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  • The Sugar House: A Tess Monaghan Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    Laura Lippman won the Nero Wolfe Award for this powerful mystery. Former journalist turned P.I. Tess Monaghan thought she knew Baltimore like the back of her hand - but what she doesn't know just might kill her in this grim yet irresistible novel.

    Janet says: "One of Lippman's best"
    "Book Great - Narration difficult to listen to"
    Overall

    I love Tess Monaghan and jumped in right after I finished "In Big Trouble." When I started the book, I honestly could not tell if the narrator was male or female. I came back Audible and was shocked to see the narrator was Barbara Rosenblatt whom I have heard in numerous audio books and always enjoyed. Her voice is unusually gruff and abrasive. Also, her characterization of the major players seems a bit on the sarcastic side, plus, some of the voices sound like they're from the deep south rather than Baltimore. I am planning on going through the series in order, and almost dread listening to the ones by Rosenblatt. I may read them instead. I would say to listen to a sample. This makes me sad. She's always been one of my bankable narrators who is a pleasure to listen to.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • True Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (408)

    Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform.

    Stephen says: "No connection to new heroine"
    "Loved it! Hope to hear more from the Perrys!"
    Overall

    I don't understand the mixed reviews for this one. I have listened to most of Baldacci's works, and I am a big fan. I thought this was one of his best. I did not the many twists coming, and I thought the characters were great. The only thing I can think of that might make this better is a different narrator - NOT because of Ron McClarty - he's great, and I love him in the Camel Club series. Since two of the main characters are female, perhaps his narration for them seems incongruent. There are still some questions I would love to have answered, and I hope there will be more. For me, this is DEFINITELY credit-worthy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of God: The Bible as Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Walter Wangerin Jr.
    • Narrated By Walter Wangerin Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (70)

    Walter Wangerin, Jr. makes the Bible come alive in detail with The Book of God. Wangerin reveals the humanity and eternal messages behind the text. The Book of God is a sweeping history that covers thousands of years and hundreds of lives, in a myriad of foreign yet familiar cultures. The award-winning Wangerin has produced his magnum opus, a timeless masterpiece that rekindles the imagination and nurtures the spirit.

    Jane says: "The Book of God: The Bible as Novel (Unabridged)"
    "Avoid audiobooks narrated by author!!"
    Overall

    The book content is actually pretty good - basically a novelization of Scripture with coverations between biblical figures extrapolated from the facts. I think this book helps to understand the linear flow of scripture.
    HOWEVER, the narration often made me cringe! The dramatic tone was often frustrating - the pitch and volume of the narration often rose and fell in an unnatural pattern. I think I would love this book with a different (trained) narrator.
    Personally, I have not had positive experiences with audiobooks narrated by the author. I actually did not realize that the author was narrating, but was so frustrated by the narration, that I decided to check and. . . sure enough - the author was narrating. For me, it just means I need to watch for this and read reviews before I purchase!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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