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epeep

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  • The Founding Father: The Story of Joseph P. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Richard Whalen
    • Narrated By Richard Whalen
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Boldly original and fully documented, this unauthorized yet definitive biography tells the almost incredible story of Joseph P. Kennedy, grandson of a poor Irish immigrant, controversial founder of a great American fortune, and father of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.

    Boston Harbor says: "Read the book, don't listen to it."
    "Great book ... not so much the reader ..."
    Overall

    I've read just about anything and everything Kennedy related that I can get my hands on. So, I was thrilled when this selection popped up on Audible. The book includes some bits of information I haven't read in others, but I found the narration horrendous. There were mispronunciations and worse, in my opinion, the ghastly and inconsistently applied (and oh so irritating over the long haul) usage of "open quote", "quote", and "end quote." I'm usually pretty impervious to the individual idioscyncrasies of readers, but I've got to say those seemingly erroneous blats of "quote!" followed by mumbled, "endquote" peppered throughout really messed up the flow of the narrative for me. With few exceptions, I haven't been impressed when authors read their own works.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death du Jour: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Bonnie Hurren
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (162)

    Dr. Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Elisabeth Nicolet, dead for over a century and now a candidate for sainthood, should be lying in her grave. A strange, small coffin, buried in the recesses of a decaying church, holds the first clue to the cloistered nun's fate. The puzzle surrounding Sister Elisabeth Nicolet's life and death provides a welcome contrast to discoveries at a burning chalet, where scorched and twisted bodies await Tempe's professional expertise.

    RM says: "Disappointing"
    "Ghastly narration!"
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    Performance
    Story

    Worst ... narration ... ever. First, if the narrator is reading a book that requires correct pronunciation of French words then he/she should take the time to learn that pronunciation. Second, if the narrator is not good at accents then he/she should not do them. The priest in this story sounds Italian, the accents of the nuns vary, and Ryan (who I thought was a US citizen) sounds like a very strange combination of English or Irish. Equally awful are the various US southern accents. Tempe's younger sister sounds like an aging Texan and her daughter doesn't sound much better. Third (and finally), I think narrators should be able to enunciate clearly. Repeatedly hearing things like "reckonize" for "recognize," "sevenny" for "seventy," and dropping 'ers at the ends of words are quirks of speech that are not pleasant to listen to over the span of 12 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Folks

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tammy Vreeland
    • Narrated By Tammy Vreeland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Tyler not only has one imaginary friend but a whole group of imaginary friends that call themselves The Folks. Tyler meets The Folks the very first day he moves into his new room. When Terry, Tyler's mom, finds out about The Folks she becomes concerned. Terry's family, friends and even her own therapist tell her that it is a healthy way for Tyler to cope with the move. However, when accidental deaths begin to occur and Tyler, with his imaginary Folks, happens to know more than they should, Terry begins to wonder that perhaps The Folks are not so healthy after all!

    Maverick says: "Entertaining..."
    "interesting premise, poor grammar and narration"
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    the description of this book hooked me, but the poor writing/grammar and equally bad narration killed what i'd thought was an interesting premise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    Tom Pasmore, ten years old, survives a near-fatal accident. During his long recovery, he becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder and finds he has clues to solving it that he shouldn’t. Lamont von Heilitz has spent his life dealing with mysteries, until he wanted to know nothing more of the terror of life and the horror of death. When a new murder disrupts their world of wealth, power, and pleasure, the two must form an unlikely partnership to confront demons from the past and the dark secrets that still haunt the present.

    barc2003 says: "Straub Does It Again"
    "Very confusing and slow; hated the reader."
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    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better description and a better reader.


    What could Peter Straub have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think the story line was very meandering and hard to follow.


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

    His narration and the way he portrayed other characters just didn't work for me.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Two women who bear an uncanny resemblance to Dr. Kacey Lambert have been murdered. Kacey believes it is nothing more than a terrible coincidence, but the deeper she digs, the more worried she becomes. Soon, more victims emerge—all bearing a physical resemblance to Kacey—and she begins to wonder when the brutal killer will come hunting for her.

    epeep says: "terrible narration"
    "terrible narration"
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    the story isn't that bad, although i've not yet finished listening. bigger problem for me is the narrator, he's awful. his voice sounds very elderly, he has very poor enunciation, and slurs most of the words. unfortunately, it looks like this narrator does all of lisa jackson's books so i'll probably be reading vice listening to any others.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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