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Judith

Worcestershire, United Kingdom | Member Since 2004

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  • The Scar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Elinor Huntington (translator)
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (657)

    Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, The Scar is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him. Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice.

    Robert says: "Highly, highly, Highly Recommended"
    "Engaging"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well worth listening. This appears, at the beginning, to be a shallow tale of a swashbuckler but develops into something far more complex, sinister and surprising with an excellent conclusion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carlos Castaneda
    • Narrated By Luis Moreno
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (158)

    For over 40 years, Carlos Castaneda’s The Teachings of Don Juan has inspired audiences to expand their world view beyond traditional Western forms. Originally published as Castaneda’s master’s thesis in anthropology, Teachings documents Castaneda’s supposed apprenticeship with a Yaqui Indian sorcerer, don Juan Matus. Dividing the work into two sections, Castaneda begins by describing don Juan’s philosophies, then continues with his own reflections.

    jesus says: "Amazing story"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although I first read this book many years ago and had fond memories of it I found with this listen that the characters generally were were annoying and pointless, particulalry the central character. I was unable to finish it as I got bored.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4616)
    Performance
    (3390)
    Story
    (3411)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Great read"
    Overall
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    Story

    Liked this book very much but was disappointed that there was no sequel available as this is clearly not the end. Still worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Dragons: The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Saskia Butler
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (53)

    Return to the world of the Liveships Traders and journey along the Rain Wild River in the third instalment of high adventure from the author of the internationally acclaimed Farseer trilogy. Kelsingra waits for those brave enough to enter… The dragons and their keepers have discovered Kelsingra but so far only Heeby has succeeded in flying over the river to enter the fabled city. The other dragons, with their deformed wings and feeble muscles, are afraid to risk failure and humiliation.

    Helen Foster-Turner says: "Half a book?"
    "Delicious"
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    This is currently the last in this series but there is clearly more to come. Wonderful to listen to. A real joy. Don't miss it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Haven: The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Jacqui Crago
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra, and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, the Bingtown dandy Sedric.

    M. Froisland says: "A love stor where every woman is unbelievabl naive"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Robin Hobb is a brilliant writer and it's a real joy to listen to her stories. If you enjoy fantasy fiction this is one you must not miss. This is the second in a series of 3.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Keeper: The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Saskia Butler
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Guided by the great blue dragon Tintaglia, they came from the sea: a Tangle of serpents fighting their way up the Rain Wilds River, the first to make the perilous journey to the cocooning grounds in generations. Many have died along the way. With its acid waters and impenetrable forest, it is a hard place for any to survive.

    Alison says: "Great story"
    "Fantastic"
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    Loved this book. I listen to a lot of books but found this story and the characters quite addictive and immediately bought the rest of the series. I am only sorry, devastated in fact, that although Amercian readers can get Robin Hobbs other books on audible I, in the UK, currrently can't. I live in hope and in the meantime have had to resort to buying the written books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet, Naked

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie, Bill Irwin, Ben Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    Annie's put fifteen years into safe, slightly obsessive Duncan, and now she'd like her money back, please. It's time to move on. But she lives in Gooleness, the north's answer to a question nobody asked. Is she really going to find real, proper, fell-it-deep-down-in-your-boots love on a damp and windy seafront? Or perhaps she should follow her heart and pursue Tucker, the reclusive American rock star, who keeps emailing her his smart advice. But between Annie and her second chance lie a few obstacles.

    Catarina says: "Awesome reading (listening)"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    The story starts a little slow and you might start to think the characters are too boring to bother with - this changes. Well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Flinder's Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    The story of a drunk, a boy, and a cat. Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a 10-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond.

    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH says: "Extraordinary Story"
    "WONDERFUL"
    Overall

    My first listen to a book by Bryce Courtenay. A really good listen with characters you will care about from beginning to end. Reader Humphrey Bower is a real treat. His reading enhances any book. Not to be missed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3399)
    Performance
    (2410)
    Story
    (2415)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "GRIPPING"
    Overall

    Absolutely brilliant book. Highly entertaining as well as informative and historical.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • East of the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julia Gregson
    • Narrated By Tania Rodrigues
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Autumn 1928. Three young women are on their way to India, each with a new life in mind. Rose, a beautiful but naive bride-to-be, is anxious about leaving her family and marrying a man she hardly knows. Victoria, her bridesmaid couldn't be happier to get away from her overbearing mother, and is determined to find herself a husband. And Viva, their inexperienced chaperone, is in search of the India of her childhood, ghosts from the past and freedom.

    Cate P says: "Plotty, but good."
    "Great listen"
    Overall

    Interesting characters, well read and engaging with a wonderful ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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