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Janet Anderson

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  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (1999)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (897)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "Superb Adventure, Interesting Characters"
    Overall

    I heard this book on tape and am thrilled that it is now available from Audible. O'Brian's characters are truly that, fully rounded human beings, whose faults are viewed as candidly as their virtues. The adventures are based on actual events during the Napoleonic Wars, and the author brings them to life with his portrayal of the telling details and the sweeping political events. The narrator's gritty voice, rather like that of an old salt, adds to the tale well told.

    38 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3851)
    Performance
    (2788)
    Story
    (2803)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Amazing Narrator Equal to Terrific Yarn"
    Overall

    Imagine a book read by Alan Cumming, John Gielgud, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman. . . well that's the idea. Each of the characters has an accent appropriate to his birthplace and status. He is spot-on and consistent. What a delight!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (62 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    John-Mark Stensvaag says: "Splendid Novel, Splendid Reading"
    "Good Russian Pronunciation"
    Overall

    I speak Russian, so was not going to buy the book if I couldn't stand to hear the Russian mangled. I was pleasantly surprised at Zimmerman's pronunciation of all names and Russian terms. It turned out to be well worth the investment in time and CDs.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin's Radio

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    On February 12, 1809, Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury. His theory of Natural Selection, as detailed in The Origin of Species, is one of the most debated in history. Darwin's Radio puts Natural Selection on trial, examining how the discovery of concealed remains in a mass grave in Russia forced top scientists to question everything they believed about human origins.

    Robert says: "Far too abridged."
    "Fascinating concept, Great reading"
    Overall

    I loved the unabridged Book on Tape version, so I bought this to refresh my memory before listening to Darwin's Children. I agree that it is greatly abridged, but it was well done. My daughter absolutely devoured it. And the reader, Stefan Rudniki, is fabulous, even better than the very good reader of the original.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Luck in the Shadows: Nightrunner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (209)

    Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things, none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec's new mentor.

    Julie says: "Looking forward to the second book in this series"
    "Deserved a Better Reader"
    Overall

    The tale in entertaining and the characters engaging, but the reader is not one of the best. He mispronounced or misread many words, e.g. "kway" for quay, and "harrassing the horses" before setting off. Some references to same-gender sex and love presented in a matter-of-fact manner.

    15 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bernard Lewis
    • Narrated By Bernard Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of the frustrations and resentments that dominate the Islamic world today and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. He looks at the theological origins of political Islam and tells us what the Islamic doctrine of jihad has meant at different times in history.

    Frank says: "Absolutely Worth It, HIghly Recommended!"
    "Unapologetic, evenhanded"
    Overall

    The author explains the historical basis for the current crisis of Islam in an unblinking, unapologetic and evenhanded manner. Although he points out the West's errors and sins in the Muslim world, he does not hesitate to place the blame for the latest terrorist acts where it belongs. The sound of the author's voice, his diction and pronunciation, added immensely to my enjoyment and appreciation of his work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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