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Wendy

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Gods Behaving Badly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marie Phillips
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    Being immortal is not all it once was. Yes, the 12 Greek gods of Olympus are alive and well in the 21st century, but they are crammed together in a London town house: and are none too happy about it. Even more disturbing, their powers are waning.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Delightful fantasy"
    "What a hilariously naughty romping great read!"
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    Would you listen to Gods Behaving Badly again? Why?

    The story is a superb cant on the daily activities Roman Gods and their effect on the human populous. I have listened to this story about five times since I bought it and still immensely enjoy it every time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Marie Phillips puts together a superb story of bitter Gods who have fallen on hard times, and how the arrival of a simple housekeeper creates a butterfly effect that literally encompasses Heaven to Hell. To top off the mayhem, the housekeepers newly found boyfriend uncovers some disturbing information about these Gods and steps up to try and help rectify all.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Rosalyn Landor performs a myriad of distinct voices that brings the characters' persona from black and white into technicolor. Super job.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6468)
    Performance
    (6020)
    Story
    (6022)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Scalzi Does It Again! What A Blast!"
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    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    As a trekkie, I can appreciate the ironic humour in having Wil read this particular book. He does a brilliant job. His expressive voice and cadence is a real pleasure to listen to. I can envision the characters & conversations actually taking place.


    Any additional comments?

    What a wonderful twist on the pop culture scenarios that were taken for granted and expected. References to the old Star Trek situations are hilariously convoluted when perceived from the perspective of the "minute-men" actors. Follow along and discover how a few of these moment-by-moment actors figure out how to survive one more "away mission" and live beyond the 1/2 hour we watch them on TV.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virals

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (240)

    Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

    Beverly says: "Kathy Reichs Does it Again!"
    "Was expecting so much more."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was an okay read. Just found the story lacking in cohesiveness. There seemed to be several loose ends left dangling, unexplained plot twists and poor believability.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kathy Reichs before, how does this one compare?

    I think she tried to sell it simply based on the fact that the main character, Tory Brennan, is the niece of the forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan - who's got an interesting storyline. Tory seems to be the typical only child, who is ignored by her hardworking distant father. Finding solace in her group of friends who seem to be easily bullied or coerced into committing felony after felony. The ending was a let down and the punishment these kids get, for all the crimes they committed is just preposterous.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2923)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1274)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Thum one reading hath a lispth and its annoying"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To replace the lisping narrator and get the others to read with a little more life!


    Has The Historian turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I'll just be more aware of the narrators and read the reviews.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Oh for sure. Just as soon as I figure out which narrator is the one I'd rather not listen to again.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was somewhat interesting but I felt like it was lacking vitality. I had to put my listening speed to fast in order to move the story along. Unfortunately, I gave up on the story after trying my failed attempts to ignore the lisper.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2434)
    Performance
    (2199)
    Story
    (2209)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "I Am Not Who You Think I Am."
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    If you could sum up The Gate Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Love, deceit, dualism.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gate Thief?

    OH! It was when Danny, when he thought he had completely lost the battle, turns around and.....hey wait! I can't tell you that, it would give away too much. I guess you'll have to read it to find out.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Rankin – was your favorite?

    I can't say I had a favorite because all the characters were really well done. I mean Stefan Rudnicki cannot do bad.


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

    I went to bed with my ipod set to go off after 15 mins. After doing this another four times I decided to try for 1 hour. The ipod shuts off right in the middle of an epic sentence, so I of course had to turn it on to find out what happened. Honestly, I gave up trying to sleep at 2am and just finished listening to the whole book. Good thing it was a weekend.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4886)
    Performance
    (3625)
    Story
    (3644)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Gate Me To Book Two! The suspense is...."
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    Would you listen to The Lost Gate again? Why?

    Stefan Rudnicki's voice is like expensive chocolate. Deep, rich, smooth and I can't get enough! He is able to delve into the characters and bring them to life so easily it's like you're watching the story with all your senses, not just your ears. Emily Janice Card has a wonderful voice that is always enjoyable to listen to. In absolute OSC form, the story concepts are new, refreshing, gripping, nerve-wracking, hilarious and thought provoking. Danny has a gift, a deadly gift. So powerful that even his own family will destroy him. So he runs. He runs away and is left questioning everything about his life, his existence, his gift. Who will explain and teach him about his powers, who will guide and protect him as he ventures out into the world of The Outsiders? Is it really about a coming of age story or an age old story coming out. Coming out to destroy more than just Danny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    OSC has a gift of seeing and writing through a child's eyes. When he writes the thoughts, emotions and words of a child you are taken back to your own memories, insecurities, though processes and fixations of when you were once young. Danny, upon being bothered by security guards when he was trying to be inconspicuous, as a last ditch effort to put the guards off, ends up 'starring' the guards.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4671)
    Performance
    (3099)
    Story
    (3133)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Hilarity, Brilliance, Grandiloquence & Bloody Fun!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Good Omens the most enjoyable?

    Gaiman & Pratchett blend their wit and humor to create an absolutely comical account of a bumbled baby switch, a friendship between an angel & a demon, and how a ‘wrong turn at Albuquerque’ can mess up just about anything. Even the end of the world.

    The narrator, Martin Jarvis, does an absolutely top notch job in bringing the characters of this story to life. His talent for dozens of voices is incredible and a joy to listen to. I remember cringing while listening to Jarvis describe Sergeant Shadwell. Then Jarvis produces the voice of Sergeant Shadwell and when it hits my ears a visual picture of this down and out, dirty, disheveled, chain-smoking, condensed-milk-drinking man literally made me shiver with distain. True talent Mr. Jarvis.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6544)
    Performance
    (3300)
    Story
    (3327)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Lively in tempo and brilliant in style!"
    Overall

    I had so much fun listening to the this audiobook. Not only did the author develop the personalities of the characters so deliciously, but the manner in which he reads the story is fresh, fun and wonderfully rich in emotion and nuance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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