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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32631)
    Performance
    (23949)
    Story
    (24275)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "good listen"
    Overall

    Survivor meets Gladiator - not bad. It's a novel of teens for teens but the teen angst is kept to a tolerable minimum. The series would be extraordinary if written for adults, but some concessions are required to make it age-appropriate for the target audience. Despite the horrific world in which the story is set, the author still manages to romanticize some aspects of it, and the lead character sometimes displays a level of stupidity that can't quite be explained away by her youth and inexperience as we are supposed to believe. The same story written for older readers could probably be made a little more realistic in these areas, but even in its current form it is thought provoking and impossible to put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voodoo or Die: Mojo, Louisiana, Humorous Mystery Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephanie Bond
    • Narrated By Maureen Jones
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (30)

    When a female attorney relocates to the quaint town of Mojo, Louisiana to take over the practice of a dead man, she thinks the welcome gift on her office doorstep is sweet...until she opens it to find a voodoo doll! After a horrible death occurs that's a little too close for comfort, she can no longer ignore the power of the evil doll...and frantically realizes her secret past might be catching up with her.

    A says: "Who talks like that??"
    "Who talks like that??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In addition to odd pronunciations of some words, the narrator does a terrible job with voices, makes characters sound like poorly-done caricatures. Her rendition of the protagonist makes her sound like a pretentious biddy twice the age the story indicates. Much of the humor is lost in the narrator's poor delivery. I feel like the book would have been far more entertaining if I had picked up the print version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Portrait of a Dead Guy: A Cherry Tucker Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larissa Reinhart
    • Narrated By Erin Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than buckshot rips from a ten gauge - but commissions are scarce. So when the well-heeled Branson family wants to memorialize their murdered son in a coffin portrait, Cherry scrambles to win their patronage from her small town rival. As the clock ticks toward the deadline, Cherry faces more trouble than just a controversial subject.

    John S. says: "Audio the way to go here!"
    "Terrible narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Story made for a decent light and fluffy read but the narration was terrible. Pauses too long, pace too slow, didn't flow naturally the way a person would talk. Also too nasal, even for a good southern accent. I put it on 2X just to get through the book more quickly and found that the faster pace actually made the narration better. The narration made it difficult to gauge the quality of the story, but it had some scenes that I think would have been funny had they been read correctly, and it held my interest enough to make me want to check out the next one -- in print.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Every Crooked Nanny: A Callahan Garrity Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (240)

    After 10 years of cleaning up the dirt on Atlanta's streets, Callahan Garrity is trading in her badge for a broom and a staff of house cleaners. But, though the uniform is a little different, Callahan soon finds herself right back in the middle of a mystery when a client's pretty, pious 19-year-old nanny is gone...along with the jewelry, silver, and a few rather sensitive real estate documents. Before she knows it, the meticulous Callahan is up to her elbows in a case involving illicit love triangles, crooked business deals, long-distance scams, and a dead body.

    Laura says: "For light entertainment - Also reviews explained"
    "good southern characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good, mildly complex mystery story with good characters. I am from Georgia and felt like I have met most of the characters in the book. The narration lacks a little to be desired, however. The narrator has a pleasant voice, and a few of her characters were almost dead-on, almost exactly how I would expect the voice and accent of that person to sound. Mostly, though, she spoke too slowly and enunciated too precisely to sound like any normal person anywhere, southern or otherwise. I don't know if this was the fault of the narrator or the director, but it was very annoying. Not annoying enough to prevent me from enjoying the listen, but I would've enjoyed it a lot more if the narration had been better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Spring Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Milly Johnson
    • Narrated By Colleen Prendergast
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Lou Winter is a lonely woman who no longer realises she's being taken advantage of - whether by her mother or unfaithful husband Phil. Then one day she spots a magazine article on clearing clutter. What begins as an earnest spring-clean soon spirals out of control. The more Lou lets go of, the more light can get to those painful places at the centre of her heart.

    Jan says: "Really enjoyable."
    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Characters were good with a likable protagonist. Pace was not fast but not plodding, and it was predictable but not in a way that detracts from the story. It is not difficult to guess how the story is going to end, but the journey to that end is very satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (453)

    Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.

    Sherry says: "Witches and fashion - what's not to like!"
    "Needs a different narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A decent story, but the narration is a distraction. Ms. Sands is not without talent, but her style doesn't fit this type of story. She speaks in a throaty almost-whisper that trails off at the end of each sentence, sometimes to the point that I had a hard time understanding the last word. Her accent sounds genuine and she doesn't overdramatize (an annoying habit of some narrators), but the low, gravelly softness of her voice made it sound like she was going for some sort of languid, ultra-sexy sound even when there was nothing languid or sexy about what was happening in the book. The end result is that the book had a heavier feel that I was looking for and that the reviews I read by people who had read the print version indicated. Granted, there are some heavy themes in the book, but even Oscar's antics seemed almost depressing when described by this narrator. It did get slightly better as the book progressed, but overall I found the voice so distracting that I sometimes lost track of the story.

    Otherwise, it was a good story, and the descriptions of vintage clothing, witchcraft, and San Francisco were excellent. I would like to continue the series, but I might switch to the print version.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dance Upon the Air: Three Sisters Island Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1320)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (774)

    When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she's finally found refuge from her abusive husband - and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago. Just as Nell starts to wonder if she'll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers from a terrible curse - one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692.

    Leon says: "Great fusion of the modern world and mythical."
    "Good atmosphere, average story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Dance Upon the Air?

    The overall feel of the book. Sort of dreamy and pleasant. Makes you want to settle in a pretty little seaside town and work in the cafe. The story was decent enough to keep me interested, but the setting was the star of the show.


    Would you recommend Dance Upon the Air to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, to the ones who like a dreamy romantic read.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sandra Burr?

    Almost anyone. The narrator had a nice voice and would be great for children's stories, but the way she handled what was supposed to be normal adult dialog was sorely lacking. I constantly found myself thinking, "who the *$%& talks like that??" The voice of the main character sounded downright child-like at times, enough to be a little creepy during some of the "love" scenes. While the audio book was great for passing the time while driving or doing housework, the narration left me wishing I had read the print version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twenties Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (253)

    When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance - mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions.

    Alison says: "Love this One of my Favorites of Sophie Kinsella's"
    "dumbest protagonist ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It held my attention and had an interesting storyline, but the lead character was annoyingly stupid. The book would have been hours shorter if she had figured out the answers to all the various dramas and dilemmas at even half the speed of a person with normal intelligence. The ghost was also monumentally irritating, but at least her grating personality was an intentional part of the story. One can only hope the stupidity of the main character was an unintentional flaw. I gave it three stars because I was able to stay interested in the story and generally considered it not to be a complete waste of my time in that it did provide slightly more entertainment than frustration, but I completely understand the reviewers who weren't even able to finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On the Edge: The Edge, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1239)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (855)

    Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

    Karen says: "Wow...wow...what?"
    "entertaining"
    Overall

    Decent enough story, kept me interested. Narrator was very good, with the exception of having the worst southern accent ever. Fortunately, this was only a small part of the dialogue.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26083)
    Performance
    (12734)
    Story
    (12776)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "The Help"
    Overall

    Amazing. This is the first time I have felt that I would have missed something if I had read the book instead of listening to the audiobook. The book was great, but the narration was beyond outstanding. I am from the south and can attest to the authenticity of their accents. If this book is ever made into a movie (and I suspect it probably will be), the actresses would do well to listen to these narrators in preparation for their roles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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