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Tyler

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • City of Dark Magic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Magnus Flyte
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (131)

    Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood. Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings?

    Tyler says: "So promising and yet..."
    "So promising and yet..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Magnus Flyte and/or Natalie Gold?

    No.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    1632


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator used poor at best, and offensive at worst, accents. Several of her pronuciations were very distracting, especially "muzam" for museum.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from City of Dark Magic?

    The gratuitous sex scenes were completely out of place and only distracted from the narrative.


    Any additional comments?

    The premise was so promising that the poor execution was even more disappointing. The main character is a strange amalgamation of serious academic and 'party-girl' undergraduate with extremely questionable judgement.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3171)
    Performance
    (2923)
    Story
    (2925)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Robert says: "I loved the story, the writing and the narration."
    "Great read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very entertaining. Intriguing plot that kept my interest to the very end. Excellent narration from George Guidall kept all the characters fresh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (387)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "Better as young adult fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Tess Gerritsen and/or Susan Denaker?

    Probably not.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The basic story line was enjoyable, if a bit predictable. The dialogue, however, was so melodramatic and full of hyperbole that I expected to hear a corny pipe organ play "duh duh DUH" at the end of almost every paragraph.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Denaker?

    I'm not sure.


    Was The Bone Garden worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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