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  • Magic Marks the Spot: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Caroline Carlson
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    To escape from a life of petticoats and politeness, Hilary answers a curious advertisement for a pirate crew and suddenly finds herself swept up in a seafaring adventure that may or may not involve a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn't exist, a rogue governess who insists on propriety, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous - and unexpected - villain on the High Seas. Will Hilary find the treasure in time? Will she become a true pirate after all? And what will become of the gargoyle?

    Maureen says: "Fun! This is a real adventure"
    "very fun listen!"
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    I love Katherine Kellgren's other narrations, so thought I would give this new kid's series a shot. What an enjoyable read! I took it to the gym and had to grit my teeth to keep from laughing out loud throughout. Can't wait to get a copy for my niece - I know she will love it as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1433)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1311)

    The authority of the Syndicate Worlds’ government is crumbling. Civil war and rebellion are breaking out in many star systems, despite the Syndic government’s brutal attempts to suppress disorder. Midway is one of those star systems, and leaders there must decide whether to remain loyal to the old order or fight for something new.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Enjoy OBSTLT (or Be Subject to Life Termination)"
    "love the series, but the narrator, not so much"
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    I am a huge fan of the Lost Fleet and The Lost Stars series, and re-listen to the Lost Fleet series occasionally just to keep it all fresh in my memory. Having just completed the final book of the Lost Fleet, I grabbed this book to give it a listen, and just couldn't do it! This new narrator pronounces the names and places differently, and I want to constantly correct him! I have tried several times since, but the Lost Fleet narrator has become THE "narrator" in my opinion, and I will just have to enjoy reading this series on my kindle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doris Daring: Star Captain of the Spaceways

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Chris Wichtendahl
    • Narrated By Misty Layne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    As they make their way across the cosmos, Captain Daring and her crew meet the last of an order of intergalactic superbeings, ancient aliens, a race of hi-tech bird-women and plenty of other surprises, including one they thought they'd left far behind them. Facing down external threats and their own internal demons, this crew of explorers race from one end of the galaxy to the other, desperately seeking something to save their world from an ever-growing tyranny.

    Michael says: "A good listen"
    "Don't waste your time"
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    I generally like to write only mild reviews, but this book got to me. I was preparing for a short road trip and wanted an audio book that was more in line with the time, rather than the 10-20 hour books I usually favor, so I headed to audible and checked out the search feature. This book popped up by a new author, and after listening to the sample and checking out amazon for reviews of the story (all good), I decided to give it a try. I started the download to my audible app and as soon as it allowed me to play, gave it a go. What a surprise and disappointment. I didn't make it longer than 10 minutes due to the narrator and the text she had to work with. I am just glad I checked it before I hit the road. The road rage that would have ensued if this was all I had to listen to. :)
    Here is a little taste...
    The story plunges us right into a lab with a scientist working on a robot. The narrator seemed a bit young, more like a young adult narrator, but that's alright with me if it is appropriate. In walks Dash, and the scientist announces "hey, lover" ( or wait, was that "brother", hmmm I can't tell, even after backing it up and listening again). A dialogue occurs that has me wondering who is speaking at any given time, and what the HECK is going on. Who is the "she" here, whose father is that? (Another brother/ lover reference, I am still undecided...) Bad guys enter the scene and cause confusion, all the while the narrator is going on in a monotone voice that betrays no emotion for the scenes (think melodrama). A fight scene occurs and the two "lovers" ( ah ha, clarity!) head out, casually throwing their coats over their shoulders and melting the data behind them. And I realized at that moment that I was fed up with this narrator and this book.
    I believe that this first book by a new author may be ok in print, where the lack of descriptions can be more easily overlooked, but the narrator didn't seem appropriate here and increased my confusion by not enunciating well (brother/lover?). The best scene was the sample on audible. Maybe the story is better further in, but I can't bring myself to keep listening. My advice is to skip the audio version, and, if you are really interested, check out the kindle or written version where it might be bearable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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