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M. Blackstock

Forest Hills,NN | Member Since 2009

  • 7 reviews
  • 115 ratings
  • 403 titles in library
  • 78 purchased in 2014

  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Peta Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Persuasion, Jane Austen's final novel, follows the romance of Anne Elliot and naval officer Frederick Wentworth. They were happily engaged until Anne's friend, Lady Russell, persuaded her that Frederick was "unworthy". Now, eight years later, Frederick returns, a wealthy captain in the navy, while Anne's family teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. They still love each other, but their past mistakes threaten to keep them apart.

    M. Blackstock says: "Worst version imaginable"
    "Worst version imaginable"

    The narrator reads too fast, with no emmotion, and no pauses for punctuation. She sounds almost mechanical in her reading, and has turned an amazing novel into a tedious, barely intelligible verbal race to reach the next chapter on a single breath. Don't waste your money, select another version.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By D. H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Maxine Peake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story of the physical relationship between the aristocratic protagonist Constance Chatterley and gamekeeper Oliver Mellors - which occurs right under the nose of her wheelchair-bound husband, Clifford. In exploring the class system of the early 20th century, the novel also touches upon the declining coal mining industry, its effect on the workers, and the politics which surrounded it. Yet possibly the most important theme is the individual’s need for physical as well as intellectual satisfaction.

    Erez says: "Very good; not for the easily offended"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narration. I am so uninspired by this narration that I just cannot continue. Have already purchased a different version.

    Has Lady Chatterley's Lover turned you off from other books in this genre?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Maxine Peake’s performances?

    Absolutely not.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lady Chatterley's Lover?

    Can't answer, as I am so uninspired I simply cannot continue with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Simply MAGICAL!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book and this trilogy are among some of the best written, best researched and most compelling and developed that I have read.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I fell in love with the characters from the beginning. This book reaches people on ALL levels, and especially has more to offer for those looking to go deeper than most Authors today actually permit.

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

    I love the varried nuances in Jennifer's readings. Her voice is alive and full of passion.

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

    This book was so compelling I lost a lot of sleep because I HAD to know what comes next.

    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I have ever read!!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A is for Alibi: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer

    This is the first in the popular series featuring California investigator Kinsey Millhone. She's 32, twice divorced, no kids, an ex-cop who likes her work...and who works strictly alone!

    Gene says: "Poorly Narrated"
    "Good entertainment but not great literature"
    If you’ve listened to books by Sue Grafton before, how does this one compare?

    I liked Knitting Yarns much better

    Any additional comments?

    This is fast moving, and fun to read but will not "change" you as really great literature can. Still, sometimes we all need a little fluff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of York

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Anne Easter Smith
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1461. Edward, son of Richard of York, ascends to the throne, and his willful sister, Margaret, immediately becomes a pawn in European politics as Edward negotiates her marriage. The young Margaret falls deeply in love with Anthony Woodville, the married brother of Edward's queen, Elizabeth. But Edward has arranged for his sister to wed Charles, son of the Duke of Burgundy, and soon Margaret is setting sail for her new life. Her official escort: Anthony Woodville.

    Phyllis says: "Daughter of York"
    "Horribly disappointed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is geared more to someone looking for a pure romance novel without regard to history.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another book by Margaret Atwood, I am hooked!

    What didn’t you like about Rosalyn Landor’s performance?

    She was unconvincing, but mostly because of the book's poor material.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I am completely disapointed and bored with this book, cannot make it past first 2 hours.

    Any additional comments?

    The author portrays Margaret of York as a cat in heat oogling at every man she sees, from a courrier to the married Antony Woodville, brother of her (future) Sister-in-law, but fearing marriage. It makes her seem both rediculous and wanton at the same time. I am not buying it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The White Princess: Cousins' War, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The newest novel from #1 New York Times best-selling author and "queen of royal fiction" (USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England. A princess from birth, Elizabeth fell in love with Richard III, though her mother made an arranged betrothal for her with the pretender to the throne: Henry Tudor. When Henry defeats Richard against all odds, Elizabeth has to marry the man who murdered her lover in battle.

    FanB14 says: "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"
    "Not her best work"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The theme and dialogue is quite repetative, and feels boring. I had waited for this biik with such excitement and anticipaption and was disapointed. I am also tired of all the references to Melucina.

    What could Philippa Gregory have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She did not need to keep repeating the same things in different ways over and over. I also think more could have been done with the alliance with Spain, Arthur's death and the arrival of the Infanta.

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

    Bianca Amato is a wonderful narrator and does as much as anyone can with a weak story.

    Did The White Princess inspire you to do anything?

    THe White Princess had so much potential and was such a disapointment.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Witch & Wizard: The Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Jill Dembowski
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood, Spencer Locke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Whit and Wisty Allgood have sacrificed everything to lead the resistance against the merciless totalitarian regime that governs their world. Its supreme leader, The One Who Is The One, has banned everything they hold dear: books, music, art, and imagination. But the growing strength of the siblings' magic hasn't been enough to stop the One's evil rampage, and now he's executed the only family they had left. Wisty knows that the time has finally come for her to face The One. But her fight and her fire only channel more power to this already invincible being.

    Cynthia says: "GREAT LISTEN"
    "Worth the listen"
    What did you love best about Witch & Wizard: The Fire?

    It was a very exciing, compelling story that moved quickly, was different than anything I have read before and highlights the value of a loving family and good friends.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Whit healed Wisty and realized he had the gift of healing, and they shared Christmas with Pearl Marie's family and remembered how much they still had.

    Any additional comments?

    This is the third and final book in a trilogy that takes the classic struggle of good and evil to another level. Brother and sister team Wisteria and Whitford Allgood learn they are gifted in ways they never imagined. Wisty is a Witch and Whit is a Wizzard, and those closest to them are disapearing. They learn abruptly when The One Who is The One and his followers appear in their home one night (in the first book) to arrest them. They escape but their parents do not. Whit learns that his girlfriend, Celia, who had gone missing several months before, was taken to get to him and Wisty, and she was tortured and killed and now exists in the Shadow Lands. She makes occasional appearances to save the siblings from life and death situations because a prophecy identifies them as the only hope for defeating a The One, who is a Hitler-like dictator. The One is obsessed with capturing the Allgood children alive because he wants to posess their gifts. There are death squads throughout the land seeking to destroy creativity. Children seem to be the ones mainly targeted. Wisty and Whit join the resistance, a group of children who try to fight the suprnatural forces of evil. I won't tell you how good overcomes evil, because that is too much of a spoiler, but good does triumph. It is an amazing story and well told. Character development is excellent and the author mixes humor into the horror to keep it compelling. The narrators were well chosen to tell the story. Their voices are filled with passion, emotion and are very easy to listen to. I highly recommend this entire series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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