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Isobel Heathcote

Guelph, Ontario Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • 290 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2014
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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3009)
    Performance
    (2686)
    Story
    (2670)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "A good story, a little overinflated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    No. For me, the book was spoiled by excessive length, overinflated dialogue, and a great many errors of grammar, emphasis and mispronunciation.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was telegraphed from early on and did not come as a surprise.


    What three words best describe Edoardo Ballerini’s performance?

    Excellent voices and accents (sorry, that was four words).


    Was Speaks the Nightbird worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was tiresome in its length and while Mr. Ballerini's voices and accents were excellent, and easily distinguished one from another, the very large number of mispronounced words (even quite common words) was distracting and irritating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1222: The Hanne Wilhelmsen Novels, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne Holt
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (62)

    A train on its way to the northern reaches of Norway careens off the track during a massive blizzard, 1,222 meters above sea level. The passengers abandon the train for a nearby, century-old hotel that is practically empty except for the staff. With plenty of food and shelter from the storm, the passengers think they are safe - until one of them turns up dead. With no sign of rescue and the storm continuing to rage, retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is asked to investigate. Paralyzed by a bullet lodged in her spine, Hanne has no wish to return to police work.

    Tracey says: "A Norwegian homage to Agatha Christie"
    "Disappointing story and performance"
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    Performance
    Story

    Maybe it's the cold Norwegian climate, but I found this book dull and the performance so dry as to be seriously annoying. The narrator has a quirky delivery with odd pauses and rising inflections that detract from the story's emotional impact. The main character is a bad tempered misanthrope - very hard to warm up to. I know this is book 8 of a series, so perhaps earlier books were more compelling, but I found this one very disappointing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Edgar Award-winner Lawrence Block invites you into the criminally funny world of the most notorious star of mystery fiction: Bernie Rhodenbarr, bookseller by day and burglar by night. In this humorous mystery, Bernie's passion for Humphrey Bogart movies leads him to a beautiful damsel in distress, a dangerous international conspiracy, and more than a few incriminating bodies. Sparkling with wit and energy, The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud.

    WriterGirl says: "Entertaining and funny"
    "An entertaining listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    These days I find myself a bit tired of vampires and gritty crime drama. The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart was a much needed departure from those genres - a fun, easy listen. The story was fun, but it was really the narrator who made it come to life for me, with his droll, urban voice. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1591)
    Performance
    (1340)
    Story
    (1335)

    Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

    Susan says: "Transcendental"
    "Another engaging Walt Longmire story"
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    Performance
    Story

    I'm a longtime fan of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series, and Hell is Empty was a good addition to that list. I was a little disappointed that most of my favorite recurring characters appear only briefly in this book, but it was still a good read. Great atmosphere, especially in the mountain scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27212)
    Performance
    (20955)
    Story
    (21037)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great story, dreadful narration"
    Overall

    This is a terrific story with interesting characters and locations, but the choice of narrator entirely spoiled it for me. I eventually gave up well before the mid-point of the book. While the narrator does a good job of adult male voices with (various) regional accents, his inconsistent pronunciation of personal and location names, his odd pauses in the middle of sentences, and his flat, often monotonic narration, punctuated with sighs, made this an extremely irritating listen. I think I will buy the hard copy book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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