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.
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.)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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