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Esra

Farmington, MN, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Collectors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1762)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (673)

    The U.S. Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, D.C. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.

    Nicole says: "Great plot twist...."
    "The story's OK if you can survive the narration"
    Overall

    This is hands-down the most poorly-narrated book I've listened to. I have never understood some publishers' desire to turn a book reading into a 21st century "Amateur Radio Hour". One person narrates while 2 others perform the voices. If the disjointed feel of having both the voice and inflection change mid-sentence isn't bad enough, I have to say that the "voice actors" are about the same caliber as your average adult movie - in other words their talent does NOT carry the story. It's difficult to follow the plot at times because of how hard this book is to listen to.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Child of the Dark Prophecy: The Great Tree of Avalon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By T.A. Barron
    • Narrated By Richard Easton
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    Long ago, the great wizard Merlin planted the seed that would become the peaceful world of Avalon. Now, though, Avalon is suffering from mysterious droughts. And when the very stars begin to lose their light, it seems that the Lady of the Lake's dire predictions are about to come true.

    Deborah says: "Start of a thrilling series"
    "This book is horrible!"
    Overall

    Maybe I'm too old for this book, but I do enjoy good science fiction and fantasy writing. If you haven't already listened to Eragon or the Bartimaeus Trilogy I strongly urge you to check those out and not waste your time with this book. The writing is amateurish and the reading made me roll my eyes. With Dan Brown, every character "stops short". With T.A. Barron every character's "eyes flashed". Please, unless you're 10 years old or younger.. STAY AWAY.

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful

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