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  • The Legend of Victor Standish

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Roland Yeomans
    • Narrated By Lee Harpster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Every city has its secrets. New Orleans more than most. New Orleans is the most haunted city in America where Voodoo was big business, slavery even more so, and no government official or newspaper dares to tell the truth. Into this strange world arrives the street orphan, Victor Standish, from Charon's Greyhound. Charon has to keep up with the times...the End Times. Victor has survived mean streets, but now he must cope with Zombie Love and the haunted French Quarter.

    Roland says: "Lee Harpster nails a never-say-die street gypsy"
    "Lee Harpster Delivers!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Legend of Victor Standish the most enjoyable?

    It's always interesting to "hear" the characters you've fallen in love with, and this audio book is extra special. I've "known" these characters for a while and it was enjoyable hearing them come to life thanks to Mr. Harpster. There were numerous characters and accents and he did a pretty great job keeping them straight. Listening also helps with details I miss while reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Victor and Alice are the standouts, of course. He's a kid with a big heart and more courage than is sometimes wise. I'm partial to Sam, too. He's definitely the person you want to have at your back.


    What about Lee Harpster’s performance did you like?

    Keeping track of all the different characters, their accents and individuality-a massive job and he did a pretty great job of it. He also helped me learn how to pronounce a few words.


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

    Take a deep breath and don't let go!


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book (in any format) to those who love a great adventure, science fiction/fantasy/modern western/gothic/romance/horror. Yeah, I think that might cover it. Really, Roland's books cover lots of genres and should appeal to a wide variety of readers.

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  • The Bear with Two Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Roland Yeomans
    • Narrated By Jack de Golia
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In a land just beyond your mirror lies a realm few discover. It is a magical, dangerous dimension. There lurks your darkest nightmares and your fondest hopes. For nearly two thousand winters there, the seasons have flowed inevitably one into another. Life is as it always has been.

    Christina L Carr says: "I feel like I should have enjoyed it but..."
    "Incredible!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this. The narrator is excellent, differentiating the characters with his voice. Myths and legends from different cultures are seamlessly interwoven to create a wonderful story. The main character is Hibbs. His grandmother is...more difficult to explain in a sentence or two, but she's like the life-force of the world. The secondary characters are memorable, likable - or despicable. The settings are stark, haunting, and beautiful. The writing conveys well to the spoken narration. One neat thing-I now know how to pronounce some of the names I used to stumble over :)If Tolkien came to America and wrote tales about our history, especially concerning Lakota legends, this might be a tale he would have written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hibbs. He doesn't have all the answers, but he learns. He is innocent-and not. He is kind and forgiving. I also like his grandmother. I'm not going to attempt to spell her name! She's fierce, but just. I like Hibbs' friends, too. The Firebird and the Flame. My other favorite characters are covered by the next question.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved when the Spirit Warriors came onto the scene. Like the Roman soldiers, they had honor and passion and courage. I studied the histories of the Spirit Warriors, of the time when they were still flesh, for my class. I loved hearing them brought to life.


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

    Several places made me chuckle. Hibbs and his friends have a healthy sense of humor.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first experience with an Audible book and I have to say, it's a winner!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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