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Thomas

Nottingham, MD, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17355)
    Performance
    (11558)
    Story
    (11450)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Nice Romance; a Little too BDSM"
    Overall

    i have 4 things to say about this book:

    1. the narration is excellent
    2. the romance is...very romantic
    3. the history is...fun
    4. the "naughty" stuff is...(see below)

    it's common for romance novels, especially ones that appeal to medieval European settings, to bring in sexually charged themes of bondage, whipping, and nonconsensual intercourse. this book goes rather SO far in that direction, though, that it distracts from the otherwise dignified plot.

    Below is an abbreviated breakdown of the action, just to let you know just how kinky things get.

    MH=Male Hero / MF=Female Heroine / MV=Main Villain / V=Villain

    1) MV threatens to force himself onto FH
    2) random V's threaten to force themselves onto FH
    3) MV whips MH and forces himself onto MH's sister
    4) 2 V's force themselves on FH in front of MH
    5) MV forces himself on FH in front of MH
    6) MH whips FH (gives her a "strapping")
    7) MV tortures MH
    8) MV forces himself on MH (!!!)
    9) FH pretends to be MV in (non-psychologist approved) reenactment of #8 designed to "cure" him of his shame (?!)

    and all of this in lurid detail, with a great deal of time spent recalling past whippings and beatings and tortures. not sure how all this made it past the editor, but...

    at least now you're warned, and there is a good story and some good writing buried in there!

    228 of 306 people found this review helpful
  • Trade Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By M.M. Kaye
    • Narrated By Rosemary Davis
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    The year is 1859 and Hero Hollis, beautiful and headstrong niece of the American consul, arrives in Zanzibar. It is an earthly paradise; it is also the last outpost of the Slave Trade. A passionate opponent of slavery, Hero is swept into a turmoil of royal intrigue, abduction, piracy, smuggling, and a virulent cholera epidemic. There in Zanzibar, the most cruelly beautiful island of the Southern Seas, she must choose her love and unravel her destiny.

    Barry says: "Response to reviews"
    "groan"
    Overall

    this is a good book, but the narration is really painful.

    the author's American accent is truly painful. truly. and her voice is just wrong for this, all the way around

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hades' Daughter: The Troy Game, Book I

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sara Douglass
    • Narrated By Sheryl Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    When Theseus comes away from the Labyrinth with the prize and his beloved, the Mistress of the Labyrinth, his future seems assured. But she bears him only a daughter and when he casts her aside for this, the world changes. From that day forward, the Labyrinths decay, and power fades from the city-states.

    Thomas says: "wonderful"
    "wonderful"
    Overall

    i'm not sure why this doesn't have a better rating. i thought the writing was excellent, and the plot is fresh and exciting. i also really enjoyed the narration.

    i highly recommend this to fantasy fans, and i for one am looking forward to the sequel!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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