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Michelle

Nashua, NH, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 17 reviews
  • 73 ratings
  • 527 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015
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  • The Forsyte Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (109)

    The three novels that make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family through three generations, beginning in Victorian London during the 1880s and ending in the early 1920s. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women.

    Kay in DC says: "A delight"
    "AUGH!!!! This Reader is TERRIBLE"
    Overall

    I was so looking forward to this months credit because I have wanted to listen to this book.. it has everything I love in an audio book.. and the reviews seemed good...

    the story may be good.. but I will never know! I can't stand the reader. My computer voice simulator has more expression and tone and LIFE.

    There is no life to the reading... no feeling... no emotion. The reader would be better suited to a technical manual.

    I hate to give a poor review to a story with such promise. But the reader makes it impossible to do otherwise.

    This is the 1st audio book from the hundreds i own that I am sure I will not listen to. I couldn't past the first 35 minutes.. how can I do 42 hours of this.

    :(
    Mikki

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Virginia Henley
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Virginia Henley's historical romances have won praise for their ability to "illuminate and entertain" (Publishers Weekly). It is 1322, and the Marcher lords are rebelling against King Edward II. Lady Brianna de Beauchamp, daughter of a powerful Marcher, knows she should not involve herself in the battle. But when she meets dangerously handsome Wolf Mortimer, who has the gift of second sight, she cannot deny her passions.

    Marie says: "Very sweet..."
    "Couldn't even listen to the first 50 minutes"
    Overall

    Horrible reader!

    I have never given a book such a low review...but I tried several times and couldn't get past the TERRIBLE voices! The WORSE. The main female character's voice sounded like that of a cartoon 3 year old! The handsome "wolf" sounded like the craggy old bridge keeper from the old monthy python film. For that matter so did ALL the males.

    Just the thought of that little child's voice being romantically involved with that of the craggy old man made me sick to my stomach, regardless of how old the author wrote them to be.

    It might be a great story but I'll never know because the voices and reading was just so bad... I wish I could get my credits back on the listen.

    TERRIBLE... is the only word for it.

    :(

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1228)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (409)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "It was worth the time and money"
    Overall

    For the most part I enjoyed this book and the reader very much. I simply could have done without some of the more detailed autopsy descriptions. But I tend to prefer innuendo in what I read than actual "bit by bit" detail of gore. If you don't mine all the detailed gore, the story line is very good. The characters are interesting and engaging and it makes for a good listen.

    :)
    Mikki

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14029)
    Performance
    (6270)
    Story
    (6312)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Excellent..."
    Overall

    I really enjoyed very minute of the 44 hours of this audio book.

    A great story. Wonderful detail. Loved the author's forward... and of course, John Lee is one of the best narrators I have listened too.

    Excellent all the way.
    Mikki

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9607)
    Performance
    (3975)
    Story
    (4015)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Excellent Return to Kingsbridge!"
    Overall

    It was a wonderful continuation.... although since I listened to both books back to back, it was easy to see that some of the characters in this book were basically very much the same people as some in the first book. Such as William (book 1) and Ralph (book 2)....

    But all in all, it was 44 hours well worth the time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (300)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "Slow Start, Didn't Like Reader... But got better"
    Overall

    I really should have listened to the sample before I started this book. The reader had very little in the way of expression for most of his character voices and thus they sounded so much the same that in any scene with several people in it, it was hard to know which one was talking. (and there were many scenes with lots of people together).

    The story started slow.... and I was tempted to start a different book several times. But somewhere before half way through, it began to get more interesting and I stuck with it.

    From the point where it picked up and through the few last chapters moved fast and it was hard to put my ipod down to go to bed. I found these chapters exciting and felt they were worth the wait.... But the ending was predictable. I was let down to discover I guess the correct villain at like chapter 3. I just expected something more witty & innovative. But it might not have been the entirely the story's fault. I really believe I would have enjoyed this book a lot more with a different reader.

    All in all, I would say it is an alright book to listen to, so long as you can deal with the reader and don't mind a slow build up to the exciting apex... then to be let down by the ending you knew it would have from the beginning.

    Mikki

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden One: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 14

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    New York Times best-selling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters is at her stylish and suspenseful best in a richly woven tale of greed, treachery, and murder set against the tumultuous backdrop of wartime intrigue.

    Suzanne says: "The Golden One"
    "BOOO to abridged version"
    Overall

    I wish I could give it 5 stars.. but...
    So SO SO much is lost. I really love the AP series, and I love Barbara R. as a narrator... but it breaks my heart to lose so much in these abridged versions. I love the family stuff... I love the detail... I love to know what everyone is doing.

    I wish these books were offered unabridged. I would get them in a heart beat to "hear" what I missed.

    :(
    Mikki

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (154)

    First published in monthly parts from March 1852 to September 1853, this novel follows the fortunes of three pedestrian characters; Esther Summerson, Ada Clare, and Richard Carstone. The story they tell embondies Dickens' merciless indictment of the Court of Chancery and its bungling, morally corrupt handling of the endless case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, giving the novel its scope and meaning.

    UU Ma says: "30 hours was too short for me"
    "Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful"
    Overall

    Not only is this a wonderful story, being Dickens how could it be any less, but the reader was EXCELLENT!

    I will be searching for my next book by reader. He performed Dickens so perfectly!

    Excellent all around!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Silent in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (374)

    Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

    Parusski says: "Happily surprised"
    "I can't wait for the next one"
    Overall

    I loved this book. It was a great story with some very interesting people. I changed my mind about who was "it" so many times... it keep my interest and then some!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dream of Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Josie Litton
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Set in ninth-century England and Norway, Dream of Me tells the story of Wolf Hakonson, a fierce Norse chief who falls in love when he kidnaps the sister of his rival, Hawk, a prominent Saxon lord. Wolf marries the lovely Cymbra but their wedded bliss is short-lived. First the women of the settlement refuse to accept their Saxon mistress who turns out to have emphatic abilities, and then Wolf must face the wrath of his brother-in-law.

    Kimberly says: "Great escape"
    "I won't be bothering with the next 2"
    Overall

    When I read the reviews about this book, I expected a heart jerking, soul wrenching, historical romance. I picked it up with the intention of getting the whole series. I was hopeful that my book choices were made for the next 3 books.

    Sadly, I was let down. I found the book's plot to be very predictable and rather common.

    And although I love a randy romance novel, the sexual scenes in this book were often beyond fictional. I assume the author wanted us to understand the depth of the passion of the couple, but there were so many repeated erections that it actually started to get boring, and I found myself fast forwarding thru a few of them!! I began to wonder if there was something wrong with men today? Is it just normal for 9th century Vikings to have complete intercourse 5 or 6 times in one night.

    Anyway. The story was cute, but predicable. The main characters as cute and predictable as the story itself.

    All in all, I guess I can say it is not as much as I expected based on other reviews.

    I will not be bothering with the next books in the series.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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