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Makesha Evans

Member Since 2006

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  • Eclipse

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    The spellbinding story of an American lawyer who takes on a nearly impossible case - the defense of an African freedom fighter against his corrupt government's charge of murder. Damon Pierce's life has just reached a defining moment: a gifted California lawyer, he's being divorced by his wife and his work often seems soulless. Then he receives a frantic e-mail from Marissa Brand Okari - a woman he loved years ago - and decides to risk everything to respond to her plea for help.

    A User says: "Eclipse"
    "Excellent...a must read"
    Overall

    This book tells a largely untold story with sensitivity, honesty, and skill. The author is true to his purpose in raising awareness of controversial issues while weaving a plot that is intriguing and real with many unexpected twists and turns. Similarly, the characters are complex but artfully portrayed. I thoroughly enjoyed this work - not only because of its thought-provoking content but also because of the literary artistry. I think this is one of his best books yet.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Taming of a Rogue

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Suzanne Enoch
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    After years away from London, Captain Bennett Wolfe is back - and alive, much to Society's surprise. Having been presumed dead, this rugged adventurer is now much sought after by every marriage-minded young woman... but Bennett only has eyes for the intriguing Lady Phillipa Eddison. Phillipa would rather read than flirt, but she does know a thing or two about proper courtship rituals. A gentleman does not kiss a lady senseless, and he certainly does not bring his pet monkey when he comes calling. Lady Phillipa's never been so scandalized... or tempted. She simply must teach Bennett some manners....

    Sharon says: "Great Listen - Enjoyable Story"
    "Ok story...Lousy narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As far as period romances go, this one was a little different. I like the fact that both of the main characters were outsiders; neither of them completely fit the types acceptable to London society and incorporating the explorer angle added an unusual and interesting dimension to the plot. However, I did find myself rolling my eyes in places because the dialogue bordered on the corny or predictable. That said, I enjoyed the story line overall.

    What I didn't like was the narration. I've listened to other work read by Tavia Gilbert. I enjoy her delivery of the Night Huntress Series, for example. Although her rendering of the British accents in those books is only tolerable, she brings the right level of drama and excitement to the stories. Choosing her to narrate a period piece that is set in London was a mistake, however. Her narration detracted significantly from the authenticity of the novel. Ms. Gilbert needs to do some serious work with an accent coach. She does not, for example, know how to pronounce words like "water", "daughter", "walk", "talk" and "clock". Also, because she tells the story in an American accent and then switches to British for the characters, there is sometimes an annoying crossover where she gets them mixed up. She also comes across as trying too hard to get it right. In some places, her narration sounds practised and pedantic.

    If you can get past how the story is told, it is not a bad listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Quick Bite

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (927)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (601)

    Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

    Kickez says: "This is book 1 of the Argeneau Vampire Series"
    "Absolutely HORRIBLE Narrator!"
    Overall

    I've been listening to Audible books for a few years. Most of the narrators have been excellent although a few weren't great. This one was absolutely AWFUL!!! It's really difficult to get into the plot and bond with the characters when you're being distracted by sprawling diction, poor intonation, and dismal character portrayal. And why do we have to hear all of this weird breathing and swallowing? Ugh. This book has proven to me that the quality of the narrator is critical with an audiobook. I could have gotten into this author's work but I won't subject my ears to that narrator again! You might want to go with the print version for this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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