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Karen

Bordentown, NJ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 9 reviews
  • 41 ratings
  • 1269 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2015
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  • A Textbook Case: A Lincoln Rhyme Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    From Jeffery Deaver comes an original short story featuring Lincoln Rhyme. When a young woman is found brutally murdered in a parking garage, with a veritable mountain of potential evidence to sift through, it may be the most challenging case former NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme has ever taken on.

    Jacqueline says: "Great narration---Story just average"
    "Producers, please listen - stop the madness!"
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    I left a similar comment about another book by another one of my favorite authors. As with that one, because of the way the book is produced, I can't listen and plan to return it. (I love Jeffery Deaver and Lincoln Rhyme, so I'm sure it's great and sure hope it's available on Kindle.) So I gave the story 5 even though I couldn't get through it. So back to the rant - unless a book is meant to be a PLAY, please do not have several 'actors' inject quotes when another person is narrating. It's jarring and just unlistenable. I just finished a book entirely narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and it was great (Speaks the Nightingale, Robert McCammon, book 1, Matthew Corbett series). In some cases, it works to use multiple narrators if there are whole sections coming from the point of view of a certain character and one narrator does all the quotes in a section. Still, my first choice would be Eduardo Ballerini or Colin Firth telling me the whole story....

    Producers, please please stop - don't let this annoying style of production become a trend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • New Year Island

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Paul Draker
    • Narrated By Teri Schnaubelt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    Ten strangers, recruited by an edgy new reality show and marooned on an abandoned island overrun by wildlife. One dies in a horrible accident. Nine realize they are all past survivors, alive only because they've beaten incredible odds once before. One by one, their hidden secrets are revealed. Eight discover they are trapped. Caught in a game so deadly that the most terrifying experiences of their lives were only its qualifying round, they must now face the greatest danger on the island... each other.

    Terri B. says: "Wow, just wow!"
    "Narrator was very good..."
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    And the beginning chapter drew me in. After that, it just didn't work for me. Wishy-washy, unlikeable characters, implausible plot, and too many words. I love a long book that I can get lost in and really tried to plug along, but this one just didn't interest me. Maybe I'm too old - I don't like 99% of the reality shows out there - and younger readers may love it. All that said, the writing itself was good, and the narrator did a great job.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn't take her long to clear out the dead man's remaining possessions, but one room remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open, she discovers inside a chair, a table - and a leather-bound book, its pages filled with locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims. Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police but her family intervenes, fearing that scandal will mar her politician father's public image.

    Karen says: "Outstanding all around - story, author, narrator"
    "Outstanding all around - story, author, narrator"
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    Stuart Neville is one of the few authors I buy "review unseen" - especially if narrated by the Gerard Doyle. The story pulled me in from the first word to the last. Get this book - you will love it.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1774)
    Performance
    (1544)
    Story
    (1542)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "Where have I been?"
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    Yay! Is there anything better than finding a great author and series a few years late so you can read one book right after the other? It's all there - great characters, story, writing, narrator, etc. I'm about to start book 2 and a little worried that there's a different narrator. I really liked the way Erik Davies could pull out that Danish lilt and then flip back to yankee. I hear a lot of Danish accents at work and thought he did a great job. Authors and Audible - pair up a great author and narrator for an entire series and you will have us for the duration. Examples: Adrian McKinty/Gerard Doyle; Diana Gabaldon/Davina Porter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1245)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Love that Irish, and no mistake!"
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    Adrian McKinty's writing style and stories are magic, and Gerard Doyle is the perfect narrator for them. Every sentence has rhythm, the characters are complex and real, and the plots draw you in. Plus there's a lot of great comedy. Doyle is the perfect channel for McKinty's withering insults, and you'll be laughing (and wincing) even as something very unpleasant is happening to some unfortunate thug. I just finished the "dead" trilogy (had already listened to 'cold, cold ground' and the others), and now I want more. Only the Lighthouse series is left, and while it's not might favorite genre, it's Adrian McKinty so I'll give it a try. (McKinty's books are as good as Stieg Larsen's; they should be movies too.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Believing the Lie: An Inspector Lynley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (357)

    Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

    Joanne says: "Not Elizabeth George's best..."
    "Great stuff; I just don't get the negative reviews"
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    It was just what I would expect from Elizabeth George - delectable. Wonderful, complex characters you've come to know and love. Intriguing multiple storylines. (Audible, PLEASE offer more of this author's UNABRIDGED past works.) And Davina Porter's narration, as always, is perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Four Feet Tall & Rising: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Shorty Rossi, S. J. Hodges
    • Narrated By Shorty Rossi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Luigi Francis "Shorty" Rossi, the tough-talking, fedora-wearing star of Animal Planet's hit show Pit Boss, may stand only four feet tall, but that hasn't stopped him from living large, becoming a successful businessman and an outspoken advocate for pit bulls, the most misunderstood dog breed in the world.

    Karen says: "Great book, truly good person"
    "Great book, truly good person"
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    I was already a fan of Shorty from watching Pit Boss, but now I'm over the top. Buy this book - you will be touched, impressed, and highly entertained. Shorty is an actor, so his performance is just as good as your favorite narrators. He will have you either laughing out loud or crying. Without a whiff of sentimentality, he makes you want to change the world and, even better, shows you that you can. Thank you, Shorty!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Creatures Great and Small

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (578)

    In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

    Sara says: "A Wonderful Listen--Stories That Never Get Old"
    "Simply the best"
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    I read the hard copies of the entire series years ago, then listened to them on cassettes or CDs more than once, and now am listening again on my iPod. James Herriot's stories are laugh-out-loud funny at times, heartbreaking at others, and wise without ever being preachy or sentimental. Mr. Herriot (Wight) was a humble, generous human being and gifted writer. His wonderful stories are timeless. Download this book- you will be so glad you did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (218)

    It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. But just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover....

    Karen says: "Ebook producers, please listen!"
    "Ebook producers, please listen!"
    Overall

    I love David Baldacci's books, any genre. And I think Ron McLarty is a wonderful narrator (and author). That said, I have no idea whether this book was any good because I simply could not tolerate the way it was produced. Those of us devoted to audiobooks love BOOKS of all kinds, and audio is just another way to "read" them. Unless a book is expressly written to be a PLAY, please do not try to make it into one by having other narrators inject quotes by different characters. Great narrators like McLarty have their own way of creating different, identifiable characters (male and female) in an understated way; this works well and doesn't disrupt the flow of the story. Using multiple narrators works in some cases, such as "The Help," because there are whole sections coming from the point of view of a certain character; note, in those cases each narrator will do all the quotes in a section.

    This is the second Audible book in as many weeks that I have abandoned due to this annoying method of production.

    (Apologies to Mr. Baldacci - maybe I'll get this one on my Kindle.)

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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