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Sivitrii

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  • V Wars: A Chronicle of the Vampire Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry, Nancy Holder, John Everson, and others
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Roxanne Hernadez, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    In this sweeping, threaded narrative of the global phenomenon known as the Vampire Wars, mankind is unwittingly infected by a millennia-old bacteria unknowingly exhumed by a scientific expedition in Antarctica. Now, in some rare cases, a person’s so-called junk DNA becomes activated. Depending on their racial and ethnic heritage, they begin to manifest one of the many diverse forms of the "others" that are the true basis for the legends of supernatural creatures. These aren’t your usual vampires and werewolves - it goes much deeper than that.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "You Have to Stick With This One."
    "Didn't work for me, might for others."
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    Though I'm a big fan of the vampire genre, and I really like a number of authors who contributed to this audiobook, and a couple of the narrators as well, I just couldn't get into it. I don't feel like the world ever really came together. There weren't many likable or even approachable characters in my view though others might enjoy it more, it wasn't the quality that was lacking but rather it didn't appeal to me personally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (1322)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1175)

    Four hundred years after mankind's arrival on Erna, the undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant travels north in search of a legend. For it is rumored there is a forest where the fae has become so powerful that it devours all who enter it, and he means to test its power.

    DarcyB says: "Warning, vampires within!"
    "Nothing Special"
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    Perhaps this would be different for readers of the Coldfire trilogy but there was nothing in this story that made me want to look into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 2: The End of the Third Age

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragon, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing.

    Penny says: "Expertly Read"
    "No loose threads"
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    The final chapter in the Lord of the Rings saga has a great ending, actually quite a few of them because unlike many books and movies, it goes through each of the characters and story arcs to let you know what has happened and what direction they're not heading. Not overly saccharine but not a big downer either (unless you then go and read what happens to Arwen).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5805)
    Performance
    (4432)
    Story
    (4457)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Classic horror"
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    'It' is a Stephen King classic with some significant connections to his Dark Tower saga and often referenced (even if obliquely) in his other works. This is one of the most terrifying books I've ever read though it didn't have the same impact on audio, despite the admirable performance of Steven Weber - a story made up of significant sections of either quiet thought or screaming can't be easy to narrate.

    Though not an 'epic', it's a wide-reaching tale covering so many themes including domestic violence/sexual assault, bullying, the nature of fear, manifestations of psychopathy, guilt vs responsibility, the bystander effect on an individual and community scale, and the changing attitude to all of the above within a single generation. As usual for King, not a fun ending but feels more real for all of that, a happy and utterly resolved ending would be out of place in this sort of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 1: The War of the Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragon, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing.

    Catherine says: "Inglis sounds like Tolkien!"
    "A ruse so hackneyed"
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    Where does The Lord of the Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, in my top five.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam, he's funny, humble, loyal to a fault.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Making fun of the healers in Gondor for not knowing about Althalas.


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

    Not so much moved, but the scene where Gandalf convinces the armies to march on Mordor essentially to distract them from Frodo. This has been copied in so many books, movies and other stories it's hard to count.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 2: The Ring Goes East

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin, alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

    Emma says: "Must listen to"
    "Quite the run-around"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lord of the Rings to be better than the print version?

    I appreciate the convenience of audiobooks and the many advantages (mostly that you can continue reading while doing other activities) and in the case of Lord of the Rings in particular having a suitable narrator such as Rob Inglis brings things like the songs alive, but in the end nothing beats a real book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of the Rings?

    Faramir living up to his name and history by being one of the only beings in all Middle Earth able to resist the call of the Ring. Other than that this feels like a space saver between the real action in the book. Frodo and Sam seems to be pulled, pushed, led and tricked one way and another without ever making any progress, and Aragorn's group seem the same.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    He really brings the songs alive, and the portions spoken in Elvish or Entish etc. His voice and accent are absolutely suited to the style of writing so it draws you in quickly even if you're not familiar with Middle Earth.


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

    ... stick with us, the next one will be better, honest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1: The Treason of Isengard

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin, alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

    Catherine says: "third book of the series"
    "Ents FTW !!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a classic and epic tale that everyone should enjoy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of the Rings?

    The meeting of Rohan's riders and the remaining members of the 9 Walkers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene with Treebeard, including those being described by Pippin and Merry.


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

    Many sections needed to be listened to in one sitting, but the story overall is far too long for that to be an option.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 2: The Ring Goes Forth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

    Jay says: "A joyous listen"
    "Rivendell and beyond"
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    Where does The Lord of the Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lord of the Rings is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to, easily in the top five.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of the Rings?

    The Council of Elrond. Great way to catch readers up on what's been happening elsewhere in Middle Earth without clumsy exposition attempts, and gives a good idea of the cultures (and therefore hypocrisies etc) of the different races.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The reunion of Gandalf and Frodo.


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

    One of the few failings of this book is that it doesn't provoke really strong emotions. The movie was much better at demonstrating the fearful situation in Moria and the tragic loss of Gandalf.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1: The Ring Sets Out

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (240)

    In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

    Jay says: "A joy to hear"
    "First stage in an epic journey and story"
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    What did you love best about The Lord of the Rings?

    The comprehensive world created by JRR Tolkien


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gandalf's humour, especially in relation to hobbits.


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

    The songs, they left me completely cold when I first (and second, and third) read this. He gave life to the songs and the snippets of other languages, really bringing the world into focus.


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

    I couldn't help but smile at much of Sam's character, what he says, how he thinks, what he does. I was also surprised at several points, not having read the book for so long that things like the hobbit's knowledge of the ring took me by surprise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    In the third novel in King's epic fantasy masterpiece, Roland, the Last Gunslinger, is moving ever closer to the Dark Tower, which haunts his dreams and nightmares. Pursued by the Ageless Stranger, he and his friends follow the perilous path to Lud, an urban wasteland. And crossing a desert of damnation in this macabre new world, revelations begin to unfold about who - and what - is driving him forward. A blend of riveting action and powerful drama, The Waste Lands leaves listeners breathlessly awaiting the next chapter.

    Tori says: "Frank Muller is the voice of Roland."
    "Brings it all together"
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    This, the third book in the Dark Tower saga, really brings the ka-tet together and sets them on their path. It has some very dark concepts and unpleasant sections both because it deals with negative emotions, war, assault, abandonment etc and also because it shows weaknesses in each of the characters. It ends on a heck of a 'To be Continued' which feels quite frankly cheap, but I'm one of the fortunate ones that had the next book loaded and ready to go !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger is a haunting figure; a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own. In his first step towards the powerful and mysterious Dark Tower, Roland encounters an alluring woman named Alice, begins a friendship with Jake, a kid from New York, and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.

    Jacobus says: "A Surrealistic Western that almost feels familiar"
    "The first step is the hardest"
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    While this is a very involved, rewarding saga overall, this first book can be very difficult to get into. Based in a world not quite like our own, but with confusing tidbits which make it seem like the future, or perhaps the past, or perhaps an alternate dimension??? This book raises a great deal of questions and provides virtually no answers so unless you can stick with it for the entire 7 novels of the Dark Tower saga it won't seem worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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