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James

Kevil, KY, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Right Ho, Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (127)

    All the zany Wodehouse characters are here: Bertie, Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, and Aunt Dahlia. All the humorous chaos of misunderstandings, puns, and pranks are present: someone must hand out prizes at the Market Snodsbury Grammar School, a lovers' spat finds Bertie engaged to Madeline, and a hunger strike causes the cook to give notice. The inevitable rescue by Jeeves, brilliantly conceived and executed, averts disaster and saves nitwit Bertie Wooster.

    Freda says: "Cecil's readings of Wodehouse are always brilliant"
    "Mediocre performance"
    Overall

    This is one of the great “Bertie and Jeeves” novels by Wodehouse, but the production does not do it justice. The narrator often uses the wrong voices for the character who is suposed to be talking. Sometimes he corrects it part-way through the line, sometime he charges on. I am disappointed they did not do another take and correct these errors. They are pretty obvious, and they detract much from the story. On a personal preference, I thought the characterizations missed the mark but others might think they are accurate. I much preferred the audio files once available that were narrated by Frederick Davidson. They were read accurately and, to me, the voices were right on the mark.

    To summarize, the story is 5 stars, the production is 1 star for voice and direction, and 5 stars for technical quality. Overall, a 3.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Murders of Richard III: A Jacqueline Kirby Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    When attractive American Jacqueline Kirby is invited to an English country mansion for a weekend costume affair, she expects only one mystery. Since the hosts and guests are all fanatic devotees of King Richard III, they hope to clear his name of the 500-year-old accusation that he killed the little princes in the Tower of London. Jacqueline is amused by the group's eccentricities until history begins to repeat itself.

    James says: "Good for driving"
    "Good for driving"
    Overall

    The plot is pretty good--you can see partial solutions then another twist comes. I did not think the narration was very good. The speaker was clear, but the characterizations were distracting rather than enhancing. Also, my recording had a number of skips. They were short enough (I think) that they did not affect the story, but they were annoying.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Body Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    A small town in North Carolina is shaken when an 11-year-old girl is brutally murdered. In this crime, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta sees eerie and disturbing echoes of a serial killer's work. Her investigation will lead her to a macabre research facility and into a truly horrifying world. New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell fills this novel with knife-edged suspense.

    Suzie says: "Worst narrator I've ever encountered!"
    "Kay irritates me"
    Overall

    I get pulled in to these books hoping Scarpetta will grow up. She makes poor judgments and takes questionable risks, while scolding everyone else in her patronizing manner (she's a doctor, you know). She expects everyone to follow her rules, except herself. The recording was clear. The narration was slow and deliberate. The protagonist is annoying enough to keep me alert during my commute.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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