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JLH

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  • 7 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 683 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8840)
    Performance
    (3875)
    Story
    (3939)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Delightful and Enjoyable"
    "Captivating!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! It drew me into the lives of Eragon and Saphira. I've listened to it twice now, back to back. Gerard Doyle was the perfect one to read this book. It's impossible to put down, and keeps listeners on the edge of their seats waiting to find out what will happen next. This is definitely one of my favorite books. I intend to share it with my children, who are huge Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fans. If you enjoy HP or LOR, you need to try it! You won't be disappointed!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (294)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    Shelli Bell says: "What a waste"
    "Very Strange"
    Overall

    This has got to be the strangest book I've ever read or listened to....
    I loved "The Time Traveler's Wife", but this one is just ODD. I can't recommend it, and I don't think I'll ever listen to it again. About halfway through the second half I realized that the book was running out of time to redeem itself from all the weirdness....it wasn't going to turn out well, and I was right. No, I can't recommend this one. Listen to "The Time Traveler's Wife" if you want something by this author. Listen to Sophie Kinsella's "Twenties Girl" if you want an amusing ghost story with a nice ending. Pass on this one, though - you won't be missing anything.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (41)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Jorge says: "New is not always better..."
    "This needs to be re-released"
    Overall

    I would give this 5 stars if it were the print version, but taking into account that this is the audio version, the entire work must be considered for review.

    George R R Martin is a master - he's been recognized as such for many years. His readers are as loyal and devoted as can be. There's no denying his talent.

    As such a gifted author, he deserves to have an audio book that reflects his talent. This one does not. Changing the narrator from Roy Dotrice to John Lee was a terrible mistake. There are some things John Lee reads well, but this isn't one of them. As somebody else posted, he seems to consider this a children's book. The occasional change in pronunciation is frustrating, as well.

    Personally, I've logged almost 350 hours listening to Mr Martin's first three novels. (That's three times, each.) After listening to 350 hours of Roy Dotrice becoming the characters and bringing Mr. Martin's work alive, switching to John Lee is torture. I would have gladly waited for Mr Dotrice's version, rather than have this poor substitute in its place.

    Random House, please re-release this (unabridged, as always) with Roy Dotrice narrating. I'll buy it, and I'm sure many others would, too.

    Mr Martin, thank you for another great piece of literature. I'm looking forward to your next novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of the Story

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (47)

    Literary agent Jojo Harvey combines Jessica Rabbit's body with a mind like a steel trap. As if watching her back on the corporate ladder and making million-dollar deals wasn't difficult enough, Jojo's having a relationship with her married boss.

    Laurie says: "Listen a Little Longer.."
    "Surprisingly Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would after reading the description. I'm sure I'll listen to it again, and that's much more than I can say for a few titles in my library. The narrator has an anxious air about her voice at first which was very annoying, but either I got used to it, or she settled down after awhile. I'm sure it was meant to add a sense of urgency to the text, but it came across as a little whiny. Don't listen to this book if you have an aversion to the F word. I'm sure that if it were in print the F word would be on every second or third page. The story itself was very enjoyable, as all the Marian Keyes books I've read have been. I gave this four stars - I listened to it in almost every possible moment and finished in 3 days. It wasn't suspenseful, but I found the characters easy to relate to, and difficult to turn away from. I didn't give it five stars because of the whininess at the beginning and the over-use of the same expletive.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Pink Magnolia Club

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Geralyn Dawson
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Holly Weeds, Maggie Prescott, and Grace Hardeman are attending the same charity wedding gown sale when they meet each other for the first time. The youngest, Holly, doesn't feel inspired to marry, even though she's completely in love with her boyfriend. Maggie, now entering middle-age, misses her grown children and feels neglected by her husband. And Grace just wants to celebrate her 50 years of marriage with her family in peace.

    JLH says: "A Bit Tedious"
    "A Bit Tedious"
    Overall

    Yes, there were many examples of female friendship, and the author constantly reminds us how important friends are...but unless you have a personal interest in breast cancer, you may find the abundance of information a bit tedious.

    Many times I considered stopping this book and moving on to something else...I suppose I expected something more like "Steel Magnolias." Don't expect that. The information is good, and as far as I can tell (from a general public point of view) it seems up to date. But there were many times I felt like a text-book was being read or referred to and I was the unwilling subject of breast cancer awareness.

    I am fully aware that breast cancer is a terrible problem, but I didn't expect the underlying theme of this book to be to educate the general masses. If I had expected this, maybe I would have enjoyed it more.

    I recommend it to anybody with a personal interest in breast cancer. As a book about friendship, it's OK, but I'm sure there are better ones out there.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18408)
    Performance
    (14637)
    Story
    (14714)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "I couldn't stop listening!"
    Overall

    When, oh, when will the next book be available??? I can't believe this book ended like this...I won't give anything away, but I'll be watching closely for the next one! Fabulous. I love the narration, and the author is a master at bringing things to life with his details. 46 hours sounds like a terribly long book, but it's still too short for me! I can hardly wait for more!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6387)
    Performance
    (2519)
    Story
    (2548)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Wonderful Narration!"
    Overall

    I absolutely loved this book, but everybody else has already said how great it is. Rather than repeat all the glowing reviews, I just want to say that the narrator is perfect. He felt like a friend. His voice is the kind of voice you can listen to for hours...and I did! Buy this book - you won't be sorry. The story takes you in and makes you a part of Callie's life, and the narrator is a joy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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