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M.Mussio

Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • The Ghost King: Forgotten Realms: Transitions, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (209)

    When the Spellplague ravages Faerûn, Drizzt and his companions are caught in the chaos. Seeking out the help of the priest Cadderly - the hero of the recently reissued series The Cleric Quintet - Drizzt finds himself facing his most powerful and elusive foe, the twisted Crenshinibon, the demonic crystal shard he believed had been destroyed years ago.

    M.Mussio says: "Another great book by Mr. RA"
    "Another great book by Mr. RA"
    Overall

    I must start by saying how much I enjoyed this book. I have read all of Salvatore's series and books and was quick to jump on "Transitions" series when saw it on Audible.

    I believe that this is Salvatore's darkest adventure for good ol' Drizzt Do'Urden ever. I am still shocked at the outcome. I won't say more as I do not wish to give anything away, but I am still blown away with how it ended.

    I truly enjoyed the narrator and have added him to my list "of narrators to look for in the future list". And I hope to see more of the Salvatore line up in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1626)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (772)

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    Readalot says: "What a great character!"
    "A Great Book"
    Overall

    I am very picky what I spend my monthly allotment of audible credits on as I am sure most are and I forget exactly how I stumbled upon this great book. But I am glad that I did. I really enjoyed this book and am really looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

    The story telling is wonderful, and even though Grover Gardner, the narrator does not give each character their own voice, as many other productions do, it took nothing away from this adventure. In fact Mr. Grover has been added to my list of all time favorite narrators.

    Lois McMaster Bujold's plot development is wonderful. But it is her character development that really makes this book. The characters are realistic and easy to relate to. I found a connection with many of the characters and at many points in the story I found myself laughing out loud at one witty comment or another.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1907)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (763)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Joe says: "Best Audiobook of 2010!"
    "One Of My Favorites"
    Overall

    I bought this book on a whim after it was featured by Leo Laporte on a couple of his netcasts and after seeing it listed on the main page of the Audible website. (Yes that was a while ago, but I am a tad slow to write reviews).

    I would like to first point out that I am extremely non-political and normally uninterested in all things politics, but few can disagree with the significance of the first African-American president.

    I truly enjoyed listening to this book and learned more then I ever would have normally cared to or believed to have been possible from an audio book. I felt that the narrator did a wonderful job and listening was easy and enjoyable. The authors laid out a lot of information on the Clintons and others whom I've know but knew little about.

    I would easily recommend to all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Areas of My Expertise

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1095)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (341)

    In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although best sellers such as Poor Richard's Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true.

    Margot says: "Wow!"
    "Not My Cup Of Tea"
    Overall

    I had picked up this book on a suggest of Leo Laporte during one of his TWiT netcast and was excited to listen (I had after all had many successful recommendations from Leo and his crew) But I was sorely disappointed.

    It just was what one other reviewer on here called "musings of a two year old" which I am afraid I feel is quite an adept description. I did give this 2 stars instead of 1 as I did find some of it humorous but those parts were few and far between.

    Looking at some of the other reviews listed I wonder if I perhaps got a different version of the book, but as choices differ so much from person to person I am glad some enjoyed it. Just not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2312)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (994)

    Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his #1 best sellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology.

    Rudi says: "Not Gladwell's best - and a recording problem"
    "First to admit"
    Overall

    I am the first to admit that the majority of Malcolm's work is "over my head", but that does not stop me from thoroughly enjoying all of his audio books. His use of language and his voice makes him my favorite author and narrator. And every topic makes me pause and think about what is being said. I hope that the future will bring more of his works to the Audible collection.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SilverFin: Young Bond, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charlie Higson
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    What does it take to become the greatest secret agent the world has ever known? In this thrilling prequel to the James Bond series, readers meet a 13-year-old schoolboy whose inquisitive mind and determination set him on a path that will one day take him all over the world, in pursuit of the most dangerous criminals known to man.

    E. A Dunn says: "looking forward to the sequel"
    "Introducing Young Bond"
    Overall

    Any who are a Bond fan has a preconceived notion of who James is, how he became 007 and how he should act. And thus it is really hard to follow in the foot steps of such a hugely successful movie character. (And book character too, credit has to be given to Ian Flemming after all.)

    But I feel that Charlie Higson has done an excellent job introducing us to that young boy before he became the famous 007. I loved the story, and really enjoyed that fact that James seems like just your average boy, with normal bully, school and life problems. Of course James, is anything but normal. Another review stated that the story didn't have that Bond "edge of the seat" feel to it. And while I mostly agree with that, often I caught myself gripping the wheel tighter then I should be.

    Nathaniel Parker's narration is superb and really brings James and his cohorts to life. I truly enjoyed the accents and intellects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald J. Sobol
    • Narrated By Jason Harris
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    A Civil War sword, a watermelon stabbing, missing roller skates, a trapeze artist's inheritance and an eyewitness who's legally blind! Encyclopedia Brown must solve cases by using his famous computer-like brain. Try to crack the cases along with him!

    Eri says: "I Scream You Scream We All Scream ..."
    "No Mystery Why I Loved This..."
    Overall

    I remember finding this book in the bargain bin of my elementary school library. It had a very beat up cover, and a well worn pages. I bought it for $1.00 and read it over and over. Now I admit that even though I'm "all grown up" this was truly a good pick for myself.

    I really enjoyed this Audible book. And I've given it 5 stars not only for the ol' trip down memory lane but for the quality of narration by Jason Harris, who really makes me feel like I'm back in the 1960s.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ancient

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Searching for his long-lost father, Bransen Garibond is tricked into journeying across the Gulf of Corona to the wild lands of Vanguard, where he is pressed into service in a desperate war against the brutal Samhaist, Ancient Badden.

    Member-X says: "The Ancient (Unabridged)"
    "Another Great Book From Mr. RA"
    Overall

    I have been a big fan of RA Salvatore since the first time I picked up Forgotten Realms : Icewind Dale trilogy. With the few titles from Salvatore to choose from, as I am not a Star Wars fan, The Ancient was a no brainier choice. I was also excited to meet up again with Bransen "the highwayman" and his new adventures. I was not disappointed.

    This is my first audible pick that I have not previously read. So while unlike my many other audible titles, I started listening without any idea of the story line or without the ability of knowing what would happen next.

    The narrator, Erik Singer, did an good job. While I have to admit the sottish/english accents were not my favorite, they did allow me to follow the story and connect with the characters with a deeper degree. I really enjoyed Erik's delivery of the story.

    I hope that audible will add more of RA Salvatore's great line up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1719)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (972)

    Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

    Michael says: "My literary "comfort food""
    "Well Read"
    Overall

    I picked this particular book as my first Audible download as it is a story I have read and re-read several times when I was younger, and I was looking forward to having it "read to me" And I was not let down.

    I read the customer reviews several times before actually making the purchase and some left me very apprehensive and worried that I was making the wrong decision. Several people complained about the narrator and his delivery of the story. Of strange pauses or enunciation of words. Or the delivery of the characters voices.

    I am happy to report that I have enjoyed this book enormously, and am able to recommend this to other listeners. I do admit that from time to time pauses occur at strange times, or when switching characters there is some "bleed-through" of voices. We might want to keep in mind before making critics of Mr. Cameron Beierle that he is reading aloud a very long book. Pauses and a certain amount of leeway should be granted. I mean he is sitting in a room for x amount of hours a day reading and re-reading sections/chapters. I'm sure a few of the pauses can be pinned on the audio splice together too. However, this is an extremely good story teller, who I enjoyed listening too.

    I've gone ahead and purchased the rest of this series and plan to purchase the rest of Mr Edding's books that are here on Audible. And I have no worries or concerns about listening to Cameron Beierle, who I've found to enjoy his reading style and voice. Keep up the good work.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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