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  • The Mark of the Golden Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The irrepressible Jacky Faber, condemned for life to the English penal colony in Australia for crimes against the Crown, has once again wriggled out of the grasp of British authorities. Back on her flagship, the Lorelei Lee, she eagerly heads back to England in the company of friends and her beloved Jaimy Fletcher.But when the voyage is waylaid by pirates, storms, and her own impetuous nature, Jacky is cast into a world of danger that extends from the South China Sea to the equally treacherous waters of London politics.

    Eileen says: "A Transitional Tale for Faber & Co."
    "Poor effort by LA Meyer"
    Would you try another book from L. A. Meyer and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    I waited for a long time for this book to be recorded. I am a big fan of the whole series, so I bought the book in print before listening to it. I was extremely disappointed by how thin and predictable the entire plotline and content were.

    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    Katherine Kellgren remains one of the best character readers of all time. It is a shame the book reduces her effectiveness as a narrator.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The Mark of the Dragon is full of smoke and has no real fire coming out of its nostrels.LA Meyer is stuck in the doldrums along with Jackies ships....floating around looking for some wind to fill out his enthusiam for the plotlines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "Kindle narrator just as difficult to understand."

    I got the kindle version yesterday and have been reading and listening to the novel... listening while driving. The kindle has computer generated voices and they are rather disturbing. I thought I'd look to see if the Audible version was available for my Ipod... sampling the new narrator, I think that I will stick to the Kindle. Maybe Harry's voice changed during the 6 months he was between worlds. I have been re-listening to all of the novels to get geared up for the new release and not having James Marsters continue with the saga is very disappointing. Bring him back... make your listeners happy. I have not seen one good review out of the hundreds listed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "A wasted purchase"

    I have listened to all four books in a very short period of 5 weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Roy Dotrice's reading of the first 3 books. He kept me interested in the confusing ramblings of the author. I was extremely disappointed with John Lee's rendition of the 4th novel. His voice conveyed none of the imagery of the previous 3 and I was bored after a few chapters.
    The biggest complaint that I have with the series, however, is the author's verbal diarrhea describing insignificant and irrelevant characters and their family and personal histories. After 90 hours and 4 books the verbiage becomes overwhelmingly tedious and a major distraction to anyone listening. I became lost with who was doing this and that and who was related to what other character who no relevance in the plot.
    My biggest disappointment is the lack of any movement in the overall storyline. There is a rush to make some progress somewhere in the middle of "A Feast for Crows", yet the plot lags with the continued introduction of more and more characters and finally the book ends with author's excuses and promises of more to come. This promise was made in late 2006. Now I see on Wikipedi there might be another book published next year with two more volumes to come on the market in the next decade.... What a disappointment. These four tomes should have been edited down to two or three at the most.
    Don't bother listening to any of this series unless you want to be left hanging like I am for a conclusion coming in 2020. I like my novels to have a beginning and an end. Spending as much as I have on this series leaves me wondering why I bothered.
    These "Ice and Fire" books are meant to leave you hanging and waiting for more....but to wait another 10 years for an ending...We should all live that long.... SAVE YOUR CREDITS OR YOUR CASH.... THE "BLOODY JACK" CHILDREN BOOKS ARE MUCH MUCH MORE FUN AND COST A HECK OF A LOT LESS.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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