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Nanette Furman

Boulder, Co USA
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  • Broken Homes

  • A Rivers of London Novel
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850

My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame - whatever that is. Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, it's out!

  • By Cliff on 02-14-14

Superb story and reading

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His accents are incredible, he absolutely fits how I would envision the character speaking. He is a treasure.

Any additional comments?

Don't give me high school questions to answer for a "review" . I love this series, I love the reader, that is what I have to say.

  • The Judas Goat

  • A Spenser Novel
  • By: Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Spenser has gone to London -- and not to see the Queen. He's gone to track down a bunch of bombers who've blown away his client's wife and kids. His job is to catch them. Or kill them. His client isn't choosy. But there are nine killers to one Spenser -- long odds. Hawk helps balance the equation. The rest depends on a wild plan. Spenser will get one of the terrorists to play Judas Goat -- to lead him to others.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spenser is not Sam Spade.

  • By Mike From Mesa on 09-17-10

Parker good as usual, reading quite adequate.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

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

If you haven't tried Parker's Spencer novels, you should, The reading is quite apt for the tone of the books, and does not detract from the experience. Always a joy to enter this world.

  • Walking Shadow

  • A Spenser Novel
  • By: Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by: Daniel Parker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Spenser is investigating the Port City Theater Company, where the director claims he's being stalked. When an actor is shot dead during a performance, all clues lead to the local Chinese Mafia, whose roots run deep in this drab waterfront city. With Hawk and ex mobster Vinnie assisting, Spenser eventually triumphs in one of his most compelling adventures.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • IF YOU LIKE SPENSER, DON'T BOTHER!

  • By Amy on 09-10-09

Good book, terrible reading

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have always loved Parker's Spencer novels. Sadly, this is read in a light, flat, inappropriate tone. Dialog can't be told from description, and it flows like a necessity, not with feeling. The story is, of course, good.

  • Dragon Ship

  • Liaden Universe; Theo Waitley, Book 4
  • By: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

First Class Courier Pilot Theo Waitley was already known as a nexus of violence - and then she inherited the precarious captaincy of a mysterious self-aware ship designed to serve a long dead trader. Now she has a trade route to run for Clan Korval while she convinces the near-mythic ghost ship Bechimo - and herself - that she wants to commit herself as the human side to their immensely powerful symbiosis. While her former lover battles a nanovirus that's eating him alive, she's challenged to rescue hundreds of stranded pilots and crewmen from an explosive situation in near orbit around a suddenly hostile planet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed at word slips/verbal typos.

  • By aujahlisa on 03-02-17

Building a good story to a great one

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

Reviewed: 01-30-13

I love all of the Liaden titles, but this one is winding an amazing number of strands toward a grand climax. Theo's story could be stand alone, though having read the others deepens the background and adds to the richness. I have read them all in print, so my listening to Dragon Ship was a wonderful re-visit, and I felt all the same delight as on my first reading. I do find that listening to a book expands the book. One hears bits that the eye may skip over. The reading was very good, with just a couple of words that the reader was not familiar with. I always find that a bit jarring. They were not "strange" words from the Liaden Universe, rather normal English words. I eagerly await the next step in the overall plot, and heartily recommend this title.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crystal Dragon

  • Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 2
  • By: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

What do you do when home is a conspiracy that's been discovered and destroyed? When home is a planet in a star system that's gone missing? When home means working for the destroyers of galaxies? When home is a spaceship that's calling out to the enemy? Cantra 'yos Phelium isn't a quitter, but she has more than a little problem: the Enemy has accelerated its attacks and how do you fight an Enemy whose major form of attack is the de-crystallization of everything around itself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cantra (the Dragon) to the Fore

  • By Charlie on 09-07-12

Grand start for Liaden series

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

This is a grand book, with fascinating characters and delightful dialog. It is well read and the reader checked with the authors on pronunciation of alien words, so it flows nicely and un-annoyingly. It does require Crystal Soldier be read (listened to :) first. And from there I believe you will have to continue in the series to see what happens next, unless you are made of stone. I shan't give away plot. Science fiction /fantasy ( and this is a great blend) should speak for itself.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Doctor Eszterhazy

  • By: Avram Davidson
  • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95

This invaluable collection of Avram Davidson's resonant, witty short stories describes some incidents in the career of many-times-Doctor Engelbert Eszterhazy, loyal subject of the Triune Monarchy of Scythia- Pannonia-Transbalkania, located in a 19th-century Europe whose political landscape will be, after a little reflection, familiar to most fantasy listeners. Enquire with Doctor Eszterhazy into curious matters: the lurley, the old woman who lived with a bear, gingerbread men, dancing goats, and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comedies of Culture, Religion, Science, and Magic

  • By Jefferson on 08-20-13

Brilliant Reading

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

Reviewed: 08-29-12

To describe the "plots" would be impossible. But Neil Gaiman in the preface refers to the interview process for a reader, and I can only rave at the excellent choice. He can Read!
He can pronounce words correctly! Even foreign words! He can do intonations, semi-accents, and characterization. I am falling down in delight. And for this writing that is all absolutely necessary. Because Avram Davidson was a brilliant man, with an education seldom seen these days, and a very wry sense of humor/the ridiculous.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Murders of Richard III

  • A Jacqueline Kirby Mystery
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Grace Conlin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

When attractive American Jacqueline Kirby is invited to an English country mansion for a weekend costume affair, she expects only one mystery. Since the hosts and guests are all fanatic devotees of King Richard III, they hope to clear his name of the 500-year-old accusation that he killed the little princes in the Tower of London. Jacqueline is amused by the group's eccentricities until history begins to repeat itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good for driving

  • By J. Tortorelli on 04-20-07

Not her best

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

Reviewed: 07-09-12

Had forgotten (read this in paper once) that this is a mediocre book character-wise. This is not helped by the fact that something about the reader's tonality sets me a bit on edge. I actually stopped half-way into the book, because instead of being supporting it was aggravating. I regret saying this, but it is true. The data is fascinating, but buried in strange character behavior and dialogue.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Venetia

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent woman, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Georgette Heyer book

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 03-31-13

disappointment at abridgement

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

Reviewed: 10-15-11

I have seldom been so upset. I foolishly did not notice the "abridged", so my fault. But to so truncate and destroy the plot and characterization of a book that is not so very long to begin with is unconscionable. I am so glad I did not purchase more of her books, if they are all so clipped and tattered as this one. Shame on the publisher. Shame.
The narration however was quite good. As is the book , of course. One of my very favorites. I am hoping to find it read unabridged somewhere.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful