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Kathy

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2680)
    Performance
    (2394)
    Story
    (2379)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Very Pleasantly Surprised"
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    What made the experience of listening to Speaks the Nightbird the most enjoyable?

    Reading this author was a new experience to me based on the recommendations of audible. I found myself relating to the main character and staying completely engaged and interested. I enjoyed learning about the beliefs of the times (witches, law and medical practices) and am glad we've come as far as we have in modern times!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    For me the book was a little slow going at first, but once it gained momentum, I really had an increasingly difficult time stopping for real life. The details and intricacies the author related were gripping.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    I love when narrators bring the individual characters to life with their own unique personalities through their voices. Edoardo did this spectacularly! He made me get an even better feeling for characters by making them sound genuine, pompous, compassionate, intelligent or whatever characteristic was needed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book is way too long for me to listen to in one sitting!! At first I listened a little at time, but this grew into longer times as the book and the intrigue progressed.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a good recommendation for those who read historical fiction and like a good mystery. Being a die hard fan of Diana Gabaldon, I found this book a great diversion while I wait for her new one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (946)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (866)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "This narrator is awesome!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Firebird the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, is absolutely wonderful. She was able to do several different accents in one conversation to vividly make the story come alive! The context was very rich, and a bit fanciful, but an enjoyable read with historical ties.


    What other book might you compare The Firebird to and why?

    This book reminded me a bit of the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon in the time frame and the political climate.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've not enjoyed a narrator as much as Katherine Kellgren. She is amazing at making each character distinct and remains true to their heritage in the accents she does. Children are given childlike qualities and all the characters really come alive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, this book is too long to listen to in one sitting, but I did listen for a couple hours at a time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Michael Bennett: Michael Bennett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (509)

    Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend, Hughie McDonough, dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City - and to get revenge on Michael Bennett. To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his 10 kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, on a much-needed vacation to his family's cabin near Newburgh, New York. But instead of the calm and happy town he remembers, they step into a nightmare.

    JACKIE says: "Disappointing"
    "Cliff Hanger"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, especially if you are into the Michael Bennett series. The book is action packed and full of Michael Bennett's sense of humor and no nonsense approach to law breakers. If the listener is just picking up a book without keeping the series in mind, I think they will be disappointed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I, Michael Bennett?

    The ending of the book definitely leaves the reader hanging and since it's the ending, it is very memorable. Not sure how much I liked this as I felt not enough solution to the conflict was made before ending the book.


    What does Bobby Cannavale and Jay Snyder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I just love audiobooks, and when narrators can change their voices enough that you can automatically tell who is talking, then I'm hooked and going to listen to that narrator again. These narrators are very good about setting the stage with their tone, inflection and variety.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The loss of friends and innocence in this book were moving. When Michael's long time friend is killed and the book takes the reader/listener to the wake, the scene is made real.


    Any additional comments?

    Generally, I really like this series, but I was let down with the ending this time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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