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  • Captain in Calico

  • By: George Fraser
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

On a tranquil evening in the Bahamas, Calico Jack, long wanted on counts of piracy, makes a surprise appearance at the governor's residence and asks for a pardon for himself and his men. A deal is brokered after Jack reveals the motive for turning himself in: love. When Jack last set sail from the Bahamas two years ago, he left behind a beautiful fiancée, and he recently learned that she remains unmarried.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An early little nugget of GFM

  • By Patrick Greiffenstein on 01-02-18

An early little nugget of GFM

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

An early attempt at a classic anti-hero tale, Fraser is nevertheless a very capable weaver of plots and characters. Glad I read it, even though it strays far from the known stories of these famous pirates.

  • Flashman and the Seawolf

  • Adventures of Thomas Flashman
  • By: Robert Brightwell
  • Narrated by: Henry Clore Harrison
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

This book introduces Thomas Flashman, whose career covers the Napoleonic and Georgian era. This first book covers his adventures with Thomas Cochrane, one of the most extraordinary naval commanders of all time. From the brothels and gambling dens of London, through political intrigues and espionage, the action moves to the Mediterranean and the real life character of Thomas Cochrane.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Novel

  • By Jean on 09-20-17

Impossible to listen to

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I have been a fan of the Flashman papers for decades and was excited to see this potential continuation of a great tradition. Indeed some of the other reviews were excellent. But I could barely sit through the first hour of this nonsense without gritting my teeth in frustration and wishing I could throw the iPad at the drooling, monotonous, uninspired narrator. I have also been in love with audiobooks since they were on tape, filling many hours of manual labor and road trips all over the country with some truly excellent performances, narrators who sucked me into the book and transported me into the middle of it. This book transported me alright, to a bathroom stall in a gas station listening to the odiferous body functions of a witless stranger. That anyone actually paid this guy to narrate anything is unbelievable. That anyone else finds this performance in any way acceptable is baffling. That I spent a good credit on this garbage is infuriating. I don't know what the story is like or if the book overall is any good, if I am to judge by the discriminating taste of the publisher, I'd venture to say no. Do yourself a favor and listen to a sample first, maybe I'm just an audiobook snob. Don't listen to me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Flashman

  • Flashman, Book 1
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

The story of what happened to Flashman, the caddish bully of Tom Brown's Schooldays, after he was expelled in drunken disgrace from Rugby school in the late 1830s. This is the first of George Macdonald Fraser's hilarious satires starring Harry Paget Flashman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real history, real drama, real comedy

  • By Bob on 08-04-13

My all time favorite

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

I read through all the flashman books twenty years ago and am delighted to finally hear it performed although I'm slightly disappointed at David Case's performance. I felt it was a little overdone. All in all great fun

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,366

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

Overrated, Over-narrated

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

Has Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell turned you off from other books in this genre?

yes

Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

All of the characters were unpalatable. Not one was even remotely someone I could relate to, they were not only from a different era, they were people I didn't want to spend any time with, let alone several dozen hours to get through this brick

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

anger, disappointment

Any additional comments?

Tries to hard to recreate the Victorian era with a Victorian "flare" for drawn out senseless narrative and obsession with descriptive minutia.

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  • Through the Wheat

  • A Novel of the World War I Marines
  • By: Thomas Boyd
  • Narrated by: Gene Engene
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Fresh out of a Defiance, Ohio, high school, Thomas Boyd joined the Marines to serve his country in the patriotic heat of the spring of 1917. In 1919 he came home from the war with a Croix de Guerre and a desire to write. He joined the St. Paul News as a journalist and opened a bookstore, whose patrons included F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis. Through the Wheat appeared to immediate acclaim, with F. Scott Fitzgerald calling it "a work of art" and "arresting".

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Amateurish

  • By Patrick Greiffenstein on 04-29-17

Amateurish

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

The narrarator is not gifted with the right voice and his character voices are caricatures at best. The author tries too hard to be poetic and his descriptive is painful to wade through. "The glass-imprisoned wine" I bet sounded witty and original in his head. Here it's a needless departure from the scene. Engene is just as out of place narrarating this text in his creaky, slightly quavering muffled voice. A poor choice to deliver mediocre fiction. But where Boyd really went awry is in his first paragraph where he drops the phrase "evil-odored blacks." When an author's ugly prejudice is laid out so unabashedly, he will automatically lose any reader who finds it distasteful. And I would bet that's most of the readership out there. A terrible waste of a credit

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  • Freedom of the Mask

  • Matthew Corbett, Book 6
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924

The year is 1703, and Matthew Corbett, professional "problem solver", is missing. Last seen by his friends in New York before he departed on a lucrative, seemingly straightforward mission for the Herrald Agency in Charles Town, he's been too long absent. His comrade-in-arms Hudson Greathouse has an increasing sense the young friend he thinks of as a son must have met with some unexpected peril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whew! Again what a story!

  • By james on 06-05-16

Another outstanding adventure

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

McCammon is a master of putting his heroes into impossible situations then getting them out in the most plausible ways. Well written, wonderfully performed by Ballerini, I can't wait for the next installment.

  • The Border

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 617

It is not just the living ships of the monstrous Gorgons or the motion-blurred shock troops of the armored Cyphers that endanger the holdouts in the human bastion of Panther Ridge. The world itself has turned against the handful of survivors, as one by one they succumb to despair and suicide or, even worse, are transformed by otherworldly pollution into hideous Gray Men, cannibalistic mutants driven by insatiable hunger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally a Great Book that is NOT A TRILOGY!!

  • By Curt Funk on 08-12-15

Had to stop at chapter five

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

Usually a fan of mccammon but for me this one missed its mark by a mile. He threw me off by having two alien armies battling each other over earth but introduced a boy with superhuman/godly powers and really just derailed the plot for me. Although he was so eloquent in the Matthew Corbett series, here he employs the florid hyperbole of description that really grates me. "Fire like a thousand flaming torches" and whatnot. This book stinks like a thousand farts. So disappointing.

  • The River of Souls

  • Matthew Corbett, Book 5
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,221

The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SPOILERS! Still love Matthew Corbeett

  • By Frances on 06-14-14

A bit of a tangent but an entertaining one

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

Kind of veered way off course here in terms of situations and characters. Nonetheless, mccammon manages to tie it up nicely into a neat little cliff hanger in the end.

Sadly, greathouse barely shows his formidable face in this one. Instead mccammon gives us a giant aptly named Magnus to take his place. Still overall great fun. And ballerini is an excellent narrarator

  • Speaks the Nightbird

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 30 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,178

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!

  • By aaron on 06-05-12

Uniquely entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

Fantastic story line, of a time in America we rarely get a glimpse of, the prerevolutionary southern colonies. Mccammon is a master weaver of plot, with a talent for making period language both appropriately floral for the period and accessible to modern readers. The kind of book that makes one thankful that it's one of a series.

  • Out of the Blue

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Alexander Masters
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

France, 1916. The Great War. High above the carnage in the trenches, British and German aces joust like knights of old for control of the skies. The strain and tension of living every day on the edge of death leads to dangerous choices and wild risks. When British ace Bat Bryant's past catches up with him, he strikes out in panic and kills the man threatening him with exposure. But there's a witness: the big, handsome American pilot Cowboy Cooper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hot, hot, hot!

  • By Jho on 06-17-15

Audible, please come OUT

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

Reviewed: 01-25-15

What would have made Out of the Blue better?

This is a gay romance novel masquerading as a historical fiction. That's ok, except that I didn't purchase a romance novel, gay or otherwise, and had I known the actual intent of the author I would not have purchased it. Fair warning, in case you're in the mood to listen to a good WWI air war story and instead fly right into this little novella which is much more about cheesy descriptions of hot man-love than dog-fights. No, I didn't finish it, but in the first chapter one stereotypical man loses his secret lover in a dog fight only to end up in the arms of another stereotypical character and that's all I needed to hear.

Any additional comments?

I wish there were more of a reference to the subplot in the description for those of us not interested in a gay romance novel.

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