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Elise

Wister, OK, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Vanished: Private Justice, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Irene Hannon
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Vanished, the first book in the Private Justice series, follows reporter Moira Harrisons, who strikes a pedestrian while driving late one night on a wooded road. Dazed from the crash, Moira sees a second man appear at her window and assure her everything will be all right - but then she passes out. When Moira wakes, both men are gone, and a mystery awaits.

    Elise says: "Story is good. Narrator...not so much."
    "Story is good. Narrator...not so much."
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    I like Irene Hannon's stories and was glad to see a new one was available. I wish I had bought the print version instead of the Audible recording. While I found the story good, the narration was not. More than once I turned it off and considered returning it. I'm not sure how to discribe what I so disliked. Celeste Ciulla does not do male voices well and there were many times that I wasn't sure which character was speaking. The thing that really annoyed me was her inflection and emphasis. Many times she sounded like a fifth grader that the teacher warned to watch puncuation and to add emotion when you read. Ms. Ciulla is not whiney or shrill, just flat with force emotion. On the whole the narrator ruined this listen for me. She is certainly not the worst I've heard but I will think twice about using a credit on another of her performances.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3623)
    Performance
    (2731)
    Story
    (2731)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Great Story, Even Better Narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold Dish to be better than the print version?

    This was my first encounter with Craig Johnson. It will not be the last. I enjoyed this from beginning to end. I haven't read any of the print versions but will definitely add the author to my list.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked many of the characters. Sheriff Walt and Henry Standing Bear are both good. They seem like they could be real people. They reflect characteristics that make them endearing and aggravating at the same time. The long-standing relationship between the men adds to the story.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George Guidall made this listening experience super. He was excellent. You never have to wonder which character is speaking. His voices for the characters brought them to life and gave them added depth.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this over Thanksgiving weekend. I really wanted to tell family and friends to leave me alone. Obviously that didn't happen so I had to listen to some parts twice. I didn't want to miss anything.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was good. The "who done it" wasn't obvious. I was as much interested in the characters as the mystery. I can't say enough good things about George Guidall. A bad or mediocre narrator can ruin a good book. He made a good book a great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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