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AuthorTee

San Antonio, TX | Member Since 2002

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  • Getting to Happy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Gloria Reuben, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (142)

    Savannah has awakened to the fact that she's made too many concessions in her marriage. Bernadine has watched her megadivorce settlement dwindle. Robin has an all-American case of shopaholism. Gloria has taken happiness and security for granted. But being at the wrong place at the wrong time can change everything. All four are learning to heal past hurts and to reclaim their joy and their dreams; but they return to us full of spirit, sass, and faith in one another.

    Teddy says: "A Book About Middle Aged Women...."
    "Disappointing, Poor Narration"
    Overall

    Though I have long been an avid reader, I doubt if I'll be able to finish this book. Terry should not narrate again. Her voice is the same for every character and the voice is monotonous and tedious. I wonder who co-wrote the book with her? Her sister, Rosyln? Rosyln is a terrible writer. I wished I had heeded the poor reviews I read and saved a credit.

    After my disappointment in her last book and in this one, I won't buy another of her books. I wonder if her personal life has affected her writing. Without giving anything away for those intending to read it, I'm also beginning to understand why some say her books bash men.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Without Due Process: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    J. P. Beaumont must find the killers of an entire family before they get to his five-year-old eyewitness, who was hiding in a closet at the murder scene.

    Stephanie says: "another great listen from this duo"
    "Terrible Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Several narrators should have been used. It appears the narrator simply lowered his voice (not very convincingly) or in the case of a child raised it. I doubt I will finish this book it is so irritating to me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    John Grisham's latest.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The use of multiple narrators.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Perhaps the storyline.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1406)
    Performance
    (1259)
    Story
    (1271)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Little too dark for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably, though I would warn them about the level of depravity in it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not sure. The main character was so depraved to make him almost seem unbelievable.


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

    Yes. She does an excellent job as usual.


    Could you see Thankless in Death being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually enjoy the JD Robb books, but this one had me cringing at the depravity of the main character. I only finished the book because I wanted to seem him captured and even then, I was not satisfied with the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2315)
    Performance
    (1976)
    Story
    (1965)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Terrible, horrible narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    Lee Child, yes. Narrated by Dick Hill, no.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The storyline was intriguing and kept me listening despite the narration.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Almost anybody. I guess since Reacher has a nose injury, the intent was to have a nasal narration. Bad, bad idea.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration turned me off so much I almost didn't listen to the entire book. I love the Jack Reacher series, but the narration on this one was absolutely horrible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Whitlow
    • Narrated By Joseph Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Robert Whitlow is a practicing lawyer acclaimed for his legal thrillers. In Water’s Edge, hot-shot Atlanta attorney Tom Crane is poised to become a partner in his firm when his father dies in a boating accident. Then on that same day, he loses his job and his girlfriend, as well. Returning to his hometown to close out his father’s smalltown legal practice, he uncovers a hidden stash of two million dollars. Soon he finds himself entangled in a web of intrigue and murder that endangers his life - and drives him to his knees.

    Sherry says: "How is this part of the series?"
    "Narration is terrible."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Water's Edge to be better than the print version?

    No. At least in the print version, I wouldn't have to hear the voice of the narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Whitlow???s story?

    It beats you over the head with religion. It got in the way of the storyline. I am a Christian but the storyline of this book was quite thin.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joseph Collins?

    Anybody who was really from the South. The fake Southern voice was quite irritating. So much so that I actually searched to see where Joseph Collins from from. I couldn't find anything on him so I suspect that rather than being a voice actor, he was someone connected to the writer who faked, quite terribly, a Southern accent.. it was especially annoying to hear the fake combination British/Southern accent.


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

    I wouldn't even consider making a film of this book.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • New England White: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Carter
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    In the New England university town of Elm Harbor, a murder begins to crack the veneer that has hidden the racial complications of the town's past, the secrets of a prominent family, and the most hidden bastions of African-American political influence. At the center is Lemaster Carlyle, the university president, and his wife, Julia Carlyle, a deputy dean at the divinity school - African Americans living in "the heart of whiteness".

    Joanna says: "perfect marraige of writing and narration"
    "Absolutely Terrible Book"
    Overall

    This is the most poorly written book I have read in many years. The story of the black elite is totally unrealistic and rather smacks of someone who knows very little about it. The narrator tries to do it justice, but the storyline is just rubbish. I suspect it's a problem with an academic who may write well for scholarly journals but whose fiction voice is nonexistent.
    I should have known better after reading the Emperor of Ocean Park. I will never buy another of his books. I've got two hours to go, but I'm stopping this book now. Absolutely terrible.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Jay O. Sanders
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, D.C., Police Department when an unknown man gunned down his wife in front of him. His desire for vengeance was placed on hold as he raised his children himself. But when a case triggers a connection to his wife's death, Alex may finally have a chance to catch the killer.

    Homer says: "Cross"
    "Terrible Narration"
    Overall

    The main narrator was terrible, just terrible! Were it not for the fact that I love James Patterson books and because I didn't want to waste my money, I would have stopped listening after the first hour. Please, please, please, have someone with a somewhat ethnic sounding voice to read the part of Alex Cross. Just plain terrible reading, horrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Day to Pick Your Own Cotton

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Phillips
    • Narrated By Susan Spain
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    Mayme and Katie have become friends, which is unusual given that their friendship has spouted at the end of the Civil War and that Mayme is a former slave, while Katie is the daughter of a plantation owner. Both girls have been orphaned by the war, left alone on Katie's family plantation. The land is the one thing they still share, and they don't want to leave it. But if anyone finds out the two of them live there alone, they will be forced to move.

    Robin says: "A great Story"
    "Interesting story, but"
    Overall

    While I found the story interesting, if somewhat unbelievable, I thought the dialect and the vocabulary was not correct nor realistic for the time. The "voice" of the writer disturbed me for some reason. It was not authentic sounding. The vocabulary of Mayme was not that of a 15-year old former slave girl. I finished the book because I rarely do not finish a book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Juror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (339)

    In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

    Danielle says: "Grisham's Finest"
    "The Last Juror"
    Overall

    Excellent book. John Grisham at his best! Michael Beck is an excellent reader. One of the better audio books I heard.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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