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L. Graves

wannabe critic

Pittsburgh, PA | Member Since 2009

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Slow Heat in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (342)

    The adopted daughter of the most powerful man in town, Schyler Crandall left Heaven, Louisiana, a brokenhearted girl. Now a crisis has brought her home to a family in conflict, a logging empire on the brink of disaster, and seething secrets that make Heaven hotter than hell.

    bluebelle says: "Spectacular, Kept me guessing the whole time!"
    "Mmmm....sooo good!"
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    I don't care what anyone says about Dick Hill's narration, I love that he reads this book to me. I don't know that the accents are genuine and I'm pretty sure he has the New Englander all wrong and still I'm glad he reads this book to me. It is just that good!! Try it, you may just like it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolfe

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Guy Veryzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    1231 A.D. After a nasty skirmish along the England/Scotland border at Bog Wood, a badly wounded knight has crawled off to die. As women from the Clan Scott fan out across the battlefield to collect the spoils of war, one woman breaks off from the pack. She is sickened by the tradition of stealing valuables off the dead and runs off to hide. In her hiding place, however, lingers the badly wounded knight. The young woman is frightened at first but her natural instinct to lend aid takes over. She tends the knight and saves his life.

    Melba says: "I loved it!!!"
    "Listen to sample before buying"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The writing wasn't bad but the narrator was awful.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kathryn Le Veque? Why or why not?

    I might read a book by the author but there are others of the same genre I have enjoyed more.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Guy Veryzer’s performances?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Wolfe?

    I didn't listen to it all. I thought I could will myself to get used to the narrator's voice but it could not be done. Listen to a sample before buying.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Devil of the Highlands

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Marianna Palka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (441)

    They call him the Devil.... He is the most notorious laird of Scotland: fierce, cold, deadly...and maybe even worse. Yet Evelinde has just agreed to wed him. Anything, she thinks, is better than her cruel stepmother. Though Evelinde should be wary of the rumors, she can't help but be drawn to this warrior...for the Devil of the Highlands inspires a heat within her that is unlike anything she has ever known.

    Rebecca says: "Eeyore"
    "Cute"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a light and easy listening experience with a bit of romance, a bit of suspense and a bit of history thrown in. I thought the narrator did a fine job reading this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breath of Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (656)

    On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy "company town" where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family.

    Margaret says: "Lifted by Narration"
    "Not for me"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I love Dick Hill's narration and even he could not save this book for me. I usually like Brown's books and I commend her for tackling a such a heavy subject as rape, but this was such a weird book and it wasn't just because a man was reading the rape scenes that made me queasy, although that didn't help. The whole book felt skeevy and I wish I could un-listen to this one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sandra Brown again?

    Yes. This particular book didn't thrill me but I like the author.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like Dick Hill's narrations and this one was on level with all the others I've listened to by him.


    What character would you cut from Breath of Scandal?

    The characters are all there for a reason.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smash Cut: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    The murder of Paul Wheeler has all the elements of a blockbuster: family rivalries, incalculable wealth, and a prominent man dying in the arms of his beautiful mistress. It's a case that could earn Derek Mitchell even greater star power. When the Wheeler family approaches him about defending Creighton for his uncle's murder -- even before he's charged -- he jumps at the chance.

    Scott says: "Bad Guy With Interesting Hobby"
    "Good Listening"
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    Some of the reviews stated there was too much romance in the book but I thought there was less romance in this particular Brown book and more drama and suspense. In any case, it is one of my favorite Brown books. I wish I hadn't listened to it so recently so that I could listen to it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agnes and the Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (321)

    Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window. His name is Shane - no last name, just Shane - and he has his own problems.

    Sharon11675 says: "Ditzy Agnes?"
    "My fave!"
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    One of my favorite Crusie/Mayer books. The narration takes a bit of getting used to but this is one I go back to again and again. It's funny, suspenseful and a little bit sexy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9538)
    Performance
    (7043)
    Story
    (7083)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Needs work"
    Overall

    Author needs to discover some witchcraft to help with the writing. Hope the next book is better but I won't know because I will not spend any money or credit on anything she writes EVER.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5516)
    Performance
    (3709)
    Story
    (3714)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Ending please?"
    Overall

    I am waiting anxiously for the next book so I can finish this one but I would still recommend this one. In my mind there are a lot of people in limbo just hanging around waiting for something to happen and I'd like to know what! With that said, I love this series and of course I will listen to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Bride in the Bargain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Deeanne Gist
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    This inspiring romance by Christy Award winner Deeanne Gist sets a spirited gal and an enterprising lumberjack on a collision course in 1866 Washington Territory. Set to lose half his timberland unless he finds a wife soon, widower Joe Denton places an order for a bride who can cook. When she arrives, the bonnie lass certainly cooks up a storm - but she knows nothing about marrying Joe.

    CAROLYN says: "PUNT DOWN THE RIVER ROMANCE RATHER THAN THE RAPIDS"
    "Save your credit"
    Overall

    Save your money, save your credit. I couldn't stand the spoiled, demanding female and spent most of the time hoping the male lead would shake her or yell at her OR something! It may have been the narrator's voice that bothered me too b/c although she wasn't horrible, she was definitely not great. Someone owes me a credit...audible for offering this or the author for writing it...I'm not sure but someone owes me a credit.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Touch of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    Rafe McCay has a bullet in his side and a bounty hunter on his tail. Since there are few doctors in the Arizona Territory, he takes what he can get. Pointing a gun at Dr. Annie Parker, he abducts her into the mountains so she can tend his wounds. In this dangerous wilderness world, Rafe wakens in Annie a woman's hungry desire, as Annie finds a man wounded in soul as well as body. Her healing touch brings him new hope, but the secrets of the past still pursue them.

    Maria says: "Great Balls of Fire!"
    "Good Story"
    Overall

    The story was well put together and the female narrator did an excellent job with the male voices.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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