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  • The Drowning Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    Stained glass artist Juno McKay is forced to confront the events that shattered the intense friendship between herself, her best friend, Christine, and her husband, Neil, when she discovers, after years of absence, that Christine is to deliver a lecture at their college reunion. Despite her misgivings, Juno finds herself compelled to attend the lecture about the history of one of Penrose College's most hallowed works of art.

    Kathi says: "Psychological mystery of past and present"
    "Read in print."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Very unacceptable narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

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    Any additional comments?

    While the story may have been engrossing, the narrator ruined it. She read too fast, spoke in almost a monotone, and sounded like she was reading. Every charachter sounded the same and I often forgotten who was speaking. As the book is a series of 5 first person narrative, this is a big fail for me.

    It could have been a great book, but I will never know.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2893)
    Performance
    (2651)
    Story
    (2679)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "So well performed!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There were no surprises in the story as I have read it many times. That said, it was a fabulous listen because it was so well performed. The narrators made the story fresh and kept me listening almost as though I didn't know what was going to happen. Well done Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6689)
    Performance
    (5953)
    Story
    (5952)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Pay attention to bad reviews."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Morgenstern did an incredible job describing the wonder and magic of the circus. That is the only good thing I have to say about this book. Her elaborate descriptions of magical tents and off-beat performers initially drew me in but the plot and character development never happened. It all takes places mostly through dialogue and not action. The dialogue was tedious and often seemed irrelevant. Most of the significant plot twists were revealed by one character telling another, which took most of the suspense out of the story.

    There was nothing to give an insight to these characters and they never felt real. The love story was inauthentic, melodramatic and unbelievable.

    The story revolves around a high stakes battle carried on long distance with no suspense, no urgency and no sense of real competition. I not once felt that either of the character was in any danger.

    I particularly did not like that Celia and Marco (the two in competition) were both raised and trained by sociopathic parental figures. The cruelties they endured as children would have left them unable to even understand love let alone declare their love for each other at first meeting.

    Unfortunately, the narrator did a great job of reproducing the writing by using a flat almost monotone voice throughout. I had to keep rewinding to know who was talking. It was a very painful listen and I had to play it at 2X speed to finish it. I shouldn't have bothered.

    I could give this 4 stars for creativity, but the writing and narration left me totally underwhelmed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3467)
    Performance
    (2241)
    Story
    (2258)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Get the Kindle or print version."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While the story may have been engrossing, the narrator ruined it. She read too fast, spoke in almost a monotone, and sounded like she was reading. Every character sounded the same and I often forgotten who was speaking. As the book is a series of 5 first person narrative, this is a big fail for me.

    It could have been a great book, but I will never know. The narrator made the book a chore to finish and it will be a long time, if ever, before I try it in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nymphos of Rocky Flats

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mario Acevedo
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Felix Gomez went to Iraq a soldier. He came back a vampire. Now he finds himself pulled into a web of intrigue when an old friend prompts him to investigate an outbreak of nymphomania at the secret government facilities in Rocky Flats. He'll find out the cause of all these horny women or die trying!

    John Williams says: "Not Harry Dresden but good enough"
    "Missed on all counts"
    Overall

    I was very disappointed in this book. The potential for humor was there, but in my opinion failed to develop. The writing was dry, cliched, and hovered between juvenile and chauvinistic. I had a difficult time deciding if the reader was more of the problem than the actual writing. I finally realized that every sentence was delivered in a 3/3 tempo. I went around (pause) to the back (pause) of the building pause) to see if there... you get the idea? Maybe I just didn't get it, but I don't think so.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3596)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1547)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "Scary"
    Overall

    In some ways this is the scariest book I've read/heard in a long time.

    It is a Robinson Caruso type of situation in which the character evolved into something way more than a survivalist. This might be something that todays "reality TV" mentality might not be able to appreciate.

    Not only does the book describe a world all too plausible in todays war filled climate, but the situation Robert finds himself in is truly the stuff of nightmares.

    Drinking, smoking, bouts of self-pity and occasional descents into madness are truly scary behaviors for the one suffering them. No therapy available either! With an alternative of illness that robs one of humanity and/or life, I felt that he came through with grace, courage, and some unusual insights not many people would have.

    I could have been shorter but the reader was so good that I didn't so much mind listening for 5 hours.

    Almost gave this a 4 but really only felt it is 3 1/2

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (2479)
    Story
    (2504)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "I agree with Aaron"
    Overall

    Having just finished listening to this download, I have to say that Aaron's review is spot on. I was extremely disappointed with the narrator and was almost unable to listen to the book.

    I hesitated to rate this so low because George R.R. Martin's work is deserving of better but the narrator really ruined the work for me.

    I am also very unhappy that the sequel is not available. The abrupt "oops, this book was too long so this is only the first half" ending was worse than disappointing.

    I, like Aaron, will finish this series with the printed format.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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