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  • Willful Child

  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the... And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through "the infinite vastness of interstellar space".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loving, biting, very funny parody of classic SF

  • By Ethan M. on 12-12-14

I nearly puked! With laughter. (No joke.)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-16

What did you love best about Willful Child?

The character depictions and the adventures of the Willful Child were a non-stop romp through the SF (largely Star Trek) universe at warp... er T speed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Willful Child?

There are many, but the opening conversation between Capt. Hadrian and his superior almost made me spit out my coffee!

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

He gives the characters their own voices and to the captain, in particular, he excellently translates his "devil make care" attitude.

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

I did! As I mentioned in the title above, I nearly puked! At one point I was laughing so hard that I was gagging on my coffee... Thankfully, I survived!

Any additional comments?

If you loved or even just had a passing relationship with Star Trek or Futurama's Zap Brannigan you will lov.... you can guess the rest.There is one WARNING however, the book is R-rated (not X-rated thankfully). It never goes beyond F-bombs, sexual allusions and implied sex, but it is there and not for the young. This is, without exception, the funniest SF book that I have ever had the pleasure of listening to and I can't wait for the next book in the series...OH Wait! I don't have to wait at all! Book 2 "Wrath of Betty" is already up on audible! I'm off to download!
Geez, I sound like a commercial~

  • A History of the Peninsular War 1807-1809

  • By: Charles Oman
  • Narrated by: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
  • Length: 26 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

FNH Audio presents a reading of Charles Oman's classic military history A History of the Peninsular War. In this first volume, a detailed examination is made of the first years of the war, 1807 to 1809. The campaign is examined from both sides using reference materials from British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese sources. This book covers the invasion of Spain and Napoleon's trickery in luring the Spanish crown into prison. It also features Wellington's first peninsular battle and of course the famous retreat to Corunna and the battle at that place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful if you can tolerate the reader

  • By Keith on 01-01-13

Landmark treatise that punches you in the ear.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-16

Would you be willing to try another one of Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot’s performances?

Though I will listen to the rest of this series, I would NOT chose Mr. Herriot's reads due to the fact that he seems incapable of pronouncing much of his own language correctly (Cavalry pronounced with an L so soft it comes out as cavary) and what he does to both French and Spanish names would be comic if it was meant to be parody.

Any additional comments?

If you are interested in the Napoleonic wars, this book is a must. The only real negative is that without a printed copy, you will have a harder time following some of the movements and locations.

  • Le Morte D'Arthur

  • By: Sir Thomas Malory
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

This monumental work made the Arthurian cycle available for the first time in English. Arthur is conceived and taken away in secret, returning as a young man to claim the throne by pulling the sword Excalibur from the stone. In retelling the story of Arthur's rule of Britain, Malory intertwines the romances of Guinevere and Launcelot, Tristram and Isolde, and Launcelot and Elaine. Sir Galahad's appearance at Camelot begins the quest for the Holy Grail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite as I Remembered

  • By Troy on 02-24-14

Superheroes of Ancient England Assemble!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-14

What did you love best about Le Morte D'Arthur?

It is difficult to pick only one thing and so I feel the best part of this book is the fact that you may see the root from which so many other hero stories draw their inspiration.

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

I have heard a number of Mr Davidson's performances and I feel that this one maintains the high standards that he has set before.

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

This is not a book for a single sitting. Putting it simply, there are just too many stories, characters and events for a single sitting (I had to break it up with something more modern; Hamlet). This is not truly flowing story because you are introduced to a astounding number of characters and the heroic events of their lives, which, putting it directly, makes this book better to be taken in sections in order to digest the events just listened to.

Any additional comments?

I was initially nervous about purchasing this book due the number of complaints about Mr Davidson's reading of it, but I can honestly say that his reading was excellent and that I have no idea why there are the complaints that there are or what provoked them. The reading was done by an Englishman about Englishmen and his variation of accent and attitude were excellent. The only complaint that I have ever had with Mr Davidson's characterizations were in the way he reads American accents, but as there are no Americans in this book I have no complaints about his performance.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Raising Steam

  • The Discworld Series, Book 40
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258

The new Discworld novel, the 40th in the series, sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town. Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork. Discworld's first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than funny

  • By David on 04-15-14

Clearly 3rd

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Compared to previous Moist titles, this one lacks something. I am not sure if it is just me, but where as Going Postal was brilliant and Making Money was at least fun, Raising Steam seemed, for lack of a better word, forced.

Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Pratchett? Why or why not?

Of course I would! There are too many examples of where TP has clearly hit the mark and made me laugh out loud in my office for me not give him a great many more chances if time and his talents permit!

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

I have listened to Stephen Briggs a number of other times and this one is no exception in his ability to give the characters presented their own voices.

Any additional comments?

If you are new to Terry Pratchet's books, Do Not read or listen to this one first! Hogfather, Mort, the afor mentioned Going Postal and even the first two books of the series (the Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic) are much better starting places.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504

A guttersnipe who has risen through the ranks of the British army, Ensign Sharpe is sailing home to England from his latest campaign against Napoleon. Anticipating an uneventful voyage, the dashing young maverick discovers the intriguing and very married Lady Grace Hale on board the Calliope. But just as he wins his way into her heart, the ship is fired upon and, suddenly, he finds himself in the thick of one of history's most spectacular incidents: the Battle of Trafalgar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Missing parts restored.

  • By douglas vail on 05-12-10

Sharpe and Trafalgar, Cornwell and Tull, 5 Stars!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-12

What did you love best about Sharpe's Trafalgar?

Being a fan of Napoleonic war and that strange time in history with new military geniuses, swords, pikes, halberd, guns and cannon, how could one not appreciate the talents of Bernard Cornwell's "in the moment" take on, what would arguably be, the most brilliant and lopsided sea battle ever fought.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharpe's Trafalgar?

Sharpe's perspective on the approach to breaking the combined fleet's line.

Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

Patrick Tull brings life to each of the character's that he performs and I truly appreciate his ability to let me know who is talking, just by the accents and inflections that he brings to each character.

Any additional comments?

If you like Patrick Tull's reading here, you should definitely listen to his reading of the O'brien Aubrey and Maturin series starting with Master and Commander.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Sharpe's Prey: Denmark, 1807

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454

Critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist Bernard Cornwell takes listeners back to 1807 for an exciting tale of the Napoleonic Wars. Cornwell’s beloved hero, Richard Sharpe, is sent from England to Denmark on a secret mission. But as England and France fight over the powerful Danish fleet, Sharpe finds himself trapped in the war-torn city of Copenhagen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharpe's Prey: Denmark 1807

  • By Jean on 08-02-11

What else is there to say... It is Sharpe!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-12

Would you listen to Sharpe’s Prey again? Why?

I would listen again, if only because I enjoy listening to nearly all of my Audible purchases multiple times. If I like a story, and I do like this story, it will absolutely get more than one listen and I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell's body of work, not to mention the life that Patrick Tull breaths into any story he narates.

What other book might you compare Sharpe’s Prey to and why?

If you like one Sharpe's book, I would be surprised if you would be disappointed in any of them.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Foundation and Earth

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266

Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please please re-record with Scott Brick!!

  • By Jerry on 06-12-12

Emotion missing?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Foundation and Earth to be better than the print version?

No

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Honestly, the voice of the narator was fine, but the delivery lacked the emotional quality that I have come to expect. Also, the sound of the narators voice remided me vividly of the voice of the narator that I used to hear accompanying film strips when I was a kid in grade school.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mere Christianity

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,906

Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!

  • By Tim on 05-14-05

Excellent Read of an Excellent Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Mere Christianity to be better than the print version?

I would not, though as an additional source it has much to recomend it. Own this book if you do not already, since you may, like me, wish to make notes and check references.

Any additional comments?

Very practical book with concise explainations of the fundamentals of "Christianity" and not of religion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 'Youth' and 'Heart of Darkness'

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

These two famous stories by Joseph Conrad are both told by the same narrator - Marlow. As the main character in Youth, Marlow tells the story of his first voyage to the East as second mate on board the Judea. Heart of Darkness features Marlow 22 years later and deals with maturity and old age.This highly symbolic story follows Marlow as he recounts his adventure into the Congo to a group of men aboard a ship anchored in the Thames Estuary.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not what was offered

  • By Guillermo M. on 05-05-17

Great Novella ruined by narrator.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-11

One of the all time great stories and its prologue, put simply, ruined by the narrator's droning delivery, constant mispronunciations and an east coast accent that insists on putting R's on any word that ends in a vowel. Even though you get the earlier "Youth", this reading is NOT worth it, in my oppinion, at any price.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Andrew Timothy
  • Length: 50 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 192

The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas.

Published in 1844, it is often considered one of the great thrillers of all time and, along with The Three Musketeers, Dumas' most popular work.

Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmund Dantes is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d'If. After staging a dramatic escape, he sets out to discover the treasure of Monte Cristo and catch up with his enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible value

  • By Barnabas' Daughter on 12-17-09

Old school sensibilites...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-10

While I have seen many of the movie and tv productions of this piece of work and thought I knew the plot (in a very general way), I could not have been more wrong. For the price and the massive scope of, what I feel, is Dumas' mangnum opus, you will not be disappointed with this reading. This oral edition may not have some of the finished polish of some other editions, since you can clearly hear page turning and there are more than a few stumbled words and sentences, but Andrew Timothy was like listening to your grandfather read you a story and that rather added, than subtracted from the whole fee.
In short, this is the best purchase I have made so far from the enjoyment of the story itself and the reader.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful