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Patrick

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  • Thirteenth Child

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (716)
    Story
    (720)

    Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    Erin - Audible says: "History, Magic, Teens, & Not An Inkling of Romance"
    "Really weak story and writing"
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    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The characters were flat and this felt more like a first draft outline than a finalized story. About 10 more drafts would have made this a good story. Really very little happened to the characters that made me root for them.


    Has Thirteenth Child turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope... but I won't be listening to anything by this author.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was ok, but not one of the better speakers. Her attempt at character voices were half-hearted at best.


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

    The concept of a 13th born child witch was a great idea and could have really been a great story. It was the reason I bought the book


    Any additional comments?

    I really tried with this story. I plowed through it thinking that the story telling had to get better. the trails of a child must get deeper as she grew up... but by the end of the book I felt like I was cheated out of 10 hours of my life.

    So many missed story opportunities were glossed over and the major trials that would shape a young girl were, again, glossed over. The writing and story telling were the weakest I have heard. Something you would expect from freshman English... not something that Audible would have in their collection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3273)
    Performance
    (2566)
    Story
    (2570)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Audio Editing messed up"
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    Any additional comments?

    I think the audio editing is messed up. The book jumped around so damn much I had no idea what story I was listening to at the moment. If it was written this way, I think the editor in charge should have been shot and quartered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4698)
    Performance
    (4229)
    Story
    (4314)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Very Nice story telling, but some audio issues."
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    If you could sum up The Fellowship of the Ring in three words, what would they be?

    Light, Dark, Friendship


    Any additional comments?

    When the hobbits enter the town of Bree (the Prancing Pony) the audio track is HORRIBLE. It sounds like a woman is carrying on a conversation in the next room while the the story is being read. It's faint, but can be heard with headphones and is quite distracting. This background conversation ends when the hobbits leave Bree.The rest of the reading does not have any background noise problems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Company

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    Nestled among Seattle's skyscrapers, The Zephyr Holdings Building is a bleak rectangle topped by an orange-and-black logo that gives no hint of Zephyr's business. Lack of clarity, it turns out, is Zephyr's defining characteristic. The floors are numbered in reverse. No one has ever seen the CEO or glimpsed his office on the first (i.e., top) floor. Yet every day people clip on their ID tags, file into the building, sit at their desks, and hope that they're not about to be outsourced.

    Jacob says: "A Wonderful Experience"
    "Nice Story, but Horrible, Rushed Ending"
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    What would have made Company better?

    This really was a nice story and was quite entertaining, however the ending to the book felt rushed compared to the rest of the story. It felt like the ending was wrote by a totally different author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11320)
    Performance
    (8193)
    Story
    (8198)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Wonderful story, wonderful read"
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    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    Yes! It was very entertaining, well written, and has a five star reader acting out the story!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Storm Front?

    There was this time when this guy did a thing and the other guy did some neat magic. That was totally cool!!! ... Seriously, it's a great book, but I'm not going to give any spoilers away! Get it, you will not be disappointed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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