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Nancy

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  • Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Gareth Tilley
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Meet Jarrem Lee, Ghost Hunter (or as he prefers to call it, a psychical detective). With the help of college student Arthur Bennett, he embarks on a series of spine tingling and exciting adventures in the world of the dead. Includes four exciting audio episodes.

    Mike says: "Textbook Ghost Hunter!"
    "some of the acting is excuciatingly awful"
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    Would you try another book from Gareth Tilley and/or Jerry Robbins and The Colonial Radio Players ?

    I'd need to hear it first, based on this one


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    the story is ok


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Some of the acting is dreadfully amateurish, esp the attempts at Brit accents. Don't know where they get these people. Either they don't pay their actors much or they make do with volunteers. It's teeth-clinchingly awful/


    Do you think Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    get some help with accents...FAST!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (708)

    A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

    FanB14 says: "Just Missed the Mark"
    "accents are excruciating"
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    Where does Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    love it


    What did you like best about this story?

    very imaginative and "different" in terms of fantasy-writing


    What aspect of Jesse Bernstein’s performance would you have changed?

    His attempts at the accents are excuciatingly-awful. Sounds like a typical American touriist trying to "sound English." Otherwise, the reading is fine..but, honestly, the accent-attempts are atrocious.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    wish I could


    Any additional comments?

    why do you engage readers who cannot handle foreign words (as in at least one of the "Temperence Brennan" books where the reader mangles the French so badly it's like "nails on the blackboard") or accents effectively. Surely, there are other actors out there who can do just as good a reading and make the accents work. Of course, then you get that appalling reading of the "Game of Thrones' books by no less than Roy Dotrice..who I found so awful I asked for a refund!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Benjamin Wallace
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    It was the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold. In 1985, at a heated auction by Christie's of London, a 1787 bottle of Château Lafite Bordeaux - one of a cache of bottles unearthed in a bricked-up Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson - went for $156,000 to a member of the Forbes family. The discoverer of the bottle was pop-band manager turned wine collector Hardy Rodenstock, who had a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Not just for enophiles"
    "It will go to your head!"
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    What did you love best about The Billionaire's Vinegar?

    Aside from being an entertaining "story" that reads like a mystery (which it is, really) I learned a good deal about wine. It's fascinating and reveals a world about which most of us know very little, that is, the "wine market."
    This reminded me very much of another of my favourite "true-life-mysteries," "The Island of Lost Maps" about discovering a "serial thief" of rare maps. Lots of info imparted in a fascinating and fascinatED way. Great read...pour yourself a nice glass of something lovely and dig in!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The information about wines and the market.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not so much "scenes" in here as it is not fiction. Love the parts set in the auction-houses, tho.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    well, no, other than just enjoying it thoroughly.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen!! Excellent narration. It's hard to read something factual without sounding like a lecture, but, the narrator here does a great job of making it sound exciting and adventurous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder Below Montparnasse: An Aimee Leduc Investigation, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Cara Black
    • Narrated By Madeleine Lambert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    A long-lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret that's been buried for eighty years - Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc's current case is her most exciting one yet. When Aimée’s long-term partner and best friend Rene leaves their detective agency for a new job in Silicon Valley, Aimée knows she can handle the extra workload. At least, that what she tells herself...repeatedly. But all bets are off when Yuri Volodya, a mysterious old Russian man, hires Aimée to protect a painting.

    Julia says: "Narration horrible!"
    "good reader but a couple of cringes!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Murder Below Montparnasse the most enjoyable?

    The reader handles most of the French quite well, and does a very good job with the Slavic characters...although she seems unable to pronounce anything with "in" in it..as in "Tin-Tin"...she persists in pronouncing it as "on" as if it were "ton-ton." This is everytime she encounters that particular nasal.
    SO, four stars, not five.
    Other than that - the usual fun adventures of "THe Perils of Aimée" etc..great "read" and otherwise great reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder Below Montparnasse?

    Everytime she gets close to her mother.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not one in particulare


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    just enjoyed it


    Any additional comments?

    looking forward to the next installment..PLEASE have the reader run over her "nasals" (-;

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The O Line Mystery Shorts, Book 1 (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By M. Saylor Billings
    • Narrated By Nina Greeley, Beth Hutchens, Becky Carlisle, and others
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Set on Ohlone Island in the San Francisco Bay, island inhabitants Lorna and Annie have a penchant for discovering fraud, corruption, and murder. In the first episode, Lorna turns over the dirtiest rock in town when she attempts to rescue the downtrodden island museum. The second episode finds Lorna at odds with ice cream shop owners who accuse her of passing counterfeit money.

    Nancy says: "dreadfully amateurish"
    "dreadfully amateurish"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    professional standards


    Would you ever listen to anything by M. Saylor Billings again?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    professional standards


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I hadn't bought the first four at the same time. The acting, the production/recording are worse than a bunch of HS freshman would come up with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Island in the Sea of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (372)

    During a perfect spring evening on Nantucket, a violent storm erupts and a dome of crawling, colored fire blankets the island. When the howling winds subside and the night skies clear, the stars appear to have shifted. The mainland has become a wilderness of unbroken forest, where tools of bronze and stone litter the beaches, and primitive natives scatter in terror.

    Kevin says: "Listen to this before "Dies the fire""
    "I really enjoyed this book,except for....."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, very entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Island in the Sea of Time to and why?

    Any of the "alternative universe" themed books.


    Have you listened to any of Todd McLaren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I hadn't


    Did Island in the Sea of Time inspire you to do anything?

    Unfortunatley, it only "inspired" me to spend the entire day listening to it. LOL


    Any additional comments?

    I did find myself skipping over the battle-scenes. Little too much of that, whence the decision not to give it full stars for "story" and "overall." I'd have enjoyed hearing more about how the Nantucketers cope. I am a professional weaver, with avocational pursuits in other fibre arts, basket-making and pottery, so I have often imagined how I would contribute if there were a disaster that cut our community off and what other resources would be available to us. (I think we'd do rather well, actually, this being an agricultural area with lots of game, as well.) Antrhopologically, there are not TOO many holes in the story. It is VERY well-imagined and rendered. The reading is spot-on and VERY good. Excellent descriptions, that kind of draw you into the story.The books definitely improve with each volume, altho the 25 hours spent on the first one were enjoyable and fun.I DID get a lot of knitting done!!! And my dogs, all seven of them, love it when I take a day off and keep the bed or couch warm LOL again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2260)
    Performance
    (1882)
    Story
    (1906)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "GREAT production"
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    Would you listen to The Forgotten again? Why?

    Don't think so, it's a mystery, so, once you know "who dunnit" it's over. Baldacci is a terrific story-teller, but that's about it, altho he does a great job setting the scenes. I definitely like his work enough to keep buying his books....will that work???


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gotta be the ex-baker!


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    TERRIFIC READING! Great job with the voices! The occasional sound-effects are kind of nice.


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

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Good story-telling, excellent descriptive writing, as well...Baldacci can really "put you there."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15882)
    Performance
    (12381)
    Story
    (12453)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "PLEASE ditch Dotrice for the future books"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    THe narrator.


    What other book might you compare A Storm of Swords to and why?

    Tolkien's series of "Ring" books...well-imagined universe, beautifully-drawn characters and great story-telling.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Do you think A Storm of Swords needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes...too good a story.


    Any additional comments?

    Dotrice is making a MESS of the narration. The voices are terrible and, when he resorts to "channeling" Winston Churchill for Lannister père, it gets to excruciating...even embarrassing.
    Hope you change narrators for subsequent installments. Too bad it's too late to do the whole thing over with a different actor. Why on earth didn't they get somebody like Jim Dale?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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