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ginette

montreal, QC, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • 39 reviews
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  • 299 titles in library
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  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3175)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1997)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "I just didn't get it."
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    People raved about this book. So I listened and listened and listened. I never was able to differentiate among the voices , so to me it sounded like one big whine. The characters are cardboard motifs of themselves and never become more so. Patronizing missionaries go to the Congo and the expected results occur. Again seen much of that before. The reader sounds like she has too many words in each sentence and is eager to get to the end of them. The pace even at normal speed is fast. There is little change in inflection which again adds to the whine factor. The only interesting part to this book is the place setting. The Congolese women are interesting , though we never get to know any of them. All in all I was glad to get to the end of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jhereg: Vlad Taltos, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Steven Brust
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (439)

    Vlad Taltos, a mobster and assassin in the magical metropolis of Adrilankha, is given the largest contract of his career, but the job is even more complicated than he expects.

    D says: "Dragons, Assassins, and Intrigue"
    "Story better than the narration..Huh?"
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    I did not think such a combination was possible. The story is one of assassination. Oh, but how to do the execution without possibility of revivification or breaking the laws of Castle Black. The assassin must not contribute to the next war between the Dragon and Jhereg Clans. So many factors make this a good story. I really wanted to keep listening and enjoyed it overall.
    I just had to ignore the reader's voice. Especially when it came to the main character. He was flat. It made it so that I did not like my main character. He sounded childish and petulant. He did a pretty good job with every one else. The female voices also were too faint. I had to keep increasing the volume for the women and then putting it down again for the men. Surely a technician should have been able to control this. In spite of all this , though, we listened to the whole thing. Great Story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lives of Tao

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Wesley Chu
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    When out-of-shape IT technician Roen wakes up and starts hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumes he’s losing it. He isn’t. As of last night, he has a passenger in his brain - an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Over the millennia his people have trained human heroes to be great leaders, to advance our species at a rate far beyond what it would have achieved on its own. Split into two opposing factions - the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix - the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries.

    Nathan says: "Realistic take on secret agent with aliens"
    "An underrated listen !"
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    I urge to listen to this story...if... you like action, sci-fi . Those are not uncommon combinations. However, I find that many times the action overwhelms the characters in a story. This is not the case with "The lives of Tao". Wesley Chu takes the time to develop his main characters and we care about them. We also feel the conflict he is dragged into. This story works on many levels. The reader added to the pleasure by making sure we knew who was involved when and giving them their voice. I was sad when we got to the end and am looking forward to book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (3654)
    Performance
    (3193)
    Story
    (3230)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Loved it !"
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    The premise of this book is interesting. I do not know much about video games and to have a thriller based with that as a platform caught my imagination. However, the author then conjures up a series of events involving other scenarios . I don't want to spoil anyone's listening experience. The story offers a little of everything , it should , it is long enough,maybe even a little too much. That is my only criticism. The reader however keeps it moving right along wonderfully. My husband and I listened together and enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sower of Dreams: The Gods' Dream Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Debra Holland
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    A kingdom invaded. A warrior princess on the run for her life. A hero from another world. An evil god who wants their souls. Can they join forces to defeat the evil one and win freedom for their people?

    Brandy DM LovesBooks says: "First Audio Book - Not dissapointed at all"
    "Not sure I,ll get through it"
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    I am now a little over 4hrs into this one. Not much has happened..kingdom lost , hero escaped murder what..? Is this not exciting ? What , why not? The descriptions are beautiful. I love magic statues. Hate to say this but the reader is not helping. My expectations may have been too high, but I expected a performance like I got from Brendan Sanderson's Radiance. Noah Michael Levine does tell us with his voice who is speaking but inflection is all flat. So far our lovers have not met in the flesh.
    For her part , the author seems to have followed a recipe. One war, two lovers, add a little magic and cross your fingers. The characters are not well drawn so far. I do not really care for them at all.

    If this turns out to be a romance novel I am going to be disappointed. I will keep slugging and let you know if my impressions change.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4501)
    Performance
    (1961)
    Story
    (1975)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Not what I expected"
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    The man sees and inert acts with ghosts. His name is Odd. Got my curiosity. Our hero is poetic and waxes eloquent about much...the sinewy snakes on the river...nice but in a story about ghost?! and there is too much of it in there for me! Too many things happens,such as a ghost giving up her ghostliness for no explained reason other than he gave her such a reassuring smile. I waited for substance or character development but in vain. This is a light hearted romantic novel. the reader does a good job with the material provided and it doesn't become maudlin. That is probably why my husband and I made it to the end. We were grateful when it was done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7078)
    Performance
    (6724)
    Story
    (6746)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Can't hardly wait for book 3 !"
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    What a story. Had my husband and I on the edge of our seats for the whole time. Just now found out it is book 2 of 10. I wish Brandon Sanderson long life! The readers were wonderful. Each character felt authentic and separate. Great work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (472)

    Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

    Coffee Lover says: "Wonderful story, perfect narration!"
    "It's a Romp!"
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    If you like older adventurous women , who do not fear death , Mrs Polifax will charm you like she charmed me. I love her oh what the hell attitude. You only live once. The reader does a great job once again keeping everyone straight and I feel she adds to the story giving Mrs. Polifax wit and character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (694)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "I love Mrs. Polifax"
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    Story

    I didn't have high expectations for this book,but the preview intrigued me and I figured at worse it would be an old biddy spy book. Cute and not too exciting. Well, Dorothy Gilman delivered a plot that was more involved than anticipated and Mrs Polifax was gutsier than I would have thought. Let's hear it for women in their 60s.
    The reader did a great job even with the male voices. Can't wait to hear book 2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liars & Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (170)

    Tommy Carmellini is sent to post guard duty at a farmhouse in Virginia's remote Blue Ridge Mountains, where top government operatives are debriefing a star defector: the ultimate KGB insider, a man with records on every operation and every dirty trick the shadowy intelligence agency has ever run, from Lenin to Putin.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast Paced - Good Read!"
    "Great Story"
    Overall
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    I have to agree with Andrew this is a fast-paced book. Flows easily and the readers good to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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