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Nancy

Escondido, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2885)
    Performance
    (2575)
    Story
    (2561)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Historical Fiction/Murder Mystery"
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    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    Absorbing Intriguing Detailed


    What other book might you compare Speaks the Nightbird to and why?

    Someone else compared this to Outlander, which is why I chose it in the first place. This is well done but lacks the humor and depth of character of that book/series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked learning things about the era that I was previously unaware of - just how every day life was lived plus the historical context of things I thought had occured much later in time.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that authors did not feel the need to reach for ever more shocking murders/violence/torture. One could easily skip those scenes and enjoy the book as much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1122)

    Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

    The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

    Kathy says: "Addicting"
    "More great historical fiction."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommened this book to only a select few. The awfulness is hard to take.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical context.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    If you could take any character from The Queen of Bedlam out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Matthew Corbit of course. He has the most interesting backgroundd and demeanor.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a lot of anachronisms that are distracting to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5553)
    Performance
    (2866)
    Story
    (2925)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Odd fun"
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    Would you try another book from Neal Stephenson and/or Jonathan Davis?

    Yes - I liked the pacing and characters


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The story is interesting because of its futuristic setting and the way it moves in and out of reality and the game (metaverse).


    Any additional comments?

    Before I bought this book I read a review that said that people will either love or hate this book. Not quite true for me, but I can see how some would find it confusing or not be able to relate to the on-line life.

    This falls in with Reamde and Ready Player One - those are superior books, but I enjoyed this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marching Season

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Nancy says: "An OK novel"
    "An OK novel"
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    What did you like best about The Marching Season? What did you like least?

    Daniel Silva was recommended to me by a friend. I am hoping that the later books are better. This one just never grabbed me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Silva again?

    Sure.


    Have you listened to any of Campbell Scott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and this one was just as good.


    Was The Marching Season worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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