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Gail A. Kummer

Mukwonago, WI United States
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  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,455

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice break from the usual-

  • By Carrie on 12-18-04

I adore Peabody

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

Reviewed: 05-24-14

What did you love best about Crocodile on the Sandbank?

This is the first book of a very enjoyable series. The encounters between the indomitable and highly intelligent Peabody and the opinionated and irascible Emerson are my favorite portions of the book.

What did you like best about this story?

Peabody's indomitable spirit, the subtle humor and that there is only natural sexuality not the in-your-face porn of other series. This is an adult book, however, there are many adult themes as a lover deserting a woman he has seduced and ruined, and so forth. The author is obviously very knowledgeable about her subject so we get to learn something about modern Egyptology in its infancy.

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

Rosenblat is the voice of Peabody, I have listened to other narrators read this series and it is just not the same. She does Emerson particularly well.

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

When Peabody goes against all custom and hires a ruined woman as her companion.

Any additional comments?

The entire series is wonderful don't stop with this one book. You will be captivated by the descriptions of early archeology, the wonder of Egypt during those early years and a continuing saga of Emerson, Peabody, and eventually Ramses their son.

  • Omens

  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Would be better with one narrator

  • By blackdog on 09-13-13

This was a really odd book.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-13

What did you like best about Omens? What did you like least?

I am an great fan of Kelley Armstrong, but this book was like hanging out with a person who has ADHD. One minute it is a Sci/Fi, the next a mystery thriller, the next a romance, with not much melding of the three, kind of choppy.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I finished the book last night, and I am still trying to figure it out. I could sense maybe three or four different books all crunched together into one. I really enjoy Ms. Armstrong's work, she is such a great writer but this book was just odd. Different editor perhaps?

What three words best describe Carine Montbertrand and Mozhan Marno ’s performance?

Annoying, Annoying, Annoying. Neither one of these narrators impressed me. The narrator for the main character had a really annoying voice. In my opinion, if the director didn't want to have just one narrator then he/she should have chosen male and female voices.

Any additional comments?

Hopefully this is the beginning of a series, and Ms. Armstrong will sort out the plot mismatches in subsequent books.

  • Hand of Isis

  • By: Jo Graham
  • Narrated by: Gigi Shane
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Charmian is handmaiden to Cleopatra. She is also an oracle, gifted with ancient memories that may hold the key to preserving Egypt. Through blood and fire, war and peace, love and death, she will face a desperate struggle that will remake the future of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Historical Fantasy

  • By David on 01-24-13

The word is Cavalry, not Calvary

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

Reviewed: 02-14-13

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

Makes me crazy when this word is mispronounced. Calvary is where Jesus was crucified. Cavalry are mounted soldiers.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cyteen

  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 36 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 685

The saga of two young friends trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion and surveillance, of cyber-programmed servants and a ruling class with century-long lives – and the enigmatic woman who dominates them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a Heavy Book (lovely too)

  • By troy on 05-20-12

Too much detail, boring.

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

Reviewed: 03-24-12

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

No

Would you recommend Cyteen to your friends? Why or why not?

No

What about Gabra Zackman and Jonathan Davis ???s performance did you like?

I have listened to Gabra Zackman before and enjoyed her work.

Was Cyteen worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

I quit listening 2/3 of the way through the book. I kept waiting for the book to get good and it never did.

1 of 11 people found this review helpful

Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 audiobook cover art
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,633
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,648

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best audio book in the series

  • By Bill on 08-31-11

I don't understand the fuss.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-11

I have heard some bad narrators, the one who chewed gum to keep her mouth moist, in an early J.A. Jance book, is a case in point. However, John Glover is not one of them. I have listened to all of the Harry Dresden books and although James Marsters has pretty much defined Harry, Mr. Glover did a fine job on this book. I have no complaints about his narration. This is simply a very engaging, well written book, a worthy addition to the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful