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Don

Maplewood, MO, USA

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  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3040)
    Performance
    (1764)
    Story
    (1775)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    A User says: "Not very exciting"
    "Standard formula thriller without the thrills"
    Overall

    The story may have been saved by a narrator that had the talent to infuse some life into the characters but even that fell flat. I got the sense that someone did extensive research on dog training and then quickly assembled a formulaic storyline around that research to justify the effort. The resulting main characters are lifeless and the story lacks any real suspense. Too bad because there was a lot of potential here but the author and the narrator didn't lay down a good effort.

    In other Nora Roberts novels I've been able to "see" the caracters in my mind's eye but not this one. I read other reviews that referred to this book posessing the sharp repartee between the characters but I must disagree. If that saving grace was ever present it was flattened by the narrator.

    There are many good Nora Roberts books out there to be read or listened to but this isn't one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1454)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (935)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Superb narration of a wonderful story"
    Overall

    Kellgren deserves every bit of praise she receives for her multi-voiced narration that gains both charm and steam as she works through the harrowing beginnings of an orphan who is long on grit and talent but short on common sense. Kellgren has us careening along with Jackie on this wonderful ride. Heroes and villians are read with equal verve and the settings and scenery are described and read with such detail that visualizing the story, characters, and time made bloody Jack one of my favorite listens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cause of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (190)

    On a quiet day, away from the hustle of Richmond, in a small cottage on the Virginia coast, Dr. Kay Scarpetta receives a disturbing phone call from the Chesapeake police. Thirty feet deep in the murky waters of Virginia's Elizabeth River, a scuba diver's body is discovered near the Inactive Naval Shipyard.

    Peggy says: "Marcum Welby you are Fired!"
    "Stilted, plodding narrator ruins good story"
    Overall

    After several tries I finally got through this good story. The narrator needs to find other work or maybe a gallon or two of black coffee before work. It ruins the... suspense when one... pauses every third... word for no... apparent reason.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Control: Troubleshooters, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Norma Lana
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (186)

    Savannah von Hopf has no choice. To save her uncle's life, she goes in search of Ken "WildCard" Karmody, a guy she barely knew in college who is now a military operative. She must convince him to help her deliver a cache of ransom money into the hands of terrorists halfway around the world. What she doesn't expect is to end up in WildCard's arms before she can even ask for his help.

    Don says: "Great story but a flat narrator"
    "Great story but a flat narrator"
    Overall

    I enjoyed a book by this author so much I went for another and the story was equally well written. It was not equally well read. If one can get past the flat monotone of the reader then there's an enjoyable adventure here. If you're put off by someone who reads an action or romantic scene as if they were reading a manual on how to strip and rebuild an engine then skip it and go to the next book in this series. You will not be dissapointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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