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  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (1156)
    Story
    (1149)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Fascinating"
    "Killing and torturing with a conscience."
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    Where does The Hangman's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story ranks in my top 15 but it might actually be 15. That's not a bad thing with the amount of listening I've done.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hangman's Daughter?

    There are many memorable moments. The author keeps you constantly on edge with the potential of something bad happening to someone good.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I personally love Mr. Gardner's voice and delivery (ie: The Stand, Hangman's Daughter) His deliberate pauses and vocal inflection's based on the character speaking, make you forget there is just one person reading. What I get from listening to him is the closest thing to an ensemble performance.


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

    No, it was better to stretch it out over 3 days, to savor it. I never enjoy having a good book or series come to an end I always fear not being able to find another.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is nearly on par with The Mathew Corbett Mysteries (Robert McCammon). It's a similar setting and time. That's also a series that draws you in and won't let go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9619)
    Performance
    (8576)
    Story
    (8552)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Simple fun and excitement"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Certain ones, yes. Friends that enjoy magic and action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Iron Druid, duh...


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

    N/A


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

    No, but I enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    The whole series was great fun and I look forward to the next book coming in Nov. '12.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11353)
    Performance
    (9053)
    Story
    (9160)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Hogwarts for Grownups"
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    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    Yes, and when my credits run out, I will. It's such a great story. As always, getting to know the characters and beginning to care about them and what their doing is the hardest part for me. Usually, once I get through that first part, I can finish and frequently fully enjoy and/or love a book. This story is one that I loved! Book 2 was just as good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, of course.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't choose, too many and hard to explain anyway.


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

    I have no answer for this.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who loved Harry Potter should enjoy this book.... Just stick with it, don't give up! It really pays off! Then get book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24094)
    Performance
    (18036)
    Story
    (18093)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great story, long listen."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this but only to certain people. This is a good story and richly detailed and descriptive. It is difficult to stay with for nearly the first half. Until you become familiar with and love the characters, one may find it long and tedious. Once invested in them, you will care very deeply for them, even some of the villians and you cannot wait to find out what happens next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edard Stark. He was honorable, valiant, fair and courageous. And imperfect. He reminded me of my own father.I must also choose another: Dani, Mother of Dragons. We watched as she went from slave to her brother, to Calisi, to Queen and mother.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Hard choice.... It's between Ned Stark, the Karl (Dani's husband) and Tirrian Lannester (the Imp). I apologize for my spellings...it was an audio book!


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

    The Seven Kingdoms


    Any additional comments?

    Let me start by saying that Roy Dotrice was excellent, may he rest in peace. He helped you to visualize the characters with the enormity of voices and accents he produced. There are few that are better than he was. Frank Muller, being the only one that comes to mind.

    As a criticism, the editing process was poorly done, in my humble opinion. There were a great deal of repeated sentences throughout the entire audio. There may have been a reason that I am unaware of but I can not think of any possibilities. I found it minorly annoying but it did not take away from the grandeur of the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9578)
    Performance
    (7095)
    Story
    (7143)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Jason says: "Brandon's Best Work Yet"
    "Great! But you'll need to hang in there at times"
    Overall

    Wow, what an amazingly complex and incredible story! There is a great deal to learn about Sanderson's world, past and present and it's characters, past and present. The characters are deep and rich and so intricately woven into each-other, whether they know it or not, and they are all steeped in ritual, pride, honor and ignorance. Sound familiar?
    I lost myself in the imagining of what was happening at any given time during the story and this allowed me to easily endure the sometimes slow and monotone nature of the narration. I am always aware of being to critical of something I can't do better than another, but the narration was my only hurdle with this wonderful story. Michael Kramers voice was clear, concise and unwavering, but lacked some charisma and personality. Kate Readings voice had more of those desirable qualities but I still found myself wanting more 'zip' in the story-telling. Over-all, I put it at #16 of my listens- out of several hundred.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves: The Starcatchers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (326)

    Peter leaves the relative safety of Mollusk Island - along with his trusted companion, Tinker Bell - for the cold, damp, dangerous streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the dark and deadly slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra, who is intent on recovering the missing starstuff.

    SciFiSurfer says: "My Kids Loved the the Starcatchers Series!"
    "Trying not to be critical, it's a kids book!"
    Overall

    I liked Peter and the Star Catchers, as did my wife and 14 year old, so naturally we got the next 2 books in the series. None of us found ourselves "hooked" (pun intended) on anything but Jim Dales incredible talent to bring a story to life! We leave our Jim Dale experiances feeling as though we had just watched a lengthy movie instead of listened to an audiobook. I feel as though I saw all the HP movies long before they came out.
    I fear a backlash here, but these next two stories in Peters saga are redundant, predictable and simple and other than the narrator, would mostly only intrigue the under 14 crowd, which is where it is aimed anyway, so that's perfect. Adults would find much more satisfaction in the Dark Tower Series from Stephen King if they want true 5 star writing and listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9870)
    Performance
    (4801)
    Story
    (4829)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "This is my title."
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this Stepen King book, as I guess I always do reading King books. Who am I to critisize anyway? The story moves along and never gets bogged down into a boring filler area. SK is the master storyteller of this and last century. This story won't disappoint anyone who is a SK fan.

    I suppose my one critique would be that I didn't care for Raul Esparza's narrative character voices. Just his narrative voice was fine but the characters, especially the female ones, came off rather poorly. I am not being hyper-critical here because I know that the delivery of so many voices is very difficult and I couldn't do it.

    For those who haven't read King before, don't let his reputation fool you, his stories are character driven, not just blood and guts. That aspect of his books is secondary. It's what might happen- and sometimes does- that keeps you listening/reading.
    Thank You, Mr. King, for giving us many hours of gripping entertainment yet again!
    Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy live!!
    Mark Simpson - Sutton VT

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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