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S. Biddle

Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 169 ratings
  • 588 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The Best Defense: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Anna Fields

    A gripping, poignant, and masterful courtroom novel, The Best Defense is a major work from one of America's most popular writers.

    Alex says: "Couldn't put it down"
    "Might be good ..."

    The story was interesting enough, especially the beginning. Unfortunately, by 3/4 of the way through, I couldn't stand to listen to the narrator any longer. I didn't even care anymore how the story ended. Interestingly, my husband really liked this audiobook.
    This narrator really "overacts" and tries too hard to sound male during the male parts, and just sounds silly. It's a shame more narrators don't "get" that reading an audiobook is not the same as radio theatre. Maybe some listeners enjoy that approach. I like audiobooks read with enough expression to capture the atmosphere created by the writing. If I "notice" the narrator much, it's probably because they're annoying. If I forget that I am listening instead of reading, the narrator is a master.
    I gave 2 stars instead of 1 because the story isn't bad.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • And Then the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sue Williams
    • Narrated By Kate Hood

    And Then the Darkness is a gripping account of the disappearance in the Australian Outback of English tourist Peter Falconio. His girlfriend, Joanne Lees, was found cut, bleeding and wandering the highway, her hands bound. Joanne's account of her ordeal sparked a frenzy of media interest and the biggest manhunt ever mounted in Australia. Questions arose about the police operation and about Joanne herself.

    glamazon says: "Riveting...almost!"
    "Excellent true crime account"

    Very well written and narrated. Great for lovers of true crime! I really appreciated the narrator; Aussie accents tend to get on my nerves but her voice was enjoyable to listen to. She doesn't over-read or overact. My idea of an excellent narrator is one who makes you forget you're listening instead of reading, and she has this quality. I wish there were more audiobooks available with her narration. This was one of my first purchases after joining, and it remains one of my favorites (if your in the mood to get lost in a great story). It is graphic at times but only as much as necessary. Neither the writing or the narration are ever gratuitous. Recommend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Island of Sanity: Paula Jones v. Bill Clinton - The Supreme Court on Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Joseph Campanella

    The Supreme Court is an island of sanity remaining in the sea of insanity that is our society. Or is it? In this compelling work, Vincent Bugliosi, a leading prosecutor for the Los Angeles Country District Attorney's office, puts the Supreme Court on trial for its handling of Paula Jones vs. Bill Clinton. This program is part of a new series called The Library of Contemporary Thought, giving top opinion makers a forum to explore the most provocative, fascinating, and relevant issues of our day.

    S. Biddle says: "poor sound quality"
    "poor sound quality"

    I haven't yet listened to the whole book; about an hour and then I gave up. I couldn't hear it at all by using my iPod in the car, so I burned it onto a disc, yielding little improvement. It is very dull, like having a text book read to you. Very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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