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Laura

Red Bank, NJ, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9129)
    Performance
    (8379)
    Story
    (8421)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "What Happened with the NARRATION?!""
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    What did you love best about A Feast for Crows?

    I enjoyed a Feast for Crows, but this was by far my least favorite of the Game of Thrones series. A few major characters are left out of the book altogether (Denaris, Bran and Tyrion). And a lot of new characters are introduced. After listening to the incredible...INCREDIBLE, Book 3....one of the best Audiobooks ever, and I have a library with hundreds of books on Audible, I found myself losing interest and having to go back several times to listen again to portions as I had zoned out. It just didn't hold my attention whereas with the first three books I did not want to stop listening. With Book 3, I could not stop listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Feast for Crows?

    Cerce's arrest.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration drove my *nuts* with this book. I don't know why the narrator or *someone* (anyone?) producing this audiobook did not go back and listen to how the characters in the first three books were voiced. Why does high born Aria go from sounding like someone from the House Stark to Daisy the kitchen maid in Downtown Abbey? I don't get how nobody picked up on this. But it drove me *nuts*.

    And not that I'm on Book 5, this unfortunate trend continues. Denaris, the highborn Queen of Dragons, went from sounding regal to something slightly above a stable boy.

    Again, I really, really hope that whenever Books 6 and 7 are written and the audiobooks are produced, that the narrator (who is amazing), goes back and listens to clips from Book 3....so that he remembers how he voiced the characters in that book. It was spot on...and not that the voices have changed in a way that doesn't suit the characters, it's very distracting to me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    My tagline would be, "Wait for it to hit Pay Per View".


    Any additional comments?

    I felt like there was a lot of "explanation" in this story but very little action. After the second half of Book 3, it was a let down for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3859)
    Performance
    (3147)
    Story
    (3111)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    Amazon Customer says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Like watching paint dry..."
    Overall
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    Wow, I've listened to well over one hundred audiobooks via Audible and this one was really, really boring. I kept waiting and waiting for things to get interesting, but it didn't happen. I'm not sure what Grisham's plan was here. Maybe he was trying to get us to understand what it's like day to day in a small "ham and egg" law office? I have no idea

    I can't believe I listened to the whole thing. I kept thinking that "the hook" was coming....something to draw me in. By the end of the thing, I didn't care what happened to the characters let alone ponder the ending.

    Awful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17877)
    Performance
    (15894)
    Story
    (15851)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Really enjoyed this one!"
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    This is King at his best. He engaged my mind as well as my senses as I felt like I was transported back in time. A very rich story with great twists and turns. The narrator was the best I've heard since The Help. Amazing performance!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9724)
    Performance
    (7218)
    Story
    (7256)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "An Entertaining Listen...."
    Overall

    I listen to roughly fifty novels a year, and I really enjoyed listening to this one. The pace is a bit slow at times as the author develops characters and explains backstory, but it quickens in the final third of the book. The ending is a real cliffhanger, but sets up the second book impeccably. I'm hooked....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The War After Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ralph Peters
    • Narrated By Michael Warner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Shocking scenes of battle, unforgettable soldiers, heartbreaking betrayals. In this stunning, fast-paced novel, a ruthless future war unfolds in a 21st century nightmare: Los Angeles is a radioactive ruin; Europe lies bleeding; and Israel has been destroyed with millions slaughtered. A furious America fights to reclaim the devastated Holy Land. The Marines storm ashore; the U.S. Army does battle in a Biblical landscape.

    Joshua says: "Harry Turtledove, this is not."
    "Weak Narration"
    Overall

    I managed to make it through this listen, but found this to be one of the weaker narrators in the 30+ books that I've listened to from audible.com. There was very little distinction between the different characters. At times my mind would wander off and I'd have to go back a bit to re-listen to a part of the book as I had no idea who was speaking.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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