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Frances

Little Rock, Ar, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Buzzard Table

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    Margaret Maron's mysteries starring Judge Deborah Knott have built a loyal following since debuting with the Edgar Award-winning The Bootlegger's Daughter. The series' 18th entry finds Deborah and her husband, Deputy Sheriff Bryant, teaming up with Lt. Sigrid Herald to track down a killer on the loose in their small North Carolina town. But as the hunt for the culprit gets more intense, they uncover long-hidden secrets that cast their investigation in a whole new light.

    Electic Chef says: "Interesting As Always"
    "Worst reader possible"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend paper. I can't conceive of how they chose this reader


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've always liked the characters in this series, and I love Maron's sense of place.


    Would you be willing to try another one of C. J. Critt’s performances?

    Not in a million years.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Couldn't take the reader in long sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    The buzzard info is great.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9869)
    Performance
    (8512)
    Story
    (8528)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "Reader adopts annoying voices at random"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great story.


    What other book might you compare A Dance with Dragons to and why?

    The other Martin books, The Name of the Wind, but-for me-not the Tolkien books.


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Stupid, cartoony voices that make no sense in terms of the author's characterization. The reader just seems pleased with his ability to twist his tongue around. Well educated people sound like yokels and the women sound like the Olive Oil of the old Popeye cartoons. I am really baffled by why, since when he just doesn't do these voices, Dotrice is good.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coroner’s Lunch: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    Laos, 1975: The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else: the rest of the educated class have fled.

    Jane says: "a splendid story"
    "Great characters, great writing, great reader"
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    What did you love best about The Coroner’s Lunch?

    Wonderful character and sense of Laotian life, culture, & history. Coterrill also has a marvelous sense of humor, and the way he plays with language is truly delightful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved them all.


    What about Clive Chafer’s performance did you like?

    He was perfect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Winter of Dani Lancing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By P. D. Viner
    • Narrated By Various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    For fans of Tana French and The Silent Wife, The Last Winter of Dani Lancing is a chilling debut thriller hailed by Sophie Hannah as "brilliant" about one murder's devastating ripple effects.

    Twenty years ago, college student Dani Lancing was kidnapped and brutally murdered. The killer was never found. Dani's family never found peace.

    Thrust into an intense devastation that nearly destroys their marriage, Patty and Jim Lancing struggle to deal with their harrowing loss. Patty is fanatically obsessed with the cold case; consumed by every possible clue or suspect no matter how far-fetched, she goes to horrifying lengths to help clarify the past. Meanwhile, Jim has become a shell of his former self, broken down and haunted - sometimes literally - by his young daughter's death. Dani's childhood sweetheart, Tom, handles his own grief every day on the job - he's become a detective intent on solving murders of other young women, and hopes to one day close Dani's case himself.

    Then everything changes when Tom finds a promising new lead. As lies and secrets are unearthed, the heartbreaking truth behind Dani's murder is finally revealed.

    The Last Winter of Dani Lancing is a shockingly disturbing and deeply powerful debut, and P.D. Viner immediately joins the ranks of Tana French, A. S. A. Harrison, and Gillian Flynn.

    Frances says: "Horrible performance"
    "Horrible performance"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I found it impossible to get to the end. The obtrusive, melodramatic performance made me cringe.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Just read the book and quash the sound effects and melodrama.


    What didn’t you like about Various’s performance?

    Nothing.


    Do you think The Last Winter of Dani Lancing needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I can't say.


    Any additional comments?

    This was gut wrenchingly awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2290)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1005)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Wonderful book: perfect reader"
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    This is a great story-so much fun, but with a world or serious issues hidden in plain sight.
    The reader is perfect. He captures the Major's peculiar, lovable combination of curmudgeonliness and goodness to the T. He does accents well, but without that overdone, intrusive insistence that always gets on my nerves (I, too, am curmudgeonly).

    You never know what anyone else will like, but I've recommended this to everyone I know who reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27177)
    Performance
    (20577)
    Story
    (20690)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Good story: bad reader"
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    This reader sent me to a print copy. The first person narration is stripped of all depth by an overblown style that reminds me of high school plays-bad ones. I just couldn't bear it after a while. It may not bother others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Janus Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.

    Frances says: "I loved this."
    "I loved this."
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    In the second novel, you learn more about the characters and their relationships. Since I find this bunch intriguing, that's all to the good. I regret the improbable number of near death experiences the protagonist endures, but I find both the story and the characters so unusual and likeable, that I can overlook that trumpery issue with barely a blink.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (14354)
    Performance
    (10712)
    Story
    (10731)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "Not my kind of reader, but good story"
    Overall

    I find all these voices and accents annoying and distracting. The reader seems to think its clever to make half the characters sound like morons, but that's not the way I read the books. Still, the story's good enough to make up for it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black Sheep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Barbara Leigh-Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (161)

    He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile... Miss Abigail Wendover's efforts to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter are complicated by the arrival in Bath of Miles Caverleigh. The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous care-for-naught with a scandalous past - that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny's unwise liaison with his nephew!

    Roxalanne says: "Excellent entertainment"
    "Coy reader"
    Overall

    This reader is way too arch. She reads as if all the characters were affected ninnies.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3612)
    Performance
    (1489)
    Story
    (1499)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Read and weep-and laugh"
    Overall

    If you don't love the bloodline of Anansi, your heart's a lump of coal and your sense of humor has atrophied. This is a wonderful manifestation of Gaiman's quirky genius. He's erudite without ever even approaching pretentious. He's intensely moral, but takes on human frailty with humor and compassion. Plus, Lenny Henry is truly perfect and captures the Caribbean cum British accents that-at least to my American ear-seems perfect and gives an added dimension to listening without intruding on your sense of the story. He's up there with Jim Dale and Stephen Fry.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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