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Sondra

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  • Chomp

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By James Van Der Beek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (187)

    Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.

    Janet says: "Performance"
    "Never let Van Der Beek narrate..."
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love Carl Hiaasen and wait for each book to come out. Unless I buy the book to read I might not make it through this one. Van Der Beek reads so fast I feel like I am listening 3 words behind - not a good experience.


    If you???ve listened to books by Carl Hiaasen before, how does this one compare?

    Can't tell how it compares - haven't been able to get past the first 5 minutes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He's reading so fast I can't keep up and the characters all sound alike - no real variation.


    Was Chomp worth the listening time?

    Not so far.


    Any additional comments?

    Its so bad they should re-do it with someone else.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1120)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Very dissatisfied..."
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    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or John Lee?

    Ken Follett has written 2 of my favorite books - Pillars of the Earth (which was a departure for him at the time) and Eye of the Needle. This trilogy and Edge of Eternity in particular felt very forced to me. He was attempting to do so much with so many characters that he barely had time to flesh any of them out. Hopefully he will go back to what he's really good at - historical thrillers.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Follett again?

    Yes, depending on the genre.


    What character would you cut from Edge of Eternity?

    Cam - Jasper would have worked just as well as an entrée into the Nixon White House - through the media.


    Any additional comments?

    Seldom have I been so dissatisfied with the flow, character development and eventual conclusion of a book. And whatever happened to Billy (who you will remember began the first book) and his family? They just evaporated - that's when I knew there was going to be a problem. Most of the characters are very flat and feel completely contrived since they had to fit the history. He would have been better served if he had pared down the list of characters and given them more depth. Liberal or not, his presentation of the whole Kennedy era was a pretty cheap shot and totally un-called for. Completely gratuitous and very disappointing. If he had ended after the second installment I would have thought it was 2 credits well-spent. That 3rd credit was a complete waste. :-(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1687)
    Performance
    (1534)
    Story
    (1531)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Nothing New Here..."
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A waste of time. The story is not new, she just took it to Ireland instead of somewhere on East Coast US.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This story is okay if predictable. What it doesn't have is a nice twist or the level of humor you usually find in one of Roberts' books. I usually listen to/read all of her stuff but I'm not sure that I will spend time or money on the remaining 2 books in this trilogy, mostly because I already know exactly how they are going to go and what the outcome will be...


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a different narrator - quick! The narrator is so over the top with both her Irish accent and her reading that she makes the characters seem idiotic in their behavior. I especially disliked her interpretation of Iona - she made her seem like an idiot, or 12 (which would make the intimate portions very creepy, besides being loud and overdone). One of the worst readings I've gotten so far and I have listened to over 500 titles.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (307)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "Disappointed with narrator."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Princess Elizabeth's Spy to be better than the print version?

    I do not read books that I listen to. I want to be able to "read" as many books as possible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie - a "modern" woman who is pushing back against the box most men want to put her in. In addition to the time-frame I liked that the author's main characters are accepting of relationships that would have been outside the norm at that time.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator insisted on using what felt like an artificially high voice whenever she did the female voices, presumably so that the male voices would be more of a contrast - that was very distracting and Maggie's voice was particularly annoying. It would have been fine had she just stuck with her normal reading voice, at least for Maggie. The narrator from the first book was good and I was expecting the same quality here, but did not get it. If you can get by the voice thing, the story is good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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