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  • Equal Rites: Discworld, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Celia Imrie
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    Right before the wise old wizard Drum Billet died, he passed on his magical staff of power to the newborn eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately, Drum Billet never bothered to check the gender of the newborn baby, and it turns out it was a girl. Now his chauvinistic colleagues are forced to deal with a young girl who has all the qualifications to join their all-male profession.

    Ryan says: "Entertaining!"
    "Awesome! Shame about the recording quality."
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    If you could sum up Equal Rites in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, badly recorded.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Equal Rites?

    To avoid spoilers I'll be obscure: My standout moment is when Granny talks to the apple tree. Close second is her composure of a letter to UU.


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

    Her voices, timing, and humour are outstanding. She's a favourite actor, and now a favourite narrator.


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

    Laugh and cringe. I've noticed that all the earlier TP books sound as though they have been transferred from audio tape. The quality is a bit crap.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book read by a wonderful actor, to great effect. I wish Audible would run it through a few filters to try and clean it up so it's more enjoyable through headphones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1881)
    Performance
    (1718)
    Story
    (1713)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "A+ marriage of laughs, thrills, story, & narrator"
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    Where does Midnight Riot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to a LOT of audiobooks, so I couldn't give it a numbered ranking amongst the morass, but it's well above average. I'm buying the entire series. Does that answer your question.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Probably the humour, and the spit in your eye truths about human beings (not the supernatural stuff). It's got gritty cynicism perfectly matched with humour.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think to reveal a favourite scene would be to ruin it for a prospective reader. No. I won't answer that question.


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

    Again, discussing a moment that particularly moved me will mean spoilers. Who comes up with these stupid questions?


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun, silly, clever, well thought out romp through London and its surrounds, with a bit of magic to spice things up. I think it would be just as good if it was about a regular plain clothes rookie and his boss. The narrator is the perfect match for the material, and the material is a lot of fun. Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Cumming
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1151)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1058)

    With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

    Angie says: "If You've Been Through Something Similar..."
    "Even if he weren't a famous actor, he'd be a star."
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    Would you listen to Not My Father's Son: A Memoir again? Why?

    I'm not sure. I listened to this entire book within a 24 hour period, rapt by his attitude and sweet wryness. I loved it, and am glad I purchased it, but I have no idea if I will feel the need to listen again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    To ask about characters in a non-fiction autobiographical work is absurd. This is a heartfelt and frank memoir, written and read by an intelligent, damaged, wonderful man, who has chosen to make lemonade from all the lemons thrown his way. Who else could it be but him?


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

    Himself. I'm glad he read it himself. He's a wonderful speaker, and it is, after all, his story.


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

    I alternately cried, giggled, signed, and frowned. Talk about a roller coaster. The most heart-rending moment was near the end though. You'll know it when you get to it. I don't wish to include spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an impulse buy, but there is no buyer's remorse. It's fantastic, and AC is too. Well worth a read, but while there are lots of highlights they are balanced by a lot of dark places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: Glasslands

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (554)

    The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting's stopped, the war is far from over: it's just gone underground. The UNSC's feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan, and a diabolical AI to accelerate the Sangheili insurrection.

    Derrick says: "One of the best in the Halo saga"
    "Another good Halo story - pt 1 of Kilo 5"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a good story. Most of them are, but this one really stands out because of Euan Morton, the narrator. This guy must be a decent actor. His accents and voices are brilliant, and distinct. He performs dialogue, rather than reading it. I have a feeling he's a Scott too, because his Scottish accents are spot on. His American voices aren't bad, and his British and Australian ones are fantastic. He also knows to pronounce the J in Mjölnir* as a "ye" sound, rather than a hard "je" sound. That bugs me in a number of the other Halo books. The Russian one I can't comment on. I only know one Russian, and he doesn't sound like Vas. Morton has also set up a new accent for the Sangheili, that works, if you ignore the fact that Morton doesn't have the four jaws required to be totally authentic :)*Said as "myerl-neer", where the first R is not prounounced.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo: Glasslands?

    When the team is first "meeting" Naomi in her Mjölnir armour. Mal's reaction is gold.


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

    Yes, much the same. He's a consistently good performer.


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

    Why do the fields this review form presents change every time I edit my review?! I have to keep changing the content, as well as the errors! ARGH!

    I don't do tag lines. Just read the damned book.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, people reading this really should read The Thursday War and Mortal Dictata after it, in that order. The Kilo Five trilogy is not three stories. It's one in three volumes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Quality

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (178)

    When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Mr Carleton, Lucilla's uncivil and high-handed guardian. And, chafing at the restrictions of Bath society, Annis has to admit that at least Mr Oliver Carleton is never boring.

    Ella Quent says: "Absolutely charming"
    "An Excellent Story - Annoying Voices"
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    Would you listen to Lady of Quality again? Why?

    I would certainly listen to it again. I've listened to it three times since I first purchased it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is a solid romance, but also has lots of humour.


    What three words best describe Eve Matheson’s voice?

    Three words are insufficient. Lovely in narrative, incredibly enervating when performing character dialogue. I really get annoyed by her character voices. They're so overdone and grating.


    If you could take any character from Lady of Quality out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Miss Wychwood. She's clever and witty.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story, marred by the narrator's shocking characterisations, but still well worth having, as are all of Heyer's Regency novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (851)

    One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

    H. CRODDICK says: "Wonderful listen"
    "Not My Favourite Austen, but Stevenson Makes it!"
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    Where does Emma rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Emma ranks high. Stevenson's performance is masterly, and really, I can't think why I was so surprised, given that she is a favourite actor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miss Bates. I can't help but think that Stevenson drew on Sophie Thompson's wonderful Miss Bates from the 1996 film Adaptation of the book for her own rendering. Miss Bates is a mad, lovely, and favourite of the characters of Emma, and I've loved Thompson's Bates since I first saw the film. She's like a kitten with wings, fluttering around in a squeaky and endearing way, and clumsily bumping into walls. Stevenson could readily be confused for Thompson.


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

    The personalities are bang on. From the first time each character appears you KNOW what they are, because of Stevenson's acting. She really is brilliant. All her voices are fantastic and so distinct, and very few actually sound like Stevenson herself.


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

    Emma's realisation of herself toward the end really cuts to the quick.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a fan of Emma. I prefer Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice by far, but because of Juliet Stevenson I foresee much re-listening to Emma in future. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1057)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "One of My Favourite Books, Well Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sheepfarmer’s Daughter to be better than the print version?

    The audio book is not better than the print book, but you all know why I buy audio books, because you do too. It is lovely to be 'read to', and Jennifer is a very good reader.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paks and Stammel are equally endearing to me, but this is very much Paks's story. Stammel is her mentor and 'big brother', and both are great. Paks is a bit of an idiot in this book, and a bit prissy, but she is a heroine and grows up incredibly fast.


    What does Jennifer Van Dyck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She reads the temperament and mood of the characters. While Moon is a great writer of atmosphere and mood, Jennifer lights it all up and brings it to the top.


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

    I don't want to spoil anything, but Paks's big drama at the Duke's stronghold was a little heartwrenching. Very little in these books makes one laugh, but there are plenty of warm fuzzy moments too :)


    Any additional comments?

    Read this after The Legacy of Gird for maximum understanding of the main religion of the stories.

    I've read and reread all of these books a number of times, and just keep coming back. I highly recommend them to anyone who likes strong female characters, fantasy, and warm fuzzies. It's idealistic and uplifting, but it has its darkness as well, which keeps it from being silly....well, too silly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Limits of Power: Paladin's Legacy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (212)

    The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike.

    Anita says: "Great Tale badly read to gaspy death"
    "Another Wonderful piece to the Paladin Paks Puzzle"
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    What did you like best about Limits of Power? What did you like least?

    The story and characters continue to develop and engross, but this reader is monotonous and irritating. I really wish they'd stuck with Jennifer Van Dyck or Susan Ericksen. The only good thing I can say about Angela Dawe is her voices are good and distinct, but both the others are as well.


    What other book might you compare Limits of Power to and why?

    The book is a solid and consistent part of the two Paksennarion series. It continues a great saga set in an utterly believable world.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The monotonous tonal rhythms of the reader could have been varied, but I'm not sure she could maintain such a change of style. Her reading is a disappointing penance after the other two women.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to this book unless you have read or listened to the previous in this series, and the Deed of Paksenarrion before that. If you pick this one up before reading the others in this series you will be entirely lost and probably bored!

    I also recommend reading the Legacy Of Gird series, a prequel to the Deed, which is in turn a prequel of this series. If you read them all you will be immersed from start to finish of this book as well.

    Legacy of Gird, then Deed, then this series - enjoy! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pyramids: Discworld, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    It isn't easy, being a teenage pharaoh. You're not allowed to carry money, uninhibited young women peel your grapes for you, everyone thinks you're responsible for making the sun rise and the corn grow, you keep dreaming about seven thin cows and seven fat cows (one of them playing the trombone), and on top of everything else, the Great Pyramid has just exploded because of paracosmic instability.

    Stephen Pick says: "Audio is variable"
    "Another Great Pratchett in Need of Clean-Up"
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    Where does Pyramids rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average in terms of performance. Fantastic in terms of story, and below average in terms of audio quality.


    What other book might you compare Pyramids to and why?

    Along the lines of Moving Pictures, also by Pratchett.


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favorite?

    You Bastard, the Discworld's foremost mathematician.


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

    Laugh and cringe. Funny book, and absorbing, but the audio quality, like most of the early recordings of Pratchett's books, sounds as thought it was transferred from audio tape.


    Any additional comments?

    One of Planer's better recitals, but needs an audio clean-up. Worth getting though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Sheep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Barbara Leigh-Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (231)

    He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile... Miss Abigail Wendover's efforts to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter are complicated by the arrival in Bath of Miles Caverleigh. The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous care-for-naught with a scandalous past - that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny's unwise liaison with his nephew!

    Roxalanne says: "Excellent entertainment"
    "Barbara Leigh-Hunt and Georgette Heyer - Perfect"
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    If you could sum up Black Sheep in three words, what would they be?

    Masterful. Fun. Compelling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miles Calverley is a stand-out. He's the epitome of the black sheep, and incredibly sympathetic. Every scene he's in is a highlight, which is saying something, given the lovely story he features in.


    What about Barbara Leigh-Hunt’s performance did you like?

    Her dramatisation. She doesn't really do voices to any great degree, but she nails the intonation, mood, and timing, and suits the period so well, as anyone who has seen her as Lady Catherine De Berg in the BBC miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice will agree with. She delineates voices enough to make dialogue easy to follow, and she brings the book to life beautifully. When I read the book a while after listening to this I found myself hearing the words as Barbara reads them, and was pleased.


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

    Moved? Hmm, spoilers. I'll leave this alone.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book, read by a great actress, fitting to the subject matter and vibe. Worth getting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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