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  • Billy Budd, Sailor

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 313

Written some 40 years after Moby Dick, Melville's Billy Budd is a moving tale of good versus evil. Set aboard a British navy ship at the end of the eighteenth century, a young, innocent sailor's charm and good nature put the men around him at ease. Ship life agreed with Billy. He made friends quickly and was well liked, which infuriated John Claggart, the ship's cold-blooded superior officer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good reading of a classic story

  • By Johnny on 06-11-07

Why the music?

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

This is one of my favorite books by Melville. The reader was good, but the musical interludes detracted from the overall performance to the point of making me consider returning the book without finishing it. Really, it was absurd--the music was so overwrought that it turned a good, sad story into a ridiculously maudlin one! If the music hadn't been included, this would have been a 4-star performance.

  • Warlock Holmes

  • A Study in Brimstone
  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,595

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short on Clues--Heavy on Delightful Twists

  • By Gillian on 01-10-17

Clever Concept

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

I did not engage with this book. I had to force myself to listen, not because it was bad or the reader wasn't good (he was excellent at voices and accents), but because there I got the feeling that the author was nudging me and saying, "You see what I did there?" I just got tired of it, I'm afraid.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Justice Calling

  • The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, Book 1
  • By: Annie Bellet
  • Narrated by: Folly Blaine
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 571

Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress. Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she's finally safe, as long as she doesn't use her magic. When dark powers threaten her friends' lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short and enjoyable

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-20-15

Good, But a Bit Short

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

I only gave this book 3 stars, but it probably should be 3-1/2 stars. I liked the premise, the "gamer" element, and the magical premise. I probably will seek out more in this series.

  • Orphans of the Sky

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,458

The Jordan Foundation sponsored the Proxima Centauri Expedition in 2119, in attempt to reach the nearer stars of the galaxy. But that was far in the mythic past. The original purpose of the Ship's epic voyage has long been forgotten, and for generations the giant spaceship, lost between the stars, is the only world that the people aboard have known. A strange civilization has evolved, with its own superstitions, savage religion, rigid class structure and mutant outcasts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant first half, second half thrown in.

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 01-25-10

Not His Best

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

What did you like best about Orphans of the Sky? What did you like least?

Best--Heinlein had a great imagination.
Least--he didn't exercise it fully

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most--the civilization
Least--poorly developed characters

Did Eric Michael Summerer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Fairly good. They seemed poorly conceptualized, so it'd be hard to do.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

No

  • Nightwise

  • By: R. S. Belcher
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,518

In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of 10, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed Story And Narration

  • By Beth on 08-28-15

Much Too Dark for Me

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

What would have made Nightwise better?

I believe a better indication of just how dark this book is would have kept me from wasting my money.

What was most disappointing about R. S. Belcher’s story?

I could not finish it.

What three words best describe Bronson Pinchot’s voice?

Versatile.
Smooth.
Unobtrusive.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

General unhappiness. I am sorry that I bought it.

Any additional comments?

I wish there were a way to exchange books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Magic Casement Part 1

  • A Man of His Word, Book 1
  • By: Dave Duncan
  • Narrated by: Mil Nicholson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Princess Inos lived an idyllic life in her fathers' sleepy, backwater kingdom, and she was best friends with her childhood companion, the stableboy, Rap. But when a prophecy seemed to say Inos should be married, she was exiled to the Impire to learn to be a lady. She was far away when Rap's magical talents began to emerge, and it was he who told her of the fate awaiting them both.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-27-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

What disappointed you about Magic Casement Part 1?

I usually enjoy Dave Duncan's books, but I just could not make myself care about this one.

What could Dave Duncan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I'm not sure. I believe I just did not connect with the characters.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was adequate.

What character would you cut from Magic Casement Part 1?

Nearly all of them!

Any additional comments?

As I said, I'm not sure why I did not like this book. I'm disappointed because I have liked or even loved every other Dave Duncan book I've read.

  • How to Succeed at Aging Without Really Dying

  • By: Lyla Blake Ward
  • Narrated by: Judith West
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Lyla Blake Ward transforms the everyday trials and tribulations of growing old (against one’s better judgment) into high hilarity. Brimming with wit and grace, this essay collection takes stock of developments both familiar and strange that have filled Ms. Ward’s life: from the parenting of grown children to confronting "connectivity fees" for the first time. Listeners will be charmed to meet this sly octogenarian, and will marvel as her gimlet wit rescues her - and us - time and again from the inanities of the postconsumer world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dated but still a good listen...

  • By NMwritergal on 04-08-18

Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

Laugh out loud funny.
I hadn't heard of Ms. Ward before reading this book, but she is charming and witty.

  • Fireblood

  • Whispers from Mirrowen, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 822

In a world beset by plagues, Tyrus of Kenatos has made it his life’s work to end the devastation. Yet when he first ventures into the Scourgelands to uncover the secret of the plagues’ origin, he barely makes it out alive after being ambushed by a mysterious, unseen enemy. Tyrus knows the plagues will rise again - more powerful than ever before - and he is determined to complete his mission. To aid in his new quest, he summons his nephew Annon and his niece Hettie - both of whom possess an innate magic called the fireblood - and a pack of unlikely allies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, mediocre characters, + cliff hanger.

  • By Phillip on 01-23-14

Good Story. Good Narration.

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

Reviewed: 01-21-15

Where does Fireblood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the top 20%..

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

He gives the character/races distinguishable accents, and he is able to project silky menace into the Romani leader's voice.

  • Dryad-Born

  • Whispers from Mirrowen, Book 2
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

Rumors stir of a hidden child who can stop the devastating plagues — and the race to find her has begun. The ruthless ruler of Kenatos, the Arch-Rike, and the people pledged to stopping him will do anything to make sure they’re the ones to reach her first. Because even though young Phae may be unaware that she is the long-lost daughter of Tyrus — the Arch-Rike’s rival — there is no mistaking her gift.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story Horrible Narration

  • By Al on 04-18-14

Bring Back Michael Page

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

Reviewed: 01-21-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the print book, but not this recording. The production company should not have changed narrators, even though I can see why they did (the main character in "Fireblood" was male; in "Dryad Born" it was female). Sue Pitkin was simply unable to carry off the various accents and voices of the male characters, especially the silky menace of Kiranrao (sp.). Her male voices were uniformly harsh, shrill, and/or grating. Her female voices were fairly generic.

What did you like best about this story?

The story line did not dissolve too badly into different plot lines, as too often happens with the second of a series.

Would you be willing to try another one of Sue Pitkin’s performances?

I'm not sure. I would have to think about it.

Could you see Dryad-Born being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

Please let Michael Page narrate the third installment. He is a far superior reader.

  • Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

  • By: M. Louisa Locke
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Wallace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 326

It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide, and to pay off a debt, one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns. Annie also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco's most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of her clients has died. The police believe his death was suicide, but Annie believes he was murdered.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story, annoying narration

  • By KarenB on 04-26-13

What a hoot!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was a good story, with interesting characters and a solid narration.

What other book might you compare Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery to and why?

It reminded me of a cross between "Faro's Daughter" by Georgette Heyer and "The Clairvoyant Countess" by Dorothy Gilman. To say more would require a spoiler alert.

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

When the protagonist recognized the strength and courage displayed by the Chinese butler.