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Mary

MadaReader

Bloomington, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • So Cold the River

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (190)

    It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past.

    Vicki says: "Incredible!"
    "Really Creepy"
    Overall

    This book is very atmospheric--it's not a "jump out of your seat" kind of scary book, but it builds up a level of creepiness as you listen. The narration was well done--didn't detract from the story at all. It is the first Michael Kortya book I've listened to but I will definitely look for other titles from him. I didn't get anything accomplished after downloading this title because all I wanted to do was listen to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2708)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1073)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Not as good or as creepy as I hoped..."
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Historian? What did you like least?

    I think the best thing about this is the writing, in a way--Kostova has a way with description and the plot of the story could be really engaging. My biggest problem with it was that the detailed descriptions and exposition were hard to make it through; I found myself easily distracted while listening--I'd zone out and come back to realize I'd missed 20 minutes and have to rewind and figure out what was going on. This is one of those books that I think would be much easier for me in paper format--the plot just doesn't unfold quickly enough to keep me engaged in audio format.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Kostova again?

    I would give her another try because I think it was a creative approach to a vampire story (and that's in short supply these days). I would definitely try her books in hard copy and will probably find The Historian in print form to read.


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

    I give the narrator credit for slogging through...


    Do you think The Historian needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No; I rather dislike sequels in general.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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