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Patricia

Clinton, NY, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated By Cynthia Wallace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide, and to pay off a debt, one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns. Annie also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco's most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of her clients has died. The police believe his death was suicide, but Annie believes he was murdered.

    KarenB says: "Enjoyable story, annoying narration"
    "Annoying At Best"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery?

    The narration of this story was the worst I've ever listened to and I've listened to hundreds. Her character voices were annoying. Inflection and accents were awful.


    What was most disappointing about M. Louisa Locke’s story?

    The story itself was predictable and not very clever but would have been an ok distraction after a tough day at work if the narration wasn't so annoying.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cynthia Wallace?

    Kim Hicks would have been much better for this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance and amazement that the company that made the audio book didn't notice what a horrible reading it was and get someone else to do it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (954)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Tony says: "MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!"
    "Louise Erdrich Comes Through Again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Round House the most enjoyable?

    Louise Erdrich's ability to tell a captivating story made this a book I couldn't stop listening to once again. Her characters have depth and color that make them memorable. Her storyline is not predictable. She hooks you and holds you throughout.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were marvelous. Warm, intriguing, and surprising.


    What about Gary Farmer’s performance did you like?

    At the school where I used to work, we often had Native American storytellers. Gary Farmer performed the story with similar cadence and tonal quality of those storytellers so it added to the believability of the story for me.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Round House and why?

    Joe - a young boy being thrust into an adult world earlier than expected but with his own integrity and love of family.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was a surprise and left me wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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