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Theresa

tlgarfield

Wichita, KS, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • This Duchess of Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely fallen silent when a shocking discovery sent Jemma running from the ducal mansion. For the next nine years she cavorted abroad, creating one delicious scandal after another (if one is to believe the rumors). Elijah, Duke of Beaumont, did believe those rumors. But the handsome duke needs an heir, so he summons his seductive wife home.

    Cam says: "Book 5 in the Desperate Duchesses series"
    "Irritating performance"
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    Would you try another book from Eloisa James and/or Susan Duerden?

    Eloisa James yes, Susan Duerden no.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Eloisa James books- particularly the fairy tale series. Somehow I had missed this title, so decided to try it in audio. Susan Duerden's performance was very annoying. Her voices and accents were fine, but every single sentence went up, then down, then slightly back up again in a nursery rhyme like sing-song that set my teeth on edge and has my neck and shoulders tense with bracing against it. I've listened to about 90 minutes and cannot continue.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tall, Dark, and Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tate Hallaway
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (416)

    Recovering witch Garnet Lacey owns Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore. And a fringe benefit of the job is getting customers like Sebastian Von Traum - piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead. And that means trouble - something Garnet's a sucker for....

    amy says: "Tall, Dark, Dead & Poorly Edited"
    "No moral compass"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was expecting a humorous PNR similar to Molly Harper. Instead of charming and funny, this story has an underlying meanness due to a lack of moral compass. I'm ok with sex and magic, but when I see references to "goddess of light" I also expect to see "an it harm none." This protagonist doesn't much care about harm or the consequences of her actions, as well as being TSTL. The combination is not entertaining. The 2 male leads are supposed to be charming, but one comes off as a sociopath and the other has a will of limp spaghetti and no compassion. There are no characters I feel any respect or liking for.

    The narration was good. There were about 3 spots of very bad technical quality right after the beginning of the second half.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tate Hallaway again?

    No.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Nice job. Good characterization, attractive accents.


    What character would you cut from Tall, Dark, and Dead?

    Did not like any of them. They have no heart.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3588)
    Performance
    (2850)
    Story
    (2850)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "I really wanted to like it"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I should have liked this one- interesting plot, humor, sympathetic characters, originality. Unfortunately, every time I began to get emotionally invested either there was such a long, irrelevant setting description that I lost track of the plot, or there was a weird out of sequence scene that threw me (not a flashback, I enjoyed the interlude flashbacks more than the "current" scenes, but the same scene seen first through the eyes of a minor character, then later through the protagonist's viewpoint, or some similar "trick.")

    The narrator was quite nice to listen to with a rich, resonant voice, and he did the best he could with the material, but to love this one you need to find lavish setting descriptions emotionally satisfying. I do not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Warning: The Mage Storms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (86)

    With her phenomenal Mage Winds trilogy, bestselling author Mercedes Lackey captivated fans across the country. Now in the first volume of the series sequel, she continues the same storyline, returning readers to a war-torn Valdemar in preparation to confront an ancient Eastern Empire - ruled by a monarch whose magical tactics by be beyond any sorcery known to the western kingdoms.

    ArtisticFool says: "Great story! Slow narration."
    "If you love Valdemar, give this a try"
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    Any additional comments?

    This trilogy is one of my favorite story arcs and Karal is a favorite character. Other reviews of the narrator nearly scared me off and I'm very glad I took a chance on it anyway. I'm from the Midwestern US and we speak a little slower than your average New Yorker, and while I did find him a little slow at first, I quickly adjusted and greatly enjoyed the series. I have returned books before for bad narration but there was never any question that this would be one of those. Now my only wish is that more of the Valdemar stories would be made available in audio!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (443)

    When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Great book; dreadful narration"
    "Great story ruined by poor narration"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I've read this book many times and loved it- I highly recommend the story. Unfortunately, the narration was terrible. The narrator has a rich, resonant, but insincere voice. He appears to have no understanding of what he is reading, so he accents words at random which causes all the humor and emotion to be lost in pretty but meaningless noise. He'd be just right as a game show announcer, but I can't even make it through chapter 2- it's too much of a struggle to find the real meaning in all that sound. I love the story enough I may go searching for the other version some reviewers have mentioned.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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