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Kristin

Surfside, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • My Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mona Simpson
    • Narrated By Bhama Roget
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Claire, a composer and a new mother, comes to L.A. so her husband can follow his dream of writing TV comedy. With Paul working all hours and Claire left with a baby, William, whom she adores but has no idea how to care for, they hire Lola - a fifty-two-year-old mother of five who works in America to pay for her own children's education back in the Philippines. Lola stabilizes the rocky household, and other parents try to lure her away. What she sacrifices to stay with Claire and William remains her own secret.

    J. McGee says: "A Story of Have and Have Nots"
    "Better in Paper; Rating is for Audio Version Only"
    Overall

    I alternated between listening to and reading this book, as I do with many books. Unlike most of the other audio books I've listened to, I felt that the narrator detracted from this book. Half of the book is in the voice of a Filipina nanny; I felt that the narrator's accent was overdone and condescending. Also, I felt that the narrator inserted a wry satirical tone in places that were inappropriate. Overall, I felt that the narration blunted much of the subtlety of the characters' voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Banville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    The narrator is Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who, soon after his wife's death, has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child; a retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness of his life without her. But it is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled vacationing family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time.

    Karen says: "OVERWHELMINGLY FINE"
    "Great book, horrible narration"
    Overall

    I loved this book, but found the audio version difficult to listen to. The narrator had an overbearing style that interferred with the flow of the beautifully crafted sentences. He seemed to think that his own performance was more important to the text.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Supreme Courtship

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Anne Heche
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    President of the United States Donald Vanderdamp is having a hell of a time getting his nominees appointed to the Supreme Court. After one nominee is rejected for insufficiently appreciating To Kill A Mockingbird, the president chooses someone so beloved by voters that the Senate won't have the guts to reject her.

    Jim says: "Comic Relief"
    "Anne Heche's narration is unlistenable"
    Overall

    I've been looking forward to this book, which has gotten great reviews and sounded like a lot of fun. Unfortunately, the narration makes it impossible to listen to. Heche uses an arch, ironic tone for every single sentence, which wrings any hint of humor from the text. I tried to stick with it, hoping that her irritating mannerisms would eventually fade into the background, but to no avail. I finally had to give up. I've listened to hundreds of audio books, and I have to say that the narration here is the absolute worst I've encountered.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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