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Erie, CO, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 7 reviews
  • 166 ratings
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  • 17 purchased in 2015

  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "Loved this Narration!"

    If you are an audiobook addict as I am, you will probably agree that a mediocre narrator can make a fantastic book awful and a mediocre book un-“readable.” I did not find Charlton Griffin’s performance at all mediocre! I love all of the Sherlock Holmes stories and enjoyed every hour of this narration.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Swan Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver.

    Sara says: "Such Potential Wasted"
    "Made me want to take a painting class"

    The story:
    I really enjoy the way Elizabeth Kostova writes. The way she describes the observations of the characters and their motivations is really easy for me to relate to. We probably process our environments in a similar way.

    After hearing about all of the artists and their experiences and histories, I actually considered taking an art course to learn more about techniques and styles. I always enjoy a book that inspires my curiosity and has me researching on the internet.

    The performance:
    I found a couple of the narrators harder to pay attention to that the others, but that was because of my own preference in narration styles. The main male narrator reminded me of going to a book reading by an was just a reading and not a performance (I haven't yet found an author that was also a voice actor). One of the women had an abrasive, hard enunciation that sounded like her voice was on the verge of crossing over into "quavering with emotion." Neither was horrible, but I definitely preferred listening to the other three narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's best-selling world, a 13 year-old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had - and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.

    Wyonia says: "great for kids"
    "Probably a better 'read' for teens or pre-teens"

    The conceptual development seemed adolescent or maybe just sketchy. If the character’s special gifts had included a supernatural ability to make intuitive leaps 10-15 years beyond his chronological maturity, I would not have been so distracted by the insightful observations he kept coming up with. I found myself perpetually wondering “and how would he know anything about that?” A likable character, but not believable as a thirteen/fourteen year old boy who’s entire life experience was virtual enslavement on a single-family mine.

    I really enjoyed the voices that the narrator gave to each character, but his “narrative” voice was he was called on to read aloud in class. The difference between the performance when he was speaking as a character and when he was just reading the text was strange; almost like two different performers and one of them had not rehearsed his lines. I did notice that it improved in the second and the third books, though.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit (A Novel of King Arthur)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Gwenhwyfar moves in a world where gods walk among their pagan worshipers, where nebulous visions warn of future perils, and where there are two paths for a woman: the path of the Blessing or the rarer path of the Warrior. Gwenhwyfar chooses the latter, giving up the power that she is born into. Yet the daughter of a king is never truly free to follow her own calling.

    Paige says: "Good Book, Distracting Narrator"
    "Interesting version of the story"

    I enjoyed this version of the story, but I have a hard time listening to the narrator. It took quite a while for me to filter out the weird cadences and rediculously over drawling volcal performance to get in to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Dead: Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her "spunky" (Tampa Tribune) Southern Vampire novels, starring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Now, for the first time, here is every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written - together in one volume. The stories include "Fairy Dust", "One Word Answer", "Dracula Night", "Lucky" and "Giftwrap".

    A User says: "Good read after Sookie's series"
    "Highly Entertaining"

    I have “read” all of the Sookie Stackhouse books available from Charlaine Harris. Though I'm occasionally disappointed with a choice the author makes for a character in the books, the series is extremely entertaining. I particularly enjoy that there is usually more than one thing going on in each story.

    The narrator, Johanna Parker, is EXCELLENT; definitely one of my favorites. I have picked other books because she narrated them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton

    When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Great book; dreadful narration"
    "Hard listen"

    The authors delivered the expected level of entertainment, but the narrator made this book difficult to listen to. For me, his over-dramatized oration rendered the characters as beyond pompous to ridiculous and irritating. Just not my style.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tide: The Iron Tower Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dennis L. McKiernan
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle

    Tuck Underbank is a Warrow -- think a hobbit with shoes and "large jewel-like eyes" -- living in the peaceful Boskydells. When an unnaturally cold winter strikes and the evil Modru threatens the world, he and a number of his fellow Thornwalkers go to the High King's aid. But a vast expanse of lightless blizzard called the Dimmendark (sounds bad, doesn't it?) is spreading over the land, and Tuck soon finds that the "dark tide" is going to swamp them all.

    Michael says: "A Tough Review Of A Carbon Copy..."
    "I like McKiernan, but Beierle is distracting"

    I read these books when I was a teenager (back when I actually had time to read printed books for fun), and I was excited to "re-read" them now. Unfortunately, the narrator's delivery is patchy. I really enjoy the way he portrays the characters, giving each a distinctive tenor, but his narration style for the descriptive parts of the text drones. It is very reminiscent of Paul Harvey. I find myself zoning out for long sections of the book unless one of the characters is talking...even during battle scenes. When I tune back in, I keep expecting to hear him say "and now you know...the REST of the story."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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