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Denise

Vestal, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Now You See Her

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (244)

    A talented painter in her early thirties, Samille Sweeney has achieved enviable success. Her work sells at an exclusive New York City gallery and her popularity is at an all-time high when she begins to experience lush, vivid dreams drenched in vibrant hues that influence her artwork. When Sweeney paints a graphic murder scene that mirrors a recent real-life murder, she is thrust into suspicious light.

    Amazon Customer says: "Finally Unabridged Format"
    "Great book, mediocre audiobook"
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    Would you listen to Now You See Her again? Why?

    No because the narration was so terrible. The narrator had no inflection and didn't try to make the male characters sound male or the female characters distinctive.


    What other book might you compare Now You See Her to and why?

    The book itself had suspense, caused great anticipation, was incredibly enjoyable. I find most of Linda Howard's thrillers to be great and this book was no exception.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If there had been ANY performance at all it would have been better. There was no attempt to make the characters come alive.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Talented, psychic and sexy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yellowstone Heart Song: Yellowstone Romance Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Peggy L Henderson
    • Narrated By Alexandra Haag
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Nurse and avid backpacker Aimee Donovan is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. She encounters a patient who tells her he can send her two hundred years into the past to spend three months in the rugged Yellowstone wilderness at the dawn of the mountain man era. The only requirement: she cannot tell anyone that she's from the future.

    Shirl says: "Love in the Wilderness of the Yellowstone 1810"
    "I wish I could rate this 0 stars. It was awful!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better writing and better narration. Both were really, really bad.


    Has Yellowstone Heart Song turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love romance novels, time travel, historical. This book was just very bad.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alexandra Haag’s performances?

    Never! She sounded like a computer-generated female voice. She gave no life to the characters or the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the reviews before I got this one and I can't believe that anyone liked it so much. The writing seemed so cliche, as if it was a really bad Harlequin romance from the 70's. The very monotonous narration clinched it as the worst use of a credit I have ever done at Audible.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5735)
    Performance
    (4963)
    Story
    (4957)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "A jewel of a story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very enjoyable and original, not a copycat of anything I have read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Ruins?

    I really don't want to give any part of it away.


    Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but I enjoyed this one. He did different accents, different languages and I could always tell who was male and who was female. That is not often the case.


    If you could rename Beautiful Ruins, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't dare.


    Any additional comments?

    So happy that I read others' comments about it and they turned out to be true.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14752)
    Performance
    (9138)
    Story
    (9010)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Great book, fantastic performance."
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    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I would, and have! I have listened to this book at least 10 times and enjoy it each time I hear it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie, the gorgeous warrior. Honest, strong, sexy and loyal, what's not to love?


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have and to me she is the gold standard. You ALWAYS know which character is speaking in a book when she is performing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The wedding and wedding night.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not love this book and performance more. It's great!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss Me, Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Maggie Shayne
    • Narrated By Maia Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A long-ago act of kindness to a desperate woman changed Dr. Carrie Overton's life forever. Before disappearing, the grateful stranger had given Carrie her newborn son. When the woman is murdered, the secret becomes Carrie's alone.

    Denise says: "happyforaudible"
    "happyforaudible"
    Overall

    The story wasn't very compelling but it could have been better if the narrator had been better. There was no attempt to make the characters sound different from each other. It was like listening to a phone book being recited. Whatever charm or suspense might have been in the story, and I don't think there was much, was obliterated by the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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