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  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,373

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 06-12-13

What did you like most about Company of Liars?

The characters are vibrant and "heavy" - and the story keeps moving, sucking you deeper and deeper into the sort of darkness that becomes SO dark that you almost have to laugh. Its a hard balance, and the author does it well.

  • A Thread of Grace

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

It is September 8, 1943, and Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe at last, now that the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as it becomes, overnight, an open battleground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovin it!

  • By Mrs. on 10-04-13

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 06-12-13

Would you consider the audio edition of A Thread of Grace to be better than the print version?

I never consider an audio or a movie version to be better or worse than the print version... they are different in all respects... this was a beautiful book to begin with, Russell is an amazing author - but the narration of this book was possible the BEST narration I have ever heard on any audio book!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Renzo, Angelo, Mirella, Suor Dimples.. it is very difficult to pick out any favorite character.

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

There are many characters in this book, from many different nations. Campbell managed to give each character it's own voice, while keep accents / nationalities clear throughout. Furthermore, her narrative tone reflected the attitudes and situations of the character and situations she was speaking of (rather than going flat... ). Her voice is lovely.. deep, rich, melodic - and she has not only perfect and masterful control of her acting performance, but of her vocal range and breath throughout.

Fantastic.

  • Limits of Power

  • Paladin's Legacy, Book 4
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Big fat let down...

  • By Ian on 28-03-14

Unlistenable.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-13

Where does Limits of Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Beh. Its hard to say because the narration is so bad. I mean - awful. Was Jennifer Van Dyke not available?

Who was your favorite character and why?

The characters are relatively indistinguishable. And as this narration is not even remotely listenable, I will let you know after I have purchased and read the book.

How could the performance have been better?

The performer acts the characters ok - apart from her characters being pretty much indistinguishable by race, gender, class, and station. The most annoying, jarring problem is in the narrative passages She reads "He Said! She Said! He Wiped the Blood From His Blade" with with the same pace, tone, and with a loud exclamation point after each phrase, no matter how mundane the phrase. "I think not..." said Kiri!!!! "I will go..."He Said! Wiping the Blood Off His Blade!!!! He Crossed the Room!!!!! Not ONLY is each narrative phrase forced, each word is equally weighted, without a shred of nuance, pace, color, or appropriate pauses. Pacing of the narrative phrases are AWFUL!!!!!! This is why VO actors DESPERATELY NEED a director in the studio with them. And if there WAS a director in the studio, he or she should immediately lose his or her job!Furthermore, the actress might have taken the time to learn how to pronounce places and races by listening a bit to the previous narrations. For those of us who have listenened to each audio tape - its super annoying. Tayg, not Tah-ig. Kuoknomi, not Kwak-Naami. I suppose if this is your first Pak's book, it won't matter - but if you have been a fan of the series it will take you a while to figure out what and who she is talking about. Finally - the actress might have taken the trouble to READ the DANG BOOKS. The vocal quality of the elven and other races is perfectly well described by the author. The elves have musical voices, with a cadence. Ditto for the Kuocnom. Narrator doesn't bother to distinguish this in her performance. As the conflict that opens this book is racial in nature, it would have been nice if the narrator had been remotely familiar with the material so that we would be able to distinguish between the races.(Without of course, the requisite "Said the Elf!!!!")If I were Elizabeth Moon, I would have this audio pulled and redone. It's THAT bad.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Its not even a book I want to finish. Which is a shame, as I have loved the Paks series since it was first published.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • World Without End

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,433
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744

On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bereaved when it ended

  • By bex4ad on 15-03-11

It's a rerun

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-12

If you loved Pillars of the Earth, you may very well wish to skip this listen. The characters are distinguishable from those of Pillars only by name. The baddies are the same kind of baddies, doing more or less the same things. Ditto for the "goodies".

Even the plot is more or less the same... this time it's a bridge and a tower, rather than a cathedral. This time the heroine becomes a healer instead of a merchant (though she too starts out this way...) This time the impediment to marriage is forced nun-hood rather than a mistaken marriage. This time, the bad guy is brother to the builder. No wait, that didn't change at all! BUT - he's rolled up together with the bad earl! The good, kind clergy person is the prioress instead of the prior....

But for goodness sakes - they are all just interchangeable paper figures!

I like Ken Follett. Hopefully next time he'll write a new book instead of recycling an old one.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Kings of the North

  • Legend of Paksenarrion, Book 2
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Peace and order have been restored to the kingdoms of Tsaia and Lyonya, thanks to the crowning of two kings: Mikeli of Tsaia and, in Lyonya, Kieri Phelan, a mercenary captain whose royal blood and half-elven heritage are resented by elves and humans alike. On the surface, all is hope and promise. But underneath, trouble is brewing. Mikeli cannot sit safely on his throne as long as remnants of the evil Verrakaien magelords are at large.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Love the book - but...

  • By Shaun on 26-08-11

Love the book - but...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-11

The narration of this title, compared to the rest of the Paksenarrion seriies, is terrible. No vocal differentiation, very hard to follow (these books have a ton of characters - and they all sound exactly the same!)

I am really disappointed, and cannot recommend this audio edition. The rest of the series rocks!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful