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Marc

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  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9969)
    Performance
    (7443)
    Story
    (7483)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "An over all great ocult story"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Discovery of Witches the most enjoyable?

    There was a great balance of everything, magic, opposite attraction, villains, and a quest of a common goal. It kept the imagination going through the whole story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Discovery of Witches?

    When Mathew takes Diana to his home in France to meet his vampire "mother" who hates witches, her reception is somewhat cool but the relationship warms fairly quickly.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    That is a hard one, Diana the strong confident witch would probably be my favorite because she is a confident fearless witch who is willing to fight anything for the love of her vampire Mathew.


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

    It was a very compelling book and really kept my interest, it would have easily been a book I could have listened to in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a well told story and really enjoyed it immensely with the exception of the end, it kind of leaves you hanging. I hope there will be a follow up book to continue the adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charming the Shrew: The Legacy of MacLeod Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Laurin Wittig
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (488)

    Returning to the Scottish Highlands after a fierce battle with the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero’s welcome - and an ultimatum. To take his place as heir to the chiefdom, he must choose a wife or have one chosen for him. Furious and stalling for time, the brooding warrior volunteers for a mission that takes him deep into the Highlands, with no hint of the fateful encounter that awaits him.... Catriona MacLeod is known as the Shrew of Assynt, thanks to her razor-sharp tongue and her unwillingness to yield to her five brothers. When she learns that her eldest brother has promised her hand in marriage to a loathsome man, she flees....

    MickeyMarie says: "Holds interest"
    "A good read with a nice plot turn"
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    Where does Charming the Shrew rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly high in the historical fiction class with well brought out characters and an easy flowing plot.


    What other book might you compare Charming the Shrew to and why?

    None that comes to mind right now


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many but I think whenCatarin and Tayg first meet on the trail was pretty good, both were trying to hide something and neither was willing to give any information.


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

    When Tayg was beaten by Cats brothers and she and her new first friend help him to get away, her concern and care of Tayg showed how she truly felt for him despite how she acted outwardly.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book , it flows well and is very well narated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Delle Jacobs
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    Sent to execute the king’s cryptic command to destroy an evil sorcerer, capture his castle, and take his daughter to wife, Alain De Crency expects a hard siege. Instead, the castle is undefended, the daughter vanished, and the sorcerer dead, shrouded in a purple cloak. Alain lays claim to the cloak and searches for the missing daughter. But soon he faces a new dilemma: How can he marry the missing lady when a beautiful, evasive servant has captured his desire?

    Amazon Customer says: "Narrator ruins it for me!"
    "Good historical fiction"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fire Dance to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print edition


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Saxon Lord, he was just, chivalrous, understanding, and patient.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    Melisande


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1375)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1153)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Robert says: "My favorite book this year."
    "A bit of history with some fantasy added"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Once and Future King the most enjoyable?

    Having seen several movies about King Arthur this gave a much richer background in regard to the relation between King Arthur and Sir Lancelot. It also gave a sort of mythical insight into Arthurs reasoning for doing things and also as to why he was such a revered king.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Once and Future King?

    When the Wart pulls the sword from the anvil and stone and finds out that he is actually royalty and he is now ruler of England rather than an orphan of low birth.


    Which character – as performed by Neville Jason – was your favorite?

    I think that Merlin was my favorite character, he taught the king how to get along by having him experience the animal kingdom and showing him that war was usually not the best way to solve differences.


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

    It made me laugh at the end when Merlin took King Arthur to his home where he had a meeting with animals and he was shown by them that natural balance works so much better than warfare when it come to settling discord. He showed how each species fell under a certain type of government and why it worked for them and that the only form of government that would work best would be a union where all worked toward the same goals together.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt this book rather entertaining and easy to listen to, it gave some historical perspective to the reign of King Arthur but did it in a way that it wasn't just dry fact.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7450)
    Performance
    (6486)
    Story
    (6476)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Lifes paths can't be planned."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    The way the heroine rebels and changes depite her mother's trying to control everything in her daughters future.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It did because you knew that somewhere in time her past would catch up with her and she could keep running or fight back.


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

    Julia Whelan brought a personal feel to the central character that I wouldn't have experienced if I had read the book.


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

    This was a book that really kept my interest and I could have easily listened to it in one sitting if I had the time.


    Any additional comments?

    It was interesting how the mother was trying to make her daughter into a clone of herself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2077)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1216)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Time has changed drastically since its publishing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No I wouldn't, I have seen and heard true life stories that were much more shocking and scandalous than this.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was no surprise.


    Was Lolita worth the listening time?

    I didn't think so.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1041)

    New York Times best-selling novelist Nora Roberts captivates millions of fans with her provocative blend of scorching passion and chilling suspense. With Carnal Innocence, she creates a gripping tale of murder, infatuation, and true love in a small southern town. After beautiful concert violinist Caroline Waverly breaks up with her conductor and lover Luis, she escapes to her late grandmother’s home in Innocence, Mississippi.

    Karen says: "The wait has ended"
    "The ending was a shocker."
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    Where does Carnal Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Carnal Innocence ranks among the better books I've listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carnal Innocence?

    When the heroine had to shoot the fanatic bible thumping lunatic to keep him from stabbing her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book was so good I find it hard to pick one scene.


    If you could take any character from Carnal Innocence out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think it would be the heroine, the concert violinist, her character went through such a metamorphosis that she was a different person in almost every way.


    Any additional comments?

    The whole book has you looking for a killer and when you find out who it is it is totally unexpected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2730)
    Performance
    (2324)
    Story
    (2310)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "This one kept me in suspense"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book, it is well written and the characters work together well, the writer keeps you wondering why the family is in danger almost right up to the end.


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

    Scott Brick is a good narator and has the ability to bring the characters to life in your mind.


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

    When Mike had to leave Cat at the foster home so she would be safe while he tried to find and stop the people out to kill them.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't too sure about this book at the beginning because it didn't make much sense why things were happenning, but once it got going it was very compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5171)
    Performance
    (1400)
    Story
    (1404)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "A culture of dominated females"
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    What did you love best about A Thousand Splendid Suns?

    I liked how it took a culture from where women were beneath men to one where women were considered no more than animals with no rights and their master could end their life at will.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lyla she was thrust into being a second wife when her parents died and was determined to gain her freedom from an abusive husband.


    What about Atossa Leoni’s performance did you like?

    She read the parts in a very believable manner so it was easy to discern the characters feelings and fears.


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

    This book was good and I would have liked to listen to it in one sitting but there was too much detail and nuances to absorb, it would have lost something.


    Any additional comments?

    This book and the Kite Runner are two books that need to be read together in order to better grasp the changes in Afganistan after the Taliban seized control of the country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6704)
    Performance
    (2013)
    Story
    (2030)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "A very informative book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it tells a lot about the Middle East and how the Taliban changed things. It also showed how the caste system worked somewhat.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kite Runner?

    When Hassan was assaulted by the group of boys because he was considered lower than they were.


    Which character – as performed by Khaled Hosseini – was your favorite?

    The main character, himself, because it showed how he grew and changed in his actions from a scared little kid to a man that was willing to fight for what he felt was right.


    If you could take any character from The Kite Runner out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Baba, his father. He was wise and very honorable and took his responsibilities very seriously.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was recommended by a friend and I am glad I took her advice on the book. It showed the inequality of some cultures and also that there are good and bad people in all cultures. This is a book I could have read in one sitting with no difficulty because it was so interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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