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Roger

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  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 1: Beguilement

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (338)

    Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family's farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, who are wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions except the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices".

    Eric C. Zawadzki says: "Not really my thing"
    "True love and a wry look at life"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Lois McMaster Bujold has characters you can respect and grow to love.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sharing Knife, Volume 1?

    The loving couple was on the fifth day of their 2-day trip. That thought is quietly inserted into the descriptions.


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

    The reader catches the voices of the aunt's patient comforting and of the youngest brother's careless teasing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (885)
    Story
    (897)

    Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles."
    ""Ivan You Idiot" to more competent "Ivan Xav""
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Captain Vorpatril's Alliance the most enjoyable?

    Lois McMaster Bujold puts words together with a true eye to human nabure and a wry humor. Grover Gardner enacts the scenes keeping those features.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hallowed Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (266)

    The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. The road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.

    Rose says: "Magic and Kingship in the Land of the Five Gods"
    "Reader is too Sing-Song"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the reader distracts from the story. The subtle humor of this author is lost when the reader so carefully rounds out every sound. A succession of things are read in a sing-song voice. The meaning is lost. The reader also mispronounces a few words and hasn't bothered to find out what they mean. Leaded windows do not have "leeds" - those should be pronounced "leds."


    What other book might you compare The Hallowed Hunt to and why?

    This is the third in a trilogy in a world with 5 gods, and all of them examine theology in some way while telling an exciting tale.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too many sentences sounded just alike. More acting was needed.


    Was The Hallowed Hunt worth the listening time?

    Maybe. But I think I will get this title in another format to read again so I find out what I missed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4342)
    Performance
    (3832)
    Story
    (3833)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The main character is a smart aleck. I probably wouldn’t really want to know him, but I love his quick thinking in the novel. The plot twists and turns, and the disbarred lawyer turned into a prospector keeps up. And, of course, the fuzzies are adorable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fuzzy Nation?

    Crashed into the jungle, with his perimeter fence power drained and his ammunition missing, Jack Holloway desperately works with what he's got to put up a defense against the planet's native carnivores.


    What about Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    The plot is fast-paced, and the narration matched that.


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

    Jack cried after he discovered the murders -- but not until he did as much as he could to ensure there would be retribution.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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