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J. Olsen

jto72

Tucson, Arizona USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Habits of the House

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (144)

    As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert’s wife, Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady’s maid who orders the life of her mistress.

    Cindy says: "A Downtonlike story read by my favorite narrator?"
    "Good story made GREAT by an excellent narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Habits of the House again? Why?

    Not a lot of plot, but tons of fascinating character, each performed to perfection by Katherine Kellgren. I chose this book because I'm missing "Downton Abbey" and because I will listen to anything read by this narrator. She does not simply read the words, she breathes life into each character. It is another faultless performance!


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Katherine Kellgren creates such compelling and fully realized characters! It's difficult to believe that one person is playing all of these wonderful character.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Chris Patton, Nell Geisslinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (382)

    Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has. But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life....

    Scott says: "Not a Fun as the First Book"
    "Dreadful follow-up"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Deadline better?

    This book lacked enough plot to justify its length. Nothing really happens, and nothing really engages the listener. The attempts at humorous quips were embarrassingly bad.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mira Grant again?

    Maybe... I enjoyed the first book of the trilogy, but I have no interest in hearing the third.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performer did his best with the clunky dialogue. The biggest problem was the fact that, although the narrator was male, most of the characters are female. It's much easier for female readers to perform male character than the other way around. (Sexist? Perhaps, but there it is.) For the female characters, the narrator employs either a breathy, faux-sexy voice which is beyond creepy or a clipped Valley Girl-sounding voice. (Except for the character with the last name "Garcia" which gets a squirm-inducing "Mexican" accent. The writer makes it clear she's an American born and raised, so why the accents???) Just bad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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