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  • The Lady of the Rivers

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,688

Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Philippa back on track

  • By Bonnie-Ann on 11-26-11

'The sight' works beautifully adapted history

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

What made the experience of listening to The Lady of the Rivers the most enjoyable?

While I think the reader is excellent, I think Gregory's use of tarot and 'the sight' (glimpsing aspects of the future) is brilliant. While one can always write fiction where 'predictions' come true (hey, you're the author), for me doing this in the context of a history-guided story makes it feel more real and interesting--the 'predictions' in the story really DO come true! And it provides a fascinating look at how such capabilities might work out if they were part of life.

I'm not sufficiently informed on the Wars of the Roses to comment on the history represented in the books, but I'm really interested to learn now... and I think that's a great compliment to the book.

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  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,231
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,190

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect narration of a perfect book

  • By Akela on 12-09-15

Witty, insightful classic lovingly rendered

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Pride and Prejudice to be better than the print version?

I would say they are on par. The essence of the text is the delightful characterization of human foibles, the twists and turns of romance, and the joy of mocking the foolishness of others.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's hard not to fall in love with the lead, but Mr. Collins is such a delight of pomp and self-importance that I always delight in his appearances, speeches and writing.

Any additional comments?

It seems to me that Ms. Pike's voices and rhythms are modeled after the BBC series, which made this all the more delightful for me since I've accidentally memorized much of that production. In any event, her characters are distinctive and she does a wonderful job of handling both male and female characters.

  • The Big Picture

  • On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
  • By: Sean Carroll
  • Narrated by: Sean Carroll
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,684

Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on the Higgs boson and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions. Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeping this on REPEAT for months to come

  • By Chris Akers on 06-10-16

Deep, broad, fascinating

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Big Picture to be better than the print version?

Having only engaged the audio version, I'll give it a big yes since I listen while commuting. Also, since it's narrated by the author, he always speaks in the appropriate tone and cadence, something I might've gotten wrong from time to time in reading to myself.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Picture?

I think it's a testament to the quality of the book that I enjoyed vast swaths of it. It's full of ideas soundly and interestingly argued. Including some I'd never considered.

Any additional comments?

The author would benefit from a pronunciation coach for some biological terms (that's my area, so the rare error jumped out) but as presented, it was perfectly clear what he was talking about. I generally don't favor authors reading their own works, as I believe these to be separate skills, but I believe Sean Carroll is strong in both areas (also, presumably, the Physics that's his day job!).

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,504

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series.

  • By Eric on 07-27-17

Some interest, constant, often underage sex

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

What would have made Spellmonger better?

If the author had left about maybe 80% of the character's constant thinking about and engaging in uninteresting sex. I gave up when it involved "the innkeeper's 13 and 15 year old daughters" (I may be off by a year but you get it).

Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Mancour? Why or why not?

Unlikely. Reviews I have seen of book 2 seem to feature folks giving up the series for the same reason I abandoned this book.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

Overall, I found him to be solid narrator, never got on my nerves. I regret he picked the material he did.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spellmonger?

See above. Also, the character's constant self-aggrandizement gets old, as does the fact that he never really struggles; just goes back to the fact that he's more knowledgeable/skilled than everybody else, and so they get to die.

Any additional comments?

I regret this purchase.

  • The Dying Earth

  • By: Jack Vance
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

The stories in The Dying Earth introduce dozens of seekers of wisom and beauty, lovely lost women, wizards of every shade of eccentricity with their runic amulets and spells. We meet the melancholy deodands, who feed on human flesh and the twk-men, who ride dragonflies and trade information for salt. There are monsters and demons. Each being is morally ambiguous: The evil are charming, the good are dangerous. All are at home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Decadent and Hopeful Dying Earth

  • By Jefferson on 06-27-10

Engaging, unique world & writing; AMAZING reader

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes... if you like Vance's prose (I love it). I think 'florid' and 'turgid' have to do; definitely a specific taste, but I love it and it sets a mood like no other.

What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

Morey's range on character voices is astounding. I've never had a book where I 'liked' all the characterizations and could follow them so easily. He transitions seamlessly from one to another, and each 'voice' is appropriate and distinctive.

Any additional comments?

I loved this as a written book; it's a delight as an audiobook thanks to Morey.