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C. Tinucci

Chicago, IL United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Inkspell

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Brendan Fraser
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (292)

    Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past.

    Vanessa says: "Inkspell indeed"
    "Great Book, but bring back Lynn Redgrave!"
    Overall

    This is a worthy sequel to Inkheart. Even as an adult, I love the plot within a plot and the characters. And Lynn Redgrave's reading of the first book in the series was exquisite and subtle yet shows the depth of the characters written by Cornelia Funke. I so wanted to enjoy this book equally well. But I didn't.

    I never thought that the wrong narrator would make an achingly hard listen for me. But I found out I was terribly wrong.

    Frankly, Brendan Fraser is the wrong narrator for this sequel. Perhaps no one can follow Redgrave. However, Fraser overacted every character using trite characterizations (see some of the other evaluations). I found myself cringing as Dustfinger, Elinor and others were voiced. And, sometimes I found it difficult to understand his words, the accents were so strong; this was frustrating as well.

    Having said that, I do think that Brendan Fraser may be a good narrator for the right kind of book; and as his skill develops, perhaps his approach will become a little more subtle. Little pieces of his work in this title are actually very appealing (some of the sighs, the tempo, phrasing and other things) so I will not give up on him as a narrator.

    However, if this book is ever re-released narrated by Lynn Redgrave, I'll not hesitate to buy another copy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1622)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1361)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Good addition to the series, but Anna - come on!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Love the series and consistently give it 4 stars.


    First, I was really surprised that Vince Flynn did a good job narrating the book!!! When authors narrate their works, my opinion is that they're usually unusually HORRIBLE. This was not the case and I was pleasantly surprised! There are some other narrators I'd probably prefer, but I'd buy another Flynn narrated book. (Had a professional narrator done this book, I'd have rated it "4", however wanted to give Flynn kudos.)


    The story was pretty good except for some of Anna's behavior. She knows WHO Mitch is and she gives him ultimatums??? She has a tantrum without even having empathy for a gunshot victim who is in the room with her? (Vince, if you want Anna to be really angry, which I can understand because I would have been angry in a similar circumstance, at LEAST give her some compassion for the wounded and have her flip the "emotional switch" that she does when she reports on TV. Her behavior during this episode AND some subsequent behavior made me really dislike Anna in this book -- and she's a character who I generally LIKE.)

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