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N. Possas

Peeved in Phoenix

Phoenx, AZ | Member Since 2004

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  • 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
    Overall
    (4261)
    Performance
    (2469)
    Story
    (2494)

    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"
    "Just can't stop!"
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    First of all, I am shocked that many of the other reviewers didn't like John Lee's narration. It is extraordinary! I found Roy Dotrice's various "pirate" voices or drunken Irish voices tiresome and invasive. John Lee is awesome!

    As with the other books in this series, the story meanders through the lives of the characters, not really landing anywhere but enjoyable none the less. Because I started listening to the series after most of it was complete, this is a big commitment. Stopping really isn't an option. So I expect I will finish this wonderful story, and the next and then I'll need to wait a while for the last two books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated By Judith Light, Grace Gummer, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (312)

    Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father's "museum", alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a 100-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.

    L. Calder says: "Captivating historical fiction+Hoffman interview!"
    "Judith Light ruins this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'm about a third of the way through the book but Judith Light's narration is so irritating that I don't think I'll be able to listen to the rest of it. She reads this book like she's reading a fairy tale to a kindergartener. Just awful.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping that I would be able to buy this book on my Kindle and read the parts that Judith Light narrates but it's not offered. What a disappointment!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2493)
    Performance
    (2202)
    Story
    (2194)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Beautiful story-narration mediocre"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not sure that I would recommend this book in audiobook format. Each of the collection of stories is narrated by a different narrator. Mr. Hosseini and Ms. Aghdashloo were easy to listen to and although they both have an accent, their telling of the story was not intrusive to the story. This was not the case with Mr. Negahban. Heavy accent combined with odd cadence and inflection made for difficult listening. I bought the book in Kindle format so I could read his parts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were memorable; tragic and sympathetic at once.


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

    No. There was too much to absorb.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Hosseini's command of the English language is impressive. He is a true wordsmith, much of which is lost in this format. I'm glad I listened to this book, but now I will read it in Kindle format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall On Your Knees

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann-Marie MacDonald
    • Narrated By Nikki James
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives, even destroy them.

    Cynthia Maloney says: "One of the best stories I've come across"
    "A dark, dismal tale"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The subject matter of this book ranges between disturbing (on the bright side) and revolting (on the dark side). I gave the book two stars because given the subject matter, it is written and narrated well. I found the characters somewhat flat and, looking back on the reading/listening experience, can't really decide if I related to any of them. I also took exception with the somewhat bland way some of the more violent issues were addressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1609)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1070)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Delightful! Much better than expected"
    Overall
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    First of all, I'm not the 'Nancy Drew', girl heroine, type of reader. But the writing was excellent, the narration spot on; so much so that I gave in! This precocious young lady was as viable a heroine as any grown man. She was tenacious, smart and funny and her travails were delightful. It is nice to listen to a book that is light hearted and well written. Tough combo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3294)
    Performance
    (1632)
    Story
    (1631)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Good story but VERY looonnnggg"
    Overall

    Whew, even if you can forgive the occasional nauseating philosophizing, I would have been much happier if this story was 25% shorter. Not short mind you, Mr. Roberts has a lot to say and spins a great yarn but wow, it sure did go on forever.

    On the good side, the characters were fabulous, the adventures both exciting and interesting and the narrator rocked! But really, was it necessary for all the women to be "lovely" with amazing bodies and gorgeous eyes, breasts, etc? Kind of a cheap trick for such a heady book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18753)
    Performance
    (14544)
    Story
    (14484)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Self absorbed waste of time"
    Overall

    I really wanted to love this book; I like Tina Fey (and still do) but this was a lot of nothing about nothing. Ms. Fey is an adequate narrator so I had no issues there, but her life is rather unremarkable and I found myself wondering why she decided to write about it. Well, I got about halfway through, abandoned the effort and went on to something better. Not awful just not really good either.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1953)
    Performance
    (1313)
    Story
    (1324)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Lots of fun!"
    Overall

    Great mystery with wonderful characters. Moves along quickly with a great ending.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2888)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (798)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "A fairy tale about a strange and wonderful kid"
    Overall

    A pleasure from the beginning. Not being a "dog person", I was scepticle about how I would feel about spending 15 or so hours with a boy and his dog. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this story is about humankind, friendship and trust. The narrator was one of the best I've heard.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1699)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (920)

    Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.

    Nancy says: "Great Listen"
    "A delightful trip to Botswana"
    Overall

    This was a my first experience with the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and what a delightful experience it was! Well written and expertly narrated. One of the best I've listened to and I will certainly take another trip to Botswana with them again. Just delightful!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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