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  • March Upcountry

  • Prince Roger Series, Book 1
  • By: David Weber, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778

Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2 GREAT WRITERS 1 FANTASTIC STORY

  • By Randall on 08-26-18

Great story ... that ends in midparagraph

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

Reviewed: 10-09-11

Anyone who has read David Weber's Honor Harrington series will know what to expect: from military hardware so well imagined you can almost reach out and touch it, on the one hand, to a fully worked-out exposition of von Clausewitz's aphorism that war is a continuation of diplomacy by other means (or was it the other way around?)

This book does not disappoint: it is (with a few expository longueurs) a rattling good yarn, that continually presses the reader's "What happens next?" button.

My only gripe is that I took this book on holiday, and to find out what happens next, I needed Book 2, because Book 1 stopped in midparagraph, which would not have been bad, except that in my Sicilian hotel a big download was unfeasible. Readers not connectivity-challenged may regard that as a good point rather than a bad point.

The performance is excellent, which is no mean feat with a Weber novel. A cast of dozens of speaking characters will tax the ingenuity and imagination of any reader.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • She Comes First

  • The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman
  • By: Ian Kerner
  • Narrated by: Ian Kerner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,367

As women everywhere will attest, when it comes to understanding female sexuality, most guys know more about what's under the hood of a car than under the hood of a clitoris. And while it seems that men have struggled valiantly since the dawn of time to find ways to reliably elicit the female orgasm, rare is the guy who has the modesty to ask: "What do I do?" Ironically, the answer has always been right there on the tip of his tongue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow-A Must Read for Women & Men

  • By Dominique Hackett on 01-22-08

Needs a total rewrite to be an audiobook

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-08

It's not surprising that the author could not find a reader for this book, and so had read it himself. It's a text that would tax the talents of any reader, no matter how skilled.

The many footnotes are out of place in an audio book. They hold up the flow.

Much of the text is about anatomy. For that you need illustrations. Audio books have to do without.

So, to be suitable for audio format, the book needs to be totally recast. As it stands the footnotes hobble the exposition, and the lack of illustrations turns the anatomical discussion into a parade of technical terms that baffle more than they explain.

There's not much wrong with the advice in the book. I consider myself a skilled and experienced lover, but there were still a few useful bits of advice in it that I didn't know.

But it is overlong and repetitive. The author knows what he considers good writing to be. He sets himself "The Elements of Style" by Strunk and White as a model. In printed form, the book may very well come up to that worthy standard.

In the book, E. B. White says "Work from a suitable design." And there lies the problem. The design of the text just isn't suitable for audio format.

36 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • Bound in Blue

  • By: Monica Belle
  • Narrated by: Betsy Garden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 50

When university lecturer Hazel Jones takes the most popular of her female environmental-science students as a lodger she is expecting a procession of attractive men to follow. What she doesn't expect is Tiggy's diary to be left out every day. Knowing what her lodger gets up to, she is unable to resist reading it. It's not quite what she expects, and the revelations quickly lead her down a path she never expected to take.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, sexy satire

  • By Paul on 09-25-07

Witty, sexy satire

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-07

I didn't know that a frankly erotic book could have a proper plot, and be funny and satirical, until I listened to this one.

The central character is appealing and outrageously libidinous; she has plenty of sex both real and imagined, and displays modest but real character development.

I loved the gentle fun poked at the save-the-planet brigade, so earnest in their political correctness that they even censor their own sexual fantasies.

And the hilarious comic twist at the end had me chuckling at odd moments for days.

I thought it was very well read, too. The peripheral characters are pretty stock: twee Scotswoman, uncompromising activist speaking broad Estuarine, ageing Cambridge don, City millionaire; but so convincingly delivered you almost don't notice how two-dimensional the author has made them. Some American listeners may find the accents take getting used to.

I went back to Audible looking for another book by the same author but drew a blank. Who knows? maybe soon.

Thoroughly recommended.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Justice Hall

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128

A trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that leads from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot; but can Holmes and Russell catch an elusive killer, or has the murderer caught them?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Holmes since Arthur Conan Doyle

  • By S. Dale on 01-15-04

Not one of the best Mary Russell books

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-05

I'm a fan of the series, but this book was a disappointment.

It's too long.

It's poorly edited. A central character's army rank wobbles throughout between 2nd lieutenant (correct) and sublieutenant (wrong).

The charm of the series is the tension of the relationship between Russell and Holmes, and on this case they spend little time together.

The plot is weak. Russell achieves her two breakthroughs by having the author hand them to her on a plate (chance personal encounters, stumbling over evidence in a chest) instead of working them out.
Worse still, a crucial plot point hangs on a factual inaccuracy, which I can't reveal without spoiling the story.

The narrator does her best with the longueurs. Other reviews say she isn't much help, but it's hard to see what else she could have done.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful