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Karen

Toronto, ON, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (316)

    After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

    Luv2Read says: "Romance novel disguised as a thriller"
    "Could not listen"
    Overall

    I can't review the book because the narration stopped me at chapter 5. I can't keep going. The narrator gets most of the blame because of the simpering tone used for Kelly - a grown up woman who is a doctor who is made to sound like an ditzy adolescent - his stilted delivery that only disappeared during the action sequences, and the fact that he managed to make everyone sound like a caricature or an idiot. I didn't like ANY of the characters because of this. But the director or editor of this audio book also needs to take the rap. The narrator could have used some direction and clearly didn't get it. And from one sentence to the next we jumped fifty years, or to entirely new characters. I'm sure in the book there would have been a considerable gap between paragraphs, and this should have been reflected in a pause. All in all, I'm disappointed that I didn't get to find out whether I like the writer.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Three Junes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1065)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (213)

    Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. Three Junes "almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains...extraordinary," says Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours.

    Dagmar says: "Beautiful Narration of a Wonderful Story!"
    "Lovely book, poor editing and narration"
    Overall

    The interwoven stories are moving and well told. The awful attempts at Scottish and American accents are very distracting, however, and the editing was especially bad at the end of each chapter - there isn't even a breath between the last sentence and the announcement of the next chapter. I stuck with it because I was so riveted by the story-line, but will probably reread the print version in future in order to fully savour the prose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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