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Yorktown, VA, United States

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  • The Secret Warriors: A Men at War Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Michael Russotto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Washington D.C., 1942. With the help of Charles A. Lindbergh, ace OSS pilot Richard Canidy sets up an air maneuver that will drop agents into the Belgian Congo to smuggle out uranium ore essential to the arms race. But this time, Canidy is not in the saddle; he's the backup pilot. And though he's not used to waiting for something to go wrong, he knows that it will....

    Ken says: "Good Story, bad narration"
    "Good Story, bad narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story was typical Griffin. Even with the flaws, it was enjoyale to listen to. A little sex mixed in with the action.

    What did you like best about this story?

    As with all Griffin novels, the historical context is compelling. Given the flying Tigers were real, pretty presumptuous to make Canady the first ace of the AVG.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was pretty bad. Rossutto has about three male voices which he recycles through out the book. With the exception of Canady, the voices don't match the characters and his inflection doesn't match the tone of the story. Worst was Witaker who is supposed to be a cynical young man. Instead he sounds like an enthusiastic, niave school boy. I found it funny when two characters with the same voice up to that point in the story appear in the same scene--one of the two characters suddenly changes voice. I do give him credit for the female voices. Even though read by a man, they actually sound feminine, a skill many narrators don't have. I wish the publishers would use two readers--male and female.

    Any additional comments?

    This audio book is broken into chapters and subchapters. i.e. Chapter 4; 1, 2, 3... Each subchapter should be on a seaparate track, to make stepping through the books easier when I lose my place. Book 1 of the series is formatted this way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolute literature...and a page turner at that!"
    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Tale of Two Cities the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was superb. I'm not sure I could follow the Dickens' convoluted language reading my self.

    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    His ability to do both men's and women's voice without sounding foolish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    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"
    "Great narration, tedious story"
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The audioubook rate above average. The narrator performance compensated for a rather tedious and wordy story.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was pleasant, but contrived. King does a poor job of tieing all the threads together for a logical conclusion. In the end he sums up all the unexplained time travel paradox with a simplistic supernatural explanation. Becasue the ending didn't really ties into the plot, King could have pasted the ending into several points of the novel and ended much earlier.

    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    Jake/George. Wasson does a great job making the characters distinct to the listener. Each characters' voice is consistant, and his female falsetto is believable.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not teall

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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