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  • 5 reviews
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  • The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman, Cindy Hardin Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Turn of the Screw has been described by many critics as the most sophisticated and terrifying ghost story in the English language. It is considered one of the great intellectual "spook tales" of all time. The story concerns a naive young governess who is hired to take care of two children in a large mansion in the English countryside. Everything is going fine, until she discovers that the children are not as innocent as they seem.

    Diane says: "Excellent all around - great narrator"
    "It's Not The Story, It's The Recording"

    The story is the one that you know. Is the new governess insane, or are the children and the estate truly beset by the ghosts of the prior governess and valet?

    It would be a riveting story if not for the poor recording quality. When the narrator for the new governess takes over the story, the recording begins to fade in and out. In several areas, it sometimes becomes unintelligible. In the beginning of the story a "crossfade" is done to signify a change in narrators. But the fading in and out, a random intervals, of the governess' voice has no narrative reasoning that I can find, except error.

    Also, in one long segment after the governess takes over the story there appears to be an undertrack. You can't make out the words but you can hear that someone is speaking - most annoying.

    All-in-all, it's not worth it to spend four (4) hours and 26 minutes being driven crazy - not by evil entities, but by poor recordists.

    5 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "A Different Voice for Dresden Works - This Once"

    After the shocking and cataclysmic events of 'Changes', Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is back in 'Ghost Story' trying to solve his own murder. With no magic, no body, and the inability to be seen or heard except by a few people, Harry must find a way to save his friends and himself.

    It took me some time to decide to listen to the audio title specifically because it wasn't read by James Marsters. After much deliberation I decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did. Given everything that Harry did in 'Changes' it is fitting that he have a different voice for this experience. He's not exactly the Harry we know and love, he's lost everything that made him who and what he was. John Glover gives Harry a new voice for the few days he's back trying to figure out what happened to him and he does it well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Is Obsession the same as Love?"
    What disappointed you about Six Years?

    The idea that obsession can be equated to love and ultimately result in a lasting relationship.

    What could Harlan Coben have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I'm usually a big fan of Harlan Coben's work. He is a masterful writer, one who is adept at setting up the situation and taking readers further and further into the mystery. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case with Six Years. Jake Fisher was a completely unsympathetic character almost from the beginning. Everything he did was about him and only him, with no thought as to what his actions might mean for someone else. He came across as self-centered, arrogant, egotistical, and almost narcissistic in his pursuit of "the love of his life". This isn't a man who's in love, this is a man obsessed. A man who is stalking someone who has asked him to leave her alone. A man who ignores the advice of even his best friend so that he can pursue a woman who made it clear that she wanted nothing more to do with him (regardless of the reason). Throughout the story Jake indicates that he knows that he should give up but he just can't. This isn't a hero moving heaven and earth to find the love he lost. This is a man in need of psychiatric intervention before he gets someone killed.

    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott Brick does his best to make Jake a sympathetic character. Unfortunately, even his skills leave Jake as what he is: disturbed and almost psychotically obsessed with a woman who told him to forget about her.

    What character would you cut from Six Years?

    Jake Fisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter by Design

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum

    After a joyous honeymoon in Paris, Dexter is feeling pretty normal. But when a corpse is found displayed on a Miami beach, Dexter realizes another killer is on the loose.

    Russell says: "Is there a such thing as 'too graphic'?"
    "dashingly dangerous dexter has disappeared"

    i waited so long for this installment in darling dexter's delightful drama, only to be disappointed. it seems that dexter has turned into a simpering fool, lacking the care and concern he usually shows and getting into trouble that he never would have in the past.

    this installment of dexter's life seemed to last forever and by the second part of the download i just wanted it to be over. i don't know if it was how nick landrum read him this time (he sounded more like cody than dexter) but he seemed whiny, confused and simpering when he should have been strong and confident.

    it seems that delightfully deceitful dexter is gone, replaced by someone who doesn't know what to do, how to act, or what to say. and knows it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "Terror Done Right"

    I liked this book enough that several months after I read it, I purchased the audio book. I had not read the previous book written by this author and understand that it is a completely different animal (and I use the word animal very deliberately). This one scared me to death.

    I can understand why some reviewers were frustrated with certain of the narrator's choices (ex. he speaks a part that is clearly sung by one character). Overall, though, I felt his tenor, flow, technique, and ability were more than able to carry the author's messages of fun, reckless abandon, carelessness, fear, terror, and ultimately hopelessness.

    I liked the decision not to break up the narrative flow with chapter headings and thought the pacing was done well. Overall, I liked this narrator's take on the material.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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