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Maureen

Portland, Australia
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  • Glory Season

  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: Claire Christie
  • Length: 25 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Young Maia is fast approaching a turning point in her life. As a half-caste var, she must leave the clan home of her privileged half-sisters and seek her fortune in the world. With her twin sister, Leie, she searches the docks of Port Sanger for an apprenticeship aboard the vessels that sail the trade routes of the Stratoin oceans. On her far-reaching, perilous journey of discovery, Maia will endure hardship and hunger, imprisonment and loneliness, bloody battles with pirates and separation from her twin.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Semi-literate narrator

  • By Maureen on 04-09-16

Semi-literate narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

Poor plot and concept development. Narrator mispronounced so many words it was quite painful listening to her. She also seemed less than enthusiastic about the story. Where have all the good editors and proof-listeners gone?
I have tried to return the book using the Audible book return link, with no success.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shady Palms

  • By: Allen Dusk
  • Narrated by: Rose Caraway
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 424

A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay.

  • By PJPackwood on 05-12-14

Giant radioactive bedbugs

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

Reviewed: 05-20-14

This is the worst book I have ever listened to (or read) in my entire life! It is amoral, it revels in violence and sleaze and the writer's poor grammar sets it off in its own dark corner as a book to avoid at all costs.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • FREE The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,813
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,622

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, unremitting action

  • By Rollin on 11-20-13

Gun porn

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

Reviewed: 11-12-13

If you're into improbable situations where a lone and rugged individual with right on his side, an increasing range of nasty injuries and an occasional touch of deus ex machina, wins through and saves the plucky children, then this is the One, The Book, where it all happens. If you're like me, uncertain as to whether a glock is a gun or a cuckoo clock, then it's not the book for you.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Chains of Folly

  • A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Roberta Gellis
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

That Nelda Roundheels had been murdered would have been of little interest to anyone - except that her body turned up in the bishop of Winchester's bedchamber with a letter to the bishop, from the king's most important enemy, rolled up in her breastband. The bishop and his knight, Sir Bellamy of Itchen, realize immediately that the purpose of putting the body in Winchester's bedchamber is to embarrass and discredit the bishop. And the reason for this attack on Winchester is his calling of a convocation to chastise the king for acting high-handedly against the bishop of Salisbury.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. A real shame about the narrator.

  • By S. Williams on 11-29-14

Don't buy this one!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-13

Despite the narrator's sing-song reading through much of the story, the story carried itself fairly well until the critical moment of The Big Fight, where there was a major part of the action missing from the recording! (Part 2, 4:14:36). Were there pages missing from the book itself or did the person overseeing the recording nod off?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,105

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed!

  • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

Not a maths graduate? Buy the hard copy!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-13

The narrative is intermittent and entangled with big slabs of maths-speak. I tried rewinding to listen to the same part several times to try to understand the maths (I'm not a maths person) or the more detailed elements of the encryption systems, but soon grew tired of this exercise and let those (tedious) sections roll over me. There was still plenty there to capture my attention and keep me listening through the lectures. This is a perfect book for your programmer friend.

  • World of Ptavvs

  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

A reflective statue is found at the bottom of one of Earth's oceans, having lain there for 1.5 billion years. Since humans have recently developed a time-slowing field and found that one such field cannot function within another, it is suspected that the "Sea Statue" is actually a space traveler within one of these time fields. Larry Greenberg, a telepath, agrees to participate in an experiment: a time-slowing field is generated around both Greenberg and the statue, shutting off the stasis field and revealing Kzanol.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to follow

  • By JerSully on 04-13-14

Unsuitable for audio

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

Reviewed: 09-01-13

It's very hard to follow an audiotext where there are jumps from one part of the story to another without some sort of vocal clue. The narrator doesn't even pause between story sections. Apart from that, the story is quite boring and the narrator gives far too much dramatic emphasis to unimportant details so you become immune to any written drama in the story. Unless you are a collector of Larry Niven's work, well ...

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Virgin in the Ice

  • The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

The winter of 1139 will disrupt Brother Cadfael's tranquil life in Shrewsbury with the most disturbing events. Raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester. Among them are two orphans from a noble family, a boy of thirteen and an 18-year-old girl of great beauty, and their companion, a young Benedictine nun...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, narrator a bit rough

  • By Pixie Spritely on 01-07-10

Cadfael to the rescue

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

Reviewed: 08-01-13

Good old Cadfael does it again - a touch of forensic observation, a dose of kindness and a plateful of tolerance for the folly of girls in love. The only down-side of this audiobook was the occasional recording or production fault that left some words out or allowed a nasty electronic signal to overlay the narrator. This detracted a little from the performance and made the product seem a little shoddy. Better 'proof-reading' by editorial staff could pick up these faults before release.

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A WHOLE NEW WORLD TO DISCOVER

  • By lynn on 08-07-13

Intriguing and satisfying

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

Reviewed: 07-24-13

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is perfect for audio - strong and memorable imagery, fast-paced, enjoyable characters and a satisfying ending.

  • Icelander

  • By: Dustin Long
  • Narrated by: Miette Elm
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

The daughter of a local legend of the investigative arts, Our Heroine searches for her dog while avoiding her biological impulse to solve the mystery of her best friend's recent murder.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dull don't spend your money!!!

  • By Grace Douglas on 01-07-17

Unsuitable for audio

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

Reviewed: 07-22-13

This book might be a good one to read, but as audio it is difficult - the constant interspersed notes, the references to other books are difficult enough, but the narrator's soporific and slow reading makes it really hard to concentrate on the text. 30 minutes of listening nearly put me to sleep. Miette's bedtime stories podcast are wonderful, but her style of reading seems out of keeping with this book. If you want to listen to a book in order to overcome insomnia, this is the one!

  • The Man Who Smiled

  • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
  • By: Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Crestfallen, dejected, and spiralling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Kurt Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help to investigate the suspicious circumstances in which his father has died, Kurt doesn't want to know. But when the solicitor also turns up dead, shot three times, Wallander realises that he was wrong not to listen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Wallander

  • By Lia on 11-29-13

Classic Mankell

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

What I love about Mankell's characters is their depth. I never wonder why someone behaves the way they do - their actions arise from the sense of real personality that Mankell endows them with.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful