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Clare

Member Since 2006

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  • Death Walked In: A Death on Demand Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Carolyn Hart
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Max Darling hasn't been interested in crime since his brush with a seductive young woman put him in danger of losing his freedom. He even refuses to talk to a woman who calls for help and says she is afraid. The caller leaves word she's hidden something in the antebellum house Max and his wife, Annie, are restoring.

    Clare says: "Narration Distracting"
    "Narration Distracting"
    Overall

    The voices of many of the characters in this audible version are so poorly done that I found it hard to get past them and lose myself in the story. The absolutely worst is Max Darling. I know it's difficult for a female narrator to do male voices, but she made Max sound old, supercilious, and completely out of character. He's supposed to be a cool, young guy and he sounded anything but. The story itself was entertaining although I felt certain of the murderer's identity early on and I prefer a plot that keeps me guessing until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5077)
    Performance
    (2870)
    Story
    (2907)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Excellent Read!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Forgotten Garden again? Why?

    Now that I'm aware of all the twists, I would probably not read it again, but I thoroughly enjoyed it this first time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgotten Garden?

    I always love surprises and The Forgotten Garden has many throughout its pages.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Nell's parentage was revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    It can get a little confusing because the point of view keeps changing between time periods and characters. Sometimes I needed to take a short break and remind myself of the various relationships. Also, there were a couple of loose ends that were never resolved, and I wish they had been.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (871)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "Intelligent, Entertaining Mystery--Best Narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about A Trick of the Light?

    The narration by Ralph Cosham is first rate! This is one of the few audiobooks I've listened to where the narration is seamless--effective and not at all disruptive. After listening to about half of it, I was telling a friend about the audiobook and I couldn't even remember if Cosham was acting out the characters or doing a straight reading of the story! (He does act them out, but so unobtrusively, that the listener isn't distracted by strange or bizarre sounding voices, such as an older woman attempting to sound like a young man.)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Trick of the Light?

    There were too many to choose one--but I can't reveal more than that!


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Clara is probably my favorite because she is just so genuine and likeable. However, Penny goes deeply into the mind of her main character, Chief Inspector Gamache, to share his thoughts and insights. It adds another dimension to a well-plotted narrative, and raises these books to a level above most mystery novels.


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

    No, but just because I wanted to take my time and savor it.


    Any additional comments?

    All of the Louise Penny

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Adversary

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (11)

    In 1919, young couple Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley form a partnership, hiring themselves out as "young adventurers". Their first case, which involves finding documents, is more of an adventure than they expect, however. Tommy and Tuppence know that Jane Finn was carrying top secret documents when she disappeared five years ago. What they don't know is that a killer is targeting a sinister older woman because she knows all about Jane. And soon Tommy and Tuppence are themselves in grave danger.

    Clare says: "Terrible Narration!"
    "Terrible Narration!"
    Overall

    I had read this years ago I thought it would be a fun and nostalgic listen. The book does suffer from some cringe-producing dialogue (especially with Christie's attempts at American lingo), but listening to the audio version was torturous. If the plot didn't have the usual Christie twists and suspense, I wouldn't have been able to get through it. The narrator does such a terrible job I just can't understand why she was chosen for this project. She sounds like she must be a much older woman and yet all the main characters are young twenty and thirty-somethings. An older woman attempting to sound like young men just comes off as simply ridiculous and really distracts from the story. It would be bad enough if the problem was only with the younger male characters, but she even puts on a false, high-pitched, sing-songey voice for Tuppence! Instead of making Tuppence sound young (which I assume is the intent) it makes her come off like a high strung old lady! It would have been far better if the narrator had just read the book without any attempts to "act" it out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Noel: Hellish Holiday Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By The Collected Authors of The Worst Noel
    • Narrated By The Collected Authors of The Worst Noel
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It's that time of the year again, the holiday season. Between checkout lines a mile long, the office party hangover, battles with traffic, and delayed flights, what's better to do than to listen to The Worst Noel and laugh your holiday aggravation away? The collection features an eclectic mix of writers with playful, often dark humor as the common thread.

    Amy M. Walts says: "Still waiting for the humor..."
    "The Worst Book"
    Overall

    Saying that I hated this book would be too strong, because there were a couple of worthwhile stories. I was expecting humor, nostalgia, irony, poignancy, or something give me a reason to keep listening. Instead, too many of the stories were whiny, boring and irritating. If you're looking for an amusing, thoughtful or "feel good" holiday book, this is not it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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