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  • North of Boston

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Elo
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Elisabeth Elo's debut novel introduces Pirio Kasparov, a Boston-bred tough-talking girl with an acerbic wit and a moral compass that points due north. When the fishing boat Pirio is on is rammed by a freighter, she finds herself abandoned in the North Atlantic. Somehow she survives nearly four hours in the water before being rescued by the Coast Guard. But her fisherman friend Ned, the boat's owner, is not so lucky.

    Buyer says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better plot. This book is at the same time terribly predictable and implausible. Wooden characters, too many coincidences and too many easy escapes from perilous situations. How fortuitous that Pirio finds herself stranded near the remote vacation spot where she and her now-dead mother vacationed when she was a child, and that she meets the son of her mother's long-ago lover and that he unquestioningly offers to help her catch a bunch of really bad guys. And that she can tap into her rare ability to withstand extremely cold water temperatures to outsmart those bad guys. Oh oops! Spoiler alert! The painful plodding of this book made me appreciate what talent it takes to weave a strong believable plot with believable characters.I chose this book because of a reviewer's comparison of Pirio to Smilla. Silly me!


    Has North of Boston turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Marguerite Gavin?

    Yes. My gripes were her mispronunciation of the names of a couple of Massachusetts towns (Scituate and Falmouth) and her botched efforts at a Boston accent. Anyone not familiar with the towns' names would not have noticed the mispronunciations, and they may not be bothered by the inauthentic accent if they haven't been exposed to the real thing. But narrators should check - or be checked - for correct pronunciation of everything they're reading and should be discouraged from trying to mimic an accent if they can't pull it off. It's very distracting.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The information about surviving submersion in very cold water was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By T.J. Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (65)

    When seventeen-year-old Tony Lord was accused of the murder of Alison Taylor, his friends turned against him. Now he is a San Francisco lawyer dedicated to the defense of his clients, but his new client is one of those fair-weather friends...and he is suspected of murdering of a female student. Tony must confront not only the fear that his friend is a murderer, but the buried truths that underlie Alison's death so long ago.

    Linda says: "Caught me by surprise...."
    "Same plot as another book by same author"
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    What disappointed you about Silent Witness?

    I've listened to this Richard North Patterson book, and one other-The Spire. Both books have the same plot: highly successful, sensitive, brilliant, wise-beyond-his-years lawyer returns to the scene of a traumatic experience from his youth, rights past wrongs, and emerges even wiser and more sensitive. And of course he gets/keeps the girl! Odd contrast between the overall unlikely, romance-novel plot and the gritty descriptions of dead bodies, crime scenes, and sex scenes. I won't listen to (or read) another book by this author.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The first time around I kept going because I wanted to find out what happened. The second time around I didn't have to because I already knew!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4555)
    Performance
    (3828)
    Story
    (3836)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Jimmy says: "Epic, Remarkable, Easy & Enjoyable!"
    "Distractingly bad accents"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or John Lee?

    Yes by Follett, no by Lee


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Haven't finished the book yet


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    His rendition of the various accents is so bad and so distracting that I may not be able to finish listening to this very long book. If you can't get an accent spot-on you shouldn't even try; just read in your natural voice.


    Do you think Winter of the World needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Don't know yet, haven't finished it.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't normally write a review before I've finished a book but I find this reader's terrible rendition of various regional UK accents so annoying that I'm not sure I'll be able to finish the book. Although it promises to be mediocre anyway - plot devices so far are transparent and predictable. I LOVED Pillars of the Earth though, and Follett's early espionage books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Isabel Allende
    • Narrated By S. Epatha Merkerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (223)

    Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarit - known as Tt - is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tt finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

    Madelaine says: "good story, ok narration"
    "TERRIBLE narration"
    Overall

    I feel let down by Audible for having accepted this product. The reading was awful - bad inflection, automaton-like reading, miserable attempt at pronunciation of the many many French words in the book: very distracting. Unlike another reviewer, I think the entire problem was with the narration. I stuck with it because I found the plot and characters compelling. But I'm not a happy customer.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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