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  • The Darkling Thrush

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Max Miller
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    Fed up with his desk duty in the Imperial Arcane Library, book hunter Colin Bliss accepts a private commission to find The Sword's Shadow, a legendary and dangerous witches' grimoire. But to find the book, Colin must travel to the remote Western Isles and solve a centuries' old murder.

    Tony Squared says: "A Magical Story"
    "Captivating narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Darkling Thrush the most enjoyable?

    It took me a little bit to get used to the narrator's voice, but trust me, stick with it because it wasn't too long before I could hardly bear to step away from the story, and I credit Mr Miller's narration for a good part of that. He doesn't rush through the reading of a story, and I'm a fast reader, so that was one of the things I had to get used to. But once I settled in and let him take me on the story's journey, I realized how much of the detail and nuances of the story I'd missed from my fast reading of the ebook version. He has a talent for voices, and each character has a defined 'voice' that makes the listening experience very full and rich.


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

    I have also listened to Max Miller's narration of The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks. And while that narration was very good, this one was even better.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first of Josh Lanyon's fantasy stories I'd read. I'll admit I wasn't sure if I'd like it as much as his contemporaries. I should never have doubted. His storytelling mastery crosses all genres. A fantastic story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7157)
    Performance
    (6233)
    Story
    (6216)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "What a great cast of characters!"
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    Would you listen to The Witness again? Why?

    Yes. Ms Whelan's narration is very easy to listen to. And the story moves along at a good pace. Plus, not only were the characters endearing, but the narration complimented them, brought them to life.


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

    I do a lot of travelling for my job, and so I listen to audio books to pass the time. Instead of wishing the miles away, I always looked to getting back into the car so that I could listen to more.


    Any additional comments?

    Well thought out plot with few slow spots. Loved the contrast of Abigail's highly organized, extremely logical genius and socially awkward character and with the laidback, take-it-as-it-comes Brooks. What a great pairing! Plus I found Julia Whelan's narrative an excellent match to Nora Roberts story. Very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Celebrity in Death: In Death, Book 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1657)
    Performance
    (1450)
    Story
    (1437)

    Her career in homicide has taken her into the darkest depths of New York City’s underground - and sometimes Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels more comfortable in those kinds of places than in the high-rise, high-society world of her billionaire husband, Roarke. But while she’s no party girl, she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating the debut of The Icove Agenda. This time it’s Eve, not Roarke, who’s a guest of honor, since the film is based on one of her famous cases. Her partner, Peabody, is practically giddy....

    Amy Huber says: "Susan Ericksen is amazing!"
    "The narration lets the story down"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book yes, the audio book, no.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Ericksen’s performance?

    I'll allow that perhaps it's simply a case of her narration jarring to my Australian ear, but while I could listen to Ms Ericksen's reading of Eve Dallas, her rendering of Peabody was so annoying and to me, out of character, that this will be my first, and ONLY, In Death audio book. The Peabody JD Robb has created, while she may be as lush physically as Marilyn Monroe, is sharp and sassy, quick-witted and intelligent. Sadly, Ms Ericksen's Peabody sounds slow-witted, mentally ponderous, with an accent that is VERY hard on the ears. It's too much for me, I'm afraid. I wanted to hang in long enough to at least hear how Roarke comes across, but after one chapter I've reached my limit of her voice. I'll continue my reading of this story in ebook form and save my audio book purchases for other series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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