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  • Heaven's Spite

  • By: Lilith Saintcrow
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Jill Kismet has no choice but to seek treacherous allies - Perry, the devil she knows, and Melisande Belisa, the cunning Sorrows temptress whose true loyalties are unknown. Kismet knows Perry and Belisa are likely playing for the same thing - her soul. It’s just too bad, because she expects to beat them at their own game. Except their game is vengeance. Nobody plays vengeance like Kismet. But if the revenge she seeks damns her, her enemies might get her soul after all....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A big surprise

  • By Matthew on 24-11-10

A big surprise

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-10

You must understand that this is the fifth book in a series that started with 'Nightshift' At the time of writing none of the others are available on audio. This could be listened to as a stand alone but it's real strength is in the context of the series. Lilith Saintcrow has basically tried to write this series before with the books about Dante Valentine. They were fun, mental popcorn but had serious problems with both plot coherence and characterisation. Her inexperience and a clearly feeble or uninterested editor were plain.

Here most of the problems are fixed. Jill Kismet is vastly more likeable than Valentine and her psychological flaws are front and centre with a clear background rationale. The other big improvement (and the reason that you really should read the others) is that this book was foreshadowed in the very first and makes sense of a lot of plot strands. Beyond that I cannot comment for fear of spoilers but the ending is, no I'd better not. Listen for yourself.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dracula

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alexander Spencer, Susan Adams
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula with the purchase of a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client and his castle. Soon afterwards, a number of disturbing incidents unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman's neck; and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about the imminent arrival of his "Master".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nuanced reading

  • By Matthew on 03-10-10

Nuanced reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-10

I wouldn't presume to comment on the quality of a classic of Dracula's stature; anything I could conceivably say would offend someone & in this case that someone would probably be an academic who has built a whole career on the opposite notion! In this I'll confine myself to the reading. I feel that this is a big deal as there are at least 5 choices (when I last looked) and I picked this one after some thought. In this version Lucy is very annoying. In particular her pronunciation of the word 'very' is intensely grating. However, I'm mentioning this as a good thing! The characters have distinct voices that reflect their personalities and Lucy is an over-privilaged, somewhat snobbish, manipulator. Each of the characters is read with a distinct personality and this is all to rare in audiobooks generally. The nature of the book also means that Quincy is a complete cipher; absolutely delightful for all those literary conspiracy theorists!

All in all this is an excellent reading of a genuine classic. Try to regard the desire to smash the stereo that Lucy's 'Very, very's provokes as an indication of the power of the delivery; you'd probably feel the same way if you met her in real life :)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Pickwick Papers

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

This is the story of the celebrated Pickwick Club. The members are to report to the club on their journeys, adventures, and observations of characters and manners. Dickens creates a vivid picture of England in taking his characters along the nostalgic highways and byways of this majestic isle. This remarkable first novel made Dickens famous and has remained one of the world's best-known works.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A truly horrible reading...

  • By Matthew on 25-11-07

A truly horrible reading...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-07

I wouldn't presume to comment on the book itself, I'm a scientist not an english literiture specialist. However, the reading is absolutely dreadful. It felt a bit weird that the reader was american, it seemed odd with Dickens, but I have listened to many beautiful readings with american accents. Unfortunately, the reader gives a very good impression of never having done anything like this before! There is no inflection to his voice, everything is in the same, flat monotone with no feel for the meaning of what he is saying. It honestly feels like it was computer generated.

There is an infinitely superior reading on audible in two parts; save up your credits and buy that one, you probably won't get through the whole thing in one month anyway.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Mystery of the Aleph

  • Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity
  • By: Amir D. Aczel
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Best selling author Amir Aczel God's Equation delves into the riddle of infinity, religion and science with "mad" mathematician Georg Cantor, in what Booklist calls "an indispensable book for anyone interested in the darker side of intellectual progress."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard but...

  • By Matthew on 22-06-07

Hard but...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-07

very rewarding. I found myself wanting to bounce at people and go 'do you realise that the set of numbers between 0 and 1 is infinite and so is the set of numbers between 0 and 2 and that therefore they are the same size?!' Unfortunately, the mathematicians I know go, 'well, yess. Obviously. What's your point?' and everyone else looks at me as if I've gone mad...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful