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Yasmin

Dallas, tx, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • Postmortem: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (843)

    Four young women have been found murdered—tortured and strangled in their own beds—all victims of the same brilliant monster. Using a skilled hand and the latest technology in forensic medicine, Kay Scarpetta begins the process of gathering the microscopic clues the latest battered body has to give.

    Wayne says: "Serial killer vs Dr. Scarpetta"
    "LONG DRAWN OUT - NOT HER BEST WORK"
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    NO ONE who enjoys a good thriller


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A MUCH LATER BOOK IN THE SCARPETTA SERIES OF SOMETHING FROM PATTERSON, Lisa Jackson, or the Felix Castor series!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator should learn to NARRATE. The book is read in first person of the main character, she should keep that in mind. This person has a voice and personality. She also could stand to be a little less animated with teh other characters, its cartoonish bordering on buffoonish for some.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    BOREDOM, FRUSTRATION and disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Cornwell, but I started off on her later works. The first was Red Mist, which I read the actual hard copy of, and I have worked my way back from there on audiobooks. This time I tried to start with the 1st in the Scarpetta series. 1st off, many,many times, she spends WAY to much time discussing conversations between the characters that have nothing to do with the mystery but is more about their personalities and interactions with one another...and most is not even ineteresting subject matter. Spending pages on miscellaneous info that shouldn't take more than a few sentences, or paragraphs. Its like the director's notes for a script for a movie, as opposed to actual content. Its exhausting, when you think you are about to read a thriller! Furthermore, the horrid narrator does not make it much better. Many times she is over animated with the characters, but when reading as the narrator charactor in first person, she is drab, boring and monotonous. Many of Cornwell's earlier works, even the much better written ones, are read by this narrator and she's horrible. Thankfully she moved on to someone better for some of her others. Two hours in and I couldn't even finish this book, and I don't think I'm missing out anything. That's not something I ever do. HORRIBLE!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Proven Guilty: The Dresden Files, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6345)
    Performance
    (4951)
    Story
    (4932)

    The White Council of Wizards has drafted Harry Dresden as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in Chicago. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in the Windy City, but it's all in a day's work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob.

    Darran says: "Great listening experience"
    "Thrown Together?"
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    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

    Absolutely. I am a HUGE fan of the Dresden works, but I have to say that there have been some stark inconsistencies in story quality among the later works. They have either been mind-blowingly great, or boring and confusing. Unfortunately this book fell on the latter.


    Has Proven Guilty turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Emphatically NO


    What three words best describe James Marsters’s voice?

    Cozy, sometimes too flat, strong


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Proven Guilty?

    The fight scene prior to entering the Never Never was unecessary. Also the scene as he readied himself to test "little chicago" for the first time...


    Any additional comments?

    The story as a whole was too unorganized, and was missing some connectors. Many of the details of the plot made little sense. It seemed as if the author was just trying ot put together a story for the sake of putting one together. The charm of the main character as well as the other characters was as always well detailed and touching as always. That is where this author comes alive but as for the rest, this was certainly not one of my favorite works. Check out book 12 for an awesome example of a great Dresden book. Furthermore, I have my usual complaint with the narrator. He is EXCELLENT when voicing the other characters, but when it comes to narrating the story in first-person he becomes VERY monotone...if not bored...which leads to constant rewinding to capture the meaning in some of the phrases. Being that I listen to these audiobooks while I work, you can imagine how annoying and frustrating that is, even with a well-written book, but it's 10 times worse when the story itself is mediocre at best. I love the Dresden books and will continue to follow and read them but the stark inconsistency in the later works can be very frustrating. It leads me to believe some of the books in the series are just fillers...not a good thing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hard Day’s Knight: Nightside, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (266)

    John Taylor is a P.I. with a special talent for finding lost things in the dark and secret center of London known as the Nightside. He's also the reluctant owner of a very special-and dangerous-weapon. Excalibur, the legendary sword. To find out why he was chosen to wield it, John must consult the Last Defenders of Camelot, a group of knights who dwell in a place that some find more frightening than the Nightside. London Proper. It's been years since John's been back-and there are good reasons for that.

    Doc says: "A Dark Green"
    "Didn't finish, Couldn't Get Into it"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone loking more for comedy than thriller


    Would you ever listen to anything by Simon R. Green again?

    Yes, maybe


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Pretty good


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Hard Day’s Knight?

    I din't finish, but in all the fact that it started off about excaliber and didn't get much better, I was done before Chapter 1 ended.


    Any additional comments?

    When I listen at work I need something high intensity and fast-paced. This may be better reading in print...it starts really slow

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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