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  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6381)
    Performance
    (3154)
    Story
    (3177)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Certainly worth a listen"
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    Would you listen to Neverwhere again? Why?

    I plan on it! Neil Gaiman is a wonderful writer and narrator - the story and narration are captivating!


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

    Gaiman is very good at acting out the various voices of the characters.

    There are certain points that an awkward echo is used- it very much adds to the humor and drama of the performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1059)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "The narrator made it tolerable"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story- overall, this was a stinker.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    None of them really. Every character was flat- no one was dynamic in this story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom. Sorry- I hate to rate a book so poorly, but this was a juvenile entry for a very seasoned author.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was not my favorite, but he really did a fabulous job here! I was NOT a fan of the book from beginning to end, but I still was able to get through the entire thing. I didn't return it because you can tell he put a lot into it, and I really appreciate the performance/effort. If he didn't emote so much through each character to make them somewhat real (each one was TERRIBLY flat), I would have returned the book early on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5247)
    Performance
    (4837)
    Story
    (4842)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "[foot_worms]"
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    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    No one can quite tell a Neil Gaiman story like Neil himself because no one else knows the characters so very well.


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

    How to lose a cat.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5252)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1765)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Wish I'd seen that this was full cast"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No! I should have picked up another copy of the physical book.

    The full cast is awkward and unnatural- as if the actors all participated separately and all the audio tracks were just dumped into the final file. There are no natural conversational pauses, so each actor's speaand the voices are over-acted.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Olivia Fox Cabane
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1405)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1195)

    What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

    Gare&Sophia says: "An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic."
    "The volume level kept cutting in and out"
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    Would you try another book from Olivia Fox Cabane and/or Lisa Cordileione?

    Yes


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to The Charisma Myth?

    It was informative and the narrator had a very charismatic voice.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio periodically cuts in and out- the voice becomes hard to hear, then really loud. It's not constant, but it is certainly a distraction when you're trying to focus on the narrator's directions

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3451)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1440)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "This is wonderful!"
    Overall
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    Where does Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a wonderful and complex story. It is absolutely unpredictable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Childermass. In the most spoiler-free way of putting it, the story wouldn't happen without him.


    What three words best describe Simon Prebble’s voice?

    Perfectly suitably British,


    If you could rename Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, what would you call it?

    The History of English Magic.


    Any additional comments?

    It seems that halfway through the narrator forgets which characters he's doing and what their(the characters') motives are. The inflections in certain people change- I think this is mostly due to the large 'cast' of characters in the book....anyone would get lost! Overall, the narrator''s accent and tone fit the book perfectly, but you will be confused on who-is-who at points.Furthermore, this is one of the most wonderful and surprising books I've ever read and listened to. I find often in fiction I can 'predict' where a story will go, and I could never do that with this story- even up until the end! I highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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