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Sheley Napier

Columbus, Ohio USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 17 reviews
  • 69 ratings
  • 232 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015
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  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard Pyle
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Here are the beloved adventures of the mischievous hero Robin Hood and his brave and merry band of outlaws, who forged a chivalrous code to protect the oppressed and despoil the oppressors. Follow along as Robin makes his breathtaking escapes from his archenemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, while classic characters like Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, and Little John create one hilarious escapade after another.

    Jefferson says: "A PURE PLEASURE"
    "Wonderful version"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood to be better than the print version?

    I love the playfulness and characterizations in this performance! If you enjoy the Robin Hood myths, this is a fun version. And this can serve to answer all of the other questions listed here, so forgive me as I repeat myself.


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

    I love the playfulness and characterizations in this performance! If you enjoy the Robin Hood myths, this is a fun version. And this can serve to answer all of the other questions listed here, so forgive me as I repeat myself.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10946)
    Performance
    (6868)
    Story
    (6915)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "One of my all time favorites!"
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    I can't say enough about The Wheel of Time series. It is incredibly detailed, involved, addictive, & populated with unique, believable characters (portrayed beautifully by the narrators). This first book does an excellent job of introducing the world, its ideas/customs, & main characters. I absolutely recommend falling in love with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7017)
    Performance
    (3755)
    Story
    (3776)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "One of his best"
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    I love everything about this book. It is engaging and fun, and Neil Gaiman always does an incredible job in his narration & characterizations. I've listened to it several times already. Absolutely highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Morbid Taste for Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (226)

    Cadfael's return to his Welsh homeland for a visit proves a rather discomfiting homecoming when an honorable nobleman turns up in a patch of forest with an arrow embedded in his chest. There are questions about the arrow, the man's daughter needs Cadfael's help, and a very odd burial takes place.

    Zenjen says: "Very pleasant if not much of a mystery."
    "I love this series"
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    These books do a great job of capturing the Middle Ages, the monastic life, & the role the church played in every day life. Add to that great characters, good plots, early forensics, & a narrator whose voice fits the story perfectly, and what's not to love? (Note: I don't care much for the versions read by a woman, simply because there are SO many male characters that it just works better when read by a man.)

    This first mystery does a wonderful job of easing the reader into the time & place, and introducing all of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Corpse Too Many: The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    When the castle of Shrewsbury is taken during the war between Empress Maud and King Stephen, 94 prisoners are taken, 94 are hanged. When Brother Cadfael arrives to perform the burial rites, he finds one corpse too many among the bodies stacked about the fortress.

    CatBookMom says: "A Must-Listen!"
    "I love this series"
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    Story

    These books do a great job of capturing the Middle Ages, the monastic life, & the role the church played in every day life. Add to that great characters, good plots, early forensics, & a narrator whose voice fits the story perfectly, and what's not to love? (Note: I don't care much for the versions read by a woman, simply because there are SO many male characters that it just works better when read by a man.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rare Benedictine

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    This audiobook contains three tales of intrigue and treachery that let the listener hear Cadfael at the best of his sleuthing form and chronicle the events that led Brother Cadfael into the Benedictine Order.

    Pam says: "Cadfael's Past"
    "I love this series"
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    These books do a great job of capturing the Middle Ages, the monastic life, & the role the church played in every day life. Add to that great characters, good plots, early forensics, & a narrator whose voice fits the story perfectly, and what's not to love? (Note: I don't care much for the versions read by a woman, simply because there are SO many male characters that it just works better when read by a man.)

    This collection of 3 short stories is a treat, giving us the story of how Cadfael came to join the Benedictine monks as well as 2 more tales.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2755)
    Performance
    (1833)
    Story
    (1858)

    After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own.... In a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they'll need the help of some familiar demigods.

    Matthew says: "Great Book, The Narrator Was Alright"
    "Highly recommend both Percy Jackson series"
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    These books are so well done! They have engaging characters interwoven into modern versions of ancient myths & morality tales. I recommend them highly. Kids/teens will identify with the characters, learning by accident. (Too bad they really, really messed up the movies.)

    The author did a good job of wrapping up the many plot lines without making it seem contrived or rushed. The characters have to examine what is the honorable, right, fair, just, honest, & loyal thing to do as they complete their adventures with humor and derring-do. They form close friendships & learn about themselves.

    This is the first book of the second series, and it will be much more fun if you read/listen to the first series before starting this one. Other than that, have fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2045)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1854)

    Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans.

    Charlene Blake says: "Great story-- Josh Swanson (narrator) is PERFECT"
    "Highly recommend both Percy Jackson series"
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    These books are so well done! They have engaging characters interwoven into modern versions of ancient myths & morality tales. I recommend them highly. Kids/teens will identify with the characters, learning by accident. (Too bad they really, really messed up the movies.)

    The author did a good job of wrapping up the many plot lines without making it seem contrived or rushed. The characters have to examine what is the honorable, right, fair, just, honest, & loyal thing to do as they complete their adventures with humor and derring-do. They form close friendships & learn about themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost in the Third Row

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bruce Coville
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    For sixth-grader Nina Tanleven, nothing is scarier than auditioning for a play at the famous old Grand Theater. But Nina changes her mind when she climbs on stage to audition - and sees a ghost sitting in the audience! Then, even stranger things happen. Scripts are ripped up, sets are knocked down, and everyone fears the ghost wants to stop the play. Everyone, of course, except Nina and her best friend Chris.

    Sheley Napier says: "Fun YA series"
    "Fun YA series"
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    Generally, this series does a good job of integrating history into its mysteries via the backstory of the ghosts. The first book, though, is more typically a YA mystery with a ghost. It's engaging, but there's no actual history. I find the narrator's voice a bit grating, but the good characterizations make up for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Olympus: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1115)

    Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen - all of them - and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood - the blood of Olympus - in order to wake.

    wayne says: "why oh why did they ever switch narrators!!!!!!!!!"
    "Love me some Percy Jackson"
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    Performance
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    These books are so well done! They have engaging characters interwoven into modern versions of ancient myths & morality tales. I recommend them highly. Kids/teens will identify with the characters, learning by accident. (Too bad they really, really messed up the movies.)

    The author did a good job of wrapping up the many plot lines without making it seem contrived or rushed. The characters have to examine what is the honorable, right, fair, just, honest, & loyal thing to do as they complete their adventures with humor and derring-do. They form close friendships & learn about themselves.

    They changed narrators for the last 2 books, which is annoying. The characterizations are well done (though Leo lost his accent), but his narration style (when no character is speaking) was a bit off. I got used to it; however, so it didn't distract from enjoying the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Leper of St. Giles: The Fifth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Brother Cadfael sets out to visit the Saint Giles leper colony outside Shrewsbury, knowing that a grand wedding is due to take place at the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. As he arrives at Saint Giles, the nuptial party passes the colony's gates. He sees the fragile bride, looking like a prisoner between her two stern guardians, and the groom, an arrogant, fleshy aristocrat old enough to be her grandfather....

    E.D. says: "Exciting and deeply moving"
    "I love this series"
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    Where does The Leper of St. Giles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    These books do a great job of capturing the Middle Ages, the monastic life, & the role the church played in every day life. Add to that great characters, good plots, early forensics, & a narrator whose voice fits the story perfectly, and what's not to love? (Note: I don't care much for the versions read by a woman, simply because there are SO many male characters that it just works better when read by a man.)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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