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Julie Delio

Arlington, TX United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Serpent of Venice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (568)

    Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

    Amazon Customer says: "Moore sophomoric humor riffing off the Bard's time"
    "Best Narrator Ever!"
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    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    Clever story vastly enhanced by a tremendous narrator. I've been listening to recorded books for almost 20 years and this is one of the best readings I've heard. Euan Morton should win an Audie, a Grammy, and any other awards possible for this performance. I can't imagine enjoying this book as much in the written word.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tidal Shift: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dora Heldt, Jamie Lee Searle (translator)
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Forty-six-year-old divorcée Christine is finally happy - or so she thinks. She has an amazing boyfriend but she also has a drama-filled family she fears might scare him off. And when Christine spies her dependable Aunt Inge in the company of a man who is most certainly not her husband, it sends the family drama into overdrive - and delivers an unexpected wake-up call to Christine. Because after witnessing the newfound passion with which 60-something Inge is tackling each day, Christine becomes aware of the mounting frustrations in her supposedly fabulous life. Sick and tired of playing it safe, Christine finally decides the time has come to make some big changes.

    Kathy Treaster says: "Good Narrator if you listen at speed 1.25 or 1.5"
    "The worst narration in all of my years w/Audible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Dora Heldt and Jamie Lee Searle (translator) and/or Teri Clark Linden?

    The story is fluff and humorous -- just what I was looking for. But it is as if the narrator is reading to developmentally challenged first graders. Occasionally she loses herself and speaks in normal cadence, but that is very rare.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?

    Never.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swamplandia!

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen Russell
    • Narrated By Arielle Sitrick, David Ackroyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (259)

    The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, formerly number-one in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost.

    Suzn F says: "Sometimes Brilliant, Sometimes Disappointing"
    "Ridiculous choice of narreator"
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    What did you like best about Swamplandia!? What did you like least?

    The story is quirky and engaging.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance could have been better with any other narrator. While I understand the logic of having a young girl read this, there must have been someone who was literate available. Did any editor or the author listen to this before it was published? The author's well crafted book is butchered. And I learn that the reader (take that loosely) is not 12 or 13 or even 10, as it sounds, but 16 -- so perhaps 15 when the work was done. This is an indictment of whatever schools she attended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    From the author of the number-one national best seller Three Cups of Tea, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian and the schools he has established. In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson recounts his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders.

    Cathleen says: "Better than Three Cups of Tea"
    "Odd Choice of Narrator"
    Overall

    I find listening to a female narrator read this book distracting. I am by no means a misogynist, but the words are odd coming from a woman. Putting that aside, the information in this book is so vital. I recommend it to anyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Horse Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By Shelley Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Many astonishing and affecting things happen at the racetrack, and the mysterious universe of horse racing, passionate, cold-hearted, pure, corrupt, is woven into a marvelous tapestry of joy and love, chicanery, folly, greed, and reckless courage. Spanning two years on the circuit, from Kentucky and California to New York and Paris, Horse Heaven, puts us among trainers, nervey jockeys, billionaire breeders, and restless track wives.

    Julie Delio says: "I wish I could review book and narrator separately"
    "I wish I could review book and narrator separately"
    Overall

    The book is very enjoyable -- and I'm only 1/2 finished. But the narrator can be quite distracting. Doesn't anyone "proof-listen" these? How can a professional narrator pronounce khaki "cocky" -- let alone the mangling of anything that's not strictly Anglo Saxon??? It took me a while to realize where/what "La Joe La" is. Despite this, I'm loving the book. In summary, 5 stars for the book and 2 stars for the narration, but the book outshines the puzzling pronunciation.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Grass for His Pillow: Tales of the Otori, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2740)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (620)

    The exhilerating tale of Takeo continues in book II of the internationally best-selling Tales of the Otori trilogy, a sweeping saga set in a mythical, medieval Japan.

    RacerX says: "Good book. First one was better"
    "Good story; trying narrator"
    Overall

    As is quite often the case, this book was not the "page turner" that "Across the Nightgale Floor" was. The development of characters continued to be quite good, but there was not as much action as the first book in this trilogy. The male narrator was wonderful; however, I found the female narrator's deliberate and emotionless reading to be quite tedious and distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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