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Kathleen

Kenilworth , IL, USA

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  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (310)

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "a great book in every way"
    Overall

    "The Lacuna" is a wonderful book.
    A sensitive, powerful, interesting story,
    With themes of important matters of human civilization and history, it never is idealized or didactic.
    Despite these large issues the book like the main character Harrison Shepherd always modestly comes back to the life of one person.
    The author's skill and judgement and intelligence are daunting.
    Most of all it is superb entertainment with the luxury of being performed by the author as audiobook.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Spymistress: The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By William Stevenson
    • Narrated By Nicholas Camm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A rousing tale of espionage and unsung valor, this is the captivating true story of Vera Atkins, Great Britain's spymistress from the age of 25. With her fierce intelligence, blunt manner, personal courage, and exceptional informants, Vera ran countless missions throughout the 1930s. After rising to the leadership echelon in the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a covert intelligence agency formed by Winston Churchill, she became head of a clandestine army in World War II.

    Glenn says: "Great Story - Unfortunately Monotone Performance"
    "THE NARRATION IS A MONOTONE RACE"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How could the performance have been better?

    An editor who listened and directed the narrator to -SLOW DOWN- ADD INFLECTION-AND TONAL CHANGES. This is a very interesting book which I have started 3 times and simply can't follow much less think while listening. Having listened to 1000s of audiobooks, this is the most incomprehensible.


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

    Anger- at the narrator who seems to make no effort to communicate-only to prove- he can read fast (without breathing?).


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if it is possible to slow this file technically.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Man from Lisbon

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Thomas Gifford
    • Narrated By Vinicius Machado
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The son of a failing undertaker, Alves Reis learned early on that death comes quickly and a man must make his fortune while he can. In 1916, Reis left Portugal for Angola, where the hardships of colonial life dashed his dream of easy riches. In desperate straits, Alves discovers his true talent: forgery.

    Kathleen says: "Narration Problem"
    "Narration Problem"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Man from Lisbon? What did you like least?

    The narrator's voice is good-except for the strange squeaky feminine voices.
    But I'd call him a 'master of mispronunciation' in English and French.
    Aren't these recordings edited or rehearsed?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Code

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charles Brokaw
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    A thrill-seeking Harvard linguistics professor and an ultrasecret branch of the Catholic Church go head-to-head in a race to uncover the secrets of the lost city of Atlantis. The ruins of the technologically-advanced, eerily-enigmatic ancient civilization promise their discoverer fame, fortune, and power... but hold earth-shattering secrets about the origin of man.

    Lynne says: "Narration ruined the story"
    "narration in need"
    Overall

    The central character in this book is a linguist, but the narration is full of mispronunciations and cartoon russian and italian accents.
    An obscure but central culture in the book , Yoruba, has not been researched for pronouncing names or places-Oludumare(O-LU'-DU-MA'-RAY), Obatala(O-BA'-TA-LA), Ile Ifa(EE'-LAY EE'-FA)
    also Trastevere(TRAS-TE'- VER- EE)a section of Rome.
    In the Russians' accents I am reminded of Bullwinkle-Boris and Natasha.
    And do educated english speaking Italians really add an 'a' after every syllable?

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Friends and Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Olivia Manning
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Bucharest has fallen, and Harriet and Guy Pringle have escaped to Athens in the nick of time to find several of their old acquaintances there already. But even Guy's eternal optimism fails him when he realises that his former employees feel no gratitude or loyalty to him. Guy and Harriet both come to realise that with Greece threatened by the Axis Powers, Athens is not the safe harbour they thought.

    Kathleen says: "superb narrator"
    "superb narrator"
    Overall

    Harriet Walter is the finest narrator I have yet heard. Her ability to suspend disbelief is perfect. Her knowledge of other languages and accents is also perfect and highly educated.
    The Balkan series is complex with many characters and nationalities. She not only balances and simplifies, but does overall service to the author by presenting these excellent books in a way that they are always clear and enjoyable to readers.
    I know that she is a distinguished Shakespearean actress, but
    Narration is a special art for which awards should be given.
    Congratulations to Harriet Walter.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Disciple

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (137)

    The Iranian effort to develop nuclear weapons was the inspiration for this tale of spies, assassination, skullduggery, military action and political intrigue. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the Devil's Disciple, and he has a plan. With 12 nuclear warheads mounted on twelve missiles, he will make Iran a martyr nation; then he will lead the world's Muslims in a holy war against western civilization.

    Hill says: "another fine book from Coonts"
    "disturbingly unreal"
    Overall

    sounds like a video game description
    undeveloped characters
    'nukes' and 'kills'
    disturbingly unreal

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (413)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "beautiful narration"
    Overall

    This is an intriguing book on the subjects of coyotes and predators, a different view, while the parallel women, one a solitary by choice living as a ranger in the wild and the other solitary by rejection chooses to be a farmer rather than a scientist/academic. Both share reticence, opposition and progressiveness re nature. Both eventually also come back to children, joining the wildlife quest to reproduce, protect young and be part of the society. Once again Barbara Kingsolver presents a very complex story and idea with amazing detail and intelligence.
    The author's reading also reflects her understanding of sound and language. In particular she is able to make the accent of the country people into an extreme but softened voice. Whereas most readers seem to adopt simply a harsh generic twang for all southern accents. I feel exactly the opposite of the criticisms of Barbara Kingsolver as reader (particularly after her book 'the lacuna'). Perhaps subtle and sensitive is not understood today.
    Ironically this seems an underlying theme of this author's writing.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (2027)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (625)

    This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

    Michael says: "Flawed but Important"
    "excellent narration"
    Overall

    This is the best use of voice change I have ever heard. The narrator modifies or adds only a hint of an accent instead of a complete change. He is a very talented and unique reader.
    The book itself is extremely interesting and articulate as if it was written to be spoken.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Victim

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (151)

    Officer Rainie Conner is leading her first homicide investigation, a school shooting. The police chief's 13-year-old son is the prime suspect, but Rainie doesn't believe he pulled the trigger. With the help of FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, she races to uncover the truth. But a ruthless killer watches from the shadows--and lives to destroy her as he has destroyed her peaceful little Oregon community.

    Jay says: "The worst narrator I have ever heard"
    "poor narration"
    Overall

    The narrator goes between twang and donald duck to create distracting offensive character voices. It would be better if she just used her own voice.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Official Privilege

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    When the body of a young, black Navy lieutenant is found chained inside the boiler of a mothballed battleship in a Philadelphia shipyard, there is no question that it's murder. Stung by past scandals, the Navy moves to control the investigation by appointing one of their own, Commander Dan Collins, to take charge of it.

    Helen Rangel says: "This is a great novel!"
    "can't listen"
    Overall

    I wish publishers would oversee their narrator's use of voice changes. It is amateurish acting. Some in this book are harsh, others silly-sounding like 'marbles in mouth'. I had to stop listening to the book, though I like the author, P.T. Deutermann, very much.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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