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Amanda Burke

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • When the Killing’s Done: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (94)

    Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist who is spearheading the efforts to save the Channel Islands’ endangered native creatures from invasive species like rats and feral pigs, which, in her view, must be eliminated. Her antagonist, Dave LaJoy, is a dreadlocked local businessman who, along with his lover, the folksinger Anise Reed, is fiercely opposed to the killing of any species whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert the plans of Alma and her colleagues.

    A User says: "Worth the effort"
    "The narration diminished the stars"
    Overall

    I'm a great fan of T.C. Boyle. I enjoyed the tale and probably would have given it 4 stars, but for the narrator. I find Heald's voice and tone grating, but that actually worked with this somewhat grating subject matter and not very sympathetic characters. However, using that tone of voice when mispronouncing words like "quay" and "dais" just makes him sound pompous and undereducated. Not a good quality in a professional narrator. (Pretty easy to check pronunciation these days with online dictionaries.)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Restless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (278)

    It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

    Susianna says: "Favorite Book of 2007"
    "Would have been a 5, but for the narrator"
    Overall

    The story was fascinating and the narration actually very good - EXCEPT, that a well-educated, British woman should know how to pronounce "etcetera" and that it's "Johns Hopkins" not "John Hopkins" - sorry, but mistakes like this detract from the credibility and are disengaging.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chicago Way

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael Harvey
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Chicago private investigator Michael Kelly is hired by his former partner, John Gibbons, to help solve an eight-year-old rape and battery case, a case it turns out his old friend was once ordered to forget. When Gibbons turns up dead on Navy Pier, Kelly enlists a team of his savviest colleagues to connect the dots between the recent murder and the cold case it revived.

    Amazon Customer says: "A wicked good storm of cliches"
    "Is this meant to be a parody?"
    Overall

    The narrator reads it in an such a simpy, "ironic" tone, that I can't believe it's supposed to be taken seriously as a crime/mystery novel. Maybe he's using that tone because of all the generic cliches. I'm in the second hour of listening right now. As soon as I finish writing this, I'll be on to trying something else. What a disappointment!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Weissmanns of Westport

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Cathleen Schine
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    Sisters Miranda, an impulsive but successful literary agent, and Annie, a pragmatic library director, quite unexpectedly find themselves the middle-aged products of a broken home. Dumped by her husband of nearly 50 years and then exiled from their elegant New York apartment by his mistress, their mother, Betty, is forced to move to a small, run-down Westport, Connecticut, beach cottage owned by her wealthy and generous cousin Lou.

    Anne says: "Unfortunate voice"
    "If only...."
    Overall

    ..the narrator hadn't been so boring, and researched how to pronounce certain words which she'd obviously never heard.
    ...the plot hadn't disintegrated to a luke-warm pot-boiler by hour 3.
    ...trusted "critics" hadn't led me to believe this was worth at least a light-summer-listen...
    ...then I might not be so disappointed!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Laura Claridge
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    From the excesses of the late 19th-century Gilded Age, through the horrors of World War I, to the transformations of the Roaring 20s that gave birth to her magisterial Etiquette, Emily Post unfailingly took the measure of her era. A Baltimore blue blood with a populist heart, she helped the masses live the American dream with her hugely popular book, which has been continuously in print for over 85 years.

    martha says: "It just got better and better....."
    "Surprising and interesting"
    Overall

    ...especially Emily's connection with architecture.
    She was not a trend-follower, but a trend-setter who believed that "etiquette" was all about making others feel comfortable.
    The narrator was good, but mispronounced some names and words which she should have looked up if she was unfamiliar with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Susan Orlean
    • Narrated By Jennifer Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (47)

    There is something fascinating or funny or truly bizarre on every page of this true tale of floral obsession: the story of how the head of a famous Seminole chief came to be displayed in the front window of a local pharmacy; or how 700 iguanas were smuggled into Florida; or the case of the only known extraterrestrial plant crime.

    Robert says: "Orchids are just the vehicle."
    "Good story, badly read"
    Overall

    That whiney, cutesy voice just isn’t right for telling this interesting tale. Who chooses the narrator, anyway? Doesn’t the author have any say? Especially when it’s a first-person narrative?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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