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Lara

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • The Double Bind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    When college sophomore Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle, her life is changed forever. She withdraws into her photography hobby and begins to work at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a box of photographs he won't let anyone see. When Bobbie dies suddenly, Laurel discovers that he was once a successful photographer. As her fascination begins to merge into obsession, she becomes convinced that some of his photographs reveal a dark family secret.

    Billie Lee Orenbuch says: "Excellent Psychological Thriller"
    "Simply Boring"
    Overall

    The simplistic and cliche dialog prevented me from tolerating what could have been a half-decent story and plot. I didn't even download the second half.

    Better give this a miss - unless you're a budding novelist and want some tips on how not to write.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4966)
    Performance
    (4569)
    Story
    (4565)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Too long - for children."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Theft of Swords better?

    Language level was grade 6 equivalent. Narrator sounded like my grandpa. Story is plodding, boring - I used it to mainly fall asleep at night and couldn't bring myself to finish it. Perhaps even children would lose interest.


    Has Theft of Swords turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Although I strongly recommend NOT reading this book. I couldn't finish the first one, let alone an entire series of this.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Did not have enough range to cover all characters. Relied on character stereotypes.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    Dear Audible - please rate books according to language level - it couldn't be that hard. Please. This is not the first time I have had this problem.

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • A Killing Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By R. D. Wingfield
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (89)

    The discovery of two teenage girls' bodies and a video of a snuff movie showing the death of one of the victims leaves Detective Inspector Jack Frost in a race against time before the killer can strike again.

    Loreen says: "This is a favorite"
    "Narration is fantastic."
    Overall

    The narrator brings these characters to life in a way few narrators do. What a pleasure to listen to. The story was good but the characters and narration put it over the top.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • With No One As Witness

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    In With No One as Witness, her thirteenth novel, Elizabeth George has crafted an intricate and absorbing story sure to enthrall her readers. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, along with his longtime partner, the fiery Barbara Havers, and newly promoted Detective Sergeant Winston Nkata, is back, and on the hunt for a sinister killer.

    Kathleen says: "ABRIDGED, ABRIDGED, ABRIDGED"
    "Bring back the old Narrator"
    Overall

    As a fan of Elizabeth George, I enjoyed this book. However, the change in the narration between the narrator in this book and different narrators in other books resulted in subtle differences. Some of the characters just didn't speak the same (inflection, emotion towards other characters). With the old narrator, I'd have given it 4 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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