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  • Catering to Nobody

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat

    Get ready for a smorgasbord of delicious suspense prepared by Goldy Bear, an irrepressible mistress of menus and amateur sleuth. Filled with a cast of colorful characters and superb recipes, Catering to Nobody is the first in a series that has made Diane Mott Davidson a best-selling author and the Queen of the Culinary Mystery.

    Nancy says: "Surprises"
    "Narrator issues"

    So I actually disagree with the other review about how you can hear her breathe and swallow. You can a little but it isn't distracting. The problem is her interpretation of the text. Sure, the main character is carrying around a ton of baggage, has absolutely no patience, and is insecure about her ability to do almost anything (and yet keeps doing it all), but the tone the narrator gives to the woman makes her flat-out unsympathetic. Goldy ends up just sounding immature and whiny. This same treatment is given to multiple female characters. It's one thing to read these books and see the issues of the characters but the narration adds an extra level which pushes them over the top. The wimps are wimpier and whiners are whinier, and the cheerful optimists are so full of bon mots in the face of grumpiness that they all become extreme caricatures. I listened to this book on a road trip and found myself not caring about how it all ended up even though I have enjoyed reading other books in the series (actually reading, not listening). A different tone for many of the sentences uttered by characters could have salvaged this. They are predictable but would be pleasant enough to listen to when falling asleep except for this issue.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Blues: Georgina Kincaid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Succubus (n.) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid. When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical? But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic.

    Jessica says: "Another great paranormal series!"
    "Fun with a different spin"

    I won't repeat other reviews too much. If you see the same thing multiple times, I probably agree with it. The characters are complex. When the servants of Satan are kind and angles are annoying even if they do not technically sin (at least not without serious consequences), any plot is more likely to be fun. Each book in the series involves the main character solving some sort of mystery that has baffled her superiors with help and humorous breaks from a cast of immortal and mortal characters that are also well developed for the most part. There aren't too many shallow charactuers even if minor characters are not as fully developed as the leads.

    It took me a bit of time to get used to the narrator. Unlike other reviewers, I found that her style of speaking did not quite match what I expected for the main character. However, it wasn't so off that I could not enjoy the book and before i reached the end of the first book, her style didn't bother me any more. Given that there is a whole series narrated by the same person, this is only mildly distracting for a small portion of the overall series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Amelia Peabody embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal for her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way, she rescues Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been "ruined" and abandoned on the streets of Rome by her lover. With a typical disregard for convention, Amelia promptly hires her fellow countrywoman as a companion and takes her to Cairo, where strange visitations and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn.

    Todd says: "Outstanding!"
    "didn't enjoy the characters"

    I really wanted to enjoy this. I love good light fiction and a mystery with an interesting background is always fun. The narrator was fine. I didn't expect much from the plot and it was fine albeit as predictable as you might expect from a mystery/romance. I just could not sympathize with the main characters. I found myself thinking "these idiots deserve each other" multiple times. By the end, I found them less objectionable than at the start but I never really found myself feeling more than apathy for them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"
    "fun but predictable"

    I think this book is much more limited in its audience than some other popular young adult/kids series. The characters are fun and multifaceted enough to be generally interesting. The story develops nicely but the plot is fairly predictable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Equal Rites: Discworld #3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Celia Imrie

    Lisa L. Hilton says: "Lots of fun"
    "I like Celia Imrie"

    The story was pure Pratchett. I really enjoyed this recording and feel the need to address some of the comments about the narrator.

    While I also adore Nigel Planar, I found Celia Imrie a very appropriate narrator for this story. I have a hard time with narrators that are different genders than the main characters and I suspect I am not unique. I did not find Celia Imrie at all difficult to understand. Her Granny Weatherwax is perfect and I will have a hard time moving on to books about the witches read by Nigel Planar in large part because of this.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Window at the White Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated By Rebecca Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A beautiful girl seeks the help of an attorney when her father vanishes. Soon, her aunt also disappears from a locked house in the dead of the night. The search leads to the infamous White Cat, a nightclub frequented by crooked politicians and now, murder.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good story, bad narration"
    "bad narrator"

    This is a classic tale of missing people, government corruption and a beautiful damsel in distress (of a sort). Unfortunately, I have to agree with the first review of this book. The story is a classic but the narrator is terrible. She sounds like a computer and her high pitched voice was a poor choice for a first person narrative with a male protagonist. The narrator's voice has almost no inflection, perhaps contributing to the impression that this was read by a computer. All of these issues increased the time it took me to become engrossed in the story. I'd suggest people try the other recording of this book now available on Audible but the sample of that also sounds a bit like a computer with many of the same issues. However, the other narrator is male if nothing else.

    It is a wonderful story though and the fact that we could enjoy it in spite of the narration is probably an excellent indicator of just how great a tale it is.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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