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Robyn

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  • Dragon Haven: Rain Wilds Chronicles, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (242)

    The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, Bingtown dandy Sedric.

    Joe says: "A very LITTLE better than the first book"
    "Ruined by horrible narration"
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    I like this book, although it has a bit of a "filler" element, being obviously the second in a series. However, Flosnik's overly mannered reading style makes it difficult to listen to. These books would be so much better with a narrator who wasn't so determined to make ridiculous vowel sounds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9220)
    Performance
    (6741)
    Story
    (6782)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Romantic fantasy, but a cliffhanger."
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    I found Harkness' prose style a bit stilted, but worth putting up with since the story, after a bit of a slow start, moves at a rapid and entertaining pace. If you like complete suspension of reality, this is a great, light listen.

    Harkness combines some original fantasy ideas with cliches from bodice-ripping thrillers into a fun tale. The only disappointment was the way the book ended on an obvious cliffhanger, so prepare yourself to have to wait for book 2 (and probably book 3).

    The narration was fine, but not stellar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (283)

    After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick.

    Deborah says: "Read Live Ships first!"
    "Needs a different narrator"
    Overall

    Goodness the narrator for this book is annoying, with her overly mannered pronunciations, especially saying "tham" for "them", except when she forgot that was how she had decided to say it. I am kind of hooked into listening to book 2 because of the content, but I wouldn't ever buy another book narrated by this person.

    I agree that it is a bit of an abrupt ending, clearly building up to book 2, but I think that's the publisher as much as Hobb herself.

    I would give the book 4 stars, but the narration really took some of the enjoyment out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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