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MN | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 109 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Libriomancer: Magic ex Libris, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim C. Hines
    • Narrated By David DeVries

    Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

    Simon says: "A reasonable start"
    "Dreadful narration"
    What disappointed you about Libriomancer?

    I have sadly had to abandon the audible version and will return to print to finish this novel. The narrator sounded so wrong for the part (look at the guy on the cover- he doesn't sound like this!!) and relentlessly mispronounces words (autoMAYton), but the killer for me was the female voices! Must they all sound so 'ditzy'?? I just couldn't get past it- I envisioned them all as candy floss haired drag queens bitching about their high heels....

    Would you recommend Libriomancer to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this audible edition. Should always listen to a sample first.

    Would you be willing to try another one of David DeVries’s performances?


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

    Disappointment. Received a good recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale: Bane Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan
    • Narrated By Andrew Scott

    When immortal warlock Magnus Bane attends preliminary peace talks between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders in Victorian London, he is charmed by two very different people: the vampire Camille Belcourt and the young Shadowhunter, Edmund Herondale. Will winning hearts mean choosing sides?

    Melissa says: "Best one yet"
    "Great Fun"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. These are a lovely addition to the fuller stories and who doesn't love Magnus?

    What about Andrew Scott’s performance did you like?

    I thought this was a great performance and would love to hear more readings from Andrew Scott

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Ian Lynch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, magnum opus, tells the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth two years after separation from her husband and is condemned to wear the scarlet letter A on her breast as punishment for her adultery. She resists all attempts of the 17th century Boston clergy to make her reveal the name of her child’s father while she struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.

    Bryan says: "Mediocre reading"
    "A joy to listen to"
    Where does The Scarlet Letter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is among my top three.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that that the story unfolds so beautifully. Although you know what is going to happen from the beginning it is very compelling and has lots of very lovely moments.

    What about Ian Lynch’s performance did you like?

    I think the narrator made this perfect. He uses appropriate tone, pronunciation and pacing of delivery for the period in which the novel is based. The different characters- male/female/child whilst easily differentiated are not made into an over the top performance. First class narrator.

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


    Any additional comments?

    There is good use of music for chapter/scene breaks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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