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Zuhal

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina | Member Since 2011

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  • A Merman's Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Laura Lond
    • Narrated By Shelby Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    The old legend says that a merman's kiss will make a girl pretty and bring her luck. One poor working girl is desperate enough to try it. She is warned that she must do everything exactly as she is told? but never warned about the effect it might have on the merman.

    Keith says: "Perfect short story"
    "A lovely tale"
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    If you could sum up A Merman's Kiss in three words, what would they be?

    Romantic, understated, interesting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leatra. She is the best example of a well-rounded character in this story, as the others are more two-dimensional.


    What about Shelby Lewis’s performance did you like?

    She was very easy to listen to, and her voice characterization was successful.


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

    Yes, it was a very easy listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Definite commendation for people who want a chaste, romantic story - it is about feelings and connections, rather than sexual gymnastics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mission of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (928)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (638)

    The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven have been enemies for Honor Harrington's entire life, and she has paid a price for the victories she's achieved in that conflict. And now the unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League is on a collision course with Manticore. The millions who have already died may have been only a foretaste of the billions of casualties just over the horizon, and Honor sees it coming.

    G. M. says: "A Must Have Series!!!"
    "Love the story, hate the narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mission of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 12 to be better than the print version?

    After changing the narrator to Alyson Johnson, the answer is a definite and loud NO.


    What other book might you compare Mission of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 12 to and why?

    The Harrington series is a long-standing favorite of mine and I find it nearly matchless - actually, it soured me for many similar series for that reason.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Allyson Johnson’s performances?

    Never if I can help it. I hate her random and totally unnecessary voice-acting and her choice of accents for many of the minor characters is abysmal.


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

    It is a great book in a series I have been following since 1994, and it still has the power to move me.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please, pretty please Audible, let Madeline Buzzard be the only voice for Honor Harrington.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5937)
    Performance
    (3599)
    Story
    (3636)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "Not Jordan, but ..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Towers of Midnight the most enjoyable?

    As usual, the most excellent Mr. Kramer and Ms. Reading made the story a pure joy to listen to. The Gathering Storm held more of the Jordan style, but this book is nearly all Sanderson. As a long time fan, I am not sure I appreciate the slide - Mr. Sanderson has a way of making everything too easy, in a way it never was with Mr. Jordan. All the solutions come too freely. I have read and listened to the book more than ten times, and it is a great book, but Mr. Sanderson treads the line between Light and Dark very finely indeed.


    What other book might you compare Towers of Midnight to and why?

    The Gathering Storm held some of the Sanderson style as well, but this reads more like a Sanderson book than a Jordan book. So, I would compare it to the a book of the Mistborn more than anything else.


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael Kramer and Kate Reading for me ARE the Wheel of Time characters. Even when I read the books, I hear their voices in my head - especially, Mr. Kramer and the way he draws disparate characters like Mat and Lan into life with his wonderful characterization really make the series unforgettable. I have listened to the books numerous times, and sometimes it was just to enjoy the art of these amazingly gifted narrators.


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

    I would not make this book into a film. It would only be a lame effort.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Matchmakers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Colgan
    • Narrated By Paige Holt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Nick Garret is jaded, cynical, footloose and corruptible. He’s flypaper for females, and he likes it that way. They stick for a while, then fly away. So does he. Then, one rain-slick night, a young woman steps in front of his pickup truck, and his jaded, cynical life takes a sharp swerve toward trouble. Calliope is a banished Fae on probation for granting a wish gone bad....

    Amazon Customer says: "Listen to the sample"
    "An interesting fae story"
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    Where does The Matchmakers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say quite high among the romance ones - the story is romantic as opposed to sexual, and the fantasy elements work well within the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick. He was a believable hero.


    Which character – as performed by Paige Holt – was your favorite?

    Callie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhythms Easy Finnish

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By EuroTalk Ltd
    • Narrated By Jamie Stuart
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Use your mind's natural rhythm to learn a language with Rhythms Easy Finnish from EuroTalk. It's naturally easier to learn something when it's set to rhythmic music, so that is exactly what we've done. Rhythms puts your mind painlessly to work: you don't even need to focus! Simple words and phrases are set to a varied pattern of rhythms and music designed to help you learn and to keep you engaged so that you won't just switch off after five minutes.

    Zuhal says: "Not worth it"
    "Not worth it"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was difficult to focus on and I felt like I learned very little from the experience. The music was a distraction and a detractor, as opposed to the claim it would make remembering easier. At points it overwhelmed the lesson itself.


    What could EuroTalk Ltd have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    First of all, lower the music volume and use more "defined" voices - Finnish is a very clear language, but the susurrus that this production gave made the natural rhythm more difficult to catch for me as a listener and learner.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jamie Stuart’s performances?

    Since this is not a fiction book, I cannot judge the narrator performance.


    What character would you cut from Rhythms Easy Finnish?

    The background music.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been trying to learn Finnish from a variety of sources, but this has to be one of the weaker examples.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn's Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Brianna Bronte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    The runt of the lab she was created in, Dawn Daniels endured years of torture by her pride brother and the council soldiers. Finally freed from her torment, she's now a Breed Enforcer, in control of her own life. Until she's assigned to protect the one man destined to be her mate- and realizes it's far too easy to lose total control.

    Cheryl says: "Deeply Moving."
    "Disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really expected more from Dawn's story. It may be the weakest link in the whole series after Bengal's Heart, maybe followed closely by Lion's Heat. I think new readers may find it more interesting, but not those who follow the series.


    Has Dawn's Awakening turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but when a good writer throws such a bad bone to readers, it is a real shame.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brianna Bronte’s performances?

    Ms. Bronte must work on her characterization. She very nearly put me off Jonas and Cabal, and her Dawn and Cassa sound exactly the same.


    What character would you cut from Dawn's Awakening?

    It was not the characters so much as the unnecessary melodrama. Drama is fine, but melodrama - not so much. I think Ms Leigh ran out of good angles with this series, and if so, she should respect her own work enough to let it go.


    Any additional comments?

    I hadn't expected the story to drag so much, as Ms Leigh is in general capable of much better fiction than this. A shame she failed to deliver with the some of the most memorable characters - Dawn, Cabal and Jonas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Watch: Discworld, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a hard-boiled egg! Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past, without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck. Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive; he has a job to do.

    Oz Pom says: "Pratchett at his best."
    "One of the best Pratchett stories"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I would definitely recommend


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    For the first time in a long while, I was surprised by a Discworld tale. When you are a fan of a long-term, 40-odd book series, that is a very good thing.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Mr Briggs is simply Discworld characters alive. No disrespect to the talents of Mr. Nigel Planer and Mr. Tony Robinson, but there is a feeling of rightness when it is Stephen Briggs who narrates the Discworld stories.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18663)
    Performance
    (16613)
    Story
    (16574)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "What's the story with the changing narrator voice"
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    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Sensational, detailed, thought-provoking


    Did Craig Wasson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I normally prefer audiobooks to print, but for this book, I will have to change that practice. A shame there is this problem, because otherwise, the narrator is exemplary. Regular Audible listeners will agree with me that this is not always the case. BUT although the narrator is great for most of the time, at times he slips into an older man's voice at unexpected and more importantly totally inappropriate points, for no good reason. It sounds like parts of the narrative had a different narrator originally, on top which a second, younger narrator was transposed. I definitely feel thrown off at those points.


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

    30 hours - in a word, not really. You need to take in a lot of details, and while you may do it in, well two sittings, I would think that would be a slap on the face for Mr. King's writing and Mr. Wasson's acting talents. After 9 hours, it just blurs. I had to repeat a lot of sections for that reason.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr King outdid himself, that is for sure. What a thrill, indeed. The story certainly keeps you guessing, and the language is 10 stars over 5.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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