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  • Sassinak

  • The Planet Pirates, Book 1
  • By: Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Ax Norman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 276

Sassinak was 12 when the raiders came. That made her just the right age: old enough to be used, young enough to be broken. Or so the slavers thought. But Sassy turned out to be a little different from your typical slave girl. Maybe it was her unusual physical strength. Maybe it was her friendship with the captured Fleet crewman. Maybe it was her spirit. Whatever it was, it wouldn't let her resign herself to the life of a slave. She bided her time, watched for her moment. Finally it came, and she escaped.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really bad narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-23-14

Really bad narration

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

What would have made Sassinak better?

A different narrator who can pronounce words correctly. I spent 2/3's of my time trying to figure out what he was saying, and I've read the book in print!

What did you like best about this story?

The story is great. I have read it in print several times.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ax Norman?

Anybody else. Susan Ericksen, Sally Darling, Gregory St. John, Nick Podehl.

What character would you cut from Sassinak?

I don't think I'd cut any of them. They all play a purpose.

Any additional comments?

Gah. The narrator totally ruined this one for me.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Casket of Souls

  • Nightrunner, Book 6
  • By: Lynn Flewelling
  • Narrated by: Adam Danoff
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

The Nightrunners are back in this gripping novel full of Lynn Flewelling’s trademark action, intrigue, and richly imagined characters. More than the dissolute noblemen they appear to be, Alec and Seregil are skillful spies, dedicated to serving queen and country. But when they stumble across evidence of a plot pitting Queen Phoria against Princess Klia, the two Nightrunners will find their loyalties torn as never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seregil and Alec are back.

  • By Watercolourist on 08-26-13

Narrator didn't do his homework

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

Reviewed: 06-21-12

Would you try another book from Lynn Flewelling and/or Adam Danoff?

From Lynn Flewelling, yes. Not so much the narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

The interplay between Seregil and Alec and their friends. Some of it was very funny - subtle, but funny.

How could the performance have been better?

If the narrator had listened to how the narrator of the first 3 books pronounced the names of the major players...Kl-eye-ya is quite a change from the first 3 where it was Klee-ya. Took me a few hearings to understand which character was being referred to. Next time, do your homework.

Was Casket of Souls worth the listening time?

Overall yes - some parts dragged out, but for the most part I have enjoyed it.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • The Spirit Ring

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

Fiametta Beneforte dreamed of making beautiful and enchanted objets d'art, but alas her magician-goldsmith father was more likely to have her scrub the kiln than study magic. After all, it was a waste to train a mere daughter beyond the needs of the moment.... Thur Ochs dreamed of escaping the icy mines of Bruinwald. But the letter from his brother Uri arranging his apprenticeship to Master Beneforte was not the only force that drew him over the mountains to the Duchy of Montefoglia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • On the whole, a disappointment

  • By Becca on 02-18-12

Narrator disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-24-12

Would you try another book from Lois McMaster Bujold and/or Jessica Almasy?

I adore Lois McMaster Bujold's books, but will have to find this one as a book because the narrator is SO horrid I couldn't listen past 2 hours.

What was most disappointing about Lois McMaster Bujold’s story?

I think I might enjoy the story, but didn't couldn't get past the narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jessica Almasy?

Scott Brick (always), Grover Gardner, Nock Podehl, ANYBODY but this person.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Spirit Ring?

I can't answer this as I couldn't get into it.

Any additional comments?

Yeah, can I get my credit back for this? It was TRULY horrible.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Vengeance

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,111

Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Buildup -- Best Pendergast Series Yet!

  • By GH on 11-18-12

Still in love with Pendergast

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-11

My dear Vincent. How I loved hearing those words again! Rene Auberjonois is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators. I can't explain why I enjoy this series so much. Some things I see coming, but others are a complete surprise. This latest installment had me listening to it nearly straight through. Finished it off in less than 2 days. If you've followed the series then like me, you'll still be more than a bit in love with Pendergast!

  • The Jungle

  • By: Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543

Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must survive them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the Brick ?

  • By Margaret on 04-01-12

I WANT MY BRICK!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-11

I'm all of 30 minutes into this one, and I'm about ready to give up on it. Culp's narration...well, frankly, it stinks. I'm so caught up in it's not Scott Brick I'm barely listening to the story. But apparently it's not so good since my attention is less than riveted. So to speak. I actually have to concentrate to get anything, and I want to just LISTEN, not have to work at it.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,427

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Disappointing.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-09

I was disapppointed. I figured out where the goods were buried less than half way through, and I figured out who the bad guy was before that. There were no surprises here. Dan needs a new formula - this is a virtual re-write of DaVinci Code. And...what does the sister have to do with any of it? Her "research" adds nothing to the story. You could leave her out and not miss a thing. Definitely not up to the DaVinci Code - he was reaching using the Masons for his symbology here.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful