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Myrtha

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  • 40 reviews
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  • The Scent of Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kristin Billerbeck
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Daphne Sweeten left Paris - and a job she loved - to marry the man of her dreams in the U.S. But when he stands her up on their wedding day, she’s left reeling and senseless. Literally. She’s been trained as a perfume creator and now her sense of smell has disappeared along with her fiancé!

    She has to figure out why her nose isn’t working, fix it, and get back to Paris. Meanwhile, she’ll rely on her chemistry skills and just hope her new boss at Gibraltar Products, Jesse, doesn’t notice her failing senses. They’ll be working together on household fragrances, not posh perfumes. How hard can it be?

    Deborah says: "Best of the three I've read by this author"
    "Don't judge a book by its cover!"
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    I bought this title following Angela Dawe, who did a BRILLIANT job in MAYBE THIS TIME by J. Cruise. And also because I'm a sucker for nice covers and nice titles and the summary had potential.

    Let me tell you what i found inside.
    JUDGMENTAL AND CLICHE does not cover it.
    It is so badly written, that even if you agree with the author's postulates you will agree that they are terribly expressed. There is no plot, there is some kind of weak story that comes and goes without much sense ( if any at all) to be a platform for Christian preaching. The many holes in said story are filled with quotations from the Bible. The metaphors seems to be written by a not very bright Sunday School teacher.
    The characters are unreal, not comics but caricatures.
    The preaching is everywhere, in almost every paragraph and to top it all the characters as dialogs sometimes say prayers! And oh, the dialogs, repetitive, plain, and sometimes are as if the author forgot to finish it or more probably did not know how so just left it.
    The thing is I'm a believer, but I also believe in respect for the belief or not belief of others and when i encounter something like this i feel "verguenza ajena" which in spanish means to feel ashamed for someone else's actions.

    The performance, i've learned with this audio that even a very good narrator can only do an average minus job if the material is no good.

    Finally, to the Publishers I would say PLEASE DO WARN THAT THE BOOK IS CHRISTIAN OR CATHOLIC OR MUSLIM OR WITH STRONG RELIGIOUS OR POLITICAL BELIEFS, SO THE PEOPLE CAN DECIDE TO READ IT OR NOT.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (914)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "ONE OF THE BEST LISTENS EVER..."
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    Many listeners before me have review this book in detail, So, just let me express my delight in a story so true to human nature in all its aspects. A story that is engaging, gripping, heartbreaking, and uplifting at the same time. A story where the characters are very real.
    Maybe not the best but certainly one of the most enjoyable things for an audiobook lover is a good narration. And believe me the narration is GREAT.
    As they say "DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND LISTEN TO THIS BOOK"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: Mara Dyer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michelle Hodkin
    • Narrated By Christy Romano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (113)

    Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is. She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.

    Oli says: "Not bad"
    "Disappointed..."
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    The book has a good start, And the narrator has a clear, brisk voice that kind of pulls you on.
    So, you have the typical high school crowd, the cute-most coveted boy (with the plus of an english accent) with his entourage of beautiful but empty-headed and-of course- mean girls and here comes our heroine who is-of course again- not that kind of beautiful,but sooo very special. And thus the clichés begin and the adventure begins...Except that if you want to follow this adventure you must forget all kind of logic and common sense. I'm very aware that if you embark on a YA fantasy, normalcy doesn't apply, which it is as it should be. In this case though let's just say that contradiction is the key word...Alas the idea is not bad,but is so full of clichés and not real behavior like THE DIALOGS: OMG! I really don't want to be mean, but it is a mixture of Yoda and Shakespearian speech, which in itself is not disagreeable if sparingly used considering our speakers are 21th Century teens. But use it too frequently and you will start sighing and shaking your head.
    So, although I finished the book, I won't buy the sequel and in good conscience I can't recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire State of Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jane Lovering
    • Narrated By Rachael Louise Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Jessica Grant knows vampires only too well as she runs the York Council tracker programme. To Jess, vampires are arrogant and far too sexy for their own good, particularly her ex-colleague Sil. But when a demon turns up and threatens the whole world order, the stakes are high. They are also very, very pointy and Jess isn't afraid to use them, even on the vampire that she's afraid she’s falling in love with....

    CAROLYN says: "MORE BUFFY THAN BELLA"
    "Unexpected fun"
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    It is a fun story, in a world with an alternate history in which "otherworlders" (different species) came to share the planet with us in relative peace after violent times....Anyway, the protagonist, female, with a quirky sense of humor and not the perfect heroine but endearing non the less is faced with an upcoming war, an intense but not wanted love with a "drop dead gorgeous and sexy" vamp, and family secrets...All wrapped up in a delicious performance.

    Fantasy Chick-Lit, yes, but FUN!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Apocalipstick

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sue Margolis
    • Narrated By Sue Margolis
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    From the No1 Bestselling author who brought you Gucci Gucci Co, Neurotica and A Catered Affair comes a hilarious new novel about falling in love, hating your job, and getting what you want out of life - without ever smudging your lipstick! When it comes to men, beauty columnist Rebecca Fine always seems to be on the scruffy end of the mascara wand. But all that changes the morning she meets Max Stoddart, her new colleague at the Daily Vanguard.

    Myrtha says: "Awful Performance!"
    "Awful Performance!"
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    The story is less than average. I gave it 2 stars because maybe somehow somewhere it becomes interesting enough to listen. But what is really terrible is the narrator. The tone is flat. The voice is disagreeable! It makes it impossible to fallow the thread of the plot.
    I could not finish the book, I did try like 3 times but I just could not.
    So I am very sorry to say but it was an overall 0 star.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
    • Narrated By Ryan Gesell, Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

    Arwen says: "Missed the Mark"
    "BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!"
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    This little book is gold!
    The story is simple but captivating. Fresh, funny. At the beginning I LOL, which I don't often do.
    It is told from two different points of view (female-male) both young teenagers with different life experiences. Both are sensitive, smart, and kind.
    The characters are real, And all of them are adorable!
    The situations are possible. And they are not quite predictable.
    The performance is GREAT! The exact voice for each of the two main characters: PERFECT MATCH.
    And one more thing: It has poetry in one form or other in the midst.
    Do listen to it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (926)
    Story
    (931)

    It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

    Brooke says: "Creep-tastic!"
    "NOT YOUR TRADITIONAL ANGEL"
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    If you didn't mind polite sparkling vampires, pious loving demons, you won't mind mean murderous angels that can be killed by bullets. So, safe in YA fantasy land we can discuss the story, which is at times gripping, at times violent and gory in a post apocalyptic world caused by avenging angels or at least creatures like angels but the cause of said attack is never told, at least not yet in this first installment. In the romantic scenario there is the usual prospect of the lead female, with a heart thorn in two between two guys who of course are madly in love with her but are enemies and oh yeah, there will be Raffe's and Obi's fans !
    As I usually say when reviewing a light entertaining story we, you, are not looking for thought provoking books. So this is to me an entertaining very light fantasy which i did finish and that means that in spite of its lightness and its clashes with the stablished is fun. Hey, did the dishes, water my plants and even organized my closet, thanks to it!
    One thing that help a lot to make these story fun was the very good performance. The narrator not only did a good job, but i believe have the right voice for the story,
    So i would say, go for it without too much expectations.


    PS: I wonder if it is only me but I really don't mind much nice vampires as I mind awful angels.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Look Down

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor, Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    Lucy Armstrong is a director of television commercials who's just been recruited to finish a four-day action-movie shoot. But she arrives on the set to discover that the directing staff has quit, the makeup artist is suicidal, the stars are egomaniacs, the stunt director is her ex-husband, and the lead actor has just acquired as an adviser a Green Beret who has the aggravating habit of always being right.

    S says: "Recommend for Cruisie fans"
    "It's ok."
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    The story itself is flimsy. But it is fun enough, the dialogs are witty, and it has all the right ingredients: a love story, a tough hero, a wonderful heroine, the villain, moments of suspense, a bit of a thriller, a sweet child and all of these delivered in a very good performance, I especially liked R. Raudman's voice and performance. P. Lawlor also does a very good job.
    You know what, it is like reading a comic. So i would recommended it as a light listening for chore or exercise times...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3091)
    Performance
    (2298)
    Story
    (2306)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "FIVE PLUS"
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    One of the best books i've ever listened to!
    OK, first of all please note i'm not a native english speaker, so forgive my rudimentary words, since to say what this book made me feel and think i'll be short of the right expressions.Besides, i've read many of the reviews and there isn't much left to say!

    So, first of all I think the form in which is arranged and the way it is written is brilliant. It goes from formal almost poetic to actual to kind of futuristic to slang and it takes you to such places and times leaving you mid-story hanging at times with the feeling of something terrible about to happen and unable to stop it. And then they start to link one with the other making sense and showing you (me, us) the consequences of our acts or lack of them....Here I leave you fellow listener hoping that you will be curious enough to go to this audio and discover it for yourself and thoroughly enjoy it !

    One more very important thing: I STRONGLY BELIEVE it should be LISTEN TO more than read since the cast of narrators do a GREAT job. They impersonate the characters soooooo well is audio bliss! I just can not imagine without the voices, i confess there were more than one part i had to go back, over and over but of course, it is harder for me since it is not my native tongue.

    The only fault to the hole production for me is the lack of a soundtrack.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Busy Woman Seeks Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Annie Sanders
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Because she's too busy bringing home the bacon to cook it. On the surface, Alex Hill is every inch the polished, high-flying marketing executive of a global sportswear company. But things are not quite as they appear; she's rushed off her feet with barely enough time to take out the rubbish bins, let alone pull together an amazing product launch.

    Stacy says: "Busy Woman Seeks Wife"
    "Light romantic comedy."
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    The best of this audio is the performance, although not the best of the performances I had the pleasure to listen to, it is very well done and it highlights the story which it's a light romantic comedy.
    Must say that said comedy, although fun enough to finish and enjoy it, it has a very, very simple story,is very predictable and at times the main female character confuses goodness with idiocy. But i'm being too hard, it is just that after listening to C.Alliot audio I can't but compare... Anyway, I think a 3 star overall is fair. NOT the best chick lit but certainly not the worst.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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