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Monica

18535 E Ashridge Dr, Queen Creek AZ | Member Since 2008

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  • Ruby Red: Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (387)

    Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who, in the middle of class, takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential.

    betsy says: "Where's the rest?"
    "TERRIBLE Recording Quality!!"
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    Story

    Sounds like it was recorded in the bathroom! A lot of echo problems and very tin-y. I can't believe Audibl.com picked this one up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Company of Swans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Eva Ibbotson
    • Narrated By Patricia Conolly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Nineteen-year-old Harriet Morton leads a dreary existence. Her ballet class is her only joy. When Father won't let her travel on a ballet tour to South America, Harriet creates a clever ruse that covers her escape and triggers an experience far beyond her dreams.

    James says: "A Treat"
    "Narrator absolutely RUINED it for me. Aweful!"
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    I was hoping I could bear with the narrator, Patricia Conolly, on this one and eventually get used to her, but some of her character voices are simply AWEFUL. Her children's voices sound like bratty whiny mice; the kind of voice you would use in a comedy to get a big reaction. But worse is her voice for the main character Ruth. I don't know if its because she is trying to do an Austrian accent, but it is just annoying, sluggish and unattractive. It makes it nearly impossible to like the character. Even her regular 3rd person narration was difficult to stay focused with. I've listen to over a hundred audiobooks and this makes it onto my very short RUINED list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (591)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "TERRIBLE Narrator brings out the worst!"
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    What would have made Tiger's Curse better?

    This audiobook was probably twice as long as it needed to be. The narrator speaks soooo slowly. But that is not the worst - she pauses mid sentance CONSTANTLY and adds emphasis to words that were not meant to be emphasized. It is SO annoying! In her efforts to make the characters sound different from eachother she even makes one sound exactly like my autistic cousin. Just weird.

    As for the book itself, great plot with a lot of boring writting. It feels like the author is more interested in impressing you with her great knowledge of India (or planes, or food, or antelope, etc), than she is in telling the story. Do I really need to know an entire paragraph of details - inlcuding the difference in size between male and female antelope just because a tiger is going to be hunting them for like 10 seconds of the book? I like non-fiction books, but this is a rediculusou combination.


    Would you recommend Tiger's Curse to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if they are going to read it, and then I'd warn them to glaze over the unneccesary descriptions... a lot.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Annika Boras and Sanjiv Jahveri ’s performances?

    NEVER


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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