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Ulrika

Sundsvall, Sweden

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  • Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (182)

    According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the apocalypse are revving up, and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not particularly looking forward to the coming rapture.

    Stefanie says: "what a brilliant book!"
    "British humour at its best!"
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    Where does Good Omens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is really my cup of tea. I just love this intelligent, stiff-upper-lip sense of humour that both Gaiman and Pratchett are so good at! I really had to concentrate for not laughing out aloud sometimes when I was listening to it on the bus, or in other places where uncontrolled laughter would not have been appreciated.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are many good scenes, but the birth of the Antichrist is very special indeed!


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

    The ending, and the friendship between the angel and the demon.


    Any additional comments?

    The reading performace was a bit uneven, in my opinion. He was brilliant at times, but sometimes he read so quickly that it sounded almost slurring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Love Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (1816)
    Performance
    (1617)
    Story
    (1544)

    For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 15 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

    vc says: "Wonderful recitation by Richard Armitage"
    "Not Armitage's best, but still enjoyable"
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    What did you love best about FREE: Classic Love Poems?

    Well, the reason I listened to it was because Richard Armitage is one of my favourite readers of audiobooks. It was a nice way to listen to these classical poems that I have not really bothered to read before.


    What other book might you compare FREE: Classic Love Poems to and why?

    Other poem collections, naturally.


    What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?

    I do love his dark and soothing voice, which is very good for the theme, but I must say that I still rank this as his least entertaining audio performance. The brilliance he shows when he makes different voices did not show here, doing only monologues.


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

    No. It was a soothing experience.


    Any additional comments?

    I really appreciated this audio book as a Valentine's Day gift from Audible. It was spot on!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (184)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.

    Matthias Hohn says: "poorest audio quality ever"
    "Good story, bad audio quality"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Storywise and performancewise, I have no complaints, but the audio quality was very uneven. It must have been transferred from som old cassette recordings, where some of the cassettes were of very poor quality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Colour of Magic?

    I really loved the optimistic and daring view of life that was displayed by the tourist, Twoflower. Death is also a very interesting character!


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favorite?

    I think it's a tie between Twoflower and Death.


    Was The Colour of Magic worth the listening time?

    Yes, despite the poor quality, I really enjoyed listening to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Border Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Amanda Scott
    • Narrated By Sally Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Set in treacherous sixteenth-century Scotland, Border Bride is the unforgettable story of a woman sworn to defy the knight she is forced to wed - only to discover a love she’ll do anything to claim. As Mary, Queen of Scots, languishes in the Tower of London as a prisoner of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, war tears Scotland apart. To save her beloved homeland, a proud Highland beauty named Mary Kate MacPherson must wage her own battle when she’s forced into wedlock with a knight, Sir Adam Douglas.

    sandy says: "nothing but a battered wife story"
    "Nice story, but annoying main character"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this book to friends I know have a weakness for this kind of historical romance.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the description of the settings, and the era. Unfortunately the main female character was extremely annoying since she did not learn from her mistakes. I would not have minded had I read it when I was 17, but at age 40 I don't find stupid girls as entertaining anymore.


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

    This was my first listening to Sally Armstrong. Her beautiful Scottish accent was the main reason I bothered to finish listening to the book. I have learned a lot languagewise by listening to it. (English is not my first language).


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It would depend on the casting...


    Any additional comments?

    The book is actually really good and well written for its genre, but in my opinion it suffers a lot from all the conflicts that are caused by the characters' lack of communication and intelligence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cursed

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The world was desperate. Since the empire had fallen a hundred years ago, Gwin and her people had nearly given up hope that the Renewer would come. Gwin had lost everything. Her husband was killed in one of the wars. Her children died of Star Sickness. Even her work at the hostel was in jeopardy because the politicians had it out for her. The cursed Gwin, therefore, had nothing to lose. When she took in the girl, a survivor of the Star Sickness, it was a dreadful crime.

    Ulrika says: "Very good, but not one of Duncan's best"
    "Very good, but not one of Duncan's best"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As always with Duncan, the characters are well chiseled, and the story is excellent. However, there were so many deities and characters involved in this story, that I think I would have been able to keep them all better apart if I had read the book and seen all the names spelled out, instead of listening to them. Towards the end, it felt rather long, but I still could not put it away. I had to know how it ended! And it's always a thrill to see what Duncan has come up with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    One of Dave Duncan's strengths is his ability to create strong, belieavable female characters. Gwin Solith, the lead character in 'The Cursed' is definitely one of them. It's very interesting to see how well she adapts to the changes in her life, and to see how she influences others. In my opinion, Duncan is the master of this.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a good job, but I have grown more accustomed to British readers, and did not really enjoy Peter Berkrot. He did however do a good job keeping all the different characters apart, giving them life.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If I would see the movie? Well, that depends on who would make it. I think I would prefer the book over the movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Light

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    The Hierarchy, high priests of the religious order the Light, rules both the magical kingdom of Albi and its religion. Worshippers in the old ways of the Earth Mother, clandestinely scattered throughout the land, are persecuted as heretics. And when missionary student Rollo Woodbridge returns to his home in Albi, he is arrested for heresy and treason, setting off a chain of events that puts everyone’s life in jeopardy and plunges the kingdom into chaos.

    Ulrika says: "Absolutely loved it!"
    "Absolutely loved it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is definitley a great book for those who like to read books with good plots, political intrigues and believable characters, set in a world where magic is present. Dave Duncan is in fact my favourite writer, and I consider his series "The Alchemist" to be his weakest and least interesting books. As always, his characters are very well portrayed, perhaps especially the women.


    What other book might you compare Against the Light to and why?

    Against the Light has more in common with the 'Dodec books' in my opinion, since it deals a lot with religious persecution. The plot is set in a fantasy world, but the religious perscution is easily recognized throughout history in the real world.


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

    This was my first encounter with Ralph Lister, but it was a very nice surprise. I liked his performance, and hope to find other books of interest that he has read.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book very much, but am reluctant to give it a full score, mostly because there is a long and very painful torture scene in the beginning of the book. When you read such descriptions on paper, it is quite easy to just skip the worst parts, but you cannot escape them when you listen. (*spoiler*To those of you as sensitive to explicit violence as I, I can reveal that there is only one such scene)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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