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Peggy

I am an avid reader of excellent contemporary fiction but now that audio books have become a huge industry, the readers aren't as good.

New York, NY, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Two Hotel Francforts: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Leavitt
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    It is the summer of 1940, and Lisbon, Portugal, is the only neutral port left in Europe - a city filled with spies, crowned heads, and refugees of every nationality, tipping back absinthe to while away the time until their escape. Awaiting safe passage to New York on the SS Manhattan, two couples meet: Pete and Julia Winters, expatriate Americans fleeing their sedate life in Paris; and Edward and Iris Freleng, sophisticated, independently wealthy, bohemian, and beset by the social and sexual anxieties of their class.

    David says: "A Disappointment"
    "good author - bad narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Two Hotel Francforts?

    This is a well-written and well-told story. The overall novel was poorly narrated such that reading it would have been preferable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog, who was the cohesive character, without having a voice to render.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Bel Davies?

    Anyone else who knew how to pronounce properly the languages (French, Portuguese) used occasionally, other than English; any other voice actor would likely have done a better job in differentiating the characters from each other with use of a different voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never listen to any book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely write a review, but am moved to do so because of the poor performance of the narrator, whose agent ought to restrict him to books without foreign languages in them. Knowing a few of these languages caused the occasional cringe at his mispronunciation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2196)
    Performance
    (1965)
    Story
    (1949)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    DMT says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "my ears hurt from this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    no, I'm done: Child's formulaic and Hill is a mannered reader who I find annoying.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    probably not - I've outgrown them. I always figure out what's going to happen, Reacher is always the same.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He puts his own spin on the words that makes me wonder if those inflections are in the text, doesn't modulate his voices and his female ones are awful, not consistent voices either, but consistently awful.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A bit of anger but a huge helping of disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Why didn't I return it? I'm so grateful that Amazon has enabled doing so; in the past I bought scores of books that I never listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ritual Bath: The First Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (307)

    Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD is stunned when he gets the report. Someone has shattered the sanctuary of a remote yeshiva community in the California hills with an unimaginable crime. One of the women was brutally raped as she returned from the mikvah, the bathhouse where the cleansing ritual is performed.

    Eva Gannon says: "Good Read"
    "Easy to Listen To"
    Overall

    a little bit of hashed prose, but fun

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2085)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (471)

    15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

    BSquared67 says: "A rollicking thriller"
    "impossible to follow"
    Overall

    a hodge podge, very annoying

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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