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Jill

North Potomac, MD, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 480 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2014
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  • The Toll-Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (173)

    Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving Captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.

    Yvette says: "Great book - reader only OK"
    "An old favorite of a story, but an awful narrator"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It almost seemed as if the narrator didn't think the book was exciting enough, and as a result made all of the scenes with any action BREATHLESS AND URGENT and RIDICULOUSLY MELODRAMATIC. Keep it simple, Mr. Hill. Your performance was distracting, mannered, and disappointing.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (580)

    The Mysterious Affair at Styles introduces Hercule Poirot, mystery fiction's greatest detective. Dapper, brilliant Monsieur Poirot, retired as the Chief of Belgian Police, is summoned to a magnificent English country estate to solve a murder. The victim: a wealthy heiress. The suspects: her fortune-hunting husband, her jealous relatives, even her hired companion. The solution: a deadly scheme that is revealed by the master detective himself.

    Adrian says: "Fantastic - Suchet is the best"
    "Fantastic to hear Suchet read."
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    Have you listened to any of David Suchet’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It was delightful to listen to Suchet's relaxed, deep bass/baritone for the regular narration and then flick seamlessly into Poirot's finicky, nasal tones. I know the voice so well from the PBS/BBC series that it made me giggle with delight the first few times I heard it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stress of Her Regard

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Tim Powers
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    When Michael Crawford discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed, he is forced to flee not only to prove his innocence but to avoid the deadly embrace of a vampire who has claimed him as her true bridegroom. Joining forces with Byron, Keats, and Shelley in a desperate journey that crisscrosses Europe, Crawford desperately seeks his freedom from this vengeful lover who haunts his dreams and will not rest until she destroys all that he cherishes.

    Dave says: "Terrifying - A New Benchmark for Vampires Stories"
    "Got halfway through. 8 more hours? No."
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    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book - the premise was interesting and I like well-done historical pastiche. But Powers doesn't seem to think that having vampires are interesting enough. They have to also be snakes. Winged snakes. Oh, and also stones. And maybe something else. And maybe they have powers in certain instances or maybe they don't. I couldn't latch on to the mythology or make any sense of it, and as a result, after 8 hours of listening and seeing that I had another 8 hours (the book sort of re-sets in the middle and it almost seemed like it was going to be the same 8 hours, but with minor variations), I was done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pardonable Lies: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlaugh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (348)

    In the third novel of this best-selling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful WWI memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot's death.

    mary says: "please find someone else to narrate."
    "A series of coincidences that insult intelligence"
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    What disappointed you about Pardonable Lies?

    So many things disappointed me about this book. The way everyone seems to think Maisie Dobbs is just the best thing ever - even if they've never met her - unless it's convenient for the plot. The intelligence-insulting coincidences that smooth Maisie's way even more than the inexplicably well-disposed strangers. The purple prose that spirals upward in an ever-shifting cascade of metaphor and hyperbole until ALL COMES COLLAPSING IN - HERE IS YOUR HELL (I kid, and attempt to imitate, but really. It gets pretty seriously over the top).

    I had high hopes for this series, as many seem to like it. But I won't be listening to another one, as it's just not for me.


    What three words best describe Orlaugh Cassidy’s performance?

    Makes Odd Choices.

    Really - the boyfriend sounds rather like a drag queen (Ms. Cassidy reverts to an aristocratic drawl for many characters when she doesn't seem to be able to picture them better), and there is one point where he describes some great catastrophe involving grave injury and loss of life where he sounds positively gleeful. Truly weird.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (563)

    Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

    B. Westman says: "Surprisingly Deep"
    "Hated. This."
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    What disappointed you about The Family Fang?

    It was a story about people I not only couldn't care about, but actively disliked and wanted nothing to do with.


    What character would you cut from The Family Fang?

    All of them.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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