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Richland, WA, USA | Member Since 2004

  • 6 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 377 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Incredible narration and an irresistable story!"

    It took me about an hour to get hooked into the story and adjusted to the narrator's style - some bits do come across as a bit monotone, but in retrospect, it really suits the story. Where he shines is in the variety of speaking styles and accents from the UK he uses to distinguish his characters - it adds great depth to the story. It really makes the characters come alive too. If you struggle with Brit accents, just listen a bit and your ears will tune in. The story is really compelling - even though I haven't been into sword and sorcery books for many years. The characters are wildly varied and interesting. If you are looking for something cheery and upbeat, this may not be the book for you, but if you like intrigue, political clashes, high adventure, and conquest, its a real page turner. Am looking forward to the others, even at 2 credits apiece.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Camel Died at Noon: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The last camel is dead, and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband, Emerson, and precocious son, Ramses, are in dire straits on the sun-scorched desert sands. Months before, back in cool, green England, Viscount Blacktower had approached them to find his son and his son's new bride, who have been missing in war-torn Sudan for over a decade. An enigmatic message scrawled on papyrus and a cryptic map had been delivered to Blacktower, awakening his hope that the couple was still alive.

    Debra says: "Good Story, Painful Narration"
    "Get the Rosenblat narration - this doesn't work!"

    I accidentally purchased this unabridged version rather than the one read by Barbara Rosenblat. All of the Amelia Peabody books of course are wonderful, but a great deal of the fun in these is her fabulous narration, wonderful accents, and the life she brings to Amelia, Ramses, and all of the other characters (her Egyptian accent is spot on). I have no idea why they would use an American narrator to do the voice of Amelia, a Victorian Englishwoman, but this reader absolutely does not work for me. Audible was very kind to refund my credit to allow me to get the other one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "Good Victorian tale, classic Follett"

    This isn't your usual Follett thriller, and I wouldn't call this a thriller because of the pace of the story. That said, its a great tale with an excellent reader (lots of good accents, except perhaps the American one....). The story captures the flavor of the wealthy upper classes in Victorian London (with their clubs full of wastrel rich young gentlemen) exceptionally well. The "evil" characters are not evil so much as they are amoral manipulators out to maximize their gain. Great character development, a good story, and as a thriller, detailed and moderately paced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "Great Atwood, great audio (even the music)"

    I am a huge Atwood fan, and have listened to Oryx and Crake at least twice. The reader is good, though I really liked the male reader in O&C a bit more. I enjoyed the connections between the two books, and the different perspective it lends. The music was a bit strange at first, but it does a great job of adding to the "goofiness" of the God's Gardeners (think hippie folksy 70s Christian music), along with Adam One's "sermons". The story tells well, and it has that same Atwood tongue-in-cheek cynical world view. If you liked Oryx and Crake, you'll like this one too. Not a world I'd care to live in, but very thought provoking and engaging.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cry, the Beloved Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alan Paton
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

    Penny says: "Two Words"
    "A moving and timeless story of hope and compassion"

    I was expecting a story of the evilness and injustice in an apartheid South Africa, and while there was that, what I really heard was a moving story of hope, personal tragedy, and triumph over tragedy. Its a wonderful story of good people working beyond the expectations and rules of a divided culture. The story of the "broken tribes" and broken land is as timely now as it was then. It is truly timeless in the stories of the lives of the people and how they were affected by a unsustainble social system and economy. The characters are rich and interesting.
    I was initially put off by the voice of the narrator - his British accent is a very stuffy, old fashioned "World War II BBC" accent. But then that is the era of the book. His other "voices", Zulu and Afrikaans, are rich and wonderful to listen to. This was outstanding, and I'm sure I will listen to it again.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Outstanding speculative fiction"

    I am a huge (and therefore biased) fan of Margaret Atwood, and I find her speculative fiction her most interesting and challenging work. This did not disappoint. As noted by a previous reviewer, it is not for sci-fi novices - the plot is not simply laid out and does not follow all the rules they teach us in writing class. I found the story rich, interesting, wildly thought provoking, and very frightening in its plausibility. The characters are interesting (if some a bit creepy) and the intricacy of their relationships compelling. It is very much a sci-fi thriller, but without space ships - a good apocalyptic science-and-intellect-run-amok story. As noted before, the abrupt ending was a bit disappointing but not surprising. I really want to know what happens next, but in the style of Margaret Atwood, each reader has to answer that question for him or herself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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