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Deb D-M

San Jose, CA | Member Since 2006

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  • Dombey and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    In this carefully crafted novel, Dickens reveals the complexity of London society in the enterprising 1840s as he takes the listener into the business firm and home of one of its most representative patriarchs, Paul Dombey.

    Philip says: "Perfect pair"
    "Going to ask for an exchange"
    Overall

    I can't seem to make it through this first few chapters without numbing out. We all have differing preferences so I mean no offense, but I find Frederick Davidson very hard to listen to. His intonation, intended dialect, and mouth noises distract me from the story which I am sure is a good one (my goal is to listen to all of Dickens and I'm finding it delightful until now!).
    In addition, he barely makes the female characters believable. I will credit him with creating a fine and consistant atmosphere of arrogance for Mr. Dombey...other than that I need a different narrator in order to find out how it all gets done.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2331)
    Performance
    (2055)
    Story
    (2008)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Mel says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "I'd add stars if I could!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Will Patton's rendition of the characters is so consistent that I've been able to imagine all of them aging as I travel through each book in the Robicheaux (sp) series. And Burke is a master story teller. Creole Belle is so visceral and thick with the darker end in the spectrum of humanity I had to take breaks. The creep factor of the Dupree family unpacks slowly, with pitch- perfect tension. Bravo, James Lee Burke! I'm all caught up on New Iberia and waiting for the next book (I mistakenly read "Light of the World" first - I recommend that too!). Grateful to have found this series so many years ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Need Your Love, Is That True?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Byron Katie
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (247)

    In Loving What Is, best-selling author Byron Katie introduced thousands of people to her simple and profound method of finding happiness through questioning the mind. Now, I Need Your Love, Is That True? examines a universal, age-old source of anxiety: our relationships with others. In this groundbreaking book, Katie helps you question everything you have been taught to do to gain love and approval. In doing this, you discover how to find genuine love and connection.

    Amy says: "WOW"
    "As always the material is EXCELLENT and yet..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Byron Katie has a unique style in her way of communicating and I grew very accustomed to it from other speeches and books. That fact made listening to this narrator a trial. I am not yet finished with the book and every single time I turn it on I cringe. I try to relax by focusing on the material, trying to mentally overlay any other remembered voice but the narrator's intonations and vocal interpretation. Ms. Farr's expressions while reading feel incongruous at times and like bad mimicry at others. It's like a lot of typos on the page - you can understand what the writer is saying but the typos slow you down, you keep trying to read anyway because you want the material.

    Byron Katie is a blessing on the planet and the queen of personal accountability. I recommend any of her books and speeches.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jude The Obscure

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    This is the story of a young country workman obsessed by his ambition to become an Oxford student, interwoven with his fraught relationships with two women.

    Tad Davis says: "Staggering"
    "It kept me engaged..."
    Overall

    I thought the narrator was good as far as creating the environment but his portrayal of the female characters is weak and kept slightly pulling me out of the story. Not enough, however, to bring me to quitting it all together. I don't regret the time spent on the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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