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Andrew

Indianapolis, IN, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Spell Games: A Marla Mason Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By T. A. Pratt
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, T. A. Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    Mad sorcerers, psychic vampires, an army of vengeful demons, Marla Mason would rather face them all than a flesh-and-blood ghost from her dysfunctional family past: her con artist brother, Jason. As Felport's chief sorcerer, Marla would ordinarily consider it her duty to protect her town from such an unscrupulous ne'er-do-well. As his sister, things are a lot...trickier.

    Christine Ehren says: "Quite a ride"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I'm generally a fan of T.A. Pratt, and I have listened to all 4 of his Marla Mason books on Audible.

    Unfortunately, this last book ended - as another reviewer put it - in midair. I find this both frustrating as a reader/listener, and manipulative on the part of the author. If I wanted half of a story, I could have just stopped listening halfway through.

    I would, of course, understand if the book were entitled "Spell Games, Part I"...but as it was not, I assumed that it was a complete story.

    This has kind of put me off the Marla Mason novels, so I'm not sure that I'll waste a credit on any more.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eclipse

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    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"
    "Trite"
    Overall

    The combination of the monotonous narration and the book itself makes this the worst book I have ever bought from audible.

    1. Narration. The narrator reads this book as if it is SERIOUS and IMPORTANT. This leads to a plodding narration which, among other things, completely distorts the dialogue between the characters - the characters don't sound like they are conversing, but merely making pronouncements (although this is *also* a problem with the writing). The most annoying thing about the narration is that the narrator pauses as long on most commas as he does at periods. This is both distracting. And annoying.

    2. The book.

    I've been to Africa and am generally sympathetic to the author's POV. But the best way to address the history of colonialism in Africa *in a novel* is *not* to have characters recite 10 minute long speeches on the evils of colonialism. That's both tedious and unrealistic. Show us, don't tell us!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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