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Philippa

Laredo, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Preacher

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    In the fishing community of Fjällbacka, life is remote, peaceful—and for some, tragically short. Foul play was always suspected in the disappearance 20 years ago of two young holidaymakers in the area. Now a young boy out playing has confirmed this grim truth. Their remains, discovered with those of a fresh victim, send the town into shock. Local detective Patrik Hedstrom, expecting a baby with his girlfriend Erica, can only imagine what it is like to lose a child.

    L. O. Pardue says: "2nd Book is Good, 1st Book was Excellent"
    "Silly voices"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Camilla Läckberg and/or David Thorn?

    I really like Camilla Láckberg's stories but could hardly get through this one because of the dreadful narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy these Scandinavian settings and the mixture of personal and domestic details with the police work.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator must have trained at the University of Silly Voices. Even when he wasn't doing a comedy old man, childish sounding woman, northern England accent etc, his 'normal' voice was annoying with affected and old-fashioned pronunciations such as 'orf' for 'off' and pronouncing the 'h' in words such as 'when' and 'where'. I will definitely avoid any books narrated by him in the future.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House on Mango Street

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sandra Cisneros
    • Narrated By Sandra Cisneros
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong, not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.

    Fred says: "Spare yourself"
    "Terrible Narrator"
    Overall

    I've read this book before and wanted to hear it to remind myself about it before the author comes to our town for a book reading. I won't be going to the book reading because I found her voice so annoying that I couldn't get through the audiobook. Whoever told her to read her books herself did her a great disservice, imho.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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