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Dana

Calgary, AB, Canada

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  • The Caves of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1035)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (524)

    Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, police detective Elijah Baley has little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. Then he learns that he has been assigned a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worse, the R stands for "robot" - and his positronic partner is made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!

    Dionne says: "perfectly executed!"
    "Couldn't finish it"
    Overall

    I'm sure this is an excellent book, but the narration ruined it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosary Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richard Montanari
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    A devious serial killer lays siege to the city of Philadelphia, brutally sacrificing pretty young Catholic girls on the altar of insanity. As the body count rises, an exceptional investigating partnership struggles to stop him. Detective Jessica Balzano, Philly's Homicide Unit's newest rookie, is teamed up with veteran cop Kevin Byrne, respected for his solve rate and known for his unorthodox methods.

    Edward says: "Great Listen!"
    "Melodramatic and unbelievable"
    Overall

    I read most of the positive reviews before buying this audiobook and unfortunately, I would have to agree with the one negative review I saw. Not only is it riddled with cliches, I found the prose overly dramatic and wordy. At times throughout listening I experienced deja vous - the author borrows ideas from stronger writers and changes them just enough to hide them from the casual reader. I wonder if he's a big fan of Thomas Harris.

    I actually rolled my eyes and groaned out loud at one point near the end. Still, I have to admit I did finish the book (can not say that about all of my purchases on this site), if only to enjoy the rollercoaster of prose. (see? His melodramatic way of writing is rubbing off)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (279)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "Not his best work"
    Overall

    I'm not sure if its the actual writing or the narration of the book that I'm not enjoying. While I do enjoy the Inspector Pendergast novels written by Lincoln & Child, I am not finding this book as engrossing. The dialogue seems contrived. I do have to give him points for dumbing down some of the scientific aspects of the novel; I have absolutely no background in quantum physics but am able to follow what is going on quite easily.

    The narrator is horrible. Awful. Very nasal voice, not much range for the differing characters. I will stay away from his readings in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revenant

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carolyn Haines
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    The remains of five women lie within, each one buried with a bridal veil...and without her ring finger. Once an award-winning journalist, Carson knows her career is now hanging by a thread. This story has pulled her out of a pit of alcohol and self-loathing, and with justice and redemption in mind she begins to investigate. Days later two more bodies appear, begging the question... Is a copycat murderer terrorizing Biloxi, or has a serial killer awoken from a 25-year slumber?

    Janet says: "One of 2007's best mysteries"
    "Not bad"
    Overall

    The reading repeated a couple of times (mistakes with the recording?) and the story was a little pulpy but all in all not a bad book. I would give the author another try, the narrator was so-so, not the best nor the worst

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3778)
    Performance
    (1889)
    Story
    (1913)

    All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

    Dawn says: "Unbelieveable"
    "Love it"
    Overall

    I loved, loved, loved the series and loved the narration. Was at first disappionted when the narrator changed halfway through the Dark Tower series (loved the first narrator too) but quickly grew to know the new voice. Great books, great narration. It is a real talent when you can tell which character is speaking by the different voices the narrator is able to do. Didn't get five stars because Jim Dale has set the bar for reading for me, would have given 4 1/2 if I could.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heartsick

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (262)

    Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent 10 years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer. But in the end, she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for 10 days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go.

    Karen says: "Entertaining Listen"
    "Meh"
    Overall

    Not bad, not the worst book I've heard on tape, but the narration could be better. The interaction between the characters seems artificial and I don't find the justification for the reporter's involvement believable. I also wonder if the dialogue would sound so cheesy if the narration was better acted. I don't know if I will be reading another of the author's books anytime soon and I doubt I will buy another audiobook with this narrator.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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