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S. Waite

Retama Thorn

Penitas, TX USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Star Wars: Red Harvest

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joe Schreiber
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (210)

    The era of the Old Republic is a dark and dangerous time, as Jedi Knights valiantly battle the Sith Lords and their ruthless armies. But the Sith have disturbing plans - and none more so than the fulfillment of Darth Scabrous’s fanatical dream, which is about to become nightmarish reality. Unlike those other Jedi sidelined to the Agricultural Corps - young Jedi whose abilities have not proved up to snuff - Hestizo Trace possesses one extraordinary Force talent: a gift with plants....

    Thomas says: "Below Average for a Star Wars book"
    "One of the worst Star Wars stories..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is nothing but garbage, no real plot, but just an attempt at being horribly gross...not worth even $1.00.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter, Book 2: Slave Ship

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By K.W. Jeter
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    He's both feared and admired, respected and despised. Boba Fett is the galaxy's most successful bounty hunter. Now he finds himself the hunted in the oldest game of all: survival of the fittest. Hoping to fuel rumors of his death, Boba Fett abandons his ship, Slave I, and sets out to claim a prize. Yet his every move leads him closer to a trap set by the cunning Prince Xizor.

    S. Waite says: "Great Plot Line, fits great with the Series"
    "Great Plot Line, fits great with the Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars to be better than the print version?

    Too short when abridged?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Boba Fett gets away with everything, and makes everyone else he deals with mad...and funny, too.


    What about Anthony Heald’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance, well paced, voice variation good.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    KW Jeter can put humor into these stories, and make you laugh in the middle of all the terrifying adventures... good writer and storyteller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Cub

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Michael Drew
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (189)

    The excesses of the young Marquis of Vidal are even wilder than his father's before him. Not for nothing is the reckless duellist and gamester called "the Devil's Cub". But when he is forced to leave the country, Mary Challoner discovers his fiendish plan to abduct her sister. Any only by daring to impersonate her can Mary save her sibling from certain ruin.

    Janet says: "Lovely book but narrator missed the mark"
    "Romantic fun"
    Overall

    An unrepentant rake meets the moralistic miss, and sparks fly across England and France. Seeking to save her sister a disgrace, our heroine sacrifices herself and her reputation, and finds herself at the mercy of a callous libertine. After abducting her to France, then...well, it is a lovely and fun romance, and the narrator is EXCELLENT!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    John Carter returns to the red planet 10 years after his Martian death in search of his wife, Princess Dejah Thoris. His adventures reveal the truth about the Gods of Mars...This is the second in Burroughs' 11-volume Mars series, a blend of sci-fi and romantic adventure.

    Christopher Tower says: "Awful narrator"
    "One of Burroughs best"
    Overall

    Burroughs writes one of his best 'sci fi' works in the Martian series in this follow-up to Princess of Mars, etc. At his most inventive and imaginative, full of surprises and action, it is great to read or listen to. I don't think John Bohlen is the best reader, but is adequate. His female voices are hard to understand. Otherwise, this would be 5 star! It's too bad someone doesn't make this series into movies!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alienist

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    A new breed of evil has come to old New York. The horribly mutilated body of a young male prostitute turns up in the East River in 1896. Reporter John Moore and his mentor Laszlo Kreizler decide to investigate.

    S. Waite says: "Scary...."
    "Scary...."
    Overall

    Fairly raw murder descriptions, but accurate historical detail, thanks to Mr. Carr's historical background. Plot gets you engaged, and you like the main character despite his faults. Good mystery!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mansfield Park

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    One of Jane Austen's most complex and mature works, Mansfield Park shows the writer at the top of her form, tackling the manners and customs of early 19th-century society with wit and irony that still resonate with readers two centuries after the book's initial publication. Flo Gibson's compelling narration gives perfect voice to the trials and tribulations of Fanny Price, sent at a young age to live with her rich relations.

    Michael says: "Wonderful story !"
    "Austen is usually a good read..."
    Overall

    Perhaps I would enjoy this plot more if the reader had more lively delivery. A generally sad story, of course, in which foolishness is justified by 'social restraint'. A wonder the English ever got together! Still worth reading for the social context.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven in the Foregate: The Twelfth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Vanessa Benjamin
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Christmas, 1141 A.D. Abbot Radulfus returns from London, bringing with him a priest for the vacant living of Holy Cross (known as the Foregate), a man of presence, scholarship and discipline, but neither humility nor the common touch. When he is found drowned in the mill-pond, suspicion is cast in many directions, not least toward a young man who came in the priest's train, sent to work in Brother Cadfael's garden. For he has little obvious priestly calling. Indeed, he soon attracts the friendship of a girl both beautiful and formidable. To Brother Cadfael, once wordly, now dedicated, if gently cynical, is left the familiar task of sorting the complicated strands which define guilt and innocence.

    S. Waite says: "Brother Cadfael saves again..."
    "Brother Cadfael saves again..."
    Overall

    Ellis Peters(she, by the way) puts us square into the 11th century with Brother Cadfael in his Shrewsbury Monastery. Good plot, but I find Vanessa a little hard to understand at times. Fair paced reading, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (175)

    The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa (the name has since become a by-word for a cataclysmic disaster) was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly 40,000 people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event which has only very recently become properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round the world for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid.

    rwise says: "Great subject, great writing, great voice"
    "Interesting topic, terrible reading.."
    Overall

    Why does someone who reads think that a scientific topic deserves a monotonous tone of voice? I simply could not listen long to this narrative without shutting my CD off. Too bad....

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: Windows on a Lost World

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By V.E. Mitchell
    • Narrated By Walter Koenig
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    An ancient alien artifact could cost Captain Kirk and his crew their minds and their lives...and Spock must solve ages-old mysteries before his captain and crewmates are lost forever! Featuring a dramatic reading by Walter Koenig and enhanced with sound effects and an original score.

    Roger says: "More like "Windows on a lost Idea""
    "Captain Kirk as a 'Crab'??"
    Overall

    Really, what a silly plot! I can think of a lot better adventures for our heroic captain that this exchange of bodies.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Patient's Eyes: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Pirie
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    As a young medical student at Edinburgh, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took classes with the remarkable Dr. Joseph Bell in forensic medicine. Dr. Bell exhibited many of the characteristics that Doyle would later synthesize into the personage of Sherlock Holmes: complete faith in human reason, meticulous powers of observation, and encyclopedic knowledge of the activities and methods of the criminal classes.

    Rod says: "A unique twist with a familiar flavor"
    "add to previous review"
    Overall

    I found Richard Matthews to be the reader for "The Patient's Eyes", and he does very, very well.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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