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Old 07-12-2016, 08:16 AM   #1741
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I'm listening to Dark of Night - Flesh & Fire, Jonathan Maberry, narrated by the same guy he uses for his Rot & Ruin and Joe Ledger series. That guy really makes the books come alive. This one is short, so I'm glad it's in Overdrive. SO good!

Ray Porter, that's the narrator. I need to see what else he reads.

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Old 07-23-2016, 05:19 AM   #1742
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Just finished Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr 1st in the Anna Pigeon series I'd seen this series mentioned a few times in this forum and finally got around to giving it a try. So glad I did as I really enjoyed the first one I love discovering a new series which already has a good number of books in it The narration by Barbara Rosenblat was excellent.
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Old 07-23-2016, 09:36 AM   #1743
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I just finished Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson (read by the author). It was a freebie from AudiobookSYNC. M.T. Anderson is a children's author, but this is hardly a children's book in my mind. What a time for the residents of St. Petersburg/Leningrad to live through. Invaded by Nazis bent on their annihilation immediately after the madman Stalin's reign of terror had purged their armed forces of their brightest and best soldiers and officers. Starvation was rampant, and the things people were forced to do to live shocking. A very intense book.
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Old 07-23-2016, 03:39 PM   #1744
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Just finished Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr 1st in the Anna Pigeon series I'd seen this series mentioned a few times in this forum and finally got around to giving it a try. So glad I did as I really enjoyed the first one I love discovering a new series which already has a good number of books in it The narration by Barbara Rosenblat was excellent.
It's been years since I read one of the Anna Pigeon books. I really enjoyed the early ones, then sort of went off them. Might be time to try one again. (And yes, I'm sure the Rosenblat narration was excellent. I've always been impressed with her work.)

Meanwhile, I'm listening to the Audible release of Alliance of Equals from Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. The narration is by Kevin T. Collins, and it's no better than so-so. I'd have been REALLY annoyed with it if I hadn't quickly discovered that it works just fine at 1.25% speed. Mr. Collins doesn't have a great voice differentiation, but it hasn't been a big issue in this book--I've had no issues keeping track of who is speaking.

The book itself is wonderful, moving the various story arcs covered forward to useful places. It does not do anything for the Theo/Bechimo arc, that will have to wait until the next book. But the Daav/Alliana, Hazenthull/Tolly Jones/Tocohl, Padi/Shan, and to a lessor extent the Surebleak story arcs are all moved along well. There's a log going on, with 4 main story arcs involved, but Mr. Collins does a good job of pacing to let you know when the focus has changed. (Again, assuming you're listening at 125%!)

I finished the book wanting more. But that's hardly surprising, I always want more Liaden Universe. So, 5 stars for the book, with only 3 stars for the narration.
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Old 07-24-2016, 09:46 AM   #1745
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Just finished up Weber and Zahn's A Call to Arms. Book II of the Manticore Assent series. It's basically a Young Adult series. A read the book back when it first came out and just got around to the audiobook. It's a pretty good book and the reader is pretty good.

Just started on the next Weber Safehold book (#6), Midst Toil and Tribulation. Once again, I've read all the ebooks as they came out, but just getting around to listening to the audio books. This is a long one (28 hours), so it's going to take a while. I've been working from home for the last couple of months so my listening time has dropped quite a bit, as has my gas bill.

Weber's Safehold series suffers from that great bane of long series, different readers for different books. The first two were read by one of my favorite readers, Oliver Wyman. The next two by Jason Culp who wasn't bad, then the last book by Charles Keating, who was different, this book by Kevin Collins (so far, so good, though I just started) and the next two goes back to Oliver Wyman. The issue isn't so much that any of them were bad, but that they are all different with different voices.

My to be listened to list is so long now, I'm trying to hold off buying new audio books until I whittle the list down a bit, but I noticed that Tad Williams' The Dragonbone Chair, the first of his classic Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series just hit audio book. I've put it on my wish list.
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Old 07-25-2016, 04:25 PM   #1746
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Just finished Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr 1st in the Anna Pigeon series I'd seen this series mentioned a few times in this forum and finally got around to giving it a try. So glad I did as I really enjoyed the first one I love discovering a new series which already has a good number of books in it The narration by Barbara Rosenblat was excellent.
I just finished *reading* this book, and also loved it! A friend had suggested it. I read #18 first, since it was on sale for the Kindle. Loved that, and decided to start at the beginning -- so I went to eBay and found a batch of 10 of them, though not completely in order. I'll have to shop again to find the missing ones.
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Just finished Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr 1st in the Anna Pigeon series I'd seen this series mentioned a few times in this forum and finally got around to giving it a try. So glad I did as I really enjoyed the first one I love discovering a new series which already has a good number of books in it The narration by Barbara Rosenblat was excellent.
How old is the main character (Anna?) in this series? I have a hard time with Rosenblat when she's reading young characters. I like when she's mostly reading middle-aged/older characters.
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Old 07-25-2016, 06:38 PM   #1748
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Thirty something? I'll go home and look (it's easier on paper than audio, I suspect).

added: old enough to have been married for several years, lost her husband, and to now be 10 years out from that loss.
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How old is the main character (Anna?) in this series? I have a hard time with Rosenblat when she's reading young characters. I like when she's mostly reading middle-aged/older characters.
She's 39 I don't recall listening to Rosenblat before but thought she was perfect for this. As always it helps to accept the narrator if you are enjoying the story.
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I just finished *reading* this book, and also loved it! A friend had suggested it. I read #18 first, since it was on sale for the Kindle. Loved that, and decided to start at the beginning -- so I went to eBay and found a batch of 10 of them, though not completely in order. I'll have to shop again to find the missing ones.
I'm doing them on audio strangely number 3 and 5 are missing from audible so I had to find another source. So far I've only listened to the first one but have 2-5 ready to go.
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#2 (paper form) mentions that the marriage was 7 years long. Book #1 said it was 10 years ago. I guess it also mentioned her age; I had forgotten that! Thanks, Melmac.
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Thanks, badgoodDeb and melmac. That sounds an acceptable age for Rosenblat. I listened to one of the Jane Castle "futuristics" - motorcycle-riding, wise-cracking, leather-clad heroine. Rosenblat was just *wrong* for that character. I've still never finished that book. Gonna have to actually read those, if I want to find out where they go.
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