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Jennifer

United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Year of Wonders

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Geraldine Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (282)

    When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story- Awful Narrator"
    "Great story. Awful performance."
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    What did you like best about Year of Wonders? What did you like least?

    Excellent historical fiction. Based on the true story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice droned on and on and on and on. She sounds as though she may break into tears at any time. Although the story tells of a village almost wiped out by the plague, it is largely one of strength and courage, the narrator/author sounded feeble and hopeless. I had to abandon listening and return to the written work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (569)

    After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

    Jane says: "Felt like things had been done before."
    "why didn't i enjoy this book more?"
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    I can't quite put my finger on the problem. I expected to become fully engaged by the story and enthralled by the narration, but it just didn't happen.

    The story should have elicited some excitement, suspense, tension, but it just seem to drone on. George Guidall is one of the best readers in the business but perhaps his voice is now too soft to narrate a thriller or perhaps even the great Guidall couldn't instill life into this story. Either way, this listen was a bit of a disappointment.

    This is the second Daniel Silva I've downloaded - I also listened to Death in Vienna - and it was the author's second chance because I do love spy/thrillers. Still, there are better books out there and better ways to spend a credit. Keep looking. Don't settle for merely OK.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate Latitudes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1420)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (539)

    The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

    Eva Gannon says: "Perhaps An Early Work?"
    "Crichton or not Crichton? Who cares?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really don't care whether or not Crichton wrote this not, or if he did, if it's one of his earlier works. It is a boatload of fun to listen to and that's what matters.

    The narrator works - he has a lovely voice, distinguishes the characters, and reads at the right pace.

    The story works - it's a well-crafted, atmospheric,cohesive tale full of action and interesting characters. I was mesmerized by Port Royale, it's politics, pirates and precarious position in the 17th century Carribbean. It's a swashbuckling yarn that feels grounded in real history.

    I'll be listening to it again - on vacation, driving in the car, doing the ironing, grocery shopping, walking the dog ......

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spartan Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (705)

    Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a World War II German U-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon's "lost cellar." Fascinated, the Fargos set out to find the rest of the collection. But another connoisseur of sorts has been looking for the bottle they've just found.

    C. Johnson says: "A little bit National Treasure..."
    "I love a good treasure hunt, but this isn't it."
    Overall
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    Yes, I downloaded this title because Clive Cussler's name was right there in big, bold letters....... Sucker!

    In spite of the 'woman-as sex-object' attitude of his Dirk PItt (NUMA) series, I love listening to them; they are a lot of fun. I'm more than happy to escape into this world. But I find the husband and wife treasure hunting team of this book ridiculous. The authors have given both Sm and Remi Fargo bloated helpings of artistic, physical and academic talents - oh, and money, but not a lot of substance; knowing what designer the wife wears and which dishes the pair orders a restaurant doesn't contribute a lot to character development. Their banal banter while they battle the bad guys doesn't help either. While fleeing for their lives they apparently don't have time to explain changes in plan, but they are happy to babble on about the wife's cleavage or the husband's driving ability.

    The story could've been a good yarn, but it's told inconsistently. The team, for instance, seems to be able to get out of trouble by phoning home, getting in a Mercedes and heading to a 4 star hotel - more than once! It feels as though the authors are happy to get their protagonists into trouble and then lose interest in resolving the situation. The Fargos solve puzzles presented to them, either by meeting someone who'll give them 90% of the answer, or they indulge in brainstorming sessions remind me of putting a bunch of possible solutions in a hat and then pulling one out and going with it. They really shouldn't get away with such sloppy thinking time after time. And yet they do.

    Clive Cussler has earned his reputation as someone who can tell a wonderful adventure tale. Too bad someone let this one fail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15363)
    Performance
    (13614)
    Story
    (13646)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "It had me hooked and horrified"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    Probably. Almost certainly. I'm sure I would've skipped passages, maybe pages, if I'd been reading this in print version. For the first 16 plus hours I was completely hooked and would've been tempted to "have a quick look ahead and see what happens". I would've missed some of the (important) nuances and twists that made this story so insistent - it insisted I listen to it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had no favorite characters - with only a few exceptions this is a nasty group. I don't want to meet any of them - but I was completely fascinated by them.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ???s performance did you like?

    They were spot-on. I never doubted that they were the voices of the two main characters. 5-star all the way.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not a moment, no. Most of the book moved me in the sense that it evoked emotions I don't use very often.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story about some truly toxic people and it reads (speaks?) with so much intensity until the beginning of the end. The bleak outcome feels inevitable and either shook me up or annoyed me so much I felt I should write a review! Spend a credit on this book. It's definitely worth it. I'm going to find another Gillian Flynn to listen to.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2669)
    Performance
    (1461)
    Story
    (1455)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "The first is the best ..."
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    If you could sum up Crocodile on the Sandbank in three words, what would they be?

    Rollicking good fun.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The pacing of the plot - the action and the character development - is terrific. It's not particularly difficult to guess what's coming next but it so delightful listening to the story unfold, who cares?


    Which character ??? as performed by Barbara Rosenblat ??? was your favorite?

    In this reading, Rosenblat does an outstanding job performing Amelia Peabody. In the later novels I find that Peabody's "voice" becomes more strident and annoying, but here, it's perfect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind in the Willows

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kenneth Grahame
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (122)

    These are the exploits of Toad and the efforts of his friends, Ratty, Mole, Badger, and Otter, to control the rascal.

    Jennifer says: "perfect"
    "perfect"
    Overall

    My favorite 'children-of-all-ages' story, beautifully read.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Slight Trick of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mitch Cullin
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    He's 93-years-old, in retirement in Sussex, beginning to lose his memory, and subject to emotions he has resisted all his life. His name is Sherlock Holmes.

    Jennifer says: "Worth more than five stars!"
    "Worth more than five stars!"
    Overall

    I was completely captivated by this download. The narrator is superb...his voice and this story simply belong together. The tale itself gently engrossed me and is beautifully crafted. Of course this is not Conan-Doyle's Sherlock Holmes (get a grip, people!) but Cullin's Holmes is just who C-D's Holmes could have become 45 years into retirement. As a 93-year old he sits firmly in the centre of this book, no-one else, nothing else.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Egyptian: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mika Waltari
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (158)

    The world of ancient Egypt springs magnificently to life in this astonishing historical novel of love, war, political intrigue, and religious revolution. Told from the first person point of view, it is the story of Sinuhe, physician to the royal court of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and his successors in the middle of the tumultuous 14th century B.C.

    Fernando says: "Best historical Novel Ever written"
    "no no no"
    Overall

    Like a previous reviewer, I too bought this book on the basis of glowing reviews, and I too could not bring myself to finish listening to Part 1. This is a tedious tale: tedious, tedious, tedious and trite. Any research the author did could have easily come from a "Child's Illustrated History of Ancient Civilisations". The story is awkwardly constructed as the Waltari stumbles from tawdry scene to flat descriptive passage. The language is stilted and cumbersome.. I just can't bring myself to believe that even ancient egyptian translated into english sounds like that.

    And then there's the narrator...ghastly! If this is his true accent, he shouldn't be reading to others. Donkey pronounced "dawnkey, done pronounced "dorn" and so on and so on.

    10 of 22 people found this review helpful

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