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Jo Dangerously

poet. coffeeshop-dinergirl. waffle lover.

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  • The Elvenbane

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Andre Norton, Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (595)

    Two masters of epic fantasy have combined in this brilliant collaboration to create a rousing tale. This is the story of Shana, a half-breed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father with a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, Shana was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed unbeknownst to elven or human kind. From birth, Shana was the embodiment of the Prophecy that the all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime.

    Jo Dangerously says: "A fun listen"
    "A fun listen"
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    Where does The Elvenbane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On a scale of 1-5, I would rate it a 4 (5 being high, 1 being low).


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the adventure and the thrill of discovering the history of the main character as well as the origins of the dragons. Looking forward to hearing the next book in the series.


    What about Aasne Vigesaa’s performance did you like?

    The performer did a great job characterizing the characters, though one of the voices seemed exceedingly childish as the story progressed. This may be just how the character was originally written, though I would have to read the physical book to know for sure.


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

    I had a few moments when I chuckled out loud, but it didn't make me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    A fun listen, great for wandering around the house while doing chores. The progression keeps a nice pace and the performer does a good job withouth being too grating on the nerves.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11022)
    Performance
    (9273)
    Story
    (9359)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Just Amazing"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wise Man's Fear the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable part of the The Wise Man's Fear is the story. Hands down, it just wouldn't be as memorable otherwise. The narrator does an absolutely amazing job bringing the characters to life - he had a delightful range of voices he employed to help give the story the depth it deserves.

    I had already read The Wise Man's Fear and was worried that the narrator would ruin it, this is not at all the case.


    What other book might you compare The Wise Man's Fear to and why?

    It's hard to compare to other books - once I read it, it quickly became a favorite and the main fantasy book I compare all others to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to pin down one without giving too much (or any) of the story away for those that are unfamiliar. I will say, however, that as the story unfolded audibly, I began to remember what I had read previously and was increasingly excited to hear the stories again. Vague explanation, I know, but it's important that the listener/reader experience it for themselves.


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

    There were a number of moments of audible joy or sorrow for me, so I can't pick just one.


    Any additional comments?

    A must listen and read. This is definitely a story I will return to repeatedly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13216)
    Performance
    (10818)
    Story
    (10941)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "A book to be reread or relistened to"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Wind the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did a fantastic job in telling the story. The way he voiced the women characters did not take me out of the flow of the book in the slightest.


    What other book might you compare The Name of the Wind to and why?

    It's hard to compare this to anything else and give it justice. It's a "page turner" like The Mists of Avalon. I purchased this audiobook so I could reexperience the novel - I had previously read the physical version.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Kvothe, of course.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samson's Lovely Mortal: Scanguards Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (546)

    Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms. His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it's the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.

    CAROLYN says: "Mmmmmmmm YUMMY"
    "I finished it, but it felt like it was lacking"
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    What disappointed you about Samson's Lovely Mortal?

    The story was interesting, but the intimate scenes made me roll my eyes over the choice of language on more than one occasion. I couldn't take the scene seriously and found myself laughing a good bit of the time.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unknown at this point in time.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration was fine for most of the scenes, but I had trouble letting go completely into the story when the narrator performed the woman's voice. It took me out of the story completely, though I imagine his voice would be perfect for other books. The variation of male characters was fantastic.


    What character would you cut from Samson's Lovely Mortal?

    Though there were a lot of characters, not one of them seemed out of place.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Bed with the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (863)

    They call him the Devil Earl - a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything-even strike a bargain with the devil himself. Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy.

    SIMARA says: "Exceeded my expectations..."
    "Excellent narration, impelling story"
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    What made the experience of listening to In Bed with the Devil the most enjoyable?

    The narration by Susan Ericksen and Antony Ferguson helped move the story along without distraction - a key component to enjoyment of audiobooks.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lady Catherine - her willful nature and willingness to experience a world she is not entirely used to.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen and Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the journal entries read by Antony Ferguson - it offered a nice change from the rhythm of Susn Ericksen's voice.


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

    Yes - I was glad I started listening at the beginning of a weekend.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful story, though the cover may put a few people off. Give it a chance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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