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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2771)
    Performance
    (2473)
    Story
    (2459)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Reviewers Insult Gabaldon"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less tedious detail. I gave it two stars because I managed to finish it, but I was tired of it within the first half hour. I agree that the narrator was better than the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm currently listening to Conspirata, by Robert Harris.


    What three words best describe Edoardo Ballerini’s voice?

    Measured. Too slow.


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

    Some of the descriptions, perhaps, but in general just way overdone and bloated.


    Any additional comments?

    Outlander series fans, don't be misled. It is insulting to compare this author to Diana Gabaldon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5903)
    Performance
    (5365)
    Story
    (5357)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Buying Kindle? Beware Oprah Notes"
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    I almost always listen to the samples on Audible before I buy, to be sure I will enjoy the narrator's voice. These two narrators spoke with more clarity than most, and the voices turned out to be perfectly suited to the characters. After I got into the Audible version I found myself wanting to add the Kindle version. I was in such a hurry that I accidentally bought the one with notations by Oprah. I love Oprah but don't like such interruptions. As soon as I found out my mistake (by reading complaints of reviewers) I returned the Oprah version and went to the Kindle site. There I was solicited to purchase the Kindle version (with a photo of it featuring Oprah) for $11.24 , and when I clicked it and was returned to Amazon I looked carefully and saw a note that the version was annotated and that a clean "publisher's" version was available for $11.99. Needless to say I chose that one. Very happy that Amazon offered an easy way I could return the version I didn't want.

    I'm still reading the book and very much enjoying the author's skillful weaving of historical characters and setting into a moving story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (785)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
    "Enjoyed this narrator, translation"
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    Any additional comments?

    Audible offers several versions of The Three Musketeers. I'm now in the middle of part three of the one narrated by John Lee, which somehow did not appear on the list I got by search for Dumas under authors. I recommend the John Lee version highly, though I haven't listened to the others. Don't know if the translation is the same for all the narrators, but I was happy to find that the version I downloaded to my Kindle is the same as the one narrated by Mr. Lee. Listen to samples before you choose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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