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Elle Reich

Washington, DC | Member Since 2016

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  • Loose Ends: A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Terri Reid
    • Narrated By Erin Spencer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (374)

    Dying is what changed Mary O'Reilly's life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it. Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary's trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost's word just doesn't hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, don't think she's nuts.

    Karen says: "Great book bad narration."
    "Great ghost mystery! Wrong narrator"
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    What did you love best about Loose Ends?

    This was an easy story to get into and was not emotionally draining. Light-hearted ghostie mystery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Loose Ends?

    I enjoyed the historical and paranormal aspect of seeing ghosts and connecting with loved ones long passed.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was pretty incorrectly matched to the character of Mary. The narrator made every character sound like a teenager. I had a hard time believing the person reading for Mary could be former Chicago cop--too young, too valley girl. Every character sounded like a whiny teenager. The narrator seemed to have limited experience with adult interaction. Her interpretation of conversations was very sophomoric and made me cringe.

    Recommendation to other listeners: listen at 1.25x speed. Much more bearable.


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

    I chose this book because I wanted a mystery that wasn't also going to drag me down into a pit of despair with all the psychological drama that is so popular these days in thrillers.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Prob better to read than listen to this narrator but I will prob buy the next in the series too. Narration was a complete deal-breaker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A House by the Sea: Winthrop House, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ambrose Ibsen
    • Narrated By James Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (172)

    After his book becomes a best seller, novelist Jack Ripley moves into a house on the edge of Cutler Harbor with his wife and two daughters. Nearly a century old, Winthrop House is newly-restored and boasts a gorgeous oceanfront view. But everything is not what it seems. Though picturesque, Jack learns that the house has been shunned for decades by the locals, owing to a number of mysterious disappearances and inexplicable deaths on the grounds.

    Joe Starks says: "The Haunting Of Winthrop House."
    "Has potential "
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    The storyline was interesting but the dialogue between characters was frequently sophomoric and overdone. A lot of wasted blabber that detracted from the climax of the story. The lead character Jack, was stubborn to the point that I felt like I was watching a B scary movie with the most idiotic character ever. His misogynistic behavior with his wife and over-protestations seemed an effort to add suspense to the story, but instead it made me want to turn it off. I was interested enough to keep listening but again...the end fizzled out due to the superficial inner monologue of the main character and unrealistic human reactions to the trauma. I think Jack probably deserves what he gets in the end. Felt rushed. Think the author could go back and make this better as the story line was good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting of Highdown Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Shani Struthers
    • Narrated By Sheila Dearden
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Based in Lewes, East Sussex, Ruby and her team of freelance psychics have been kept busy. Specializing in domestic cases, their solid reputation is spreading - it's not just the dead that can rest in peace but the living too. All is threatened when Ruby receives a call from the irate new owner of Highdown Hall. Film star Cynthia Hart is still in residence, despite having died in 1958. Winter deepens and so does the mystery surrounding Cynthia. She insists the devil is blocking her path to the light long after Psychic Surveys have 'disproved' it.

    shesgotmojo says: "Fantastic!"
    "Good but..."
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    Slow and non-compelling. No build. Drones on and on. Good character development. Characters believable.

    The author: blames women for the behavior of sexual predators. She obviously does not understand this disease of the mind. Some people are just born sick. Did not appreciate the objectification of women or the unrealistic perception of the world. Disturbing and dismissive about sexual harassment/assault to include date rape and drugging women to rape them. Not graphic...just dismissive and almost seeks to normalize these topics, and garner sympathy for the predators.

    The narrator: great but has a slight speech impediment. “R’s” are replaced by “w’s” frequently (thwee instead of three, worwy instead of worry, verwy instead of very, bawwier instead of barrier....ughhhhh). Listen to British narrators often and have never encountered this before.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting of Ashburn House

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Darcy Coates
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (852)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (786)

    There's something wrong with Ashburn House. The ancient building has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Its owner, Edith, refused to let guests inside and rarely visited the nearby town. Following Edith's death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property. Adrienne's only possessions are a suitcase of luggage, 20 dollars, and her pet cat. Ashburn House is a lifeline she can't afford to refuse. Adrienne doesn't believe in ghosts, but it's hard to ignore the unease that grows as she explores her new home.

    Lila Donovan says: "Spoilers ahead"
    "Gasping narrator"
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    The narrator is great BUT. A serious mouth-breather. I was frequently distracted, counting her gasps for air in between sentences bs listening to the story.

    Otherwise great narration and story. Very easy, yet suspenseful on a long car ride

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Exposed: Mary O'Reilly, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Terri Reid
    • Narrated By Erin Spencer
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    Jeannine appeared in the room across from Mary. Her face was streaked with tears and she was visibly trembling. “Mary, I remembered,” she cried. “I remembered and it was awful.” The time has finally come for Mary to investigate Jeannine’s murder. As all clues point to someone in Bradley’s old neighborhood, Mary and Ian move into the former Alden residence and pose as newlyweds to set Mary up as bait for the killer.

    Elle Reich says: "Love the premise but...."
    "Love the premise but...."
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    Yes I keep buying these. Tip to other listers struggling with this narrator: speed up her voice to 1.25 or 1.5.

    Author: inexperienced, makes up facts. Why is a Scottish guy complaining about adjusting to cold weather??? The climate of Scotland is much colder, much more dreary than Illinois <eyeroll>. Do some basic research, Terri.


    Spoiler alert:






    A lot of other inconsistencies that reveal how young/naive the writer is. No way in hell any mother would be able to pass on to the other side without knowing their child is ok. The fact that the unborn child was never something Jeanine brought up in all of these books really takes away from the believability of the story. The number one priority of a mother would be the baby. Where is my baby? Find my baby.

    The author needs to do a lot more research about what she doesn't know such as labor, motherhood, military, police work instead of making up stuff.

    Mary is a virgin....what??? With all of her accomplishments, she would have to be late twenties early thirties, but this is orderliness fantasy tale writing Mary as early twenties being a former Chicago cop. Come on.

    The male dialogue....just no. No man would have say half this crap. The actions and activity are spot on but the dialogue is more like a children's cartoon. The author needs more life experience to write better characters.

    Sigh. Still buying the next book. Love the series despite its flaws. Send to me for proofreading,
    Would be happy to help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Watchmaker's Daughter: Glass and Steele, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C. J. Archer
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (1036)
    Story
    (1026)

    India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who'll accept her - an enigmatic and mysterious man from America, a man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he's ill.

    LilMissMolly says: "Outstanding Start to Historical Fantasy Series!"
    "Weak, Whiney Female Lead"
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    What did you like best about The Watchmaker's Daughter? What did you like least?

    -


    Would you recommend The Watchmaker's Daughter to your friends? Why or why not?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Dramatic and whiney


    Do you think The Watchmaker's Daughter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    -


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't get past the first 10 minutes of this book. It starts out interesting but then the 27 year old heroine is so annoying and weak and whiney and helpless that I just wanted to kick her in the face. No thanks. The big strong handsome man tossing her over his shoulder and carrying her out....come on. Cliche as hell. This author romanticizes the idea of a female in distress. I'd prefer a strong female character who overcomes, not a victim at the hands of big strong men much more clever and intelligent than she. Vomit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4166)
    Performance
    (2413)
    Story
    (2436)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Joseph says: "Great immersion entertainment"
    "Even more amazing 15 years after first reading"
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    What did you love best about The Historian?

    This book was my favorite in 2002 at the tender age of 18 and green to the world, and formal learning. Adventure in my eyes. Now at 34, with a young son and more life experience than I could have ever imagined, this book still rings true in my heart. The language unbelievably beautiful. The characters jump off the page at you. I could not stop listening even though I had read it once before. The story was even better now, digested with an older mind. Just wonderful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Words can not quite capture the way I feel about this book and what I liked best. I loved it all.


    Have you listened to any of Justine Eyre and Paul Michael ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not, but they did a profoundly remarkable job. Loved both. Perfect. I read the book the first time, so the wrong voices would have really ruined it for me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    What? That's not my job. I wish I could just write a straight-forward, un-guided review.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love books, if you may not be a historian yourself but treasure little trinkets of the past, if you are in need of an international adventure and have always wanted to travel but never had the chance...this is the book for you. If you are a mother, or a daughter with an academic mind...buy this now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind Her Eyes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Pinborough
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10436)
    Performance
    (9650)
    Story
    (9652)

    Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

    Allyssa R. says: "What the heck..."
    "Couldn't turn it off!!"
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    If you could sum up Behind Her Eyes in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, unpredictable, well-balanced


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unlike other reviewers, I felt somewhat prepared for the the twists and turns even if I could not predict them. I think people calling this a good story that turned into a "weird horror story" are exaggerating. There was no gore, and I really didn't have the mystery 100% figured out. Was surprised to the very end. I thought the characters were believable and really well-developed. Enjoyed this book very much.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. She did a great job. The characters were very well done.


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

    I found the heroine to be very relatable and her thoughts to be on point with how anyone would feel. The characters felt real.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this! It's great. People who say they were too shocked by the "twist" in this book must have little imagination. They should stick to specific thrillers like "crime thriller" etc. There is the concept of out of body experiences through meditation but nothing extreme or paranormal. No magic or anything like that. Just a theory that hasn't yet been disproven in reality being explored. Not a big deal. Great story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chemist

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24362)
    Performance
    (22412)
    Story
    (22375)

    She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

    bebe says: "Listened all night!"
    "Fizzled out"
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    This book started so strongly, and only slightly predictable. Then it just slowly deteriorated into something a high school English student might construct.

    Bottom-line, great story premise. But then, intro new characters and the conversations ruin the whole thing. You can tell this author is still struggling to construct believable, non-cliché dialogue. Very sophomoric. Also, a lot of behaviors and reactions were not very believable.

    Spoiler alert below***




    Daniel's character was like peering into milky water. Boring, unremarkable, unbelievably naive and weak for someone living and working in DC's inner city schools. The fact that he endured traumatic torture at the hands of Julianna and then was still all puppy dog really built a very one dimensional character and reveals the author's ignorance towards the human psyche.

    Kevin was an unbelievable character as well. The things he said were more like what you would expect from a teen surfer kid, not a professional US gov hitman and field agent.

    More character development would have been great. I stopped listening to this book because the conversations were just truly a waste of time listening.

    Rewrite this and I would give it a second chance! No one really talks the way these characters would. Had to return it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34835)
    Performance
    (32246)
    Story
    (32259)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Don't Get Killed By This Place"
    "HOLY SH** what a ride!!! Say yes to "14"!"
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    Buy this book now. I am not a sci-fi kinda girl but this book had me on the edge of my seat, talking to the characters, and hating when I arrived at my destination and had to turn the story off to leave my car. Definitely blew my mind. The book description does nothing to prepare you for what's ahead. And the narrator?! Amazing. No complaints about this book. Perfectly paced and detailed. Just really, really well done and strangely believable. I'm off to find my next Peter Cline book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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