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  • Bones of the Lost: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (309)

    New York Times best-selling author Kathy Reichs returns with her 16th riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a young girl killed in a hit and run in North Carolina triggers an investigation into international human trafficking. When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst.

    Paula says: "If you're reading them in order skip this one..."
    "Kathy Reichs in fine form, narrator, not so much"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Kathy Reichs and/or Linda Emond?

    I have loved all the books in this series and would buy again IF Linda Emond is not the narrator - she's horrible.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Didn't get past the first hour, so no idea.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Linda Emond’s performances?

    No.


    Was Bones of the Lost worth the listening time?

    It would be, if the narrator wasn't so bad.


    Any additional comments?

    Gonna buy this on Kindle instead.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Advocate's Dilemma: The Advocate Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Teresa Burrell
    • Narrated By Laurel Schroeder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Attorney Sabre Brown's day is going well until she walks into her office and finds a dead man sprawled across her desk. When, Bob, her best friend and colleague is suspected of the murder, and Sabre's minor client has information that might clear him, Sabre has a dilemma. How does she help her best friend without betraying the confidence of the child she is sworn to protect?

    Amazon Customer says: "They Just keep getting better!"
    "Don't waste your money"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A narrator that had a clue how to give a good performance. This woman was about as dry as dust -


    Would you ever listen to anything by Teresa Burrell again?

    Depends if she had a decent narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Laurel Schroeder’s performance?

    Boring, no inflection, no characters. Reading the book as if she were reading to a class of students? No thanks.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Telling Error: Culver Valley Crime, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sophie Hannah
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    Stuck in a traffic jam, Nicki Clements sees a face she hoped never to see again. It's definitely him, the same police officer, stopping each car on Elmhirst Road. Keen to avoid him, Nicki does a U-turn and makes a panicky escape. Or so she thinks. The next day, Nicki is pulled in for questioning in connection with the murder of Damon Blundy, controversial newspaper columnist and resident of Elmhirst Road. Nicki can't answer any of the questions detectives fire at her.

    Toby says: "Definitely the best Sophie Hannah mystery yet"
    "This thing drags on and on and on...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Telling Error? What did you like least?

    I like the narrators; they were both excellent.


    What was most disappointing about Sophie Hannah’s story?

    Took too long to get to the point, and all that reading of the email and text headers was excruciating.


    What does David Thorpe and Julia Barrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    voice and accent


    Was The Telling Error worth the listening time?

    Not all of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Murderous Procession: A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (196)

    National best-selling author Ariana Franklin resumes her Mistress of the Art of Death series with A Murderous Procession. In 1176, King Henry II’s daughter is set to marry the king of Sicily. But when several wedding guests are murdered during the procession, Adelia must uncover who is behind the killings and who is the killer’s real target.

    Betty says: "The end of a fantastic series?"
    "This is an awesome series!!!"
    Overall

    The Ariana Franklin _Mistress of the Art of Death_ series is just outstanding. This one switched narrators on me, but once I got used to the new voice, I liked her just as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3566)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1296)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "Makes you think..."
    Overall

    I always thought I was in favor of the death penalty, but now not so sure....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Time: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Jean Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    What secrets hide behind the razzle-dazzle of the entertainment industry? V.I. Warshawski is about to find out. Her friend, reporter Murray Ryerson, has just landed a plum job as host of a Global Entertainment network television show. On her way home from the party celebrating the event, V.I. stops to help a woman lying in the street. Her Good Samaritan act exposes dark truths, and suddenly V.I. finds herself playing a game she can only win by staying alive.

    Ron says: "Excellence Marred By Poor Technology"
    "Worst reader in history :("
    Overall

    Sara Paretsky is an excellent writer. I have read most of the V.I. Warshawski series, and I was really looking forward to this installment in audiobook form. Unfortunately, they hired Jean Smart to read the book, and thus completely ruined the experience.

    First of all, Jean Smart has a Southern accent. I have no problem with that, per se, since I have one, too, but who hires a Southerner to give voice to a native Midwesterner?

    I could have gotten past the miscasting problem, but Ms. Smart just does a horrendous job of reading. She speaks hurriedly in many spots, while slowing down to turtle speed in others. She also gets the expression all wrong, pauses in odd places, puts emphasis in the wrong places, and has NO sense of character differentiation. The only two characters in the whole book that one could tell apart are V.I. and Mr. Contreras... In the dialogues between Morrell and V.I., I couldn't tell which character was saying what!

    Ms. Smart is a good actress that I have admired since the "Designing Women" days, but she needs to stick to stage and screen work. For my part, I won't be buying any more audiobooks for which she does the reading.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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