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Robert A. Boyce

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New York | Member Since 2009

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  • The Unlikely Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (202)

    "In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.

    Brian says: "Riveting"
    "Extraordinary narration"
    Overall

    This is my second Daniel Silva novel and it's good to read a spy novel written in an adult style by someone who clearly could make a mark as a "serious" novelist should he ever wish to tackle different themes. Clearly, I loved the book but I must call attention to the extraordinary narration by Michael Page whose voice changes for each and every character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Desolation Island: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, surgeon Stephen Maturin, sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy and a treacherous disease that decimates the crew. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her life into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, where, in mountainous seas, the Dutchman closes in.

    Robert A. Boyce says: "Terrific Narration"
    "Terrific Narration"
    Overall

    I must disagree with those who were not charmed by Vance's narration. I have listened to about a dozen audiobooks and some narrations are execrable and exhibit a monotonous sing-song pattern. Vance seems to have an endless repertoire of dialects for both male and female characters. His one voice appears to have a cast of thousands. And his tone has added to my understanding of the characters. The contrast between the two friends has never been clearer; the captain who is naive on land but absolutely expert and in control while at sea but always with an edge of foolish pomposity. I tried to read the first book in this series many years ago and, try as I might, could not get lost in the story. However, the narration of this audiobook has made a believer out of me and I now look forward to devouring every entry in this nautical epic.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • No Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (213)

    No names. No Feds. No trace evidence. That's how Jonathan Grave operates. As a freelance specialist in covert rescues, he has to work outside the law to get things done - especially in highly sensitive hostage situations. But when an Indiana college student is abducted, and Jonathan's meticulous plan explodes into a deadly shooting spree, the local authorities are out for blood - and they're not alone. Someone wants to control a devastating secret...Someone rich and powerful.

    Pamela says: "Good story; terrible narration."
    "Wrong voice for an action thriller"
    Overall

    The story suffers terribly due to the narration. Jeremy Gage's voice might be better suited to Pride and Prejudice but is laughably inappropriate for this novel. It has an effete quality as though being related by the butler in a 1930's drawing room comedy. His voice also seems to rise and fall in a similar arc for each sentence. If you have been fortunate enough to hear an audible book by other narrators who change their pacing, cadence, and tone according to the action, you will be mightily disapppointed by this one.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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