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Siet

I'm a Joyful Vegan/Artist-Photographer who has become passionately addicted to Audible.

San Clemente, CA, United States

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  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14908)
    Performance
    (11482)
    Story
    (11542)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "I loved them all"
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    If you could sum up A Storm of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    The saga continues and never disappoints.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Arya for her infatiguable spirit.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the scene, near the end of the 2 Lanister brothers and their love hate bond.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and cry. I'd love to read the next two books, but the reviews are dismal. I'm concerned that the narration will be flawed.


    Any additional comments?

    Roy Dotrice's narration is brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gillian Tett
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Gillian Tett brings to life in gripping detail how the Morgan team's bold ideas for a whole new kind of financial alchemy helped to ignite a revolution in banking, and how that revolution escalated wildly out of control. The deeply reported and lively narrative takes readers behind the scenes, to the inner sanctums of elite finance and to the secretive reaches of what came to be known as the "shadow banking" world.

    D. Littman says: "Outstanding narrative about the financial crisis"
    "How did this happen? Who is to blame?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fool's Gold the most enjoyable?

    I've read it twice and mean to read it again. I'm an artist, and economics is an alien country for me. "Fools Gold" takes the unbelievable steps that lead up to the economic chaos we now live in and breaks it down into chunks that the average person can understand,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is the brilliant and charismatic leader of JP Morgan Jamie Dimon.


    If you could give Fool's Gold a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Economic chaos and how we got here.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish every voter would read this book and understand the need for financial oversight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5593)
    Performance
    (5014)
    Story
    (5006)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
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    Where does Shadow of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Shadow of Night and A Discovery of Witches are both in my top 5 books of the year.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite characters are Matthew and Diana. They are an awesome team I can't pick one over the other.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15690)
    Performance
    (13916)
    Story
    (13951)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Beautifully crafted"
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    I loved the compelling story, and the surprising twists and turns.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    The performances were impeccable. I loved that there were a male and female voice performing.


    0 of 0 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
    (9183)
    Performance
    (6705)
    Story
    (6745)

    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"
    "I can't wait for Book 3"
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    If you could sum up A Discovery of Witches in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, Romantic, Mystical


    What other book might you compare A Discovery of Witches to and why?

    It's combination of fantasy and history may not be unique, but I can't remember another book that does this so seamlessly.


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

    Jennifer Ikeda's performance is impeccable. It feels like you are listening to a cast of men and women, old and young with a variety of accents. It's amazing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2025)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1366)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "I laughed, I cried"
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    Where does Doomsday Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely in the top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Kivrin. We experience it all through her eyes


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

    I'm addicted to audible because work and commuting leave me little time to read. Audible makes my commute a joy. It brings the books to life, and I'm there.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No spoilers, but at the end I cried real tears


    Any additional comments?

    I intend to read all Connie Willis' books. She's one amazing author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9615)
    Performance
    (8573)
    Story
    (8549)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "I didn't come up for air"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hounded the most enjoyable?

    I love the concept of this fantasy hero has the wisdom of a 2000 year old man who is conversant with modern technology


    What other book might you compare Hounded to and why?

    I haven't read another book that I blew through so fast and enjoyed so much.


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

    This is the 1st of Luke Daniel's performances that I've heard and it was brilliant


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

    I'd love to see a film or TV series of this. I'd call it Timeless


    Any additional comments?

    None I just loved it, and intend to read the whole series. Thank you Mr Hearme.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (372)

    America has a huge problem. It faces four major challenges, on which its future depends, and it is failing to meet them. In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, analyze those challenges - globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation's chronic deficits, and its pattern of energy consumption - and spell out what we need to do now to rediscover America and rise to this moment.

    Soudant says: "We have met the enemy and it is us.... Pogo"
    "Social Security is something I paid for."
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    Social Security is something I paid for. Having paid for it for all of my working life I'm not willing to give it up at this late date.

    2 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Liaquat Ahamed
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (256)

    It is commonly believed that the Great Depression that began in 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person's or government's control. In fact, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, it was the decisions made by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of the economic meltdown, the effects of which set the stage for World War II and reverberated for decades.

    Toru says: "interesting insight into interwar period!"
    "Boring"
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    Don't buy this book. It reads like a list of events, a history outline.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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