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  • 2 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 32 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The Murders of Richard III: A Jacqueline Kirby Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When attractive American Jacqueline Kirby is invited to an English country mansion for a weekend costume affair, she expects only one mystery. Since the hosts and guests are all fanatic devotees of King Richard III, they hope to clear his name of the 500-year-old accusation that he killed the little princes in the Tower of London. Jacqueline is amused by the group's eccentricities until history begins to repeat itself.

    James says: "Good for driving"
    "Early Comments"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Really can't comment on the story, I just downloaded for kindle with the audible version for whispersync. Hoping for a little light entertainment this evening--sort of a bedtime story. Very disappointed with narration.

    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Peters’s story?

    No comment as yet.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grace Conlin?

    Strident, grating, and annoying. Ruining this as an evening's quiet entertainment. Guess I'll haul out the reading glasses and read myself to sleep. Waste of the extra 3.99.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Stop the voices!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Suffice it to say that I am committed to finishing GRRM's Songs of Ice and Fire series, so there was no question of me spending time with the narrative. This is book 5 in the series. If you haven't been reading it, start at book one. If you've read the previous four books, you are already hooked, and don't need a review of the "story." I'm here to fuss about the performance.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    On the plus side, I found Roy Dotrice's basic reading voice pleasant enough. I was actually grateful that this book wasn't narrated by the high-voiced-guy-belting-from-his-diaphragm, as in some other recordings I've purchased here. (Note to diaphragm guy: You are not on stage now--we're all right here....often with ear buds in. All that screaming makes me feel like I've died and gone to Chucky Cheese.)But, when Dotrice tries to do Danerys Targaryen, he channels the Wicked Witch of the West doing Mickey Mouse, with an Irish brogue that slips in 50% of the time, just to keep you wondering. Not quite the beautiful young dragon queen with silver blonde hair and lavender eyes.As we go deeper into the text, he can also be a tad imprecise about where to stop and start his characterizations (its a long read, after all). Sometimes the character gives us the tag, or some exposition, sometimes the character doesn't kick in for the first sentence of the dialogue. Communication is always a collaborative event, but occasionally one's own talent for sorting things out, while keeping up with the narrative, is showcased more than the modest listener may desire.Really, none of the characterizations are good. But this isn't a problem for Dotrice, alone. We aren't children being entertained by dad making funny voices. How about this for a change: A narrator with a pleasant voice who. just. reads. Again for emphasis: stop doing these silly characterizations, and just read.Read with nuance, with inflection, with passion, even. But. just. read.I also get the feeling whoever casts these things thinks they are supposed to mimic the author--as if that person were also the story teller. Here's a clue: that's not what they mean by "authorial voice."While Dotrice's voice is better than some, it's a quite rough and garbled for a narrative about young sexy characters.A smoother voice would have been my preference.(Alistair Cooke, where are you when we need you? ) The prerequisites for narrators should be: 1) a voice that is delightful to listen to, no matter what it is saying; 2) the ability to read with inflection and nuance; 3) the right (as an employee) and good judgment (as an adult reader) to eschew characterization. If you'd like me to handle future auditions, just let me know.

    Was A Dance with Dragons worth the listening time?

    I'm sure it will be better than nothing on a long trip when reading a book isn't possible or convenient. Thankfully, I'll have the actual book for all other purposes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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