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Ardsley on Hudson, New York, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • NW: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Karen Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (107)

    Somewhere in Northwest London stands Caldwell housing estate, relic of 70s urban planning. Five identical blocks, deliberately named: Hobbes, Smith, Bentham, Locke, and Russell. If you grew up there, the plan was to get out and get on, to something bigger, better. Thirty years later ex-Caldwell kids Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan have all made it out, with varying degrees of succes - whatever that means....

    BowedBookshelf says: "I believe this book is best listened to than read"
    "Trying too hard."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't think it was worth publishing.


    What was most disappointing about Zadie Smith’s story?

    She fails completely to convey meaning. She tries too hard with images that mean little. It is possible that the reader gets in the way of the story by interpreting things that the reader should be left to interpret. A good book does not need such an elaborate performance. The performance detracts from the book and adds nothing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Bryson’s performances?

    Hopefully not


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I will have to read the book myself to give an objective view. The reader was much too involved.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Thor Knai
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (335)

    Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

    Janet says: "Great writer! WORST narrator in all of Audible!"
    "Awful Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Nemesis?

    Who ever selected the reader hadn't read any of the books. Books are written and translated with a certain tone and pace, this reader failed to capture either. This reading was set somewhere in America and not in Oslo. I eventually stopped listening, I couldn't stand the narration.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Drop this book from you list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Step Behind: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (149)

    On Midsummer's Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in 18th-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander's most trusted colleagues, someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime, also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can't begin to imagine how.

    Joanna says: "Definitely Recommend"
    "One Step Behind"
    Overall

    Wallendar isn't Bosch but one wouldn't know it from Dick Hills reading. He succeeds in conveying no feeling of Sweden. His place name pronunication is pathetic as is his attempt to differentiate voices and characters. A five star book is reduced to two stars by the miscasting of Dick Hill. What a pity.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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