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Rachel

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia | Member Since 2011

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  • Pride and Prejudice (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Kate Burton, Miriam Margolyes, Kevin Theis, and others
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Jane Austen's classic romantic comedy is the sparkling tale of the Bennets, a family blessed with five daughters and a mother desperate to marry them off. The tempestuous pairing of the witty, independent Elizabeth and her arrogant but honorable suitor Mr. Darcy sets the standard for all great couples of stage and screen. Although many have tried, few literary romances have matched the wit and gentile satire of Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

    Joseph R says: "A Cliff's Notes P & P"
    "I like this better than Kiera Knightly's film"
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    Would you listen to Pride and Prejudice (Dramatized) again? Why?

    Yes, I've listened to it many times


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pride and Prejudice (Dramatized)?

    The moment when Mr. Darcy first danced with Elizabeth


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Mrs. Bennet. Funny!


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

    Ah, when Elizabeth realizes she loves Darcy


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to listen to other dramatized version of Jane Austen's books.

    Also, sorry Kiera Knightly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Gladys Mitchell
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    When Rupert Sethleigh’s body is found one morning, laid out in the village butcher’s shop and minus its head, the inhabitants of Wandles Parva aren’t particularly upset. Sethleigh was a blackmailing money lender and when Mrs Bradley begins her investigation she finds no shortage of suspects. It soon transpires that most of the village seem to have been wandering about Manor Woods, home of the mysterious druidic stone on which Sethleigh’s blood is found splashed, on the night he was murdered.

    Luci Zahray says: "classic golden age mystery"
    "Mrs. Bradley is Scary and Awesome"
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    Would you listen to The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop again? Why?

    An elderly scary female detective as oppose to one who might be side tracked by a bit o' muslin' on the side? Count me in! Sorry Nancy Drew, I stopped reading about you once it started to center round her relationships. I read Mysteries for MYSTERIES.

    Also, Mrs. Bradley is scarily awesome, or was it awesomely scary?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mrs. Bradley! The others are mere side dishes. Also, I may like the forgetful and sporting pastor.


    What about Patience Tomlinson’s performance did you like?

    I bought this book because it was Patience Tomlinson.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Beware of old ladies with teeth.


    Any additional comments?

    I like mysteries well enough, but I think I'd only purchase more if they are on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
    (1239)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1100)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Susan says: "So much fun!"
    "I LOVE IT! *HEARTS*"
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    Would you listen to The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance again? Why?

    I've listened to it more than 5 times now.

    It was funny without being overdone, and oh the misunderstandings and the minor intrigue and Lady Whatshername being all snobbish and "After serious consideration, I have resolved to ignore my nephew's misconduct' indeed!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance?

    Act 1! The whole of Act 1!


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

    Ah no, there are MORE? I MUST HAVE IT!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yeah, only 2 hours, I have listened to it sitting, standing and driving.


    Any additional comments?

    IF THERE ARE MORE I WANT THEM!! GIMME!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3831)
    Performance
    (3462)
    Story
    (3480)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "Zombies & Werewolves & Gov Agents, oh my!"
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    Where does Monster Hunter Alpha rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TOP NOTCH! For casual no heavy thinking full of explosions listen. It was better than watching Mission Impossible. There are werewolves and concerned citizens turned werewolf hunters! Full of Awesome!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter Alpha?

    Ah, the part when Earl realizes he may have found True Love!


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    I love everyone of them! Earl especially, though a special mention of the Lady in Charge of the School Gym is very satisfactory as well. Part of the reason why I read MHI was Wyman's voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listened to it in one sitting.Until 4 am...


    Any additional comments?

    I had a headache, but it was well worth it. A few days later I listened to it again, at a more reasonable pace. Starting from book 1. Yeah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Loneliness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Radclyffe Hall
    • Narrated By Cecilia Fage
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Stephen Gordon (named by a father desperate for a son) is not like other girls: she hunts, she fences, she reads books, wears trousers, and longs to cut her hair. As she grows up amidst the stifling grandeur of Morton Hall, the locals begin to draw away from her, aware of some indefinable thing that sets her apart. And when Stephen Gordon reaches maturity, she falls passionately in love - with another woman.

    Erick says: "Loved it!"
    "Educational, but I just can't relate"
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    What did you like best about The Well of Loneliness? What did you like least?

    The descriptions were vivid and emotions are strong in the characters. They were flawed and well written.

    However, I simply could not relate to Stephen. I was born sickly and developed determination as part of a coping mechanism and detest people who are physically strong but appeared weak willed.

    So the part I like least is Stephen, but everything else was great. Which, seeing as s/he is the main character, made my position a little odd.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    If there's a sequel I don't want to know about it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Descriptions. The author's voice was a little too fast, but it was manageable with the audible software.


    Did The Well of Loneliness inspire you to do anything?

    Uh, no. It actually depresses me. Success and money does not make a person happy.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't have anything against Stephen in terms of sexual preferences or social standing. I just wish she would grow some self esteem. Self-sacrificial tendencies are so not attractive.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4531)
    Performance
    (4011)
    Story
    (4026)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "My first novel with vampires in it!!"
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    If you could sum up Monster Hunter Vendetta in three words, what would they be?

    Uber Awesome Explosions!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Owen Z Pitt, cause while he's a kickass monster hunter, he's still has that accounting skills he could fall back to later in life. I like practical people like that. I love how practical he is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Undoubtedly the time travel scene.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    LAughS! I really did not expect that. I bought the book because it was on sale. Never regret a moment!


    Any additional comments?

    As a rule, I don't read books with vampires in them until I had read Dracula (which I haven't yet) out of some book snob reason. I figure if the vampires are being shot/hacked to pieces, it didn't count. Yeah.

    Also, I like how the characters approached problems with extreme prejudice and prefer to pile odds onto their favour rather than leaving things to chance and waiting for a 'Saviour' to save them. Caugh*HarryPotter*Caugh

    If Z had been a character in the Potter world, well he would have given D the finger and bye, bye V-mot

    Extreme Prejudice is sometimes a good thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2639)
    Performance
    (1769)
    Story
    (1786)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "Fantastic Listening"
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    Where does The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite high.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Some of them, but not all. I was quite familiar with sleuthing books from Hardy Boys and the 3 Investigators. At the very least, I was able to guess who the villian was 50% of the time before Sherlock Holmes revealed it.

    I'm quite happy to be more intelligent than Lestrade and Co.


    What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sherlock Holmes' voice! I love his dry tones. The female voices were a bit odd though.


    If you could rename The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1, what would you call it?

    Ah, I think that title is acceptable and I have no complaints.


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely look forward to Volume 2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Leona Hewitt, disguised in men's clothes, has made her way into Lord Delbridge's private museum to find a relic stolen from her family. But someone else is on the same errand: Thaddeus Ware, a mesmerist, but Leona shows no trace of hysteria in his presence. A gifted crystal worker, she exerts a rather hypnotic power over him. And she is determined to keep the crystal they recovered.

    Susanne says: "Theft, Murder and the Paranormal"
    "Love Tomlinson's way of reading Amanda Quick!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Third Circle to be better than the print version?

    Yes, if it's read by Patience Tomlinson. I've tried other readers, but none seemed better than her voice. Her vocal variety is incredible.


    What other book might you compare The Third Circle to and why?

    I've heard the Perfect Poison, also read by Tomlinson. Love how she did Caleb's manly voice and Lucinda's arched, almost maidenly voice. Very in character methinks.


    What does Patience Tomlinson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Patience Tomlinson gave the characters more colour, I suppose. I've always have a very active imagination, but it was quite relaxing to give that a rest and listen instead.


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

    No romance novel really 'move' me nowadays, I'm sorry to say. Possibly the product of reading too many of them in my teen years.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I'm afraid I would never purchase an Amanda Quick audio book unless it's by Patience Tomlinson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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