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Leah F.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-13

Hard to get into, but really good.

I was tempted to give up after the first 40 minutes, but I'm so glad I stuck it out. This is a very interesting story once you get into it. It's intense and very descriptive. Haney describes both the formation of the unit and the kinds of mission they went on, ranging from rescuing hostages to assaulting hi-jacked airplanes. As I listened, the dangers in the book felt completely real. I highly recommend it!

The information is presented in a very straightforward way, in unflourished language. Haney also gives the reader in insider's look at the strange type of humor that those in the military enjoy. Unlike some other reviewers, I wouldn't describe this as a "how-to" book. Although there are definitely things to be learned from it, I don't think any average person would learn enough to do anything useful with the information.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Amazing Narration

Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman Who Rides Like a Man to be better than the print version?

Yes, but only because of the amazing narration by Trini Alvarado. She did a wonderful job distinguishing each character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman Who Rides Like a Man?

The first time the reader meets Kara, Ishak, and Kourrem. Trini's accents for them really added something to the story.

Have you listened to any of Trini Alvarado’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I believe this to be one of her better one performances.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

(I'm not very good at coming up with tag lines.) Perhaps, "Sometimes you have to forge ahead alone when everyone else is against you."

Any additional comments?

This is really good, in either audio book or book form, and I think the fourth book in the series is even better. If you enjoyed this one, definitely go check out "Lioness Rampant"!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-12

Good way to learn a few words

Would you listen to Japanese Phase 1, Unit 01 again? Why?

Yes, because it was helpful to learn a few words and phrases.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Japanese Phase 1, Unit 01?

The way the words are put together backwards.

What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pronunciation.

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

Yes. It's particularly good for train rides.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-12

One of my favorites

Where does In the Hand of the Goddess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've always loved the original Alanna series, so this has to be in my top ten (I listen to a lot of audiobooks).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gary or George. They're both very laid-back, but in different ways.

What does Trini Alvarado bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The accents. I love that Gary has a slightly British accent. It's so easy to imagine him that way.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Thom shows Alanna the secrets of her shield.

Any additional comments?

If you're considering this book, definitely give it a try. I thought it was even better than the first book.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-12

Great performance, good story

Would you consider the audio edition of Magic Steps to be better than the print version?

Yes and no. I like full cast audio books because it makes it easy to distinguish the characters, but sometimes I feel as if the emphasis in certain lines isn't right. However, that's because everyone reads books differently, so I suppose I shouldn't really complain.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Steps?

For me, it was when Sandry uses her magic to talk to her uncle. Even in Tamora Pierce's books, it's a radical change for a mage to magically talk to someone without magic.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't think I have a favorite scene for this book.

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

No. It was nice to break it up at the chapter markings.

Any additional comments?

Don't take this as a negative review! Magic Steps is a good story and the performance was wonderful. In my mind, it just lends itself to listening in more than one sitting. I highly recommend reading the actual book as well as listening to this one.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-12

One of the best

If you could sum up Alanna, The First Adventure in three words, what would they be?

Really awesome story.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters seemed real. They had the same kinds of problems that anyone could have, and it made the story come alive.

Which character – as performed by Trini Alvarado – was your favorite?

Gary, I think. I loved what she did with Gary's voice.

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

Yes, definitely. I highly recommend it.

Any additional comments?

At first, I wasn't impressed by how Trini Alvarado differentiated voices. I thought she wasn't doing a good job. Then I realized that she was doing a really good job. The subtle changes in her voice take a little getting used to, but it's really nice.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-12

Great story, okay performance

If you could sum up Squire in three words, what would they be?

Really awesome storyline.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nealan of Queenscove will always be my favorite. I love the relationship he has with Kel, where they have each other's backs no matter what.

Did Bernadette Dunne do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

This is the one thing I didn't like. Yes, Bernadette Dunne did a good job differentiating the characters from one another. However, I didn't enjoy the voice she used for Kel. It was kind of nasally and I didn't think it would be the kind of voice that a girl between the ages of 14 and 18 would have. That could just be a personal preference.

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

Yes, but unfortunately I couldn't. As with any audiobook, it was simply too long.

Any additional comments?

It's a really good story, with a really strong female protagonist. I highly recommend it.

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