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Monica

Flin Flon, MB, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • The Deadhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Melissa Hughes
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    It's the holiday season, but there's little reason for cheer at one of New York's most elite colleges. A respected professor is dead, strangled and dumped in an elevator shaft. Lola Dakota's lifeless fingers clutch a few strands of hair, and a piece of paper in her pocket reads "The Deadhouse". Opportunistic murder seems unlikely as assistant DA Alexandra Cooper uncovers a distressing pattern of betrayal and terror. There's proof that Lola's husband wanted her dead. And why did Lola have a photograph of Charlotte Voight pinned to her office bulletin board?

    Monica says: "Narrator was very disappointing."
    "Narrator was very disappointing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Linda Fairstein and/or Melissa Hughes?

    I enjoy all of Ms. Fairstein's books (unabridged ones) but I found the narrator Melissa Hughes very disappointing. Barbara Rosenblat has done a wonderful job of making the New York characters come alive for me in this series of books, so listening to another narrator is a real come down.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The descriptions of the isolation of the location of the old prison and hospital sites and the bad weather added to the suspense.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Most definitely


    Was The Deadhouse worth the listening time?

    Yes. I dislike listening to abridged books because too much of the story gets left out.


    Any additional comments?

    In a series of books such as this you should not change narrators.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alan Smyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (812)

    With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

    Margaret-Ann says: "Narration is terrible"
    "Narrator is terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Alan Smyth?

    Nora Roberts books are usually good but this narrator is so bad I cannot continue listening.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    The narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Smyth’s performances?

    No! Absolutely not.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I have no idea - I just could not listen any longer - I listened for nearly two and a half hours but that was all I could tolerate.


    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
    (1465)
    Performance
    (1312)
    Story
    (1324)

    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"
    "Great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    An error was made in the Epilogue. Nixie was referred to as "Nixie Simpson". I believe it should have been "Nixie Swisher"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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