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R. Jones

R.Jones

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  • At Home in Mitford: The Mitford Years, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (319)

    It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable. Yet Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's 60 years old.

    Shirley says: "You wish you lived there and knew these people"
    "Rambling, Heartwarming, Joyful and Fun"
    Overall

    Move over, Eudora Welty. I love the slow pace and the gentle narrative. It's a great change of pace from my usual fare of fantasy and science fiction. It's warm and funny and eminently enjoyable. I actually appreciate the reader's pauses and find it adds to the experience. One caveat, these novels are not-at-all-disguised proselytizations for the Christian faith, complete with altar calls, so if you're not into that sort of thing you may want to shy off. I just accept those evangelical sales pitches as part of the story (being so in character for Father Tim) that I don't let it bother me. I still enjoy the story so much that I couldn't wait to get subsequent books.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (349)

    The first book in C.J.Cherryh's eponymous series, Foreigner begins an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey, following a civilization from the age of steam through early space flight to confrontations with other alien species in distant sectors of space. It is the masterwork of a truly remarkable author.

    Tango says: "A Sci-Fi Neville Chamberlain"
    "A world I never want to leave"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For the last several weeks I have been absorbed in the audiobook world of Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh. I am now on book 13 of 15. This series is so very compelling. It's mostly concerned with the activities of a human envoy to an alien species, and a lengthy expose of detailed diplomatic negotiations with forays into action and warfare. It is surprisingly interesting, to the point that I must listen at all times and not give attention to anything else. I worry about what I will do when the last book is done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5448)
    Performance
    (4630)
    Story
    (4628)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "John Glover has done a GREAT job"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm here to contradict the negative reviews about the change of narrator. I really liked James Marsters, but truthfully, John Glover is equally good. His delivery is good, his pace is good, his intonations and pronunciations are excellent. Sure, we all got to know Harry Dresden in another voice, but this is GOOD. It's better than good--it's outstanding.
    Don't be put off this story by the naysayers--John Glover has done a fine job and his performance is worth your listening dollars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Count Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (393)

    A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D-and the biochip he's perfected-out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties-some of whom aren't remotely human.

    Michael says: "Where've you been all my life?"
    "Unrelenting boredom"
    Overall

    After enduring 90 minutes of excruciation I had to give up. Never have I encountered a less interested reader.
    He speaks in a droning singsong voice with virtually no tonal inflection. At 90 minutes the book still made no sense, the plot and characters were unclear, so I called it a day.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Others

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (123)

    Father Tim and Cynthia arrive in the west of Ireland, intent on researching his Kavanagh ancestry from the comfort of a charming fishing lodge. The charm, however, is broken entirely when Cynthia startles a burglar and sprains her already injured ankle. Then a cherished and valuable painting is stolen from the lodge owners, and Cynthia's pain pales in comparison to the wound at the center of this bitterly estranged Irish family.

    R. Jones says: "Good as ever, but...."
    "Good as ever, but...."
    Overall

    I was disappointed at the change in reader. I have come to love the voice characterizations and rhythms of John McDonough. If I had not already listened to the entire rest of the series, I would not have cared; but the change was a little off-putting for me. Otherwise, a typically enjoyable Father Tim book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (2040)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1175)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "Loved the miniseries, BUT"
    Overall

    For some reason I found the audiobook too tedious to listen to. Maybe because I knew what would happen and didn't want to go through it all again. Somehow, the book has not aged very well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3772)
    Performance
    (2091)
    Story
    (2143)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Truly wonderful"
    Overall

    I've previously only experienced this tale in movies, and had never read the book. How entranced and involved I became in this story, which is (no secret) far more compelling in its entirety. Of course no mere movie could capture the width and breadth of the brilliance of Edmund Dantes. It is very long, but never dull; and John Lee has done a superlative narration. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 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
    (11093)
    Performance
    (7980)
    Story
    (7982)

    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"
    "Love the book and the narrator"
    Overall

    Can't wait to get more Harry Dresden. James Marsters' narration is very good. Another reviewer did not like his breathy sighs, but I found them to be completely in character for Harry and not at all distracting.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1245)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (712)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "Boring, boring, boring"
    Overall

    I really liked Prince Roger and hoped this would be more in a similar vein, but no luck. I couldn't tolerate listening to the endless religious twaddle and frankly the middle ages just aren't that appealing. If you want that, you should listen to Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I didn't listen to more than a couple of hours of this before I'd had enough. Also, the narrator has a sing-song voice that fails to emote any drama or inflection, and there are no voice characterizations just a straight reading of the text.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Before Lunch

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Angela Thirkell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Published in 1939, Before Lunch is a portrait of the charming English community of "Barsetshire." When the erection of a tea shop and garage threatens to spoil the bovine pastures of Pooker's Piece, Lady Bond and Lord Pomfret unite with the Middletons and the Stoners to stop it. In the meantime, the young and the not-so-young all fall in love - though not always with the right person - and sort out their affairs in a hilarious welter of cross-purposes.

    Joseph R says: "How Does a Body Get Into These Kinds of Scrapes?"
    "NOT comparable to Trollope despite book info"
    Overall

    Pointless, meandering, banal. No character development and not very interesting. Read very well, but that wasn't enough to make me finish listening to this snooze fest. I rarely discard a book unfinished, but this is one of them.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • We Few: Prince Roger Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1021)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (531)

    Prince Roger is coming home, but home isn't what it was when he left. Traitors have murdered his brother and sister, his nieces and nephews. His mother, the empress, is still alive but in the hands of Roger's own biological father, who controls her through drugs and physical and psychological torture. A new heir to the throne has been conceived, and once the child is born his mother will no longer be necessary to the traitors' plans.

    Douglas says: "Great Ending To A Great Series"
    "Not as advertised... Where is Stefan Rudnicki?"
    Overall

    I was disappointed and jarred by finding that the download was not narrated by Stefan Rudnicki as advertised, but some unknown female voice totally unexpected and not at all welcome. Hated the voice, and would not have listened to it if I was not so involved in the story. Hate it!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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