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Patricia Worthy

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  • Better Than I Know Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant
    • Narrated By Lisa Renee Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (150)

    The beloved #1 Essence best-selling authors of Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you'll meet their most unforgettable characters yet. Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they're pretty confident that a friendship among them isn't in the cards.

    Victoria says: "A great listen!"
    "Good Story; Bad Narration"
    Overall

    I liked the story of the three women and found their characters very believable if I focused on what the authors wrote and not on the narrators voice, diction and stereotypical intonation. This narrator sounded very much like a 14 -15 year old girl attempting to do a professional narration. In the beginning when the main characters were fresh out of high school on their way to college, it was not so bad to have them all sound like a 13 or 14 year old from a black television sitcom. When they were grown up it was quite annoying. The narrator also made one of the male characters sound like he was retarded to portray his lack of street smarts and another she made sound slimy to portray his knowledge of the streets and city life. Her diction was poor; likewise her pacing of words for emphasis and to give significance to statements was very poor. She mispronounced words and kept the characters so stereotyped that it was work to listen. I got so very tired of hearing supposedly intelligent people saying things like ?choo? instead of ?you?. One gets the feeling this narrator is young and inexperienced. At one point she read that a character had secreted a paper away (authors meaning: the person concealed it or put it away) the narrator pronounced the word as if the word meant secretion, i.e. the person oozed the paper away. I just felt as if this narrator did not do the story justice and did not know how to read for the characters as black people without using stereotypical intonation. I would not listen to another book read by this narrator.



    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5133)
    Performance
    (2229)
    Story
    (2225)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Great story ."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An outstanding performance in the way he moved back and forth between Russian, German and English.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story. Character development is great. I felt I really got to know and care about the characters. Also, I was impressed with the history lessons woven into the story .....there were times when I was not sure where fact ended and fiction began. You’ll love Scott Brick’s narration. I think he is a wonderfully talented narrator they way he moved from English to Russian and other accents. His narration brought life to the characters. Overall this was a great book. I was sorry when it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (274)

    Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

    Kaelin says: "Wow! Amazing story start to finish"
    "Great Story...wonderfully performed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Horse Dancer the most enjoyable?

    The characters with their strengths and flaws were interesting. I wanted to know them and cared about what was happening to them. The history and information that I learned about riding and horses was a major plus for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one favorite......loved all the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Franklin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great performance as expected


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The most exhilarating scene for me was when the girl was being menaced by the boys. I found myself cheering as the girl and her horse made their escape.


    Any additional comments?

    I love JoJo Moyes work....can't get enough of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Charm: An Amanda Bell Brown Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Claudia Mair Burney
    • Narrated By Sharon Washington
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Ezekiel Thunder, a disgraced preacher, moves his family into town in an attempt to resurrect his career. But after his infant son drowns, forensic psychologist Amanda Bell Brown suspects it wasn't an accident. Now Amanda is on the case and she's determined to find the truth.

    Kathleen says: "Nice Story"
    "Really Bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I could not even get through the beginning of part 1. The story line, the characters, everything was unbelievable. Maybe it got better later, but I'll never know. I just couldn't listen to it.


    What could Claudia Mair Burney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write a story with more believable characters


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sharon Washington’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deadly Charm?

    Couldn't listen long enough to say


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kane and Abel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (400)

    William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world-are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. Two men - ambitious, powerful, ruthless - are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred.

    Elliot says: "Kane & Abel - 30 years later"
    "Kane and Abel"
    Overall

    This book is unforgettable for me. I find myself thinking about the characters and the results of some of the choices they made. Lots of life lessons in this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Getting to Happy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Gloria Reuben, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    Savannah has awakened to the fact that she's made too many concessions in her marriage. Bernadine has watched her megadivorce settlement dwindle. Robin has an all-American case of shopaholism. Gloria has taken happiness and security for granted. But being at the wrong place at the wrong time can change everything. All four are learning to heal past hurts and to reclaim their joy and their dreams; but they return to us full of spirit, sass, and faith in one another.

    Teddy says: "A Book About Middle Aged Women...."
    "Getting To Happy"
    Overall

    The story read by the multiple readers was not very enjoyable. The story itself was too predictable and the characters superficial and in some cases over the top. Robin was too silly and Savanah too angry. It may have been different had I read the paper version of the book. Also I didn't think Terry McMillan's voice fit the Savanah character. Overall, not an enjoyable read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Divas of Damascus Road

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michelle Stimpson
    • Narrated By Sharon Washington
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Blamed as a child for her baby sister's death, Dianne Rucker swore she'd never come back to Dentonville, Texas. But the kind aunt who took her in after her mother abandoned her is getting remarried, and she misses the cousins who came to be sisters, Yolanda and Regina. Going back to Dentonville also means facing her drug-addicted mother, now slipping even farther into schizophrenia. But Dianne isn't the only one struggling, and Aunt Gloria may have the most life-altering secret of all.

    Arlita says: "Great Read"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall

    Interesting story. Although a bit stereotypical, there were some twists and turns I didn't expect. The characters were very real.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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