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Gretchen

conshohocken, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Out to Canaan: The Mitford Years, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (202)

    Millions of readers and listeners have come home to Mitford, the little town with the big heart. But now change is coming to the village. Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his wife Cynthia are pondering the murky uncertainties of retirement; a brash new mayoral candidate is calling for aggressive development; a shady realtor with plans for a health spa is eyeing the beloved house on the hill; and, worst of all, the Sweet Stuff Bakery may be closing.

    Sara says: "Another visit to Mitford"
    "wonderful narration, horrible editing"
    Overall

    John McDonough brings the Mitford series to life with his rich and engaging narration. I have enjoyed this and each previous recording in the collection. My only complaint is the editing, which often jumps from one paragraph to the next without a pause jarring you from the flow of the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Moon: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (353)

    The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter backlist lights up the night. In her eighth adventure, Anita Blake can't turn her back on a former lover during the full moon. Especially since he's behind bars - and he's a werewolf.

    Vicki says: "Loved book - audio is ok"
    "Love it, but..."
    Overall

    Laurell K Hamilton never fails to deliver characters and scenes rich in detail and emotion that let you into the hearts and minds of her creations. The performance by Kimberly Alexis brings the Anita Blake series to audio with great care and understanding of the characters, her talent continues to portray the emotional depth and internal struggles with a skill perfectly matched to this series, but..............The addition of background audio, in this book in particular, is frustrating in some scenes, distracting at times and down right inappropriate and diminishing to the material and performance in others. I would not recomend listening to this audio rendition without having read the book first. The additional audio turns key emotional scenes of this book into the equivalent of a made for t.v. version of your favorite book, watering down the drama and failing to let the origional work shine.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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