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Jim Grace

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3008)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2669)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "LOVED IT"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Speaks the Nightbird the most enjoyable?

    The book was fantastic and the reader perfectly matched. I am tickled that Edoardo Ballerini was also chosen to read the other books in the series, he is spot on. My husband Jim recommended the book before it was available in audio but as an avid listener I'm glad I waited!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Robert McCannon quickly pulls the reader/listener into the story and continues to draw you in. His characters are fleshed out (and what characters!) , his story well crafted, and his eye to detail is delightful. Mysteries within mysteries abound. And what a picture Mr. McCannon can paint of a historical time! This is an excellent read both for lovers of character driven books and those who prefer plot driven. Readers who enjoyed Ken Follet's "Pillars of the Earth" will love this, I found to be even better. I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    So many to choose from! The Vaughan women were high on my list, along with the odious ratcatcher...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A couple of scenes made me laugh out loud - I will not spoil them- and a few definitely made me cringe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Neil Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    Eight hundred women and children begin a 1,200-mile journey on foot across Japanese-occupied Malaya. At journey’s end, only 30 will still be alive. This is the story of one woman, of her ordeal, and of how she was saved by the sacrifice of an Australian soldier. It is a story of rare individual courage in the face of certain death, and hope in the face of despair.

    Jean says: "Historical Novel"
    "FANTASTIC"
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    What did you love best about A Town Like Alice?

    Absolutely loved this book. So may years after the fact I found that it was still written with sensitivity and finesse. Lovely! And the narration was perfect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The 3 main characters were all favorites.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Hunt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first Neil Hunt and definitely will not be my last.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between, Georgia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (305)

    Nonny Frett understands the meanings of "rock" and "hard place" better than any woman ever born. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy". She's got two men: her husband, who's easing out the back door; and her best friend, who's laying siege to her heart in her front yard. She has a job that holds her in the city, and she's addicted to a little girl who's stuck deep in the country.

    Karen says: "Great listen!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This is my third Joshilyn Jackson book and my favorite. The characters are believable and well fleshed out, the story pulled me in, and I enjoyed listening to it from beginning to end. I laughed out loud a few times and actually burst into tears at one point- for the first time in many, many Audible books. Rare indeed is the author who can read their own work well. Barbara Kingsolver and Neil Gaiman are the only others that I knew of but Joshilyn Jackson has definitely joined their ranks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2823)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1331)

    Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

    R. BREEN says: "Witty and magical"
    "Delightful!"
    Overall

    I am definitely a Neil Gaiman fan, and this is one of my favorites! A fairy tale for grownups, with magic and wonder and wit. Very few writers can read their own work well but Neil Gaiman is the exception to the rule! Beautifully done, and I really enjoyed the interview at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mortal Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (167)

    By day, Harper Cole trades commodities over the internet from his isolated Mississippi farmhouse. At night, he is systems operator of E.R.O.S., an exclusive, sexually explicit on-line service that guarantees total anonymity to its rich and famous clientele.

    Char says: "Sick but Great"
    "Held my attention!"
    Overall

    I have to admit it, the man can write! This one held me until the end. I loved all of the characters (loved to hate a couple of them!) and the plot had plenty of twists. My husband and I both listened to this one and both thoroughly enjoyed it. One caveat- please read the premise of the book. If you are offended by sex in audiobooks, or hate dark murder mysteries, don't download this one. If on the other hand you love well written dark mysteries well read by a pro, enjoy!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (82)

    First published in 1816 and generally considered Jane Austen's finest work, Emma is a humorous portrayal of a heroine whose injudicious interferences in the life of a young parlour-boarder in a neighboring village often lead to substantial mortification. Austen brings to life a myriad of engaging characters as she presents a mixture of social classes as she did in Pride and Prejudice.

    Kathleen says: "Wonderful!"
    "annoying!"
    Overall

    I love Jane Austen, love this story, and love listening to Nadia May. So why couldn't I listen to this book? I'm not sure if it was the tempo (too fast!), the voices she chose for the characters (too sharp and high) or a combination of the two, but this audiobook was incredibly irritating to listen to. I tried several times but finally gave up. The only reason I could give this three stars was that I know the book itself was good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Naxos)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Socially critical and emotionally complex, Tess of the d'Urbervilles is Hardy's masterpiece. It tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, forced by her family's poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy d'Urbervilles. Violated by the son, Alec, her hopes of rebuilding her life with the gentle and bookish Angel Clare founder when he learns of her past.

    Kelly says: "Great Reader"
    "a classic...and yet?"
    Overall

    I really, really wanted to like this one and I listened all the way through hoping that it would grow on me. After all, it's considered to be a classic....Time after time I was annoyed by the main character - sweet, but what a victim she was! Perhaps an accurate picture of the times but annoying none the less.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (638)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "Still strong!"
    Overall

    Even though this story takes pace in the 1980s it rings true today....perhaps painfully so. Well written and truly well read- you may not like all of the characters but you will never forget them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6710)
    Performance
    (3475)
    Story
    (3496)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Delightful!"
    Overall

    I had such a good time listening to this book that I didn't want it to end. After Neverwhere I was afraid that Neil Gaiman couldn't capture my imagination so well again....but he did! This is a lovely, well written book with just enough dark to it. And my, can he read his own work! Very unusual. Note: this is not a book for small children but it will appeal to the child in adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6344)
    Performance
    (3121)
    Story
    (3145)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "A Favorite!"
    Overall

    This book was my first introduction to Neil Gaiman and I absolutely adored it. From the very beginning it caught me and took me along for a fantastic ride. What an imagination he has! I loved the characters, the scenes, and especially listening to Neil read. This book was fun from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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