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Polly Prim

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  • Untamed City: Carnival of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Melissa Marr
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Warriors Kaleb and Aya will stop at nothing to destroy their competition. But when Kaleb finds his fate entwined with that of Mallory, a 17-year-old human girl, he can’t seem to separate the vicious Carnival contest he’s entered from his sudden devotion to her. He and Aya may be prizefighters from the otherworldly Untamed City, but his strange, obsessive connection makes staying away from the witch-ruled human world, and Mallory, harder every day.

    melrailey says: "Good Story, GREAT Narrator"
    "James Marsters does it again!"
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    What did you love best about Carnival of Souls?

    The clash between two equally powerful, magical beings.


    What other book might you compare Carnival of Souls to and why?

    The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire #1). In both cases, the female and male protagonists come from different worlds and appear to be natural enemies.


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

    I've listened to all of the Dresden Files books as well as the Greyfriar. This performance is every bit as good as the Greyfriar. Marsters does an amazing job with the range of voices demanded by the Dresden Files, where he has to voice many different characters--many not human!--with lots of different accents. So far this series has employed fewer characters, but I have no doubt that Marsters will continue to excel at bringing them all to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Every time Mallory, the 17-year-old female protagonist, was in tears, I would find myself getting a little teary, too. I have no idea how he manages to do it, but he does.


    Any additional comments?

    Marsters' voice is rather deep, but he has a wide range, which helps him portray the female characters convincingly. This is a pet peeve of mine--I can't help but think of the guys in Monty Python when some male narrators read women's dialogue. But Marsters edges ever so slightly into the upper end of his range when he plays the women in the book. In doing so, he manages to avoid sounding like a strangled eunuch or Lady Bracknell in a drag production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

    Parusski says: "Perfect narrator for one of the best classics."
    "Dickens himself would be thrilled"
    Overall

    Dickens was well known in his day for giving lively, dramatic readings of his books--how he would have been delighted with Martin Jarvis's performance! Each of the colorful characters has an instantly identifiable voice, and all the nuances of class and region are beautifully done. Even the voices of the women are incredible--especially Dora's. As I listened, I could easily picture David's tiny, slight, blue-eyed "child wife." Bravo, Mr. Jarvis. I'll be looking for more of your performances!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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