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Holly

I listen to audiobooks on my morning run, so stories I like are ones that are entertaining enough to make me want to get out of bed at 6am.

La Seyne sur Mer, France | Member Since 2011

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  • The Lathe of Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (114)

    George Orr's dreams do change the world. He is the only one who knows it...he and the power-mad psychiatrist who is forcing George to dream a new reality - a better reality that is free from war, disease, overpopulation, and all human misery. But for every man-made dream of utopia, there is a terrifying, unforeseeable consequence...

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Book, Bad Reader"
    "Excellent Sci-Fantasy"
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    Though a little predictable (what post-apocalyptic book isn't?), this was an excellent book about the possibility and power of the human mind. Sometimes irrational to the point of amusing other times horrifying, it was a good, thought provoking read. Very entertaining and one I couldn't wait to get back to. Le Guin always knows how to suck people into her stories and envelope them within.

    I have to agree with many of the other listeners on the reader. Sometimes I found the flatness of the voice fitting - especially with the psychologist character - other times I found it jarring and out of place. Overall, a good performance, but not the best, it could have a bit more variation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sepulchre

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kate Mosse
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    October 1891: A young girl, Léonie Verniern and her brother Anatole abandon the gas-lit streets of Paris for the sanctuary of the Domaine de la Cade, some miles south of the medieval city of Carcassone . But, in the ancient woods that surround the isolated country house, Léonie stumbles across a ruined Visigoth sepulchre - and a timeless mystery.

    Persis says: "Amazingly Brilliant"
    "Enjoyable Overall"
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    For me, this book was just enjoyable, nothing more. It was easy to get into, fun to listen to, I didn't think it dragged out, though I did find the constant mention of Debussy, when the composer had nothing to do with the story, kind of misleading. Overall, I enjoyed listening to it as something to read when I didn't want to think to hard. A fun book.

    The end I found to be rushed and kind of tacked on when the author discovered she might not have known how to close the two stories, but it still worked for me, I just would have liked to relish the ending as much as the opening of the book took to develop.

    As for the performance, it was mostly fine, except for one thing: the fake French accents. As an ESL teacher in France I can safely say no one has the French accent made famous in movies like Monty Python and the Holy Grail. So it was enervating to listen to the accent at times and I found myself wishing the performer would stop and read normally.

    Though the book was an average book, I gave it four stars because, despite some flaws, I did find it a good, easy read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (116)

    Harris recreates in spellbinding detail one of the most famous natural disasters of all time. And by focusing on the characters of an engineer and a scientist, he offers an entirely original perspective on the Roman world.

    Alison says: "You Can Taste the Ash..."
    "Alright, Entertaining Enough"
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    The best part was the end after the volcano erupted and the best character was Pliny. Otherwise the story was alright. Entertaining enough to keep satisfied on my morning runs, but it wasn't ground breaking. A fairly accurate description of ancient Rome with a cast of characters that had the right mentality. But I wasn't moved by the story or the development between the lead male and lead female characters. Good if you like historical fiction and want something entertaining to listen to.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (315)

    When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

    Tim says: "Wonderful story, brilliant writing and narration"
    "Wonderful Storytelling"
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    I picked this up during one of Audible's "at the moment" sales - the ones that show up randomly when you sign in and at first, once I'd purchased it and realized it was a children's book I almost didn't listen to it.

    But I'm so glad I did. So well written with wonderful characters and great descriptive settings. An entirely original idea, and every time I stopped listening, I couldn't wait to get back to the story to hear what happened next. Bod, the main character was entertaining, believable, with a great voice, as was his guardian Silas. There was no overblown sentimentality here, no underdevelopment either, just good storytelling.

    Gaiman himself as the narrator was wonderful to listen to. His pacing, his tone were both wonderful and I found myself getting lost in the story and his voice.

    Even if children's books aren't your preference, I highly recommend this one, it will leave you with warm fuzzies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl in the Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tessa Afshar
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (157)

    Striking beauty comes at a price. Rahab paid it when at the age of 15 she was sold into prostitution by the one man she loved and trusted—her father. With her keen mind and careful planning she turned heartache into success, achieving independence while still young. And she vowed never again to trust a man. Any man. God had other plans. Into the emotional turmoil of her world walked Salmone, a prominent leader of Judah, held in high esteem by all Israel.

    Joshua says: "A woman's heart revealed"
    "Subtle and soft."
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    A fairly well written book that doesn't try to overwhelm you with big dramas or unexpected plot twists. While on occasion I found the characters to be slightly on the whiny side, they were pretty well developed and mostly believable. Their individual spiritual journeys are more important than the historical events that surround them and I think that is what makes the story unique. It's not the best historical fiction I've read, but entertaining enough.

    Found the female readers voice a little forced when reading the male characters, but for the most part she was pleasant to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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