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Sweetgran

bonneylass

Westbrook, Maine | Member Since 2007

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  • City of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lian Tanner
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Goldie Roth is a trained thief and a skilled liar. Along with her friend Toadspit, she's supposed to be one of the Keepers of the mysterious Museum of Dunt. But although she desperately wants to be a Keeper, she will not leave her sick parents to do so. But when Toadspit's sister Bonnie is stolen, he and Goldie are forced to follow the child-stealers to the neighboring city of Spoke. Along the way, Toadspit too is captured, and Goldie is caught up in the Festival of Lies, where every word she says means something else and no one can be trusted.

    Sweetgran says: "Another Great Listen"
    "Another Great Listen"
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    City of Lies picks up where Museum of Thieves ended. I suspect there is going to be a third book to continue the series. The story was good but what really makes the audio book is Claudia Black's narration. She doesn't just read; she performs. Ms Black is an actor, best known for her performances in the Sci-Fi series Farscape and Stargate. She brings all her acting talent to her audio book readings making for a great listening experience. I hope we hear more narrations from her.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sarek: Star Trek Pocket Books, Book 69

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By A. C. Crispin
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson, is dying, and Spock returns to the planet Vulcan where he and Sarek enjoy a rare moment of rapprochement. But just as his wife's illness grows worse, duty calls Sarek away, once again sowing the seeds of conflict between father and son. Yet soon Sarek and Spock must put aside their differences and work together to foil a far-reaching plot to destroy the Federation, a plot that Sarek has seen in the making for nearly his entire career.

    Daniel says: "More Unabridged TOS Please"
    "One of the Best Star Trek books"
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    If you could sum up Sarek in three words, what would they be?

    I originally purchased the abridged version which seemed somewhat muddled. I recently discovered this unabridged version and thought I'd give it a try. Very glad I did. It's a wonderful read. There's a good back story of Sarek, Amanda and Spock as well as the usual adventures with the Enterprise and it's crew.


    What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    Performance was better than I expected considering Nick Sullivan isn't one of the Star Trek characters. The abridged version is read by Mark Lenard who played Sarek so of course the reading is perfect but the unabridged book is so much better and Nick Sullivan does a good job so I recommend the unabridged version.


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

    I did


    Any additional comments?

    I wish all of the Star Trek books were available as unabridged.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Engines of War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By George Mann
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    The Great Time War has raged for centuries, ravaging the universe. Scores of human colony planets are now overrun by Dalek occupation forces. A weary, angry Doctor leads a flotilla of Battle TARDISes against the Dalek stronghold but in the midst of the carnage, the Doctor's TARDIS crashes to a planet below: Moldox. As the Doctor is trapped in an apocalyptic landscape, Dalek patrols roam amongst the wreckage, rounding up the remaining civilians.

    Sweetgran says: "Highly Recommend"
    "Highly Recommend"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend to Whovians especially those who would like to hear more from The War Doctor. This story takes place just prior to the events in the 50th Anniversary TV special.
    Nicholas Briggs does an amazing job of narration. I could hear and see John Hurt throughout the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nicholas Briggs narration.


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

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    I want to hear more stories from the War Doctor era.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1079)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "Superb audiobook"
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    Would you listen to Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel again? Why?

    I've already listened to it several times. Richard Armitage doesn't just read the book; he performs the book. The novel is very good but the true joy is listening to the narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel?

    It was all exceptional but for me what was memorable was Mr. Armitage's ability to make me believe I was listening to a full cast production.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have a particular favorite scene. The whole book is excellent.


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

    Starring Richard Armitage as Hamlet


    Any additional comments?

    This is a novel based on the play. Purists may grumble but it is well written and maintains all the key elements.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss of Shadows: Meredith Gentry, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (677)

    "All it would take was my true name being mentioned after dark, and it would float back to my aunt. She was the Queen of Air and Darkness, and that meant that anything said in the dark was hers to hear, eventually. The fact that spotting the missing Elven American Princess had become more popular than spotting Elvis helped."

    Mysticalsister says: "Not for the prudish reader -- but,"
    "Much Sex, Little Plot"
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    I wish I had read more reviews before purchasing this. There was a thin plot but not one that seemed to have any point to it except to provide a reference point for numerous superficial sexual encounters. Frankly, I found it boring. I won't bother with any more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4116)
    Performance
    (1743)
    Story
    (1797)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Not The Mystery I was Expecting"
    Overall

    I bought this book expecting a nice mystery. There is a mystery of course, but the book is predominately a Christian book, with Mac the central character spending a weekend with God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit. The writing is fine, the narration good but if you are not interested in listening to Christian books, best to give this a miss.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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