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Tracy

Ithaca, NY, United States

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  • Midnight Bayou

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels, Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (1006)
    Story
    (1008)

    Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

    Phyllis S. Mike says: "Not the Norm"
    "A fun book that ends a little too abruptly"
    Overall

    Unlike some of the other reviewers, I really enjoyed James Daniels's narration. He has a rich voice and a sense of fun that comes through his performance. It was a nice change to have a man narrating one of Nora Roberts books.

    Overall, I really enjoyed the story, but the resolution and the freeing of the Manor from its ghosts seemed to happen very suddenly. As my iPod approached the last 15 minutes of the story I kept wondering if there was another part of the book I had forgotten to download. The ghosts really were less of a plot point than the "memory" part of the storyline and I wish she had done more with them, but all in all this was a fun listen that I will probably replay many times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reflections

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Ashley Adlon
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    A lifetime of dedication to dance left Lindsay Dunne little time for romance. That is until she meets brooding architect Seth Bannion, the guardian of a talented young ballerina in Lindsay's class. As Lindsay and Seth clash over their hopes for the girl's future, passions flare...and Lindsay receives a crash course in the art of love.

    Tracy says: "Not a bad novel, but not a good narrator"
    "Not a bad novel, but not a good narrator"
    Overall

    According to Nora Roberts website this book was first published in 1983, So it was written very early on in her career. I wish the first publishment dates were listed in Audible, it would make selecting books from some authors a little easier. Since this was one of her earlier novels it's not as strong as her later books like The Villa or her Gallaher series. Despite that, it stands up well next to most romance books by other authors. The character depelopment isn't as strong in this story - especially concerning the male love interest - and it didn't have as much humor as her later books. Still, it's a decent enough story. The narrator, however, makes this story an almost painful listen. She reads with a voice that seems to be geared to toddlers; stretching out words and exaggerating expressions. At the least it was distracting, but mostly it was aggravating. I doubt I will listen to this a second time and I don't think I'll buy the sequal book to this one. (I think the title for the next one is Dance of Dreams.)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6837)
    Performance
    (5211)
    Story
    (5291)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Painful Slog"
    Overall

    The title of the book made me think that this would involve at least some comic elements, but I don't think I smiled once. I will give the author credit for including real facts about Lincoln's life outside his assassination, but this book was too flat to be considered interesting in any way. Leave this one alone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stolen Child

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Keith Donohue
    • Narrated By Andy Paris, Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Seven-year-old Henry Day is kidnapped and renamed "Aniday" by changelings, ageless beings who inhabit the woods near his home. The changelings also leave behind one of their own, who flawlessly impersonates Henry except for one noteworthy detail: the new Henry is a prodigiously talented pianist.

    Jon says: "Not Anything Close to the Hype"
    "Not what I was expecting"
    Overall

    Despite being inspired by Yeats's poem, this book really doesn't have that much to do with fairies. I suppose the idea is that it's a search for identity and belonging...and a LONG one. I didn't find it charming or enchanting, this is not a "Fairy Tale". It was long and slow and boring. What's more, the ending doesn't really resolve much of anything. I think this is an example of an over-hyped book that just leaves you feeling flat in the end. Don't bother with this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Poetry of William Butler Yeats

    • NONE (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By William Butler Yeats
    • Narrated By Stephanie Beacham, Gabriel Byrne, Minnie Driver
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The Nobel Laureate's early poetry is suffused with the radiant lyricism of Irish folklore and myth; the yearning romance and distinctly Irish voice of these first works have inspired scores of poets.

    Joseph Marcus says: "Outstanding compilation of Yeats's Short Poems"
    "Frustrating"
    Overall

    The sound quality of this recording is so bad that unless you know the poem by heart or are reading along from another source it's hard to tell what's being said. I also was not impressed with the readers chosen to present these poems. Skip this one and borrow a book from your public library

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Master of Rampling Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Gigi Marceau
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    Anne Rice lures us once again into the seductive world of vampires with her short story, The Master of Rampling Gate. In 1888, siblings Richard and Julie are drawn to the beautiful but foreboding 400-year-old family mansion. What was the "unspeakable horror" their father saw in the luxurious home they are so drawn to? Available in audio exclusively from Audible.

    Derek says: "Great story, too short"
    "I was expecting a ghost story"
    Overall

    I guess I should have known better. This is a vampire story - and a really dull and pointless one at that. 2 stars is probably too generous, but I did enjoy the historical tone she set and some of her descriptions. The ending was predictable and therefore a let-down. Don't bother with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Comedy on the Road

    • ORIGINAL (47 mins)
    • By John Byner, Drew Carey, more
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Comedy on the Road presents America's funniest comedians, featuring comedy performances by Drew Carey, John Byner, and many more.

    Tracy says: "not really worth the time"
    "not really worth the time"
    Overall

    This was obviously recorded from a TV special, as one of the comedians is doing card tricks which the reader is obviously unable to see. Only one or two of the comedians really made me laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus: A Story from Haunted - Free Excerpt

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: twenty-three of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

    William says: "A waste of time."
    "This is NOT for kids!"
    Overall

    This short story is not a ghost story, but it is highly disturbing! I really can't tell you too much about it without giving anything away, but it centers around a woman who works in a child's advocate type of job who has had to purchase 2 new dolls to replace the old dolls they use as tools to help sexually abused children. The main idea is that people "turn things into people, and people into things." On the merits of this story, I will probably purchase the book Haunted some time this summer for a good mind-tweeking read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Going Postal: Discworld #29

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (591)

    Arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig never believed his crimes were hanging offenses, until he found himself with a noose around his neck, dropping through a trap door, and falling into...a government job? Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be an impossible task. Worse, the new Postmaster could swear the mail is talking to him.

    Robert W says: "Finally on AUDIBLE!!!"
    "This one's a keeper"
    Overall

    I was first introduced to Terry Pratchet through the book Good Omens - which I really hope audible offers in audio someday. He has a wonderful sense of humor and I was drawn to this particular story because my dad actually works for the post office himself. I got a HUGE kick out of the idea of a career criminal being made post master general. I believe this is set in Disc World (I haven't read those books) but you don't need to have read Disc World to enjoy it. This is set in a "modern fantasy" world containing things like werewolves, golums, and vampires - the most successful lawyer in the city is a zombie. It's quirky and fun. I highly recommend it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rascals Kids Komedy Korner with Ryan Rodriguez

    • ORIGINAL (2 mins)
    • By Ryan Rodriguez
    • Narrated By Ryan Rodriguez
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    This free special edition features family-friendly comedy from Ryan Rodriguez.

    Tracy says: "Cute but too short"
    "Cute but too short"
    Overall

    When I bought this I expected to hear at least 3 routines. There is actually only one. The kid telling the jokes is cute, but this could have been a recording from some school talent show.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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