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  • Purple Cane Road: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    Dave Robicheaux has spent his life confronting the age-old adage that the sins of the father pass on to the son. But what was his mother's legacy? Dead to him since his youth, Mae Guillory has been shuttered away in the deep recesses of Robicheaux's mind. While helping out an old friend, Dave is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is the son of Mae Guillory, the whore a bunch of cops murdered 30 years ago. Her body was dumped in the bayou bordering Purple Cane Road, and the cops who left her there are still on the job.

    Pamela says: "Too bad about narration"
    "Great Story - WRONG Narrator"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This narrator did not relate to the characters being read. AT.ALL. The narration is rushed and has none of the cadence or personality of the southern Louisiana dialect. It greatly distracted from one of the best stories in the series. My brain kept trying to disconnect from the reading.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Servants of Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (239)

    An ordinary parking lot in southern California. Christine Scavello and her six-year-old son are accosted by a strange old woman. "I know who you are," the woman snaps at the boy. "I know what you are." A scream, a threat - and then a grotesque act of violence. Suddenly Christine's pride and joy, her only son, is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They've branded him the Antichrist. They want to kill him. And they are everywhere.

    Linda says: "Narrator horrible"
    "HORRIBLE NARRATION"
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    What did you like best about The Servants of Twilight? What did you like least?

    The narration was so awful that I had trouble engaging with the story content -- to the extent that I was continually distracted to the narrator's voice, and away from the story she was reading. I seldom review books, but knew that I would write this one by the end of the first hour of the book. Every phrase carried the same emphasis and tone, whether the words were "the snow was gently falling" or "they knew they were literally running for their lives".

    I LOVE books by Dean Koontz, and I believe that this book would be much better served by a different narrator. The characters were well developed, and I liked the realistic way that when the situation called for it, the main characters trusted no one but themselves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way that the characters pushed beyond their perceived physical abilities/limitations and kept going to protect and defend a child. As a parent, I found this very realistic, and something I could see myself doing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    NO. Unless I were certain I could read it well within the return period. Even then, I would hesitate, because I hate beginning a book and not finishing it. So NO.


    Was The Servants of Twilight worth the listening time?

    Although I enjoyed the story, I wish I'd never bought the book. I'm sure that there must be a version out there somewhere that is narrated by someone who is capable of reading the story realistically.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (703)

    Tell No One is an irresistibly suspenseful thriller infused with nail-biting tension and packed with shocking plot twists. It has been eight years since Dr. David Beck’s wife, Elizabeth, was murdered by a serial killer. When Beck receives a message containing a phrase only Elizabeth should know, he is tormented to tears. Either someone is playing a sick joke, or the wife he’s never stopped loving is still alive. He’s been warned to tell no one, and as the desperation of his search for the truth intensifies, he heads straight toward a deadly secret.

    Patricia says: "Great Fun"
    "Great Suspense - Secrets, Twists, Shockers"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed how loyalty played a large part among the many varied well-developed characters. The background of the character relationships is provided in fragments, just before the reader needs the information to understand the interactions that follow. Promises are kept, even when it is uncomfortable for the character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the mixed reviews for this book, and almost passed it over. I'm glad that I chose to go with my gut. It is a book that I will enjoy re-reading at a later date.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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