I particularly enjoyed the first time Mel saw Kenneth's ghost.
I loved all of the times Graham showed up and helped Mel.
Mel is a thoroughly relatable character, and XE Sand's portrayal of her is spot-on. She channels Mel in every aspect of her delivery, and flawlessly conveys all of Mel's emotions, down to wry humorous moments. XE does an admirable job on the elderly ladies, and the younger men, but I found at times I had difficulty hearing all of the older men's parts, and also Matt's, because the volume dropped off. Her pacing was wonderful, and the pauses were well-placed. This narrator inhabits each of her characters and has a solid grasp on how to differentiate between each of them. I would absolutely look for more from this narrator/author combination.
This story about the relationship between a man and the pup he adopted when he found him running loose in the wilderness is a great, non-dramatic account of their life together. Merle, the dog, is very independent but lets his owner adopt him and together they experience fantastic hikes, hunts, skiing outings and even city life, briefly. The narrator, Patrick Lawlor, does a brilliant job in letting the flavor of the story come through without forcing emotions or vocal contrivances. He moves it along at a nice pace and his delivery is straightforward. The story had many interludes history, biology lessons, dog behavior lessons, and other scientifically-based topics. These I did not find interesting, and the text dragged a bit. However, I found it did lend credibility to the author in how he related to Merle. Letting Merle roam at liberty around the small village where they lived, and the installation of the doggy door that let Merle come and go as he pleased without having a fenced yard, were things I greatly admired because of the trust each had in the other. It was a really good listen.
In this story about firefighters and paramedics and detectives, the personal lives of those who serve us are revealed. We get a glimpse of how the devotion of these heroes to their jobs impacts their private lives, and how they learn to cope with tragedy, betrayal, and interpersonal relationships. The characters were credible, the situations realistic, and the conclusion at the end was not rushed or forced. Jeffrey Kafer's narration moves the story along at a good pace, and kept my interest. His female voices were not contrived, and were believable. I found myself rooting for the main character, Mitch, and hoping somehow he could get free of his crazy wife. I completely forgot this story was being read to me, I felt like a fly on the wall. I am looking forward to listening to Mr. Kafer again, and would not hesitate to read a book by this author. It was a good match.
I received a free download of this book, but that did not influence my candid review of it.
"Windflower" was an engrossing listen. It is a WHOPPING 18 hours long, but the narrator moves it along at a good pace, and keeps the energy level appropriate to the story. Although the book gets quite wordy in spots, the story is well-written and my favorite part about it is that the authors incorporate humor into many of the situations. The change of scenery throughout the book (from an estate in America, to taverns, to pirate ships, to remote islands, to the English countryside) kept the plot engaging. Each character is very well-developed, and toward the end of the book, many questions the listener may have about some of the main characters are explained cleverly and eloquently.
There were a myriad of characters with wide variances in personalities and each was voiced competently by the narrator, who was consistent in her accents and cadences. She differentiated between each character very well, and voiced the many male characters with surprising agility, which can be challenging for a female narrator. The narrator has a sultry voice, which lends itself well to the suspenseful scenes, and the romance scenes as well.
I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys a good romance with adventure and humor woven in. I rate the narration an A+ and the story an A.
I received a free download of this book as a gift, no strings attached.
The narrator, Robin Weigert, did a wonderful job developing her characters, with individual voices for each one. Not only did she carefully choose her voices, she was consistent, never faltered, and the children voices aged appropriately. Not only is the narrator excellent, the story was well-written, and the topic was very interesting.
The main character carried the story magnificently.
She inhabits her characters faultlessly. She is so versatile... she believeable portrayed young children, black men, crusty stagecoach drivers, an Italian woman, and a cockney bandit. Each was fantastic.
This collaboration of author, narrator, and director created a believable, engaging audiobook. I listen to alot of them, and this one is one of the few which I really couldn't wait to get back into, whenever I had to stop listening.
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