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Tewkesbee

Washington state | Member Since 2007

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  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5070)
    Performance
    (4666)
    Story
    (4665)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Fun, fun story!"
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    What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

    This book was a delight, from start to finish. The story was engaging, the two main characters are well drawn out and very likeable. The plot sailed along - I felt like I was along for the ride. The narrator did a superb job. I'll likely seek out other books he narrates. Looking forward to the next two volumes in this series. Highly recommended for those who love a good, old fashioned fantasy adventure story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theft of Swords?

    I loved the twists and turns. Also, as the story progressed, one got a stronger sense of who each of the characters were - each had pretty layered personalities.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    Again, the narrator was wonderful. His talents made it easy to fall into the story. Each character had its own identity, based on Mr. Reynold's talents. Terrific!


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

    Hmmm. Tag line: Most lovable thieves ever!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Painting the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

    Janice says: "Skeletons in every closet"
    "Truly wonderful"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Painting the Darkness to be better than the print version?

    I adored this book. It was my first Goddard book and certainly won't be my last.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was compelling, with interesting, well rounded characters and plenty of twists and turns. It had a bit of a "gothic" feel to it but retained a great sense of place and time. Great phrases and descriptions. I was hooked from the first sentence.


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

    Michael Kitchen was superb. I do believe he is the best narrator I've encountered - and there are a host of great ones on Audible. I would - and will - seek out other books he narrates. What a great voice and talent!


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

    It was, but it wasn't - I wanted the story to last and last. I did find myself staying up way later just to hear one more chapter. I also think this will be a "re-listen" for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Top shelf, all the way. Great author, great narrator - all of it: simply wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Richard Davenport-Hines
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    Late in the night of April 14, 1912, the mighty Titanic, a passenger liner traveling from Southampton, England, to New York City, struck an iceberg four hundred miles south of Newfoundland. Its sinking over the next two and a half hours brought the ship—mythological in name and size—100 years of infamy.

    Tad Davis says: "Thorough, panoramic"
    "Most Interesting"
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    What did you love best about Voyagers of the Titanic?

    It was an interesting - I learned a lot. The author folded in all of the information and details beautifully....


    What did you like best about this story?

    He made the tragedy far more "personal" with so many stories of the individuals involved with both the construction of the ship and those on the voyage.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    Hard to specify that with this type of book. I think the "regular" people he talked about ..such sad stories.


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

    I certainly got teary...


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a simply outstanding job....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Laughs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (279)

    Thomas Abbey is a man stuck in a rut. To kick-start his life, he takes a sabbatical to work on a biography of his favorite writer, the mysterious Marshall France. Although Abbey has been warned that France's daughter, Anna, has blocked all previous attempts at her father's biography, he is surprised to find her the soul of small-town hospitality and quite excited about Abbey's proposal. Even stranger than Anna's behavior, though, is the town itself. The people seem to know what their future holds - freak accidents and all - down to the hour.

    Acacia says: "It's Not You - It's Me"
    "Marvelous story"
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    What did you love best about The Land of Laughs?

    I found the story to be entertaining and engaging. The narrator was perfect for the story and I was sorry to have it end...
    Thanks to Neil Gaiman for bringing this title to us - I will definitely check our more "Neil Gaiman Presents" selections...


    What other book might you compare The Land of Laughs to and why?

    It was a bit like a grown up fairy tale story...


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

    Mr. Ballerini did a masterful job - really brought the story to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isabella: The She-Wolf of France

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (108)

    Here is the first full-length biography of a much maligned but astonishingly colourful Queen of England. In Newgate Street, in the city of London, stand the meagre ruins of Christ Church. On the same site once stood a royal mausoleum set to rival Westminster Abbey in the 14th century. Among the many crowned heads buried there was Isabella of France, Edward II's queen - one of the most notorious femme fatales in history. But how did she acquire her evil reputation? And is it justified?

    Wallen says: "Excellent"
    "Loved It"
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    What did you love best about Isabella?

    Alison Weir always does such an amazing job. This story is wonderful, start to finish. I loved it; didn't want it to end. So many interesting facts. My perception of Isabella has changed dramatically because of this book. The narrator did a superb job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Isabella?

    Her focus on righting the wrong done to her, as well as the country, was very insightful. Such a contrast to how the story was told in other historical accounts.


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

    I loved the narrator. It was my first time listening to a book with Ms. Lecat as the narrator. I'll be sure to seek out other books she has narrated..


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

    "Who Knew?"


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended for any history buff, but also for anyone just looking for a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steering by Starlight: Find Your Right Life, No Matter What

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Martha Beck
    • Narrated By Martha Beck
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (78)

    Described as one of the best-known life coaches in America, in media such as Psychology Today, O columnist Martha Beck has demonstrated a rare gift for helping people who have gone off course to find their way back to authentic, rewarding lives. Now, in Steering by Starlight, Dr. Beck describes the step-by-step process she uses with her private clients to help them find their way back to their "homing instincts" - their true destinies.

    Ashraf says: "This book is life-changing!"
    "Yuck"
    Overall

    There might be some great principles and pointers in this book, but the author's ego gets in the way: how many stories about herself do we really need to hear? Good golly.
    Way too distracting. Plus, she never seems to circle back to nail down the point she is trying to make...

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Living Now: Secrets of the Extraordinary Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Guy Finley
    • Narrated By Guy Finley
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Have you ever longed to explore the depths of your True Self - to touch the Eternal? This is your chance to learn the Way. The ability to do, to act in the Now and not fall into fear, doubt, or other self-limiting states is the same as the power to live in the perfectly present moment. What unseen forces are working within us to keep us from realizing a relationship with our own secret heart?

    Tewkesbee says: "Maddening"
    "Maddening"
    Overall

    This guy needs some presentation skills: his multiple starts and re-starts got wearisome and his heavy use of stories, without bringing home the point, was maddening. Also, I became more and more mindful of his mis-use of popular terms and phrases.
    He has some great points, but they were so muddled with his constant asides, efforts to be amusing and assumption that the audience gets the point he is trying to make - he simply goes off tangent way too much. He doesn't tie it up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23266)
    Performance
    (9888)
    Story
    (9959)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    A great story - the great narration kept me riveted throughout the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raintree: Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Linda Winstead Jones
    • Narrated By Theo McKell, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Gideon Raintree, a homicide detective, can harness electricity and talk to ghosts. He will need to wield gifts he's kept hidden to solve his newest case, a relentless serial killer unleashed by the dark Ansara wizards. But first he must deal with his reaction to Hope Malory, his alluring new partner. He'd never planned on love in the midst of battle.

    Maryfrances says: "Good sequel"
    "Ick"
    Overall

    What a stupid story: not quite a mystery and too obvious of a stereotypical romance - complete with sexist attitudes/assumptions, tired dialogue and cardboard characters. No sense of suspense with regard to the plot, and the characters fell into such obvious roles. Ick.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kate Jacobs
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (166)

    Walker & Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club is the ad hoc creation of some of Georgia's regulars, who stroll into the shop looking for tips on knitting and end up finding much, much more. Once a week, they gather to work on their latest projects and to chat - and occasionally clash - over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.

    flimfrik says: "Wanted to like it but constantly disappointed."
    "Charming story"
    Overall

    A delightful story - especially listening to it as an audio book. The narrator is perfect for the story. At times, it seemed that the story will follow along stereotypical lines, but it swerved away from that. Charming.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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