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2Ponds

Somerset, CA United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 24 reviews
  • 166 ratings
  • 459 titles in library
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  • Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2340)
    Performance
    (1297)
    Story
    (1297)

    In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America...and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

    chigars4 says: "Best work yet!"
    "Too much of too little"
    Overall

    I haven't finished this yet, but I must say I'm very frustrated with the book. I'm thinking about skipping to the last chapter or two just to find out what happens--and I NEVER do that. Pace is slow, too much detail. Taking waaaay too long to tell the story and it meanders hither and yon. If this guy is a super duper smarty pants, he's awfully stupid and makes decisions that defy common sense. Very frustrated with the whole book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon's Court

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Adam Alexi-Malle, Emma Bering, Tanya Franks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon’s power is absolute. When Marie-Louise, the 18-year-old daughter of the King of Austria, is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father presents her with a terrible choice: marry the cruel, capricious Napoleon, leaving the man she loves and her home forever, or say no, and plunge her country into war. Marie-Louise knows what she must do, and she travels to France, determined to be a good wife despite Napoleon’s reputation. But lavish parties greet her in Paris, and at the extravagant French court, she finds many rivals for her husband’s affection....

    2Ponds says: "Good story, poor performance"
    "Good story, poor performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I did like this story, although I found the accented narration very distracting. Granted they're Corsicans in France, but speaking with an accent that obstructs the narration doesn't make the story more authentic. Some parts were difficult to understand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House of the Vestals: The Investigations of Gordianus the Finder, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    It is ancient Rome, and Gordianus the Finder has a knack for finding trouble. Known to many as the one man in the ancient world who can both keep a secret and uncover one, Gordianus lays bare some of his most intriguing and compelling adventures.

    Xana DosSantos says: "Ralph Cosham should not be narrating......."
    "Always entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I ovve this series. Our hero is always cracking wise and making me guffaw with his self deprecating humor. Good entertainment, I enjoyed them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catilina’s Riddle: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By Scott Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    The year is 63 BC, and Gordianus the Finder unexpectedly achieves the dream of every Roman: owning a farm in the Etruscan countryside. Vowing to leave behind the corruption of Rome, he abandons the city, taking his family with him. This bucolic life, however, is disrupted by the machinations and murderous plots of two politicians.

    Shirlene says: "Caustic voice of narrator"
    "Stilted"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wish Audible would allow me to list readers I don't care for. Not even publicly list them, just keep a record so I know not to get a book with a crummy reader. This is one such reader. His stilted delivery and inappropriate pauses clearly don't do any favors to the story. The story needs help too, our hero is a numbskull and I swear he wasn't this dumb in previous books. Overall not the best listening for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7281)
    Performance
    (5205)
    Story
    (5195)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "surprise surprise!!"
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    I rarely give 5 stars on anything, but this couldn't be improved in my estimation; thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the story. This isn't what I would usually listen to, but after reading the listener reviews, thought I would give it a try and soooo glad I did! The poor little orphaned Irish immigrant brought up and living with plantation slaves was so poingnantly portrayed by the author as to set you back in time with them. Not too much of anything and just enough to keep your interest. The characters are alive and human to the listener/reader and the readers are phenomenal! I will be looking for more from Kathleen Grissom!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (410)

    In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

    Jeanette Finan says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
    "Dithering"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Garment of Shadows better?

    More of a plot and less of the narrative


    What was most disappointing about Laurie R. King’s story?

    Nothing really grabbed me yet; I'm only about 2 hours into it and, as I listen in the car, I find my thoughts wandering about anything BUT the story. I seem to listen in for a minute, nothing going on, then I'm back thinking about other stuff, remember to listen in again, same old narrative. No real reason to pay attention. With all this in mind, I may have to amend this review; perhaps it will improve. Right now though, I'm inclined to move on to something a bit more interesting.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I got the feeling she was writing this book more as an obligation to produce than the desire to tell a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor: The Blood of Gods: The Emperor Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Michael Healy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Julius Caesar has been cut down. His blood stains the hands of a cabal of bold conspirators, led by famed general Marcus Brutus - whom Caesar once called a friend. Have these self-proclaimed liberators bravely slain a power-mad tyrant or brutally murdered the beloved Father of Rome? Hailed as heroes by a complicit Senate and granted amnesty, the killers eagerly turn toward plotting the empire’s future under their control. But Caesar’s death does not rest easily with all of Rome.

    2Ponds says: "Who needs Ambien with this narrator."
    "Who needs Ambien with this narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Conn Iggulden and/or Michael Healy?

    Yes Conn Iggulden, no Michael Healy


    What other book might you compare Emperor: The Blood of Gods to and why?

    Emperor, Gates of Rome


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Healy’s performances?

    No!He should be made to listen to his performance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Im upset with the overall effect of the narration in this otherwise stellar book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By John Curless
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (431)

    Caesar Augustus has been called history's greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.

    John says: "Outstanding!"
    "Great Subject, Poor Entertainment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Told as a story and not a dry recitation of facts.


    What was most disappointing about Anthony Everitt’s story?

    see above. I never could get into the book enough to finish it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He did not


    Any additional comments?

    I might as well be sitting in a class, listening to a lecture for all the entertainment value. I'm sure he knows his subject matter, but I couldn't make a real person of this character as delivered. I want to be entertained, not advised.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1621)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1483)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Darned near 4 stars!"
    Overall
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    I wish I could give this 3 1/2 stars, because it's better than 3 stars, not quite compelling enough for the 4 stars---I reserve the 4 stars for books that i just HAVE to get back to. Somewhat cooky and off beat, it's a fresh approach to supernatural. Our hero is a bit distracted, but that's by design and his asides make me guffaw from time to time. Overall, worth the listen. If you enjoy bedtime stories and fanciful tales of ghosts, and other ethereal beings, you'll enjoy this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Burglar

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Maurice Leblanc
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Maurice Leblanc, a writer of detective fiction during the same period as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, created Arsene Lupin, a sort of French Robin Hood. An inventive genius, a master of disguise, and an accomplished actor, Lupin operates in the choice chateaux and salons. He scorns sham and with great disdain leaves his card in a baron's residence. The card reads, "Arsene Lupin, gentleman-burglar, will return when the furniture is genuine."

    Karen says: "Delightful"
    "Deadpan awful narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I couldn't tell you whether this was a good story or not. I'm thinking it probably was, in a noir sort of way, but this narrator was the worst I have ever heard. Listen to him before you buy the book and know it doesn't get any better as time goes on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ampersand Papers: An Inspector Appleby Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Innes
    • Narrated By Matt Addis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    While Appleby is strolling along a Cornish beach, he narrowly escapes being struck by a body falling down a cliff. The body is that of Dr Sutch, an archivist, and he has fallen from the North Tower of Treskinnick Castle, home of Lord Ampersand. Two possible motivations present themselves to Appleby - the Ampersand gold, treasure from an Armada galleon; and the Ampersand papers, valuable family documents that have associations with Wordsworth and Shelley.

    2Ponds says: "Summary SOUNDED like it would be good"
    "Summary SOUNDED like it would be good"
    Overall
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    Story

    I just couldn't get into listening to this book. It was slow, nothing building or anything to pique my interest. That said, everyone's taste differs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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