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James

Calabasas, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2213)
    Performance
    (1319)
    Story
    (1320)

    Former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has it pretty good. She has left the corrupt Inderland Runner Service and started her own independent service. She's survived werewolves, shape-changing demons, bad-hair days, and sharing a church with her vampire roommate, Ivy. She even has a cute (if human) boyfriend - what more could a witch want? But living with a reformed vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be.

    A User says: "I found a new series"
    "A good story..."
    Overall

    ...and worth downloading if you like the genre, but I do want to address the common complaint of Marguerite Gavin's pronunciation. Yes, she does flub words; not often, but when she does it is apparent and usually near each other (30 minutes into this book you have "errrrr on the side of caution" (instead of it sounding like "air") and "rye-bald" for "ribald" (I want a pastrami on ryebald, please)).

    Everybody mispronounces words at some time, but don't blame the narrator. To err is human (or preternatural), but to not catch it is the producer/editor's fault--that's what "takes" are for.

    But don't let this detour you from looking into any of these books; Gavin has a good voice that fits the character, and you can even use her flubs as character traits of a 20-something witch detective that lacks linguistic talent to help you get through it all.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2453)
    Performance
    (2247)
    Story
    (2249)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Dead Ever After--and hoping it never rises again."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you ever listen to anything by Charlaine Harris again?

    Not really--I have listed to her Grave Series, and I see a trend of starting off interesting and then being unable to carry the story along.


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Johanna Parker is my favorite female narrator, and second overall (Scott Brick takes top honors). It's a shame she has been hired to read stories I really don't care for (Stackhouse being the only one that is of interest to me). It's because of her that I was able to finish the story; if I had been reading it in another format there would be a book on my fire or a melting Kindle.

    Johanna Parker saved my Kindle from the flames. Bless her for that.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dead Ever After?

    Reject the entire manuscript and say "Try harder--your fans deserve better."


    Any additional comments?

    I will keep this short and to the point: Harris was losing her grip on the story two books ago, and with "lucky" number 13 she drops it into the Bog of Eternal Stench where it will hopefully remain submerged for the rest of eternity.

    This book is merely a Trapp Family Singers "So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night...." as each character (still living, and those undead with the ability to move) are marched out for final parade review and released into the void never to return.

    Yes, it's that brief. Here's the formula: "Hi! Remember me from [insert book]? This is what I have been up to since you last saw me, and I am here to help Sookie with this little piece of deus ex machina. My work here is done. So long...farewell....auf Wiedersehen, good night...."

    And the character disappears.

    The good news is that the series is FINISHED. Now, Harris left plenty of room to come back if she needs to, but the original series has now died of natural causes with no vampire around to offer it blood.

    If there are any attempts to revive this series it will resemble a decomposing zombie which should be struck repeatedly on the head by all rational book readers until it stops moving.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Edmond Rostand
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A swashbuckling swordsman extraordinaire, a wordsmith of unparalleled flair, action and romance follow him everywhere, as he of the pronounced protuberance beyond compare, seeks the favor of his beloved Roxanne, by waxing poetic...for another man.

    James says: "Fly Goose...Shoo...do not buy this!"
    "Fly Goose...Shoo...do not buy this!"
    Overall

    Whatever you do, do not buy this book. Somehow the producers have managed to take a beautiful play and suck the life right out of it. The translation is horrible and the voice "talent" is very lacking.

    To borrow from the play--they mouth their verse and moan their tragedy (of course, you won't hear this line in this production)

    The money spent here is better spent purchasing the Jose Ferrer movie. Buy this audiobook only if you enjoy great language butchered.

    And, as I end the review, thrust home!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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