This story line is good, the narration is horrifying. He pauses in places without commas which emphasizes words that were not intended to get the emphasis.
The story felt disjointed, it was hard to listen to as a result of the narration. I have tried listening at several speeds, but the narration grated on me. The story was ruined for me and I have put his name on the list of never listen to him again!
A good story, ruined for me by the narrator.
Never again. I couldn't finish listening to this one.
I yawned at first, how boring. But then it hooked me and dragged me in. I knew by the second chapter that I was going to be content to never leave St. Mary's.
This story is sci fi and fantasy. It's a geek and a nerd's daydream. It is time travel and it keeps you on the edge of your seat, nails dug into your palms as the sweat beads up on your face and under your arm pits. You know something is going to go wrong because it is what happens at St. Mary's.
What you won't expect are the twists and the turns and the mayhem that lies under the surface, waiting to grab you.
I don't give spoilers beyond that, but trust me, you will appreciate this book. It will appeal to geeks, nerds and steampunk folks equally. It will appeal to young adults as much as to the older generations who have imagination.
Zara Ramm narrates this story in spectacular fashion. Her voice is just what I was looking for in a reader. She keeps pace with the story, her tone matches the tone of the words. You hear that she is covered in nervous sweat during the bad times and smiling her heart out during the victories. I want to hug her for making this story come to life.
First the good..
This book is what they call educational but entertaining. I enjoyed listening to the story line and learning the facts. It wasn't what I expected for the title, but it was great despite my misconceptions as to the content.
I learned about poisons and I learned how the poisons were detected over time. It is a true forensics novel, that follows one person, a medical examiner's efforts to prove different cases were poisonings. I learned of the tragedy brought on by prohibition, and the sad desperation of alcoholics to drink what was sometimes poured from bottles labeled poison. I heard of other deaths and how they were found to be murders via poison and how it was proven.
Cocktails were invented to disguise the taste of the poisonous rot gut being used as alcohol. Prohibition failed. There were more deaths from alcohol after prohibition started than before.
It is not a book for everyone. It is a book that recounts horrific cases of animal testing to prove or disprove how poison kills. It tells of people killed in the electric chair.
The narrator sounds bored in a few spots. I truly believe a book should have those bits edited out and replaced. Other than those spots, the narration was good, if a little slow in spots. I had to speed the reading up a quarter so the cadence was right for my ears.
The book was very focused on prohibition and the methyl alcohol. It did tie into the story but I was hoping for a little more varied topic. It was a good overall story and despite my hope for different types of poisonings being mentioned, I learned a lot from the book. I couldn't hang up my headphones once I started.
In conclusion, I love a book where I learn something and this one fits that bill. I learned much about the 1920's and I am glad I didn't live in those glamorous but scary times. The medical examiners and autopsy knowledge has come a long, long way, much in part to the one person featured in serval chapters. That man deserves a medal and a huge plaque in his honor. His heirs should be proud to be descended from his lines. He was a determined man who solved murders and worked out issues. We could use more people with that dedication and determination in life.
This book is one of the best I have read. From the first sentence it grabs you and drags you in.
I normally listen to several Audibles from my library in small spurts, two-three books, a chapter or two at a time before switching to another. It is my easily bored mind, a narrator's voice will begin to bug me and I will switch over to another choice to give my ears a rest.
Zara Ramm is a narrator I can listen to non-stop and not need to visit another book. Her performance doesn't falter, she doesn't sound bored, or distracted while reading. She matches her tone to the tone of the story, in short one of a very few truly good voice over actors.
The story itself, well, that is a page turner. You never know what is going to happen next except it is likely to be go awry, sometimes with comedic consequences, sometimes with devastating consequences. Either way, you hang on every word.
Mind, this is not a mainstream contemporary book. It is a book full of fantasy and sci fi. It is a book for geeks and closest needs. It suits me to a T. I even borrowed the print book from the library to keep reading when I couldn't listen.
Jean-Claude Carvill has written an amazing story about a tantra massage therapist. I never realized there was such a thing as tantra massage. I have heard of tantric sex, but never explored it in the past. This book has opened a new doorway into sexual experiences that intrigue me.
Jewel Greenberg narrates the story with a slightly husky voice that does the story justice. Her reading skill is superb and kept me focused on what she was saying.
Overall, the story is a very good one. Female ejaculation is something that has interested me from the first moment I realized I could do it. This book discusses it in depth in a way that is as educational as it is highly and explicitly erotic. (Of course it is explicit, that is apparent from the title and the description.)
I enjoyed this Audible from the beginning, and will be purchasing other books by Jean-Claude Carvill.
I say that headline in a good way. It is a rough cut story, brutal and not pretty. The title sums it up. Savages.
Take a nice quiet little town like Laguna Beach, add a pair of drug dealers who grow their own strains of premium weed, toss in a sex nympho who shares the two dealers, and a Mexican drug cartel led by a very strong character woman... You get Savages.
This story is not for those folks offended by straight talk, by blunt talk, by raunchy sex, murder or people who are getting high. It is not for people who cannot handle trash talk against John Wayne, Republicans, Democrats, the government in general.
Michael Kramer reads this story as if it were written just for him to read. His rich deep voice gives the characters life.
What happened? Almost everyone has vanished, but to where? How? Most importantly, why?
The different narrators keep the story fresh, alive and in your mind. This book sample had me scrambling to purchase the full Season 1. I am chomping at the bit to get to the next Season.
I am a woman who hated "Lost". I thought it was the stupidest premise ever and after the first show, I refused to watch more of it. It didn't grab me, the characters were not believable or likeable as far as I was concerned. Yesterday's Gone should have struck me the same way but it grabbed me with it's unique storyline.
Having several narrators was the best decision the Author/Publisher could have made, it makes this story really come alive.
There is a superstition in being the 13th anything so imagine for a moment that you are the 13th in a group of children. You would be pre-judged, already behind the eight ball from the very beginning.
Add a magical world to this, add people moving to untamed areas to settle in a world full of magic. Imagine adding another faction, a group of people who refuse to live using magic. How would you survive here? What is it like to be a pioneer in the West as a magical or a non-magical person? What would school be like?
You are about to embark on a journey that will delight young teens, old teens and adults alike. From the first chapter of this book, I was pulled in and held tight by the story read by Amanda Ronconi.
Pull up a chair, stop what you are doing and listen. I promise you aren't going to want to stop until the story stops and the last words of the book thanking your for your Audible purchase play in your ears.
Amanda Ronconi has the greatest voice. She reads at the perfect tempo, never sounds bored. She has a broad range of voices for different characters. I love listening to her. I never have to speed up or slow down the program to compensate for poor meter as I do in some other stories.
Eff is the main character but I like Wash and Prof. Torgensen the best. They are both main characters who add spice to the story. Both are helping to shape Eff far more than her parents are.
It is just as great as the other ones. It might even be a bit better. She has to make a far greater range of accents in this one than in some of her other stories.
Here there be Dragons.
This story reminds me of the old maps where there is "Here there be Dragons" written in spots no one has explored in the past. In this story, there really are dragons, and a wide range of other magical beasts that cause problems for new settlers.
There is vibrancy in this story that makes it really come to life, I imagine this story will become a cult type of book much like some of the other books have over the years. It is right up there with the Harry Potter series, the Nancy Drew books, the Little House books. Yes, it really is "that good". My only complaint is that I wish the books were longer and I wish there were more of them.
Wow. Just Wow.
The entire book is memorable.
The voices, the power behind the words, the expression. I listened to a free sample of this book and was hooked.
Why was I left behind?
I am looking forward to more. Lots more. This type of book normally isn't my genre, but it reached out and dragged me in involuntarily as if I were one of those left behind. I had no choice except to buy the season, I wouldn't rest until I continued listening.
Yes! I loved the print version, but the narration was charmingly done.
The vibrancy of the descriptions made me feel as if I were there. The story grabbed my attention and did nog let go until it was done.
His ability to honestly bring the characters to life.
I sat on the edge listening as the scene unfolded. My heart broke for the girls after the rape.
I am looking forward to the next books in the series.
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