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christin

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Chessmen of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Peter Delloro
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    The Chessmen of Mars is the fifth novel in the Barsoom Series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Princess Tara, the daughter of John Carter and Dejah Thoris, receives prospective suitors at her father’s court. When Princess Tara meets Prince Jed Gahan from Gathol, she thinks he is a popinjay, but she eventually learns to respect and even love him while fighting the terrible Kaldanes from Banths.

    christin says: "Don't be fooled by the rating. It's terrible."
    "Don't be fooled by the rating. It's terrible."
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    Love you Audible but why was this book given a good rating?? Terrible narration. Every sentence is read the same and at an irritating near-shout. No acting, no nuance, nothing. In fairness, I can't really rate the story itself because I haven't been able to get through more than 15 minutes at a time without taking a long break. Even trapped in my car during a 2 hour commute. Really really disappointing. Side note - I gave 'Performance' 1-star only because the system wouldn't allow me to leave a rating category with 0 stars and still write a review (glitch or what?). I take it back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (1325)
    Story
    (1327)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "Dreadful."
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    I feel I can no longer use the reviews as a reliable guide. This book is terrible in so many ways. The story itself is a meandering pointless mash-up of fantasy, syfi, and offensive soft porn. An emotionally damaged 14 year old girl (presented as a courageous "super hero") only seems to feel whole playing the role of protector of the city. She is being lusted after by TWO older men who get aroused - described often - sometimes by just touching her hand. They both hover over her, threatening abuse and imprisonment, while very impatiently awaiting her pending womanhood so they can have sex with her. Further, she gets turned on at various times by a supernatural pheromone that causes her to strip, writhe, and moan for sex. Has the author or the editor read this?? As far as the storyline goes, I listened and listened and listened, backtracking several times thinking I'd missed something, and I have no idea what it was about. Add this to truly awful narration. Ms Ross' interpretation of Dani and her 14 year old personality, and the Irish accents overall are very bad. She and Phil Gigante are so completely incompatible you can literally feel the splicing. You've been warned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3447)
    Performance
    (1598)
    Story
    (1602)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Believe Every Single One of the 5-Star Reviews!"
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    I've just finished The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society this morning after spending a very late night with it, unable to find a spot to turn it off. Preparing to write a review, I messed up and read the others first. There's nothing left for me to say, except "Read it!" The story-told-through-letters approach initially made me hesitate, but this one is unlike any other. I can't decide whether it's due to Ms. Shaffer and Ms. Barrows' truly outstanding craftsmanship or the perfect match of character personality and each of the narrators performance.

    I read a ton and haven't been so utterly enthralled in years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daring: Pax Arcana, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elliott James
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    Something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin. Werewolf packs are being united and absorbed into an army of super soldiers by a mysterious figure who speaks like an angel and fights like a demon. And every Knight Templar - keepers of the magical peace between mankind and magickind - who tries to get close to this big bad wolf winds up dead. No knight can infiltrate a group whose members can smell a human from a mile away...no knight except one.

    The Book Nympho says: "Another Great Listen"
    "I almost skipped this!"
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    I enjoyed the first book in this series. However, I couldn't get into this one and gave up after about 30 minutes. A few weeks later, desperate for something new, I tried again. What a difference! I was pulled in right away and couldn't wait to pick it up whenever I could. It's a 'young' series - 2 books so far - and feels like it's still laying ground. The narrator is definitely a major strength. Roger Wayne is spectacular. He has a wonderful voice and is an excellent actor/reader - the right amount of nuance and perfect pacing. He reads distinct personalities into each character and his female voices work great too. Maybe it's because of the genre but his performance brings James Marsters' Harry Dresden to mind. I will definitely look for more books read by him. The story is good. A tad bit slow in spots but the narration held it up. There are a lot of strong threads and unique concepts that can be mined for a terrific series. I really hope Mr. James is willing to give us a nice long ride with John Charming. When's the next one??

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Sweep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (824)

    On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

    Donna says: "A MUST LISTEN. Promising start for a new series."
    "There's always a first time."
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    I'm a avid fan of Andrews and Raudman. After giving this book a 2nd listen, I hate to say it... I'm ...disappointed. The story is interesting, but in my opinion, Ms Raudman's narration is a complete miss. The reading is excruciatingly slow, drawn out even further by a rhythm that drove me to turn it off many times. The main character, written to be a sharp young Southern woman in her early 20's, is brought to life as a vague old Southern granny. I just couldn't stay focused. IIona Andrews, you're terrific. I'll definitely get the print version of the next one. Renee, thumbs way way up on your other narrations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down Home Murder: Laura Fleming, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Toni L. P. Kelner
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (341)

    When a tragic family accident brings Laura Fleming back home to Byerly, North Carolina, the sleuth discovers that her beloved grampaw's fatal fall from a ladder in the old mill was not an accident.

    Natalie says: "My favorite cousin is a nice young boy in the KKK!"
    "Horrible!"
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    Believe the negative reviews. Interesting that the Amazon reviewers and Audible reviewers are so different.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blameless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1506)
    Performance
    (1262)
    Story
    (1268)

    Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.

    christin says: "I just couldn't get past the poor production!"
    "I just couldn't get past the poor production!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the previous book and expected to love this one. Unfortunately, the entire reading was ruined by the incredibly long gaps between chapters, odd pacing (really slow at times and normal at others), and irregular unexpected pauses between sentences. It seemed as though the narrator recorded random sentences and paragraphs in separate sittings, which were then pieced together. The amount of dead space between every single chapter was so weirdly long that a few times I thought the book had ended. How did this production get a 'pass'?

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Fablehaven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By E. B. Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (329)

    For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite... Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven.

    J. Gibbs says: "I am so excited this has FINALLY come to Audible."
    "Good story line - narrated for 5 year olds"
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    I love "good for grown-ups too" kids fantasy. This could have been one of them except for the narration. It's very rare for me not to finish a book, however, after four attempts to get comfortable with the juvenile cadence and voice inflections, I threw in the towel at chapter 4. Too bad. The premise is interesting.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1617)
    Performance
    (1484)
    Story
    (1480)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Good Story - ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC NARRATOR!"
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    This book (and hopefully the series) is the perfect combination of sharp, smart writing and pitch-EXCELLENT narration. I've listened to a huge amount of audio books over the years and this is one that stands out as one of the best pairings I've heard. Yes- there are spots that could have lagged a bit but they were saved - no, elevated! - by R Holdbrook-Smith's execution. Oh, and did I mention how often I literally burst out laughing? Good job guys. You both now have another follower! I start book 2 tomorrow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17626)
    Performance
    (16370)
    Story
    (16375)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Totally & unexpectedly enthralling!"
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    I'm an avid audiobook "reader", sometimes going through up to 8 books a month (lots & lots of driving and no TV!). I believe I picked this one up on sale and it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable audio experiences I've had in some time. It took a few minutes to acclimate to the writing style of alternating between action (mainly academic) and science-speak. Noting some of the reviewer comments I was also very nervous about the narration style. While I can understand reviewers who were a bit negative - there have been several narrators who have cost me highly rated books - I have to say I was captivated by the dry inflection that Mr Bray used to portray the wit and and humor of an extremely smart and not-old man. I'm up for a second go!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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