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bryndl42

SAINT CLOUD, FL, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • The Countess

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (376)

    The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily-ever-after. Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters' debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing's happened.... Until the real earl appears.

    DARA says: "Entertaining!"
    "DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT waste a credit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Countess?

    Really not believable.


    What didn’t you like about Sarah Coomes’s performance?

    She certainly CAN NOT do other people's voices. She screeches. Where did they find this person?????? Hope she did not quit her day time job.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was so absurd, it was funny.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer of the Danes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    In April 1144, Brother Cadfael leaves his monastery once more, this time in the company of Heledd, a young woman desperate to escape from an arranged marriage, and the youthful Brother Mark, who is representing the bishop on a matter of church diplomacy. Cadfael does not foresee trouble on their errand, but then the travellers become entangled in the conflict between Owain Gwynedd and his treacherous brother, Cadwaladr, who has allied himself with a Danish mercenary fleet in order to vanquish Owain.

    Sandy says: "Poor Recording"
    "Peters and Thorne, a rare combination"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, most definitely! Ellis Peters' lyrical prose just begs to be read aloud and Stephen Thorne is just the person to do it full justice.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, You don't know the book how the book will end until the last few sentences when Ellis Peters creates her masterful prose.


    What about Stephen Thorne’s performance did you like?

    He just epitomizes Cadfael and the medieval times in which he lived.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Ellis Peters is one of those rare authors whose work is as good being read aloud as it is reading it. She has a way of expressing deep emotion or action in a few sentences that are extremely effective and as a result, very powerful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1044)

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

    Kim Venatries says: "Not So Good"
    "Don't waste a credit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Whiskey Beach?

    I really did not like Abra at all. She goes around trying to "fix" or take care of everyone around her whether they want to be fixed or not....and her Mother a Nobel Peace Prize winner??? Let's get real here. It was hard to relate to Abra.


    What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Almost seems like someone else wrote the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

    Rosalyn Landor


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and boredom. Abra was tedious and a know it all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8849)
    Performance
    (3079)
    Story
    (3154)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "BORING and TEDIOUS!"
    Overall

    Dan, this wasn't up to the standards that we as your reading public expect. There was no suspense, no thrilling action, and little interest generated in the topic. And Paul Michael, as a reader, NO, NO, NO. There's no "color" in his voice.... a true monotone. I was really disappointed.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kate Mosse
    • Narrated By Maggie Mash
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    July 1209: In Carcassonne, a sixteen-year-old girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although she cannot understand the strange words and symbols hidden within, she knows that her destiny lies in protecting it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Dan Brown eat you heart out"
    "Terrific Read"
    Overall

    I've just finished Labyrinth and was engrossed through the whole book. Yes, the book IS long, but I had trouble putting it down. I'm fascinated by this period of history and it was very interesting to hear the point of view of the local inhabitants and Cathars. I also thoroughly enjoyed the way Kate Mosse intertwined the two stories and look forward to reading her future books. The narrator also did an excellent job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bancroft Strategy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    Todd Belknap, a legendary field agent for Consular Operations with a reputation as a cowboy, is cut loose from the agency after an operation goes wrong. At the same time, Jared Rinehart, his best friend and fellow agent, is abducted in Lebanon by a militia group with a vicious reputation. When the government refuses to either rescue Rinehart or negotiate for his release, Belknap decides to take matters into his own hands.

    Dan says: "Beyond bad"
    "Horible narrator"
    Overall

    Great story if you can get through the monotone of the narrator----gave up on listening to it and got the book from the library. Please no more good stories by this guy!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Braverman Shaw, "Bravo" to his friends, always knew his father had secrets. But not until his mysterious death does Bravo discover the enormity of his father's hidden life as a high-ranking member of the Order of Gnostic Observatines, a sect founded by followers of St. Francis of Assisi and believed to have been wiped out centuries ago.

    Peggy says: "We need the unabridged version"
    "We need the unabridged version"
    Overall

    Good book, excellent action.....however, this is one book that should not have been abridged...it makes the action a little hard to follow. I've requested the book from the library.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    The premise sounded quite interesting, however, in less than 10 minutes into the read, I found the book and the narrator quite tedious. Boring, no real suspense...and the narrator, equally boring.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Drowning Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christina Schwarz
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (141)

    Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut.

    Steven says: "Drowning Ruth"
    "Don't waste your money or time"
    Overall

    This has to be one of the most depressing books I've ever read. Wasted time and wasted lives....just sad and depressing.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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