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Hagatha

Houston, TX | Member Since 2012

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  • The Book of Obeah: Crossroads, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Sandra Carrington-Smith
    • Narrated By Dave Fennoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Upon the passing of her beloved grandmother, Melody Bennet receives startling instructions that she is to take the ashes of Grandmama Giselle to southern Louisiana. Melody must step far outside her comfort zone in the suburbs of North Carolina to fulfill this dying wish. She finds herself blindly navigating the exotic, sometimes hostile environs of New Orleans and Bear Bayou, and immersed in a subculture based on an ancient West African religion. At this unexpected crossroad, she discovers new cultures and beliefs - and new dangers - and awakens to a new way of seeing the world and her role in it.

    MissSusie66 says: "Narrator adds the perfect amount of spookiness"
    "Clever story of voodoo and hoodoo"
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    I enjoyed this enough to buy the sequel but I won't buy anymore with Dave Fennoy narrating. Although Mr. Fennoy is a well-known voice actor, he failed to place the right accents on many characters. Most characters, regardless of background, had a deep southern African American accent. But the worst was the Hispanic detective that sounded like Count Dracula. It was ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amber Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    Donovan International is a power to be reckoned with in the dazzling and cutthroat worldwide gem trade -- and is therefore a target for the murderous greed of unscrupulous competitors. Though a shrewd businesswoman, Honor Donovan has been effectively shut out of the dangerous family enterprise by the Donovan males -- until her favorite brother, Kyle, mysteriously vanishes along with a fortune in stolen amber.

    Jaime says: "Love this whole series"
    "I managed 7 minutes into the story"
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    There needs to be a section for trite romance disguised as thriller. Narrator sounded like she was introducing the Fall Fashion line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1087)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Enjoyable listen with a terrific narrator"
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    Nice little story, great narrator but at the end, I wasn't interested enough in the lead character to make me read Book 2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pure in Heart: Simon Serrailler 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, first introduced in The Various Haunts of Men, is on a painting holiday in Venice when he is summoned home by a telephone call. He has family problems to face, and the stress and grind of running a busy police station. When a little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school, an ordinary community realises that terror and evil are in their very midst.

    Rebecca says: "Love This Series!"
    "11 hrs 37 mins and still waiting for a plot"
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    Would you try another book from Susan Hill and/or Steven Pacey?

    Loved Hill's "The Various Haunts of Men" Steven Pacey has a pleasant reading voice but sometimes hard to tell when there was a character change. Maybe he was just as bored as I was.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Wilkie Collins


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

    Ok


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Pure in Heart?

    You could cut any scene or character and it wouldn't change the book. Seems to be just unrelated descriptions of people and their lives.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have ended the book with a serial killer taking out all of the characters. Oh, except for the children. And the labrador.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10605)
    Performance
    (9625)
    Story
    (9645)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Fun Read"
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    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    A different take on other dimensions


    Any additional comments?

    Really entertaining as long as you don't think about the science too critically

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Various Haunts of Men: A Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (227)

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated to the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

    karen says: "Best of the best...."
    "Steven Pacey is a magnificent narrator"
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    What did you love best about The Various Haunts of Men?

    The narrator/actor. The beginning of the story was slow but I keep listening because of the narrator.


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His perfect pace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1001)

    Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

    GyAzJRD says: "Could have been much better"
    "Not Lee Child's best"
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    What would have made Running Blind better?

    Take out the annoying nasal narration for some of the characters.


    Has Running Blind turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I think just a one off for Child. Maybe he had a balloon mortgage payment coming up and dashed this one out.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan McClain – was your favorite?

    Reacher - but he was overly sarcastic at times.


    Any additional comments?

    **SPOILER ALERT!!!** **SPOILER ALERT!!!****SPOILER ALERT!!!** Too easy to solve. Got it in the first 3rd. I think I may have liked better if I had read it instead of listening. The narrator's soft voice and genderless personal pronouns gave away that the killer was a woman. The robotic responses of the victims responses indicated that they were hypnotized.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Witch: Alex Craft Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kalayna Price
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (530)

    Not even death can save her now. As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead---she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case.

    Christopher says: "Excellent Story Narrator needs alot more practice"
    "I never read fantasy. This hooked me."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Its just fun and the author did a great job of describing the fantasy world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Grave Witch?

    Too many! The description of Alex in the Etheric was delightful.


    What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

    I found she performed all the characters with sufficient differentiation to identify. Even performs male characters well.


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

    There's another world out there!


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for something other than mysteries and thrillers. I never read or watch vampire or witch stories. The first fantasy book I bought was poor in character and background. This one hooked me from the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greywalker: Greywalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kat Richardson
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (356)

    Kat Richardson excels at creating vivid, fast-moving novels that blend urban fantasy with paranormal mystery. In Greywalker, Seattle P.I. Harper Blaine is viciously attacked and murdered - but after exactly two minutes, somehow she returns to life. Now she's seeing strange things all around her - dark visions from the shadow world - and living a normal life may no longer be possible no matter how hard she tries.

    Nathan says: "A fun take on the paranormal ..."
    "Hard to get a feel for the "grey world""
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    What did you like best about Greywalker? What did you like least?

    I liked the premise of "The Grey" world but didn't think the author gave a sufficient description.


    What could Kat Richardson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Work on descriptive background.


    Did Mia Barron do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really. Sounded like a 12 year old and cannot perform male characters.


    Was Greywalker worth the listening time?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2725)
    Performance
    (1636)
    Story
    (1645)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Brings you right into the story."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Likeness to be better than the print version?

    Always listen to books in the regional accent!


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

    I listened to the last chapter 3 times. It was a very moving closing. And I needed closure after being brought so deep into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I had purchased the book in print, then decided I wanted to hear the story in the Irish accent. An excellent decision.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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