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Hornsby, Australia | Member Since 2012

  • 8 reviews
  • 268 ratings
  • 469 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Shards of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    I>Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space. Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.

    Lifelong Reader says: "First story in the Miles Vorkosigan series"
    "Go Bujold!"

    I have this series in ebook, paper and audio. Wonderful and generally engrossing. Mr Gardner is his excellent best.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Gaelen Foley
    • Narrated By Emma Greene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Damien Knight, the earl of Winterley, is proud, aloof, and tormented by memories of war. Though living in seclusion, he is named guardian to a fellow officer's ward. Instead of the young homeless waif he was expecting, however, Miranda FitzHubert is a stunning, passionate beauty who invades his sanctuary and forces him back into society. Struggling to maintain honor and self-control, Damien now faces an even greater threat: desire.

    Karen says: "Ughhhh the worst reader!"
    "Very bad narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes the Narrator

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have had to stop listening. The narrator has a pleasant voice however dropping w for h and vice versa, other issues pertaining to the narrators regional accent causes some very jarring listening. As to grammar; I’m sorry I’m just very disappointed.

    In regards to the characters a male voice that is described as a baritone should not sound like an old maiden aunt with a hoarse throat. No, I’m very disappointed in this product and would suggest that this audio book be removed for quality reasons. Again the narrator’s voice is very nice however the narrator is not suitable for fictional audio books.

    Any additional comments?

    I'll be much more careful before purchasing an audio book. Instead of purchasing new releases I will wait until I can read reviews as to the narration.
    I would suggest Audible check the quality of the products they retail as per my pervious comment. This audio book should not have been released in its current state especially as the publisher is Audible, Inc.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Crystal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jayne Castle
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Adam Winters has enough responsibility as the new head of the local Ghost Hunter Guild without being saddled with the family curse. He’s convinced his recent nightmares and hallucinations will lead to him becoming a psychic rogue — unless he can find a stolen relic and a woman who can read dreamlight. andMarlowe Jones rides into his life on a motorcycle and with a dust bunny at her side. Though a descendant of the rival Arcane family, she’s just what Adam needs.

    Irisandu2 says: "Jayne 5, Tanya 4, Tanya's male voice 1"
    "Not sure how i feel about this book"

    I generally love Harmony books in this case however i ended up very confused as to who was speaking man, woman or rock all seemed to sound the same so conversations were very hard to understand.
    Also all the characters seem to be read in monotone as if the narrator had not read the book previously.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rebellious Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Of all the dukes in England, Jered Marcus Benton, the Duke of Bradford, was the wealthiest, most handsome — and most arrogant. And of all London’s ladies, he wanted the tender obedience of only one — Caroline Richmond. She was a ravishing beauty from Boston, with a mysterious past and a fiery spirit. Drawn to the powerful duke, undeterred by his presumptuous airs, Caroline was determined to win his lasting love.

    Teresa says: "Love Julie Garwood."
    "Good Story average narration"

    Love Garwood, have been a happy fan of her work for a number of years.
    Unfortunatly the whispered and odd emphasis on the sound 'hhhhhh' truely irritating.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Darkship Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sarah A. Hoyt
    • Narrated By Kymberly Dakin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Athena Hera Sinistra never wanted to go to space. Never wanted see the eerie glow of the Powerpods. Never wanted to visit Circum Terra. Never had any interest in finding out the truth about the DarkShips. You always get what you dont ask for. Which must have been why she woke up in the dark of shipnight, within the greater night of space in her father's space cruiser, knowing that there was a stranger in her room.

    Richard says: "Fun original sci-fi"
    "Horrible narration"

    I could not listen to this book, i managed to hang in there for 30mins but gave up due to the poor and almost inaudible narration. It's a shame because i've heard good things about this book. I can NOT recommend purchasing this audio book.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Looking Glass: Looking Glass Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser

    When asubatomic physics experiment causes a massive explosion, interdimensional gateways open in Florida - and aliens pour out. Some intend to bring Earth to its knees. Others seem willing to help, but will annihilate the planet if Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Robert Miller can't stop the menace from spreading.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Great space opera, but a warning ..."
    "Totally cool"

    This is just such a great adventure, with so much humor and I have to say nifty ideas. I loved how although religions were mentioned, with this story line being very scientific, it did not intrude in either a positive or a negative way. I loved how the main character was a scientist with a thought pattern that could have gotten him gelded and no idea how to fire a gun.
    I do have something to point out, I haven't really read huge amounts of SciFi recently however i have noticed that the Southern Hemisphere doesn't seem to exist on these worlds. Can perhaps new/old Authors take note?

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Wonderful, funny and something of a lesson"

    A fantastic listen, a truly wonderful story of how to live another life and realize that what Mother or Father want out of life isn't what you may want.

    The book also speaks to the acceptance of the character that she is 'not a good governess' and her realization that she might be good at other things instead comes with wonder. That through the life she has lived she accepts with regrets that she would never be kissed let alone have a home or a family of her own yet comes to see the possibilities available to her.

    In just one day, with just a few daring decisions Miss Pettigrew lives.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of Saganami

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower.

    Jean says: "The Shadow of Saganami"
    "lost the plot with tech details"

    I love the Honor books and also the 'We Few' series. My fav books of all time are 'Path of the Fury' and "The Apocalypse Troll".
    Sadly, though i did manage to finish it, I was lost and disappointing.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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