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Marcus

Morgantown, WV | Member Since 2010

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  • Fish & Chips

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (333)

    Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are back on the job, settled into a personal and professional relationship built on fierce protectiveness and blistering passion. Now they’re assigned to impersonate two members of an international smuggling ring—an out-and-proud married couple—on a Christmas cruise in the Caribbean.

    L. Hew says: "Worth the wait..."
    "The New Narrator Gives a New Voice"
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    Would you listen to Fish & Chips again? Why?

    Yes, because I enjoy the story and the series, as a whole. Fantastic books, I say!


    What other book might you compare Fish & Chips to and why?

    The previous books in the series, Cut & Run and Sticks & Stones. Also great books.


    What about Sean Crisden’s performance did you like?

    His reading gave a fresh take on characters we've grown to love; while he didn't nail every character, he did make the two main characters seem sexier.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I like to sleep to audiobooks, which really makes this question moot. It is wonderful to listen to in that regard.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge fan of Abigail Roux & Madeleine Urban's Cut & Run series, and greatly look forward to Divide & Conquer coming out in audiobook form.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Little Women

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life. While her father, the free-thinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott, hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, Louisa supported herself and her sisters with "woman’s work."

    Madelynn says: "Great Narration"
    "A Wonderful Tale Ruined by an Actor"
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    What would have made Little Women better?

    A totally different narrator would have been a massive plus to this recording. I'm certain that someone must like her reading, but the simpering performance takes the strong women in the story and turn them into caricatures of themselves.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Women?

    I cant think of very few highlights. From the very beginning, the actor's reading voice is so off putting that it takes away from the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As well-spoken as the narrator is, and she clearly goes into this with the best of intentions, both her general narration and the voices she assigns to the characters are so similar, it's difficult to discern when characters are actually speaking.

    Additionally, the very purpose of Little Women is the growth the characters experience as they go through their trials; the narrator, however, maintains the same voices for the characters throughout the book. From the beginning, her characterization of these young women is so simpering and poorly "faux period," that it's difficult to even begin to enjoy listening to the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Little Women?

    The book is a classic; why should I play editor? It stands alone without my tampering.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I appreciate the amount of work that went into recording this version, I simply cannot recommend it. The narrator truly does ruin a book that has stood the test of time, for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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