to the story on this one.


    Any additional comments?

    A worthwhile listen if you are a fan of the Honorverse but would like David Weber's style cleaned up a bit. It was an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Firm a Foundation: Safehold Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (499)

    The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don’t know even now, however, is how much more it’s fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.

    William says: "Annoying Performance"
    "This is a good bedtime story..I'm so sleepy..."
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    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Charles Keating?

    I would read other David Weber books, but absolutely nothing by Charles Keating. His voice is so soothing it almost puts me to sleep.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance is just...BORING. The book itself isn't bad, but I want Oliver Wyman back! He made the early books interesting!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are desperately sold on the Safehold books, and MUST continue with the series, go ahead...but I personally am returning this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2668)
    Performance
    (2500)
    Story
    (2493)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "I love this series and Bronson Pinchot is great"
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    Where does Warbound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Faye, absolutely. Her naivete and genuine innocence is charming, and her power level is amazing, yet she stays humble, thanks to her upbringing. She is thoroughly enjoyable.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Jake Sullivan. He portrays the character as gently spoken but intelligent, just as the book describes him.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't listened to the first two books in the series, do yourself a favor and download them first. This is a series worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mammoth Hunters: Earth's Children, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (479)

    Ayla, the independent heroine of the Earth's Children series, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters - people like Ayla.

    Deborah says: "For me"
    "This book was ponderous"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The first two books were good, Clan of the Cave Bear being the strongest of the books so far. This book was horrible. The sex scenes are ridiculous and I kept trying to skip over them. The he said/she said complicated romance and star crossed lovers plot line was just horrible. Without spoilers, it took forever for the main characters to decide what to do next. If I hadn't bought this so long ago, I would want a refund. It is worth reading if you are bored with all of your other audible books, and want something long to listen to. That is the only reason I listened to it again.


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

    Disappointment. The first two books were enjoyable. This book was a total rehash of the first two, and a ton of boring love scenes thrown in.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4817)
    Performance
    (4379)
    Story
    (4427)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "A really great ending, Kudos to Sanderson"
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    Where does A Memory of Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorites, out of hundreds. I would say it is probably so great because it is FINALLY an end to a long long series, but I enjoyed the whole thing.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to all of their depictions of the other Wheel of Time books. Some of the pronunciations are slightly different from time to time, but not as noticeably as in previous books.


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

    We lost many treasured characters in this book...but in "The Last Battle" of course we will have losses. There are many memorable moments that tugged at the heart as we lost a favorite character, but each ending was a decent wrapping up of their part of the storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    At the 2nd segment of this book I started fretting about the fact that I only had 3 more to go...The book is long, but it is a culmination of so many story lines, it Had to be. Absolutely worth the read, but I suggest starting at the beginning. This would not be a good stand alone book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Just couldn't get through it"
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    What was most disappointing about John Irving’s story?

    I tried multiple times to get through this audiobook, but I can't get into the story...There are moments of brilliance, but only sprinkled in the middle of long endless story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5291)
    Performance
    (4911)
    Story
    (4908)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Absolutely, 100% true Dresden Style."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    I barely took off my MP3 player...I couldn't get enough. After the first few hours I began to fret that there was no book to listen to after this...Even 18+ hours wasn't enough. Great, great listen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2955)
    Performance
    (2573)
    Story
    (2613)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "A slow first 1/4, then I couldn't stop!"
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    Where does Swan Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20 percent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That is hard. Each character is well thought out and described. I guess Sister would be high on the list. There are so many levels to this character.


    If you could take any character from Swan Song out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    All of them. It took a long time for any of them to get a decent meal!


    Any additional comments?

    The first 1/4 of this book was slow and failed to capture me. The book is from the late 80s, so there is a gap in current cultural fears. I wouldn't currently consider this a "horror" book, although there were gory scenes, but in the 80s, this would have been truly scary. I walked away from this book and went to another Audible..but when I came back, the story picked up and I couldn't stop listening. The ending was completely satisfying at the end of a long listen.

    0 of 0 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
    (3334)
    Performance
    (3087)
    Story
    (3092)

    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..."
    "Back to Owen! LOVED IT!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Monster Hunter Legion to be better than the print version?

    I have enjoyed all of these books...the entire series is fast moving, action packed fun. The first two books were about Owen Pitt, the third book was a side story..this book is back to Owen as the main character. Absolutely, 100% worth the credit. I recommend starting with book 1 though..because they are all good.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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