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Kasey

West Portsmouth, OH, USA

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  • Witch Week: Chronicles of Chrestomanci

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    The students in class 6B become nervous when their teacher receives an anonymous note claiming someone in the room is a witch. For in this society, witches are outlawed, whether they are good or bad. In fact, witches are burned at the stake, because that's the law.

    P.A.S. says: "Not just for children"
    "Cheap ending, okay book"
    Overall

    If you haven't read any previous Christomanci books the ending will seemingly come out of nowhere. Even if you have read several previous Christomani books, the solution to the main plot will still seem rather contrived. It also has several spirtual and psychological consequences that adults may find disturbing that are completly ignored in the book. These consequences may or may not occur to younger readers.

    The production quality was overall quite good. The narrator had a very expressive and clear voice.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Conrad's Fate: The Worlds of Chrestomanci

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    Conrad's Fate is part of the clever and humorous Chrestomanci series. Twelve-year-old Conrad Tesdinic is in disguise as a servant-in-training at Stallery Mansion in the town of Stallchester. He wants to figure out what evil he caused in a past life. He and his friend Christopher Chant are trying to repair Conrad's very bad karma and to discover what mysterious entity is haunting the town.

    Susanna says: "A clever, magical coming-of-age story"
    "One of the better Crestomanci books"
    Overall

    The main character, Conrad, was rather likable. I really felt for him several times throughout the narrative. Chris was more likable than some of the other Crestomanci books, perhaps because Conrad had a very realistic view of him.

    The narrator is good, if not very memorable.

    The ending is a little convoluted. I found myself having to listen to it twice while trying to unravel the complicated exposition that is dumped on the listener near the end. This seems to be an ongoing problem with many of Dianne Wynne Jones' works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dealing with Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Words Take Wing Repertory Company of Syracuse, NY
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (161)

    Take one bored princess. Make her the seventh daughter in a very proper royal family. Have her run away. Add one powerful, fascinating, dangerous dragon. Princess Cimerone has never met anyone (or anything) like the dragon Kazul. But then, she's never met a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird or a stone prince either. Princess Cimerone ran away to find some excitement. She's found plenty.

    Richard says: "Great fun for girls or boys"
    "Subpar voice cast"
    Overall

    Most of the voice cast was passable, but the main heroine's voice actress is atrocious. For some reason she recites all of her lines in the same angry indignant tone of voice whether she's supposed to be wistful, sad, happy, etc... It really affected my opinion of what would have otherwise been a fun audio book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (512)

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "Great Narrator and unique book"
    Overall

    This book was a blast. I wish there were more superhero narratives like this to read. Modern comics have gotten so dark that it was really refreshing to find a book with such an old school fun mentality like this one.

    The book has two narrators depending on the point of view. The Doctor Impossible parts were far better than the Fatale sections but hers weren't bad. The Doctor Impossible narrator gives a really bombastic larger than life take on the character, while still retaining his surprisngly human qualities. I found myself rooting for Dr. Impossible, despite him being an evil genius bent on taking over the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Charlie McWade
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday, he receives a bag of sand, and his life takes a bizarre turn. This is no ordinary bag of sand...so it's too bad that Alcatraz doesn't keep a closer eye on it. It is quickly stolen by the Evil Librarians who secretly rule the world by spreading misinformation and suppressing truth. The bag of sand will give the Evil Librarians the edge thy need to achieve world domination.

    Jeff says: "Fresh new ideas - acceptable for kids of all ages"
    "Not as clever as it thinks it is"
    Overall

    Overall it was a mildy fun book. It kept me entertained at work well enough. However, the author tries way too hard to be clever. The constant attempts to break the fourth wall really broke up the narrative flow of the story. The author even comments at one point that he was being annoying... Pointing that fact out doesn't somehow make it not annoying. Kids will probably be less frustrated by this than adults. Cheap meta narrative tricks are okay if you've never seen them before.

    The narrator was quite good though, and helped take the edge off of some of the more obnoxious commentary. He had a very dynamic voice that conveyed the first person view well. He reallly brought the characters to life.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Highlander: Highlander, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (650)

    With his long, black hair and dark, mesmerizing eyes, Adam Black is Trouble with a capital T. Immortal, arrogant, and intensely sensual, he is free to roam across time and continents in pursuit of his insatiable desires. That is, until a curse strips him of his immortality and makes him invisible, a cruel fate for so irresistible a man.

    Gayle says: "Best in the Series"
    "The Immortal Highlander is a jerk"
    Overall

    I went into the book knowing it would be rather silly. I had read two previous novels in the series. Despite their ridiculousness, they were still pretty fun. However, the main male character in The Immortal Highlander was really unlikable. I got through about a third of the book, and found myself wishing the main female character would leave the jerk behind and never look back. I stopped listening because I really didn't want to hear her inevitably succumbing to his so called "charms".

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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