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Teresa

Erie, CO, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Slumdog Millionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Christopher Simpson
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (546)

    Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel, the inspiration for the award-winning film, opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all 12 questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales, Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.

    J. Wigfall says: "Powerful"
    "Great book. Not much like the movie"
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    The screen play was very different from the book. The overall premise (the main character on a trivia game show, then arrested and accused of cheating) was the same, but even the character’s names are different in the book. I really enjoyed this story. I plan to check out more from Vikas Swarup.

    The narrator is FANTASTIC. I would actually buy a book by an author I knew nothing about, simply because it was narrated by Christopher Simpson, so the vocal performance would be excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27191)
    Performance
    (20935)
    Story
    (21016)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great story but the narrator ruined it form ME"
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    I really liked the detail of the story and particularly appreciate the enormous extra effort that developing so many subplots (with all of their capricious reversals) requires. The realistic unpredictability of each story thread is refreshing. Unfortunately I will have to wait until I retire and have 180+ hours of leisure to read the printed version of the rest of the series.

    Although I see that I am vastly outvoted on the quality of the narrator’s performance, I could barely stand the 33+ hours it took to get through this first volume. Can’t do it; especially for 2 credits/book. Sorry, Roy...the performance did not resonate well with me, personally, although I see that almost 95% of the other listeners disagree :o)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    Margaret George's novel brings into focus the larger-than-life King Henry VIII, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song.

    Amy M. Walts says: "Perfection!"
    "Interesting Perspective and Lots of History"
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    I really enjoy a nice historical fiction that entices me to start “google-ing” for more information. This author did a great job of presenting the dry historical facts in an entertaining and intriguing manner which made the motivations, from Henry VIII’s perspective, seem plausible; particularly since she did not attempt to absolve him of all guilt.

    The narrator was pretty good as a “strait narrator.” He was not what I would call a “voice actor,” though. To be fair, however, this book did not lend itself to a multi-rolled vocal performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Game: GhostWalkers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (555)

    A man and woman possessed of telekinetic powers. She is the doctor. He is the experiment. What comes between them is a terrifying secret history that could save them or destroy them.

    Jane says: "Not enough happening."
    "Hold on a minute...This is a TAWDRY ROMANCE NOVEL!"
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    Shame on me for not paying closer attention to the other reviews written. I picked this book up based on the publisher's summary and the overall rating...I should have read down past the first two written reviews and I would have seen that this is a romance novel with a TINY trace of science fiction, which enabled it to sneak its way into my Sci-Fi & Fantasy search results.

    Lessons learned...from now on I will be sure to research the other books a new-to-me author writes. I'll pay attention to the number of books found in the search results and compare that to the number of books that pertain to the category I'm interested in versus the number that pertain to the category(ies) I am NOT interested in. :-p Buyer beware!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2515)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1200)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Trish says: "one new idea"
    "5 out of 21 may be useful for you..."
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    This author presents several suggestions that worked for him in his career, but I found that most of them would not work for me. Several were a little contradictory and not prioritized. The bottom line is that (no surprise) these techniques are not universally algorithmic so, as with any advice, every reader will have to use common sense to decide which method to apply to each situation they find themselves in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (689)

    A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

    Parusski says: "Much more than the movie"
    "I'm a new Harris fan!"
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    I was wonderfully creeped out by the movie almost twenty years ago and thought I would see how I liked the book. I could not stop listening. The narrator's performance mesmerized me. The narration, combined with the little I remembered from the movie, completely absorbed me in the story. I plan to listen to the rest of Thomas Harris' stories; especially if they are narrated by Frank Muller!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (714)

    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall

    This is a narrated documentary, not an historic story. I'm sure it's filled with great information for WWII buffs, but I was expecting a different delivery style.

    1 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (1076)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

    Will says: "Excellent -- one of the best!"
    "Listened for about half an hour..."
    Overall

    I probably would have enjoyed this book with a different narrator. After reading the other customer reviews, I was looking forward to an excellent story, but could not get past the droning, over-affected, yet monotonic cadence of the authors reading style.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon's Son: The Second Book of the Dragonvarld Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (87)

    In The Dragon's Son, there is new hope in the form of a special offspring who might be able to bridge the anarchy that is disrupting the delicate and unseen order that the Parliament has tried to protect. The twin offspring of a high priestess and a dragon hold the key to man's future, but their identity must be held secret, even from each other, until they have matured. One is raised in a human court, the other in hiding.

    S. Marie says: "Just bad"
    "Good story, bad narrator"
    Overall

    After listening to the first two books, the new narrator's style for this last volume was distractingly harsh and dissonant. I had a very hard time becoming engaged in the story or caring about the hero's success.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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