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Barbara

Jacksonville, NC, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (806)

    A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

    Parusski says: "Much more than the movie"
    "Eye Opening"
    Overall
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    While listening to the book, I was astounded by how much the film diminished Starling's strength of character and, to a great extent, altered the story line entirely. As is often the case, the movie doesn't hold a candle to the book. Until I listened to Mr Muller narrate the book, the movie was a favorite of mine. Mr. Muller's narration was excellent - one of the best audio book performers I've listened to thus far. I wish he would narrate the others in the Hanibal series as well - what a treat that'd be.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4733)
    Performance
    (2493)
    Story
    (2493)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tim Curry is an exceptional narrator - absolutely perfect for this Charles Dickens classic. The story is, of course, heartfelt & inspiring. Mr Curry's delivery is beautiful and wonderfully entertaining - a real treat to listen to any time of year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11145)
    Performance
    (5967)
    Story
    (6014)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    This audio book was remarkable in every way. King outdid himself w/ the story - it was truly excellent - gripping from start to finish. The voice acting is excellent. I'd listened to a no. of audio books b4 beginning this one. Raul Esparza is one of the best voice actors I've come across. He really brought Stephen King's "Under the Dome" and all its diverse characters to life.

    I'm not an across-the-board King fan. In fact, I hadn't read any of his work in many years. I'd "gone off" him long ago as I thought his writing had become too commercial. This work, however, is on a par w/ his work w/ "The Stand" and w/ his "Dark Towers" series.

    An excellent listen (and read, I'm sure).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scarpetta

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (282)

    Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

    Becky says: "Don't waste your money"
    "Terrific!"
    Overall

    Very enjoyable listen. I've been a Scarpetta fan since I picked up the 1st book I read in the series years ago. This was a great installment in the series. Made those long road trips fly by.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monday Mourning

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (165)

    Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec, has come from Charlotte to Montreal during the bleak days of December to testify as an expert witness at a murder trial. She should be going over her notes, but instead she's digging in the basement of a pizza parlor. Not fun. Freezing cold. Crawling rats. And now, the skeletonized remains of three young women. How did they get there? When did they die?

    Andrew says: "Disappointing"
    "Mounday Mourning Droning"
    Overall

    I'm undecided why I don't care for this book on audio. I'm not sure if it's the narrator's portrayal or the writer's (lack of) development of the protagonist that puts me off. The protagonist - as portrayed by the narrator - comes across as a joyless individual forever irritated, annoyed, or bitter. Her persistent dour mood is distracting and detracts from the story line, IMO. I'm not adverse to dark, negative, unhappy, etc characters. I enjoy a wide range of characters. What I don't like about this character is that she is one dimensional - flat - has little to no range of emotion or mood. I made it through part 1 but bailed not too far into part 2. While I really want to know what happens (I am interested in the plot/story) I just couldn't take it anymore. I Maybe I'll listen to it in small doses until I've finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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