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  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (832)
    Story
    (846)

    Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles."
    "Another winner from Bujold"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a story of Miles's cousin Ivan Vorpatril and takes place before "Cryoburn." For fans of the Barrayar saga, this lets us spend time with Ivan and many of the other Barrayar characters. Miles has a minor supporting role; the story revolves around Ivan, Lady Alice Vorpatril, Simon Illyan, Byerly Vorrutyer and some very entertaining people who become Ivan's relatives. Not quite as laugh out loud as "A Civil Campaign" but it's really fun to see what new troubles will plague Ivan. I also enjoyed learning more about what makes Ivan tick and listening to how the characters evolve.

    As with all Bujold books it can be read as a standalone but is much richer if one is familiar with the Barrayar saga.

    Grover Gardner and Blackstone Audio have done all the Bujold audiobooks. Gardner is an outstanding narrator, his characterizations are spot on and he brings out the nuances of the plot.

    Highly recommended.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Clear Water

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Robert Nieman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    Meet Patrick Cleary: party boy, loser, and spaz. Patrick’s been trying desperately to transform himself, and the results have been so spectacular, they’ve almost killed him. Meet Wes “Whiskey” Keenan: he’s a field biologist wondering if it’s time to settle down. When the worst day of Patrick’s life ends with Whiskey saving it, Patrick and Whiskey find themselves sharing company and an impossibly small berth on the world’s tackiest houseboat. Patrick needs to get his life together and Whiskey wants to help.

    Randal says: "Wonderful listen"
    "Great story OK narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Clear Water to be better than the print version?

    Unfortunately print version is better. Narrator does not read individual characters with any consistently discernable difference.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Patrick, his character grows during the course of the book.


    What three words best describe Robert Nieman’s voice?

    Not a lot of inflection, every character sounds the same, uninspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to Sean Crisden read Amy Lane's Keeping Promise Rock for the full impact of Lane's writing read by an outstanding narrator. Clear Water is one of my favorite Ann Lane books and it is disappointing to not hear it read by a better narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Strawberries for Dessert

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Sexton
    • Narrated By Mack L. Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (91)

    When Jonathan Kechter agrees to a blind date with Cole Fenton, he expects nothing more than dinner and a onenight stand... but he gets more than he bargained for in Cole. Cole is arrogant, flamboyant, and definitely not Jon’s type. Still, when Cole suggests an arrangement of getting together for casual sex whenever they're both in town, Jon readily agrees.Their arrangement may be casual, but Jonathan soon learns that when it comes to Cole Fenton, nothing is easy.

    Ezinwanyi says: "Loved Cole & Jon"
    "Pass on this one"
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    What would have made Strawberries for Dessert better?

    Bad narration, I know every reader has a bad day but that is what post production is for. In this book it didn't happen. There are numerous voice errors and even a short section of the book is repeated.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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