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Katie Katie

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  • Midsummer Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (185)

    When a powerful, decisive aristocrat undertakes to protect an absent-minded young inventress from England's enemies, he finds his orderly world turned into chaos. Merlin Lambourne's stubborn dream of flight puts her at risk, not to mention driving Ransom crazy. In spite of himself, he's oddly enchanted by this muddled miss and her eccentric ways... but can he overcome his own fears and realize her invention may be the answer to saving both their lives?

    Larue says: "Worth the wait."
    "She has brains. He has passion. Words and Voice."
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    If you could sum up Midsummer Moon in three words, what would they be?

    Brains. Velvet. Strength. (actually I WANTED to say "Smithsonian" but who would get that?


    What did you like best about this story?

    She is so smart and clueless that you can't help but love her. He has controlled and protected so much of his life that he needs someone brilliant and clueless to shake up his color-inside-the-lines life.


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

    Well, if this is your first, you fell in love a little. Listen to Flowers In the Storm and fall in love A LOT. I am tempted to buy a ticket to see him in Wolf Hall in 2014 in London. So I guess that is an answer of sorts.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If you can fly, I can love.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    In search of a legendary mare, Lord Winter enters the crucible of the red sands, forging unbreakable bonds of loyalty and trust with his young companion in the desert. But hidden beneath the ragged costume of a Bedouin boy is a remarkable young woman: Zenia Stanhope, daughter of the extraordinary Queen of the Desert. Zenia wants nothing of the danger that Lord Winter lives for. She wants only to reach England, far from the blood and sand of the desert.

    Amazon Customer says: "Oh flipping WOW!"
    "Kinsale and Boulton create their own warmth, again"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This novel performance (pun intended) is especially fun for any reader that has not had the pleasure of Laura Kinsale read by Nicholas Boulton. Laura Kinsale writes with extremely "human" characters, and you become immeshed in their emotions, motivations, fears and passion. Ms. Kinsale is one of the rare writers that spend as much time developing her male characters, as she does her female ones. Her characters are multi-dimensional, and the superb acting by Nicholas Boulton enable you to experience and wring out every possible meaning of the storyline. I have read (or listened to) many different types of books, with many different performance artists, but the combination of her words and his voice is rare in your audio experience. A reader will find themselves immeshed in the story instead of the mechanics of writing or performing. A rare treat. Having said that, do not be surprised if you find yourself, therefore, cringing in embarrassment as the Heroine (Zenia) or Hero (Arden) perform idiotic acts as they muddle their way through a relationship. The interesting aspect of Ms. Kinsale's plot development is that she is almost willing to take you to the point of hating a Zenia for her fears or despising Arden for his impulsive savagery, before she pulls you back at the last second into reluctant sympathy. Just when you are about to wish that Arden would give up and let Zenia try to live alone, penniless because she is too afraid of potential abandonment, the author explains enough motivation for Zenia's fears and you slide into sympathy. Ms. Kinsale did that a few too many times (reluctance, stupidity, passion, fear, acceptance...over and over), for me; this is the main reason I voted for four stars instead of five.. I sped up a few of the last few times because I was almost screaming at Arden and Zenia. How can you not love a writer and performer that drive you to that point?


    What other book might you compare The Dream Hunter to and why?

    Many of Laura Kinsale's books have the pattern of attraction, passion, fear, reluctance, stupidity, sympathy and then faith. She is NOT formulaic but you will see a trend. However all of her characters are sharply drawn and different, and suffer from different fears. In some of her books (like Flowers from the Storm - my personal favorite) the hero is driven by more demons than the heroine.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Although I am not a huge fan of the Arabian desert romances as a rule, the first half of the book in the desert are the parts that I prefer. The scenes leading up to Arden's discovery of Zenia being a woman have the right amount of bravery and tension. My second favorite are the scenes of Arden's forging of a relationship with his tiny daughter.


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

    I listened to this book over three days, during a car trip up and back between cities in Texas. At the end, I sat in my driveway to finish, even though I was so tired of being in the car. I was not about to leave these characters after hours of yelling at then to get some sense.


    Any additional comments?

    I have said in previous reviews that I thoroughly enjoy Nicholas Boulton's strong performances in each character of every novel he has performed. How he can perform suc distinctly different men, women and children, so consistently, is beyond me. In other reviews, you will hear than an audio performer has trouble in long dialogue exchanges, where the voices blend together or are indistinguishable. And, by the way, he does have a small part of the second of third chapter where a minor character is speaking with an American-style accent, and he was very convincing. The sections in Arabic accents seem authentic and smooth. This is never an issue with Nick Boulton. I have gotten to the point of recommending him as an artist to other authors (even those convinced he could not possibly play an American or a Frenchman), because I feel this actor can do anything. .

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (383)

    He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

    Robbie says: "Imagine My Joy!"
    "Her words and his voice..."
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    If you could sum up The Prince of Midnight in three words, what would they be?

    Mesmerizing. Seductive. Escape.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ST Maitland. He was so ...human. Strong and arrogant enough to be human, and yet flawed and uncertain enough to love.


    What does Nicholas Boulton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    That is a laughable question - if you listened, you would not have to ask. His voice brings the inflection, pain, love, humor and humanity to exactly (I am convinced) what Laura Kinsale intended.


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

    Yes. and no. Laura's writing is such that the humanity and flaws are so apparent, that it is uncomfortable at times. You find yourself about to jump out of your car (in my case) in frustration that "He/She is so infuriating!! Come on...can't you see that he/she is reaching out or at their breaking point of balancing ego and vulnerability?" Then you love the author for making you feel this much and Nicholas for taking you away from reality into belief.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to the pairing of Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton and dreading when I reach the last one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers from the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (501)

    He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!"
    "Great writing and performances"
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    Where does Flowers from the Storm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narration. Flawed yet admirable characters.


    What does Nicholas Boulton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't think I would have connected to the duke nearly as we'll, if I hadn't listened to such an honest struggle and passion emotes in the acting.


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

    The confusion as Christopher is in the mental asylum aft his stroke, as he does to make himself heard and "Mattie-girl" is his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    As others have mentioned, the vacillation of Mattie borders on irritation as it sometimes covers the same points over and over. I feel as if I want to interrupt and say, "No! She is stronger than that!" I sped up the narration when I got unbearably irritated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sweet Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (211)

    Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. But when he returns to England from India, her idea of reality is turned upside down. Drawn from a safe world of tea and parlor chat into madness and mystery, she cannot find her own cherished Robert in the frightening stranger who claims her love. Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to voice her favorite heroine, sweet, witty Folie with her ferret, Toot.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Delightful Journey of Romance vs Reality"
    "Beautiful writing and great narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Sweet Folly to be better than the print version?

    Yes!, Nicholas Bolton adds life and depth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert. Laura kinsale is not afraid to write male characters that are tour tortured, brave, vulnerable and strong.


    What does Nicholas Boulton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He seems to be breathing and feeling the words - never reading. His voices are all distinct and three-dimensional. They have depth and humor and passion.


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

    Yes!! I was sitting in the parking lot at work.


    Any additional comments?

    I had the same experience with another of her books and Nicholas' acting. What does this man do in his spare time?

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17355)
    Performance
    (11558)
    Story
    (11450)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "One of the best I have ever read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read the print version of Outlander first. I fell in love with the stories, and tried the other abridged version (ugh). This one, with Davina Porter, made me fall in love with Jamie and Claire all over again. I do some major commuting for work, and the story and narration made the time fly. The narrator does a great job with the accents and pacing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is hard to pin down the genre of this story - is it history? romance? science fiction (time travel)? mystery? There are too many components to isolate. I have run into people on business trips whose faces light up when they see me read it. It is a painless way to educate yourself of how women think, how natural science works, and scottish history. In the later books, American history becomes a focus.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Jamie. Odd I know, for me to prefer the female narrator's version of the "male lead", but her tone and inflection added the right touches of sincerity, wryness, humor.


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

    a pivotal point when Claire has to decide whether to go back to her own time.


    Any additional comments?

    The books only get better after this. I have read and listened to all of them, and then read this first one again and again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3246)
    Performance
    (2950)
    Story
    (2962)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "This book will haunt you for a long time"
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    What made the experience of listening to Me Before You the most enjoyable?

    The way the author made you care about the characters (Will Traynor and Louisa Clarke) grew, as the story and the relationship and the drama did.


    What other book might you compare Me Before You to and why?

    I can't think of another book that affected me as deeply as this one did (and not always in an enjoyable way). I can not say I am sorry I read it (although I did last night, when I finished it). I was ready to thrown my iphone against the wall.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Most of the book was Louisa. There was only a small part from Will's point of view. I was alternately in awe, irritated, admiring and hated all of the characters.


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

    yes. definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the sections were so true to life (squabbling between siblings; a family that has lived too long together) that I found the narrator too slow and I sped it up. I never skipped parts - just increased the speed. I had not heard anything or read much about the book ahead of time. I recommend this, although it makes many parts of the book more wrenching. A lot of people talk about books that make you cry or make you dream about the characters, but, to be honest, it has rarely happened to me. This one does. Do not read this if you are depressed or have a seriously ill son or lover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (939)
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    (931)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "very entertaining for every age"
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    Where does Bloody Jack rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is among my top ten in all of the audiobook series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bloody Jack?

    when Jacky loses her gang leader (Rooster Charlie); any time she is separated from Jamie.


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

    This was the first time i listened to Katie Kellgren, but not at all the last. This one got me hooked on her performances - she is one of my top three narrators. I also love her in the Royal Spyness books. She does a lot of different accents and even does really well at a cockney doing a posh accent (accents within accents).


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

    I smiled and chuckled a LOT. There is a lot of subtle humor in here that adults will get but younger listeners may not.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to meet this author one day - I wonder if he is the salty dog that I imagine?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10292)
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    (9193)
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    (9168)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "clever,cocky and full of irreverence"
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    Where does Hounded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    definitely in the top seven. why eleven? prime number and it wasn't in the top ten. But I would (and have) recommend it to a) any scientifically-minded male nerd, b) any female that liked science fiction and enjoys mythology and c) someone with a sense of humor


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

    oberon's (atticus' dog) voice. SO well-done


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    oberon


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

    just when you think the main character (the Iron Druid Atticus) is too cocky or irreverent, he starts talking about his love for the earth (Gaia) in such a ... well... reverent way, that you reconsider the thought: "does he take ANYTHING seriously?".


    Any additional comments?

    It is amazing how this author (and therefore the narrator) does such a good job of "maturing" the character over a series of books. At first, you want to smack him for the cocky arrogance (although I suspect guys would like this - women would want to throw cold water on him), but it really does fit and over the life of the series, his decisions will humble him. Even at his advanced years on Earth. You can tell by the way I am focusing on the story and not the writing, the author or the narrator, that the whole package is well-done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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