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leonie

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  • The Sound of Rebellion: The Human Division, Episode 8

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (454)

    The Colonial Defense Forces usually protect humanity from alien attack, but now the stability of the Colonial Union has been threatened, and Lieutenant Heather Lee and her squad are called to squash a rebellion on a colony world. It seems simple enough - but there's a second act to the rebellion that finds Lee captive, alone, and armed with only her brains to survive.

    leonie says: "Look with your ears."
    "Look with your ears."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sound of Rebellion the most enjoyable?

    This story started out one thing, and then it changed. I just kept getting more intense and interesting. The drama and tension built, but there was still a trace of comedy relief. I love books that can make me laugh but still have me on the edge of my seat to the end. The fact that this short story can do all of that in such a short time is brilliant. Brilliance shown by both the author and the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration is wonderful. Perfect pitch. I can see the irony that would be evident without the words.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    I read that question twice and then went and checked the narrator's name. The main character is a woman and even though I know it was a man's voice, my mind tells me I heard a woman. That is a real skill.


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

    This was a book I had to listen to in one sitting. I couldn't just listen to part of it and go do something else. I needed to know the end.


    Any additional comments?

    this is a great series. I'm torn as I can't wait for the next one to be released, but then there is one more gone towards the end of the series. I don't want it to end. But I want to know what happens. Colour me confused much?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America, Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Hackett Fischer
    • Narrated By Julian Elfer
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    This fascinating audiobook is the first volume in a projected cultural history of the United States, from the earliest English settlements to our own time. It is a history of American folkways as they have changed through time, and it argues a thesis about the importance for the United States of having been British in its cultural origins. While most people in the United States today have no British ancestors, they have assimilated regional cultures which were created by British colonists, even while preserving ethnic identities at the same time.

    leonie says: "This is great, much more than title suggests"
    "This is great, much more than title suggests"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Albion's Seed to be better than the print version?

    The narrator was great and when it came to comparing accents and usage of words listening was better than reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Albion's Seed?

    So much history that I never understood. The first British settlers shaped the USA as it is now in everything from cooking to the Presidents. This book brings history alive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not so much a scene, but I did enjoy reading of the marriage customs in the different parts of hte country.


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

    No. It isn't that kind of book. I had a lot of moments of "that's where that came from."


    Any additional comments?

    This book makes the early years of American History so easy to understand. The time before Independence is explained and the reasons for later history up to the modern day make sense when these basic differences of early settlement regions are understood.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost and Lady Alice: The Royal Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Charlotte Anne Dore
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Alice Lovesey is a poor, mistreated scullery maid whose desperate plea for help miraculously summons Wadham Hall's rakish eighth duke - summons him from the dead! Though caught up in the delights of being newly materialized, the duke promises to return the favor by helping Alice become a lady of quality. But does Alice's heart stand a ghost of a chance now that she has lost it to a restless spirit?

    leonie says: "This is no Cinderella."
    "This is no Cinderella."
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    What did you love best about The Ghost and Lady Alice?

    M c Beaton has a knack of creating unique characters and conveying a lot in few words. The plot is tight and the characters are memorable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ghost and Lady Alice?

    I like the scene where the ghost first appeared. Alice is dirty and in rags and the detail of the Duke's costume is so beautifully detailed.


    Have you listened to any of Charlotte Anne Dore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    When I heard her voice I recognized it, but I'm not sure from where. She is very professional and can voice an array of characters without becoming annoying.


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

    No! It is such a great book. If it was made into a film they would make a mess of it. Maybe a BBC mini-series might handle it.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a huge fan of the Hamish McBeth series and have nearly every audible book. I wasn't so impressed with the female detective M C Beaton wrote next, but I'm so glad to find that he/she is still writing and if the other books are as good as this one, I'll be listening for awhile to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terrance Dicks
    • Narrated By Tom Baker
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    For many thousands of years, the Suthekh had waited... trapped in the heart of an Egyptian pyramid. Now at last the time had come - the moment of release, when all the force of his pent-up evil and malice would be unleashed upon the world. The TARDIS lands in the year 1911, and the Doctor and Sarah emerge to fight a terrifying and deadly battle...against Egyptian mummies, half possessed humans - and the overwhelming evil power of Sutekh!

    Eric says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    "the quintessential Doctor Who Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars the most enjoyable?

    Of course any Dortor Who fan will love to listen to the accent of Tom Baker. His voice was perfect for The Doctor and here he portrays the entire cast. A great actor and a great narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The easy answer is The Doctor or Sarah Jane, BUT the were so may great bit players from the poacher, the brother and the friend. The Egyptian servant with his wild organ playing kept me interested as well. And the gods were portrayed with suitable dignity and gravitas.


    What about Tom Baker’s performance did you like?

    I liked everything about Tom Baker's narration. He got the story accross with the right amount of style and used his experience as an actor to give all the characters life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The truth riddle in the Mars pyramid which the correct answer will free Sarah Jane and the wrong answer will kill her. The Doctor took that casually but with deep feeling.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always been told I couldn't be a real Doctor Who fan if I hadn't read The Pyramids of Mars. I'm not sure if I'm anymore of a fan than I was but now I understand some of the history better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (379)

    It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on - until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns. Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind.

    Maddy says: "Under the Spell"
    "a taste of things to come"
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    If you could sum up The First in three words, what would they be?

    sad, happy, amazed


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I suppose my favourite character should be the Returned man but I really enjoyed his fiancee's reaction to having him come back.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Towards the end there is a scene in a hospital. I can't say more or I'll spoil the outcome for you. You'll know it when you read it.


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

    The fiancee's mother is rather interesting. The way she accepts everything is unusual but the writer makes it believable.


    Any additional comments?

    After you read this you'll want to read the other prequels and The Returned.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bargain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Emma Newman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    Forced to wed to keep her inheritance, independent Lady Jocelyn Kendal finds an outrageous solution: she proposes marriage to Major David Lancaster, an officer dying from his Waterloo wounds. In return for making her his wife, she will provide for his governess sister. But after the bargain is struck and the marriage is made, the major makes a shocking, miraculous recovery.

    April says: "A Classic Worth Your Time"
    "romance with a difference"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bargain to be better than the print version?

    No. I felt that reading this book would be preferable. The narrator was good but not suited to this book.


    What other book might you compare The Bargain to and why?

    This is a good historical romance and is well written. It is slightly more detailed a story to the normal romance but enjoyable.


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

    I have listened to other books narrated by Emma Newman and enjoyed them much more than this one.


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

    No idea.


    Any additional comments?

    A good romance that is well written. The story of the soldier on his death bed and the beauty is lovely and slow. The romance blooms between them with a few hitches and lots of love. It has a good ending.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Harvest of Time (3rd Doctor Novel)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Beevers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    After billions of years of imprisonment, the vicious Sild have broken out of confinement. From a ruined world at the end of time, they make preparations to conquer the past, with the ultimate goal of rewriting history. But to achieve their aims they will need to enslave an intellect greater than their own... On Earth, UNIT is called in to investigate a mysterious incident on a North Sea drilling platform. The Doctor believes something is afoot, and no sooner has the investigation begun than something even stranger takes hold: the Brigadier is starting to forget about UNIT's highest-profile prisoner.

    Robert Eric Koch says: "Excellent Third Doctor Story"
    "times of change"
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    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Who: Harvest of Time (3rd Doctor Novel) the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was so good at doing all the voices. I didn't have to worry about keeping the characters straight as the were instantly recognizable.


    What other book might you compare Doctor Who: Harvest of Time (3rd Doctor Novel) to and why?

    This book was similar to most of the Doctor Who books, so if you are a fan you know what to expect in the way of quality and content. The characters are mostly known to fans. The Master and the Doctor remember their shared childhood which is interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favourite scene involves The Master seeing many versions of himself. I can't say too much or it will mess up the surprise in the storyline for you.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I'm not a big fan of books that feature The Master but this book shows him in a different light. At least at times. There is one scene in particular when the Doctor and the Master are alone in the TARDIS that is very memorable and could have changed everything. SPOILERS. So I won't say anything.


    Any additional comments?

    A solid Doctor Who novel that wad improved by a great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Horror of Fang Rock

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Terrance Dicks
    • Narrated By Louise Jameson, Tom Baker
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Fang Rock Lighthouse stands somewhere off the South Coast of England in the early 1900s. Its three keepers have lately noticed a strange fog, and one has seen an eerie light in the water. Soon one of them is dead, and Old Reuben believes that legend is about to become reality. When the Doctor and Leela arrive, they become involved in a frightening fight for survival.

    leonie says: "Some of my forgotten favourites found on Audlble"
    "Some of my forgotten favourites found on Audlble"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Who: Horror of Fang Rock to be better than the print version?

    I read a lot of Doctor Who book and find differences when I read or watch an episode but I love all versions of Doctor Who that whichever one I'm currently doing is my favourite.
    It is like looking at gem stones. The gem may look different from various sides or light. But it is always a gem.
    I've been a fan of Doctor who since we got our first tv when I was eight or so. Discovering new ways to travel with the Doctor is always a treat. So is going back and revisiting his earlier incarnations.
    I missed the first few Doctors and only got into the series when the guy who installed the tv put it on Doctor Who with Tom Baker as the Doctor. So he was my favourite. And I love Leena as his companion. Reading this was better than watching it on our "New" tv with its black and white screen and constant stream of interference that I watched it on in the 70s.
    I love Doctor Who and I loved this trip down memory lane.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom Baker 's Doctor was my favourite Doctor Who but it was leena who gave this story it's strength.


    What about Louise Jameson (linking narration) and Tom Baker ’s performance did you like?

    The fact that the actress who played Leena is the one doing the narration makes this Audible book so wonderful.


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

    "Danger at Fang Rock"pretty much covers it.


    Any additional comments?

    All fans of Doctor Who and especially the fans of Tom Baker will love this book. Leena is a bonus.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Riders: The Truth About the Charge of the Light Brigade

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Terry Brighton
    • Narrated By Crawford Logan
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    On 25 October 1854, during the Crimean War, the Light Brigade of the British Cavalry Division made the most magnificent and most brutal charge in military history. Almost 700 men armed with sabre and lance, charged straight at the muzzles of Russian cannons. This vivid and extraordinarily detailed account of the charge and the bloody melee that followed, by an author with unique access to regimental archives, is told largely in the words of the survivors themselves.

    leonie says: "A great piece of history"
    "A great piece of history"
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    Would you listen to Hell Riders again? Why?

    Yes. This was a wonderful find. A great piece of history told in an easy to understand way.
    I'd heard of "The Charge of the Light Brigade" but never really thought of when it was and how it effected the future of war. This doesn't really go into those issues but after listening to this I can make sense of a lot more of modern history.
    The story is told with the individuals involved stories, not the political reasons. It makes the history real and understandable without having to know all the political goings on at the time. This happened and it lead to this and it affected this person this way.
    It is a good novel if you enjoy history or military tales.


    What about Crawford Logan’s performance did you like?

    The narration was perfect for this kind of book. Varied enough to keep one engaged but not overpowering so the details didn't get lost in the telling.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is factual but entertaining enough that I didn't feel as if I was at a lecture. Even people who only like their historical books to be fiction would like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Kiss a Rake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (220)

    Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home her of father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt...or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too.... Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper.

    Harry_ATL says: "Excellent performance!"
    "Why?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration of this book was horrible. I bought the Kindle book and the Audio one together and had already read the first few chapters before listening to the narration. I was enjoying the book when I read it but when I listened to it I had to stop and check it was the same novel as I couldn't stand another minute of it.
    I've listened to this narrator before and enjoyed the experience, but every voice she used grated with this tale. And why give an English lord a American accent?
    I hate to give bad reviews but felt I had to warn other readers of this accident. The book is great, but stick to the written word on this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm only a third or the way through thebook, but found it interesting.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Xe Sands?

    Anyone.


    Was Never Kiss a Rake worth the listening time?

    No. The ten minute bus wait was torture with this in my ears. I won't listen to the rest of it. When I recover I might finish read the book, but not until I can get that narrator's voice out of my memory.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness: Star Trek Movie Novelizations, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Alice Eve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    Pioneering director J. J. Abrams has delivered an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek into darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

    Elizabeth says: "Horrible narrator, great story"
    "a good story that is told well."
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    Where does Star Trek: Into Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is a bit of fun. It is good for the times when I want entertainment and not to think too much. Enough action to be enjoyable but it still has a good narrative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm not a big Star Trek fan but have watched some of the tv series. I loved that I could be interested in this story without having to know all the fan stuff. Everything is fresh and light. I loved the way the narrator handled the characters and accents.


    What about Alice Eve’s performance did you like?

    She brought the different characters to life with ease. It was easy to understand and tell who was talking in every case. Most of the time I forgot that she was female and just let her talent for voices carry on.


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

    I didn't want a book to listen to in one sitting as I just wanted something to relax to and wind down with. Even so, I found the book interesting right to the end. There were enough twists and turns to keep the narrative moving forward and the end was satisfactorily summed up.


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen even if you aren't a dyed in the wool fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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