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  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4108)
    Performance
    (3780)
    Story
    (3775)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Janice says: "What does it mean to be human?"
    "excellent!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wonderfully human characters and interesting story. Not what you'd expect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Definitely the djinni


    If you could rename The Golem and the Jinni, what would you call it?

    I think it is perfectly named.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seventh Sigil

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Robert Krammes
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Five hundred years ago, a clan of rebels was banished to the bottom of the enchanted world of Aeronne; ever since, these Bottom Dwellers have sought revenge, and now they are waging all-out war on the rest of humanity. Their deadly 'contramagic' beams destroy buildings and attack naval airships, and their demonic drumming brings terrible storms and disrupts the magic of the people and dragons Above. The attack of their full contramagic power will create a magical Armageddon.

    happy says: "Great Story! Welcome back Kirby!!!"
    "Great Story! Welcome back Kirby!!!"
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    Would you listen to The Seventh Sigil again? Why?

    Yes. Action-packed from the very beginning.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Father Jacob. He is smart and self-deprecating and just plain heroic


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Thank goodness Kirby concluded this trilogy. His voices and inflections are fantastic!


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2139)
    Performance
    (1480)
    Story
    (1482)

    Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

    Angie says: "Brillant Narration"
    "dragged out too much"
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    If you could sum up Tommo and Hawk in three words, what would they be?

    get. the. mongrels.


    Would you recommend Tommo and Hawk to your friends? Why or why not?

    Great continuation of the story. But seemed to drag at times.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Hawk for sure!


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3649)
    Performance
    (2632)
    Story
    (2639)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Fantastic!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Potato Factory to be better than the print version?

    Not having read the printed page, I can't say definitively. But the narrator was phenomenal!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Potato Factory?

    Mary Abacus receiving her boys.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    His ability to seamlessly go between characters and his use of intonation for each character was great!


    If you could take any character from The Potato Factory out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mary Abacus!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful story and terrific telling of it. Could not wait for my monthly credit to come and had to pay for the second book :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A King's Ransom

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sharon Kay Penman
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    This long-anticipated sequel to the national best sellerLionheart is a vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard, Coeur de Lion. Taken captive by the Holy Roman Emperor while en route home - in violation of the papal decree protecting all crusaders - he was to spend fifteen months imprisoned, much of it in the notorious fortress at Trefils, from which few men ever left alive, while Eleanor of Aquitaine moved heaven and earth to raise the exorbitant ransom.

    happy says: "unfortunate narration"
    "unfortunate narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A King's Ransom to be better than the print version?

    NO. Penman's writing is so crisp, so clear, so colorful. This is the first audio of hers I've listened to and I was disappointed. King Richard sounded like Thurston Howell III on painkillers and Richard's queen Berengaria's voice was so simpering and insipid I wanted to scream every time she had dialogue.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joanna of course.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Gray’s performances?

    No thank you.


    Who was the most memorable character of A King's Ransom and why?

    Eleanor of course. What an amazing woman she was!!!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Riders: The Dragon Brigade, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Robert Krammes
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    In a world where magic is intrinsic to the fabric of everyday life, two kingdoms, centuries-long enemies, have long sought a powerful magical weapon that will win them lasting dominance. But neither realm is ready when they are both attacked by the Bottom-Dwellers, a bitter people whose own land was destroyed, and who now live only to take vengeance on those they blame for a wretched life in the storm-tossed abyss they inhabit. Using contramagic strengthened by blood sacrifice to attack the world above, they threaten to bring down whole cities, or even the island kingdoms themselves.

    John says: "good build up and nice cliffhanger"
    "too bad the narrator was so horrible... good story"
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    If you could sum up Storm Riders in three words, what would they be?

    WORST? narraTOR. eVER!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Storm Riders?

    Listening to the narration. He pronounced everyone's name completely differently than the first narrator. His inflection was horrible. He put an accent/emphasis on the last syllable of too many words (as if that made it an actual accent) and made statements into questions. The dragons sounded drugged. In all, it sounded like he couldn't decide if the characters were drunken Scots, Jamaicans, Germans or Frenchmen.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He could have listened to the narrator of the first book. He very nearly ruined the book for me.


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself was interesting. I liked the political intrigue and multi-dimensional characters and alliances.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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