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  • Chesapeake Blue: Chesapeake Bay, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (358)

    Seth Quinn is finally home. It's been a long journey. But a lot has changed in St. Christopher since he's been gone - and the most intriguing change of all is the presence of Dru Whitcomb Banks.

    Roberta Rothwell says: "Good story"
    "Nice Ending"
    Overall

    I really liked all the books in this series however the narration left something to be desired. Couldn't tell the difference between the characters and the narrator added some funky accent, which since the location was eastern seaboard, it didn't seem applicable and just further annoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1322)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Not nearly her best"
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    Performance
    Story

    I've been disappointed in the last 2 books from J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts). It seems like the whole rhythm/tempo of her writing has changed. Her terminology in the last two books is different and it seems like the entire character of Eve Dallas has changed. Usually you can count on a subplot which brings in the other characters that we have grown to love. Again, not in the last two. Half way through the book and no mention of Captain Feeney. Very little on McNabb, Maevis, Charles, Louis even Nadine. The dialog back and forth between Dallas and Peabody - just not the same. It's almost like its being written by someone else. I can't explain it. Very disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (203)

    He's a hotshot firefighter addicted to risk. She's the sultry beauty he never saw coming....

    Maya Jackson doesn't sleep with strangers. Until the night grief sent her to the nearest bar and into the arms of the most explosive lover she's ever had. Six months later, the dedicated arson investigator is coming face-to-face with him again. Gorgeous, grinning Logan Cain. Her biggest mistake. Now her number one suspect in a string of deadly wildfires.

    CAROLYN says: "THERE'S SPARKS, FLAMES & A SMOKIN' HOT ROMANCE"
    "Concept Good - Technical Detail Bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story has a good concept however it isn't technically factual in the least. No way is an investigator going to let their lead suspect collect evidence nor are they going to drop off "samples" with the wife of the CSI. No chain of custody at all and the samples could easily be tampered with. That leaves a lack of credibility to the story. A little research into correct procedures would go a long way in supporting the story plot.

    I usually like the narrator however in this book she seems to have a very breathy tonal quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1555)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1368)

    On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

    Jessica says: "Still a fan!"
    "Definitely not her best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was very single layered. Most of the in death books have subplots going on throughout the story. This one didn't. It made for a very shallow read. Not something I could sink my teeth in.

    The narrator also took about 1/3 of the way into the book to recover her character voices that she has established so well in all the earlier books. I've always loved this narrator but in the initial chapters both Dallas and Peabody sound whiney and flat and very very unlike their characters.

    I have been very disappointed in Nora Roberts writing in general in the last several books she's written. I just hope that she doesn't go the way of Patricia Cornwell and become an author that just writes the books to fulfill contractual requirements. Maybe she just had an off year. With the number of books she has written she should be allowed some leeway and support. I will still count the months until the next release.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonsinger: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (901)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (526)

    Menolly has returned home and entered the Harper Hall. But her entry into the Hall proves the beginning of more troubles, and the Master Harper gives her a difficult time because she is a girl. As Menolly begins to despair, she finds help in the shape of nine bright allies.

    debra says: "Discription Diffrent"
    "Great Book Bad Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love all Anne McCaffrey's books and this one does not disappoint in the story line. I was, however, disappointed in the narration. It is hard to tell the difference between the characters and the reader just plods along. I found it hard to listen to. There are so many better narrators out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1595)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (932)

    Something terrible has happened in the snowbound village of Kingdom Come, Wyoming, where 12 eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned. Meals remain untouched on dining room tables, cars are still in garages, and the town's residents have vanished into thin air. This is the disturbing setting where vacationing medical examiner Maura Isles and her traveling companions find themselves trapped during a ferocious snowstorm.

    Babs says: "Intelligent people behaving stupidly"
    "Pretty Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book was o.k. not my favorite of the series. The narration could have prejudiced me as I had a lot of trouble getting into the book due to the bland narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Boyfriend: The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1874)
    Performance
    (1649)
    Story
    (1672)

    Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist - and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers give him grief for his compulsive list making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery MacTavish... Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a firsthand look at its amazing renovation - and a newfound appreciation for Owen.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Speed up your MP3 Player!"
    "Bad Narration - AGAIN"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narration of this book is awful. The first book of this trilogy was narrated by the same individual and it received many reviews indicating poor narration. I had really hoped that there would be a change in narrator. The female characters all sound alike and are so nasal sounding that it is extremely hard to listen to. It is really unfair to the author to have her book represented in such a poor manner.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a new narrator.


    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Inner Harbor: The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Guy Lemonier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (394)

    Phillip's brothers, Cameron and Ethan, are now happily married. The family boat-building business is starting to thrive. And the Quinns are closer than ever to keeping Seth permanently protected from his errant mother who would sell her own son rather than loving him the way the Quinns do.

    Deborah says: "Inner Harbor"
    "Great Book, Bad Narrator"
    Overall

    The book was great but the narrator was not. The narrator of the first two books was fantastic. It was easy to identify the differences in the characters, each had a distinctive voice, both male and female, however with this book I have great difficulty determining the differences between the characters. What a disappointment. The characters lack depth due to a bland narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shelters of Stone: Earth's Children, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (478)

    After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone-age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

    Thomas says: "Part V of a great read"
    "Hate the Accent!!!"
    Overall

    I'm having a real hard time getting through this book. The accent is horrible. Makes Ayla sound like an idiot. Now I hear she has the same accent in the next/last book. I'm considering not even listening to it and buying it in hard copy instead so I don't have to listen to that painful accent. In the first four books she spoke normally. I don't get it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Weyrs of Pern: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (270)

    For generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky to ravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragons they flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reach the planet's surface. But the greatest dream of the dragonriders was to find a way to eradicate Thread completely, so that never again would their beloved Pern be threatened with destruction.

    WMF says: "The Narration Would Make A Harper Weep"
    "Pretty Good"
    Overall

    Something about the narration is off a little bit or maybe I'm just prejudiced to Dick Hill's narration style. Hard to tell the difference between the characters but the story line is pretty good

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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