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Leah F.

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  • Inside Delta Force

  • The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit
  • By: Command Sergeant Major Eric L. Haney
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,616

Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both a How To book and a bit of history

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-30-11

Hard to get into, but really good.

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

Reviewed: 02-19-13

I was tempted to give up after the first 40 minutes, but I'm so glad I stuck it out. This is a very interesting story once you get into it. It's intense and very descriptive. Haney describes both the formation of the unit and the kinds of mission they went on, ranging from rescuing hostages to assaulting hi-jacked airplanes. As I listened, the dangers in the book felt completely real. I highly recommend it!

The information is presented in a very straightforward way, in unflourished language. Haney also gives the reader in insider's look at the strange type of humor that those in the military enjoy. Unlike some other reviewers, I wouldn't describe this as a "how-to" book. Although there are definitely things to be learned from it, I don't think any average person would learn enough to do anything useful with the information.

  • The Woman Who Rides Like a Man

  • Song of the Lioness, Book 3
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Trini Alvarado
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663

A knight at last, Alanna of Trebond heads out to seek adventure in the desert of Tortall. Captured by desert tribesmen, she is forced to prove herself in a magical duel to the death. But her real challenge doesn't come until after she wins. As the first female shaman, Alanna must fight to change the ancient traditions of the stubborn desert tribes, for their own sake and for the sake of all Tortall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Narration

  • By Leah F. on 02-12-13

Amazing Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman Who Rides Like a Man to be better than the print version?

Yes, but only because of the amazing narration by Trini Alvarado. She did a wonderful job distinguishing each character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman Who Rides Like a Man?

The first time the reader meets Kara, Ishak, and Kourrem. Trini's accents for them really added something to the story.

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

Yes. I believe this to be one of her better one performances.

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

(I'm not very good at coming up with tag lines.) Perhaps, "Sometimes you have to forge ahead alone when everyone else is against you."

Any additional comments?

This is really good, in either audio book or book form, and I think the fourth book in the series is even better. If you enjoyed this one, definitely go check out "Lioness Rampant"!

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  • Japanese Phase 1, Unit 01

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

Japanese Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ganbatte! ^o^/

  • By brenty on 06-20-15

Good way to learn a few words

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

Reviewed: 12-28-12

Would you listen to Japanese Phase 1, Unit 01 again? Why?

Yes, because it was helpful to learn a few words and phrases.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Japanese Phase 1, Unit 01?

The way the words are put together backwards.

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

Pronunciation.

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

Yes. It's particularly good for train rides.

  • In the Hand of the Goddess

  • Song of the Lioness, Book 2
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Trini Alvarado
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 815

Disguised as a boy, Alanna of Trebond becomes a squire, to none other than the prince of the realm. But Prince Jonathan is much more to Alanna; he is her ally, her best friend, and one of the few who knows that she's really a girl. Now it will take all of Alanna's awesome skill, strength, and growing magical powers to protect him from the mysterious evil sorcerer who is bent on his destruction, and hers!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing read, and amazing series

  • By Nataliya on 07-09-18

One of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

Where does In the Hand of the Goddess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've always loved the original Alanna series, so this has to be in my top ten (I listen to a lot of audiobooks).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gary or George. They're both very laid-back, but in different ways.

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

The accents. I love that Gary has a slightly British accent. It's so easy to imagine him that way.

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

When Thom shows Alanna the secrets of her shield.

Any additional comments?

If you're considering this book, definitely give it a try. I thought it was even better than the first book.

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  • Magic Steps

  • The Circle Opens, Book 1
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Tamora Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Sandrilene fa Toren has moved to the palace of her uncle, Duke Vedris, to care for him after his recent heart attack. While the two are out riding Sandry sees a boy named Pasco dance a magic spell. To her dismay she soon learns that since she discovered Pasco, she must handle his magical education until a proper teacher can be found. At 14, Sandry feels she is too young for this. Even worse, 12-year-old Pasco refuses to believe he even has magic. But Sandry has greater worries than Pasco....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Add 3rd and 4th book please!

  • By Anjali on 04-17-16

Great performance, good story

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Magic Steps to be better than the print version?

Yes and no. I like full cast audio books because it makes it easy to distinguish the characters, but sometimes I feel as if the emphasis in certain lines isn't right. However, that's because everyone reads books differently, so I suppose I shouldn't really complain.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Steps?

For me, it was when Sandry uses her magic to talk to her uncle. Even in Tamora Pierce's books, it's a radical change for a mage to magically talk to someone without magic.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't think I have a favorite scene for this book.

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

No. It was nice to break it up at the chapter markings.

Any additional comments?

Don't take this as a negative review! Magic Steps is a good story and the performance was wonderful. In my mind, it just lends itself to listening in more than one sitting. I highly recommend reading the actual book as well as listening to this one.

  • Alanna, The First Adventure

  • Song of the Lioness, Book 1
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Trini Alvarado
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

Alanna of Trebond is no ordinary girl: her dream is to become a knight. So she disguises herself as a boy and begins training at the palace of King Roald. Alanna quickly finds out that the road to knighthood is not an easy one, but her skills and stubborness help her become friends with Prince Jonathan and his followers. At the same time, Alanna makes an enemy of the prince's uncle, the overly charming Duke Roger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • my favorite

  • By Hallie on 08-19-04

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

If you could sum up Alanna, The First Adventure in three words, what would they be?

Really awesome story.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters seemed real. They had the same kinds of problems that anyone could have, and it made the story come alive.

Which character – as performed by Trini Alvarado – was your favorite?

Gary, I think. I loved what she did with Gary's voice.

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

Yes, definitely. I highly recommend it.

Any additional comments?

At first, I wasn't impressed by how Trini Alvarado differentiated voices. I thought she wasn't doing a good job. Then I realized that she was doing a really good job. The subtle changes in her voice take a little getting used to, but it's really nice.

  • Squire

  • Book 3 of the Protector of the Small Quartet
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 623

When Keladry of Mindelan is chosen by the legendary Lord Raoul to be his squire, the conservatives of the realm hardly think she's up to the job. Kel quickly proves her ability as a jouster, warrior, and guardian of a fiery griffin, ultimately earning respect and admiration among the men, as well as the affection of a fellow squire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, okay performance

  • By Leah F. on 07-16-12

Great story, okay performance

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

Reviewed: 07-16-12

If you could sum up Squire in three words, what would they be?

Really awesome storyline.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nealan of Queenscove will always be my favorite. I love the relationship he has with Kel, where they have each other's backs no matter what.

Did Bernadette Dunne do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

This is the one thing I didn't like. Yes, Bernadette Dunne did a good job differentiating the characters from one another. However, I didn't enjoy the voice she used for Kel. It was kind of nasally and I didn't think it would be the kind of voice that a girl between the ages of 14 and 18 would have. That could just be a personal preference.

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

Yes, but unfortunately I couldn't. As with any audiobook, it was simply too long.

Any additional comments?

It's a really good story, with a really strong female protagonist. I highly recommend it.

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