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My Spence

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  • Kiss Me While I Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean, Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (141)

    It's a job that makes a killing. Efficient, professional, and without apology, Lily Mansfield is a hired assassin, working as a contract agent for the CIA. Her targets are the powerful and corrupt, those who can't be touched by the law.

    SA Shay says: "shay"
    "the best narration I've heard!"
    Overall

    Kiss Me While I Sleep is a great book, and the narration by Joyce Bean and Dick Hill is fabulous. I would like them to narrate every book Linda Howard has written, and more! The book is a real page-turner, with some pleasing twists & turns, and the combination of thriller and romance works very well.
    It's very important how the narration is done, and by whom, and this is the ace in the pack - the best narration I've heard!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • If Books Could Kill: A Bibliophile Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Carlisle
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (67)

    Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright is attending the world-renowned Book Fair when her ex Kyle shows up with a bombshell. He has an original copy of a scandalous text that could change history - and humiliate the beloved British monarchy. When Kyle turns up dead, the police are convinced Brooklyn's the culprit. But with an entire convention of suspects, Brooklyn's conducting her own investigation to find out if the motive for murder was a 200-year-old secret - or something much more personal.

    Ursula says: "Brutal listening experience"
    "A really good book, ruined by the narration."
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    What would have made If Books Could Kill better?

    I own all the books in this series, both on paper and as e-books. I obviously enjoy them a lot, and I was delighted to find them on audible. Sadly, I haven't been able to finish listening to even one of them, as the narrator irritates me so badly with her supposed British accent. This noise pains me and makes me want to throw my iPod into the sea to make it go away.

    As I know there are quite a few Brits involved in the books, I know the narrator will keep on making these bizarre noises, and I'm not able to deal with it. I'm British, I live in Britain and I teach English as a Foreign Language. If any student of mine made that noise, I'd have to give them extra lessons.

    Apart from the awful accent issues, the narrator is fine - please, please, only let her read books without characters from outside the US! I have a few audio books which I find could do with a narrator with a better grasp of accents/foreign languages, but I have never before given up on a good book due to this problem - so, a first for me! I hope it doesn't happen again.


    What didn’t you like about Eileen Stevens’s performance?

    See above.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from If Books Could Kill?

    None!!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, but stick with reading it until a reasonable recording is made - save your money!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mackenzie's Mountain

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Nanette Savard
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    Mary Elizabeth Potter is a self-appointed spinster with no illusions about love. But she is a good teacher, and she wants Wolf Mackenzie's son back in school. And after one heated confrontation with the boy's father, she knows father and son have changed her life forever.

    Laurie says: "a great book, but terrible abridgement"
    "A great book - shame about it being abridged"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would strongly urge that an unabridged recording is made available. Not only do I detest abridged books on principle (I never read books skipping pages here and there), but the story becomes very one-dimensional with so much of the story (and so many characters) removed. The real book is a great read.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Linda Howard? Why or why not?

    Linda Howard is a wonderful author, and I will happily listen to/read any books of hers - in the unabridged version!


    What about Nanette Savard’s performance did you like?

    Nanette Savard reads the book well - I look forward to her reading the full version.


    Was Mackenzie's Mountain worth the listening time?

    Yes, but nowhere near as good as the unabridged book. Get the book instead, and wait until somebody starts thinking clearly and commissions the unabridged version for audible!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9220)
    Performance
    (6741)
    Story
    (6782)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "A Discovery of an Amazing New Author!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Discovery of Witches the most enjoyable?

    The story is captivating, fresh, rich, surprising and very well written. For someone who loves history as well as science, it has an extra edge.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character - no, can't do it! There are many fascinating people in this story, and choosing only one would be impossible. The two main characters, Diana and Matthew, do come out as joint firsts, but they are closely followed by Diana's parents, Matthew's mother, son and best friend, as well as Sophie - you see the problem?
    The reason for the characters being so captivating is how they are described and act - you understand that they are complicated and multi-faceted, but you never know enough about them to feel it's time to move on.


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

    I haven't listened to Jennifer Ikeda reading an audio book before. She is another great discovery! Her reading is excellent. Only very rarely do I (a UK English teacher) spot any slight UK/US hiccups. One such is that nobody connected with Oxford would ever pronounce Magdalen College the way it's written - it's pronounced 'Maudlin'. This may be an annoying British habit, but it immediately tells the locals from the tourists.


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

    I was torn between wanting to listen to the next chapter more than I wanted to eat, sleep or work and the desire not to finish the book, as I didn't want it to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Marry a Duke

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Vicky Dreiling
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (389)

    In Vicky Dreiling’s enchanting Regency romance debut, Tristan - the rakish duke of Shelbourne - wants to marry and sire an heir. To help him choose among the dizzying array of wealthy but witless candidates, he secures the services of prim and proper matchmaker Miss Tessa Mansfield. But as Tessa seeks the perfect mate, the duke finds himself distracted by Tessa’s considerable charms.

    Dalia says: "My first book for Vicky, not the last ;)"
    "The only audio book I have deleted so far..."
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    What would have made How to Marry A Duke better?

    How To Marry A Duke would have been vastly improved by having had a vaguely believable story-line and being less implausible, historically speaking.


    What could Vickey Dreiling have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book should have been researched considerably better.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Elizabeth Jasicki???s performances?

    I would try another book read by Elizabeth Jasicki, but not one written by Vicky Dreiling, sadly. I was very disappointed with this book, to the extent that getting to the end of the story was a struggle.


    Any additional comments?

    The reviews convinced me to buy this book, so I feel I should add my comments for others who may avoid feeling equally disappointed. If you don't mind at all historical and other inaccuracies, you may still like it; I think that if you choose to set a book in a certain period and/or country, you should research and get it right. The alternative is to choose a setting that you are familiar with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doom with a View: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (281)

    Business has been frustratingly slow for Abby. She reluctantly agrees to a job with the FBI, putting her at the center of an internal political struggle between two agents. Abby's skills and patience are tested, but when she helps them locate three college students who've mysteriously disappeared, they know she's the real deal. Her intuition says these weren't random abductions. With her psychic eye wide open she sets out to find a kidnapper.

    My Spence says: "great book, well read"
    "great book, well read"
    Overall

    Another really enjoyable book from Victoria Laurie, read by Elizabeth Michaels. I'm getting used to EM's narrating, & really like her style and voice; she complements the story well. The book is another great instalment in the series about Abbey Cooper, Psychic Investigator extraordinaire. I plan to download the whole series!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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