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Roberta

...occasionally broadens her horizons, but generally just wants to be entertained...

Salzburg, Austria | Member Since 2010

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  • 19 reviews
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  • The Spirit Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (146)

    Fiametta Beneforte dreamed of making beautiful and enchanted objets d'art, but alas her magician-goldsmith father was more likely to have her scrub the kiln than study magic. After all, it was a waste to train a mere daughter beyond the needs of the moment.... Thur Ochs dreamed of escaping the icy mines of Bruinwald. But the letter from his brother Uri arranging his apprenticeship to Master Beneforte was not the only force that drew him over the mountains to the Duchy of Montefoglia.

    Becca says: "On the whole, a disappointment"
    "Enjoyed the Story, had to get used to the narrator"
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    I quite enjoyed the story. It's about a young girl who loses everything she has but matures into an adult while regaining what she can while defying cultural authority, convention and finds that true love doesn't have to be in the form of a shining knight.
    The narration at first was, for my ears, very childish. Before I got used to it the pipey, teenage female voice (albeit very suited to the age and sex of the main character) was quite distracting. But the work was well done and I did enjoy the book as a whole.

    The story was also enjoyable, with enough twists and turns and creativity to build suspense and interest for the whole time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lick: Stage Dive, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1478)
    Performance
    (1376)
    Story
    (1380)

    Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this. Evelyn Thomas' plans for celebrating her 21st birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

    Jordy says: "4.5 Lickable Rock Stars!"
    "Fun"
    Overall
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    Fun, lighthearted, funny, well-read. An enjoyable bit of fluff for a lazy afternoon. Enjoyable main and background characters with a few interesting twists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (893)

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

    Anne Morris says: "I don't normally write reviews but..."
    "A walk down memory lane..."
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    Very enjoyable! I really enjoyed hearing from all the original actors, and Carey's imitations were also spot on. A glimpse into the filmmaking world that shows acting isn't always sunshine and rainbows, although in this case it was a lot of fun. I watched the film again right afterwards, and enjoyed every moment - again. Perhaps even more...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kingslayer

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Honor Raconteur
    • Narrated By Mark McClain Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    He had known this day would come. No man could escape the entire might of the Sovran forever. He just found it humorous that it was an enemy of the Sovran that had caught him instead. Bound, kneeling before a queen whom he had hounded for a straight year, he should have been anxious. Or at least a little worried. Instead, a strange sense of relief filled him. It was over. His mad escape from Brindisi's justice was over. "That is a very calm expression on your face, General Darius Bresalier," she observed. Her tone was idle, but her eyes were as sharp as a hawk's.

    M. McCormick says: "Argh!!!"
    "Sooo Slow. Sooo predictable. Sooo simple."
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    This book started out with a great premise and a good beginning, but the narration by Mark McClain Wilson was awful. I hoped I would get used to it, but it just became more and more annoying. He may have separate, convincing voices for each character, but that is the only reason he received the two stars I gave him.

    The story itself also bogged down significantly in the middle and was very, very straightforward. I was interested up to and including the first battle in the desert, but then either Honor Raconteur ran out of ideas or fell in love or something, because it all goes downhill from there. The story is very predictable and overly clichéed, two characteristics only emphasised by Mr. Wilson's overly emphasised reading. I had the impression that Raconteur wrote this off the cuff, because there is no character build-up, no story planning, no foreshadowing for later events. And although I've not even finished my listen, I know that absolutely everything will turn out fine and the main character will succeed with nary a hitch, be rewarded by the queen and live a peachy keen life in a world filled with roses and rainbows.

    Further, far too much time is spent with the main character wooing a woman just two or three months prior to the battle of his life, something that tested the bounds of credulity as this was a lifetime soldier with only one goal - to save the country (and therefore the continent? kingdom? who cares?) from annihilation by a country with an army x-times larger than his. And then a woman distracts him? Of course all turns out fine (yawn - not even finished listening yet and still sooo obvious) and before, during and after the procedure we are treated to trite, emotional scenes which try to be moving and humourous but which only caused my eyes to roll.

    Frankly, I don't know which factor made this experience so negative. Was it a poor story read by a narrator trying too hard? Was it a good story butchered by a narrator? I will certainly give neither the author nor the narrator another chance so I guess I'll just have to live in ignorance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Bed with the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (879)

    They call him the Devil Earl - a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything-even strike a bargain with the devil himself. Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy.

    SIMARA says: "Exceeded my expectations..."
    "An ideal historical romance... truly enjoyable."
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    I used to read a lot of these as a teenager but have since gotten caught up in other genres. I bought this during a sale to give the audible romance genre another chance after a bad choice and was well rewarded! The characters are lively and have great personalities. Susan Ericksen's reading was good, but occassionally the character's voices were not distinct enough. The story is complex enought to be interesting and the romantic bits are also fun. I would definitely listen to another book by Ms. Heath!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (1439)
    Story
    (1424)

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "Highly recommended! Funny, interesting, well read."
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    I'm not even done listening and I simply have to write that I loved it. I bought this on some sort of sale to brook the time before my pre-order arrived and am hooked. I will definitely listen to more from both Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi. Don't want to stop listening, am sad I only have another half hour of book to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3176)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1335)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "Too formulaic, too much coincidence."
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    Although the name Camel Club is quirky and appealing and the characters in part enjoyable, I did NOT like the book or the reading, although if you can get through the first four hours you'll make it through the rest. Accept the following: it's very cliché. Bitter Arab/Islamist? check. Mysterious, tragic hero? check. Quirky formulaic side characters? check. (Although I did like Caleb...). Then there's the coincidences... there's just... so... many... the island, the boat, the restaurant, the parallel break-in (I don't think that's a spoiler, it is a suspense/crime/spy novel....). Jonathan Davis' reading doesn't help at all. Too little difference between the voices (except for Caleb, maybe that's why I like him so much) and the reading tries too hard to be suspenseful. Also, Davis' voice changes too much between breaks. As a final affront, there's sometimes music at the end of a chapter, but even that is inconsistent and detracts more than it improves.

    Oh dear, I nearly forgot the thesaurus style of writing, with bizarrely placed high quality words in the mouths of unsuited characters. Such a shame, really. I wanted to like it, the whole way through.

    But I didn't, so I can't recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Pint of Murder: Madoc & Janet Rhys, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Old Agatha Treadway baked her own bread, canned her own vegetables - and died of botulism in her very own kitchen. Accident, says Dr. Druffitt. Murder, says neighbor Janet Wadman. And says it again when she finds the doctor dead, too. Detective Inspector Madoc Rhys, of the royal Canadian Mounted Police, agrees. But who's the killer...? The town miser, who wants the one thing only Mrs. Treadway could have given him? The miser's son who's panting for the doctor's daughter? Widow Druffitt, who's holding secret meetings with unlikely people? The hired girl who listens at keyholes? The hired man who hides in haylofts?

    connie says: "cute Canadian cozy"
    "Mounties, mystery, romance - Enjoyable!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Pint of Murder the most enjoyable?

    To be honest, the first enjoyable point was the Canadian aspect. And the story was quite amusing. Very small town, lots of gossip and distinct characters with distinct personalities. And of course the mountie - who doesn't like mounties??


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was interesting and kept me guessing until the end. A bit distracting was the constant postulating "oh, person x had this motive because of this reason, but this other person could also have done it for that reason" and so on... That distracted a bit, but everything else was fun.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That would be a spoiler, but it has to do with it being a small town and how quickly information travels.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This is a silly question, sorry Audible! I'd rather write about the narration which was quite good and very suitable to the setting, the characters and the story. In no way was I ever consciously aware I was being "narrated at".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2286)
    Performance
    (2120)
    Story
    (2110)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Fantastic"
    "Classic story, very well read"
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    What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    The best part was the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it wasn't 1:1 with the film. I've never read/heard the book before, and the additional details were fun to learn (like why the tin man is made of tin, and more about the flying monkeys, and stuff like that)


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    Oh, she was excellent. I liked everything about her performance. An excellent narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This isn't that kind of book... but it did occasionally make me laugh, and I guess that moved me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (1446)
    Story
    (1460)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Figured out the solution and twist far too soon..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The main character seemed unrealistic to me. Having worked at such a major law firm as a partner and then to act the way he did and used the vocabulary and grammar he did during the story seemed a bit off. Also, I predicted both the solution AND the twist at the end far too soon. I don't know if that's the fault of the narrator or the author, I guess a bit of both.


    Has A Case of Redemption turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I still like them.


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    He did the voices well, he was quite flexible that way. But what I didn't like was that he didn't make the main character sound like a grown up lawyer with a tragic history. More like a teenager, which just didn't fit.


    Was A Case of Redemption worth the listening time?

    It was okay... I listened until the end to see if I was correct in my suspicions regarding the end...


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Bright

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Catherine Anderson
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    New York Times best-selling author Catherine Anderson whisks listeners away to Oregon for a suspense-filled romance. Faking her own death to escape her murderous husband, Rainie takes refuge in the rural community of Crystal Falls, where she finds work as a bookkeeper on a horse ranch run by Parker Harrigan. But as their initial attraction blossoms, Rainie fears she can’t continue to elude the man who has sworn to kill her - and that her mere presence could jeopardize everything the Harrigan family holds dear.

    Roberta says: "Interesing premise, didn't like the narrator."
    "Interesing premise, didn't like the narrator."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator would certainly have added a bit more liveliness.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Catherine Anderson? Why or why not?

    No. The story was original on the one hand, but everything was so spelled out. And sometimes a bit repetitious what with the reasoning behind the heroine's actions.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Gibson’s performances?

    No, I didn't enjoy her performance at all. The only difference between characer voices was the higher and deeper voice. One male had an accent, but other than that all the females sounded alike and so did all the males.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Like I wrote, the premise was a good one - but it deserved better from both author and narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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