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Ms. Marjorie Dawson

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  • A Feast for Crows (Part One): Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (232)

    A Feast for Crows brings to life dark magic, intrigue and terrible bloodshed as the war-torn landscape of the Seven Kingdoms is threatened by destruction as vast as any in its violent past. The War of the Five Kings has ripped Westeros apart. The bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning Lannisters occupy the Iron Throne, with allies as ruthless as themselves. Lord Frey was host at the Red Wedding, so called for the massacre of the guests, their screams unheard above the music of the feast.

    Candice says: "Can't get past the narration"
    "Well narrated but not for me"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, regretfully not for me. The story is huge, and the world it creates an impressive one that I would marvel over if there was even the smallest chance I would engage emotionally with the any of the characters.

    Each country, character and environment is created with great care and thoroughness, the descriptions vivid, I just cannot engage with the books where one by one every positive or hopeful character is removed, and those remaining leave me with no sympathy for their fate.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    The HBO Series is impressive and well worth watching.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cat Fear No Evil: A Joe Grey Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Shirley Rousseau Murphy
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Evil has crept into Molena Point, California, on stealthy cat feet. A rash of brazen burglaries, from antique jewelry to vintage cars, coincides with the unwelcome appearance of yellow-eyed Azrael, feline nemesis of crime-solving cats Joe Grey and Dulcie. But what follows soon after really has Joe’s fur standing on edge. A young, healthy waiter drops dead at a reception for local artist Charlie Harper. And when the trail of big-time thefts leads up to San Francisco, the dark beast, Azrael is on the scene. Does he have contact with a stalker and a handsome philanderer?

    Ms. Marjorie Dawson says: "A Great Joe Grey Read"
    "A Great Joe Grey Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cat Fear No Evil to be better than the print version?

    Different, it's nice to have the book read so well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well paced, great sense of mystery and, as usual, the cats are beautifully written characters, and there is a dash of darkness in the form of Azrael. It's nice when a novel makes you smile too.


    What does Susan Boyce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great characteristion, good story telling and Susan doesn't 'get in the way' of the story, she lets Molena Point and its adventurous stories shine through.


    Any additional comments?

    Fans will always enjoy a Joe Grey book, and for anyone wanting a mystery that is not bathed in blood thirsty gun slinging villains this is tops!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cat Cross Their Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Shirley Rousseau Murphy
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The beautiful, serene village of Molena Point, California is the type of place where people go to get away from the harsher realities of life - which is what attracted classic film star Patty Rose to buy the village inn and settle down to enjoy her golden years. But as the town gathers to celebrate and honor the beautiful, aging actress with a festival of her old films, Patty is brutally murdered - to the horror and shock of this peaceful burg.

    Ms. Marjorie Dawson says: "An Absorbing Story - Joe Grey at his best"
    "An Absorbing Story - Joe Grey at his best"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a mystery thriller, well told by a good narrator. It's a good listen for Joe Grey fans with plenty going on, humour, tension, adventure, and at times it was very moving. There is much to absorb the reader, from the reckless adventure of tortoiseshell Kit to the hide and seek of a runaway, and the mystery of missing children.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was not a start at Point A and end at Point Z mystery, several times it looks in other directions giving us pause for thought. it covers a tough subject (the murder of children) with compassion.


    What does Susan Boyce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There is just the subtlest hint of characterisation in the narrator's voice when a character speaks. I like this, just small changes that add a touch of colour without tripping up or impeding the story.

    I like Susan's 'Dulcie' she gives her the gentleness, humour and intelligence as the Dulcie in my imagination.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end, yes I know it sounds strange, but after the tension, hope and happiness of events that have gone before, there is a quiet happiness and resolution for three small figures....


    Any additional comments?

    For Joe Grey fans, this is one of the best yet, the narration is good, the story vivid and colourful. There is so much here to absorb the listener I will return to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cat Raise the Dead: A Joe Grey Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Shirley Rousseau Murphy
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Joe Grey can't believe his human housemate, Clyde, would even consider volunteering him for the Animal Therapy program at the local nursing home - just when Joe was on the verge of solving the string of burglaries that has Molena Point residents shaking in their collective boots. But it turns out it's Dulcie, Joe's pretty little cat-friend, who came up with the idea of subjecting Joe to the cooing attentions of a bunch of doddering old coots. Dulcie believes there's more going on at the old folks' home than the care and feeding of lonely seniors.

    Elizabeth says: "An unusual approach to a Mystery Novel that Works"
    "Another Joe Grey delight"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cat Raise the Dead to be better than the print version?

    Heck no! It's just different. The reader brings each character to life with a light touch and lets the story tell itself. A good book "read" to you is always a pleasure. Anyway, if you want to read the paperback version you just grab your copy instead!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the cat characters are a real pleasure - my heart belongs to Dulcie though! The author knows her cats and as long as you don't freak out about talking cats the book characters are all a real pleasure.


    What does Susan Boyce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The pleasure of a good voice reading my favourite books. Her light touch and restrained delivery mean I can enjoy the book knowing I will hear the story and enjoy it, no 'over the top' weird voices just subtle characterisations that indicate the person or cat, and the confidence a good story teller brings to the job.


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

    Every Joe Grey book is! When I finish I can always listen again!


    Any additional comments?

    It is great to see the Joe Grey books published on audio at last. I have read all the books and greatly enjoy 'hearing' them again. The reader is first rate and this fan is very happy. Thank you Audible and Susan Boyce (reader)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 1: The War of the Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragon, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing.

    Catherine says: "Inglis sounds like Tolkien!"
    "At last I can Read LOTR"
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    Where does The Lord of the Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This, like another favourite of mine, The Count of Monte Christo, is a long book. It needs, and gets in Rob Inglis, a reader of restraint and character whose voice is at the service of the book. The story comes first and then, with subtle changes of inflection or accent we recognise different character's voices. It is going to be a favourite of mine for this alone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reader made the story come alive. I was able to enjoy the book and not struggle through LOTR as I did before in 'book form'. Not everyone loved the books - I gave up, but the films inspired me to try again with this Audible audio book. The books are different but I enjoyed it and the film in equal measure.


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

    I have only heard Mr Inglis read Tolkien but find him an excellent reader for the series that make up the Lord of the Rings books.


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

    "What do you mean you haven't heard the Audible version?" :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cat Telling Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Shirley Rousseau Murphy
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Even the bright seaside village of Molena Point has been hit hard by the economic downturn. Sadly, former residents haven’t just left their homes; they’ve abandoned their pets, too. Luckily, Joe Grey’s human friends have joined together to care for the animals. But just as one problem is solved more arise. A suspicious fire leaves a twelve-year-old boy homeless when the body of his alcoholic elderly guardian is discovered in the smoldering ruins.

    Ms. Marjorie Dawson says: "A delightful narrator and a good story"
    "A delightful narrator and a good story"
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    Would you listen to Cat Telling Tales again? Why?

    I have already listened to this audio book twice! Why? It is a fun read and a delight for any Joe Grey fan. I am baffled why there are note more of this popular series on audiobook they would be my go to choice for a light, cat loving read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The listener becomes absorbed in the lives and events of the cat characters who are all portrayed with affection and wit. The sub-story about Pan and Misto will move any cat lover and have them cheering at the end. A favourite? It would be mean to pick one out - the humans and Molena Point are a delight and the cats make me laugh and sometimes hold my breath!


    What does Susan Boyce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is, sometimes, simply nice to be read to, and by a voice of Susan Boyce's quality with its gentle characterisation and relaxed manner.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE commission Susan Boyce to read the whole series - there is a huge gap in the Joe Grey lover's library that Auduble needs to fill!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1: The Ring Sets Out

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (192)

    In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

    Jay says: "A joy to hear"
    "If you struggled with the book, try this!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lord of the Rings to be better than the print version?

    The audio book is not better, it is different. The narrator has the skill to bring a book I struggled to read in print into vivid and exciting life. He does not act the books, he 'narrates' them extremely well, telling the story with rhythm and pace, while giving each character in the book an individual voice.


    Any additional comments?

    If, like me, you really struggled with the Lord of the Rings in print, then try a volume of this read by Rob Inglis, this may be the avenue into the Tolkien world you are looking for.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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