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Dawn

I'm an audiobook narrator and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Happy to share my thoughts on books I've enjoyed.

calgary, AB, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1508)
    Performance
    (1362)
    Story
    (1355)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "One of the best listens this year"
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    What does Mary Beth Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mary Beth Hurt is a master storyteller. I couldn't stop listening. Her characters were quirky, funny and totally believable.


    Any additional comments?

    Ann Leary's "The Good House" is a great read with lots of little twists and turns. She has created a town of rich, diverse and interesting characters. A really fun listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiends

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Farris
    • Narrated By Chet Williamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In the frozen pit of blackest hell, Death sleeps. Ravishing beyond words, evil beyond our darkest dreams of Satan, Her eyelids flutter. Rising from Her pit, She wakes her vampire brood - and frees them from their ancient graves. No, no one is safe, no one - from the unwashed Children of Eve.

    Dawn says: "Novel story and characters"
    "Novel story and characters"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story so it was time well spent. The concept was fresh and new - at least to me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Farris? Why or why not?

    Yes. His writing style is easy to listen to and the plot lines are well fleshed out.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Chet Williamson’s performances?

    I had some issues with Mr. Williamson's performances. One of the things that bothered me was the presence of gasping breaths. Whether to remove or reduce the breaths is a subject of much debate and I may be overly sensitive but I don't want to hear any loud breaths unless the story demands it, for example if someone is running. Learning better breathing skills or editing down the breaths would make for a much nicer listen. In addition, I would have liked to have heard more emotion in the narrator's voice. More stress, more terror, more joy, etc.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably. There was a lot of suspense in the book which would make for exciting viewing and the special effects required would be interesting to see.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3366)
    Performance
    (3074)
    Story
    (3059)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Too funny!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls in three words, what would they be?

    So amazingly good


    What did you like best about this story?

    David Sedaris is able to take the everyday and wring every little bit of humor out of it.


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

    David's tone and attitude add a multitude of layers to the stories.


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

    Oh What A Life


    Any additional comments?

    Love, love, love David Sedaris. You cannot go wrong with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Scoble, Shel Israel
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (267)

    Social media is but one of five converging forces that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. You know these other forces already: mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. Armed with that knowledge our personal devices can anticipate what we'll need next and serve us better than a butler or an executive assistant. The resulting convergent superforce is so powerful that it is ushering in an era the authors call the Age of Context.

    James says: "Great content by a great narrator!"
    "Interesting Stuff"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This book was really enlightening in terms of where we've been, where we are and where we're headed.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    Jeff's narration of this title was easy to listen to, well paced and intelligent.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to get a clear understanding of the state of our digital world, this book is a worthwhile listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hush

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anne Frasier
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    It's criminal profiler Ivy Dunlap's job to unravel the psyches of the most dangerous men alive. None haunt her dreams more than the killer who took her son's life sixteen years ago, then silently disappeared into the dark. Now an urgent request for help from the Chicago police has reawakened Ivy's greatest nightmare. The Madonna Murderer has returned to fulfill his calling. This time Ivy understands the killer, and will face her greatest fear to stop him from killing again.

    Diana DC says: "Compelling and deliciously creepy"
    "Not a cookie cutter"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up Hush in three words, what would they be?

    interesting, suspenseful, fresh


    What other book might you compare Hush to and why?

    Hush is a crime drama much like many others but the storyline is quite fresh and UNLIKE any other I've personally read.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I found Ms. Beresford's narration to be stiff and slow in the beginning but she seemed to warm up to the story so that by about the middle of the book, I was able to lose myself in the book and forget about the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy stories involving psychopathic killers, this will be an enjoyable read for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ralph Ellison
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (296)

    Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

    Robert says: "You've been waiting, buy it, you won't be sorry..."
    "Amazing"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Invisible Man the most enjoyable?

    Joe Morton gives a brilliant performance. One of the best narrations I have ever had the pleasure to experience and I have listened to a lot of audiobooks.


    What other book might you compare Invisible Man to and why?

    Perhaps some elements of The Warmth of Other Suns insofar as the descriptions of life in the south and Harlem in the early to mid 20th century.


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

    From a technical point of view, I was completely taken with Joe's work. He put so much life into his characters that I am driven to compare the text to the narration to see if what he does with the work was written into the text or just the magic that he brought to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is very engaging. I can't recommend this audiobook enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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