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Agnes

BardLady

PINE BLUFF, AR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 290 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • Hostile Witness: The Witness Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rebecca Forster
    • Narrated By Tara Platt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    Josie Baylor-Bates returns to the practice of criminal defense when her friend's sixteen-year-old daughter, Hannah, is arrested for the brutal slaying of her step-grandfather-a California Supreme Court justice. Although all evidence points to Hannah's guilt, her family's disturbing relations may play a more significant role than anyone could guess. As Josie unravels a circle of secrets, she discovers a shocking truth that could save her client-or destroy them all...

    Kristine says: "Naration ALMOST spoils good story"
    "Good story, truly incompetent reader"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was interesting and worth finishing, but my fourth graders can read better than this. She sounds like a truly bad actor.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She sounded like a bad actor - overdone, voices unrealistic, just really badl


    Any additional comments?

    This story would have been much better with another narrator.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11210)
    Performance
    (8548)
    Story
    (8600)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Grand and magical story"
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    Would you listen to A Discovery of Witches again? Why?

    i would and have.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent writing, interesting history, characters to care about and carry with you. And the story is outstanding.


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    She reads easily and well, differentiating the characters. All she needs to do to improve is learn to pronounce "dressage."


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended, both in print and audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jewels of the Sun: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Patricia Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (790)

    Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish Folklore and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past.

    Pam Sturgess says: "Adding another name to my Worst Narrator List"
    "Good story, poor reader"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    i'd recommend reading it, not listening to it.


    What didn’t you like about Patricia Daniels’s performance?

    Her reading is flat, calling words rather than reading. Quite hard to tolerate.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Roberts tells a good story. It's a shame a better reader wasn't found.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader pauses mid-thought and mid-sentence. Very distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Dahlia: In the Garden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (980)
    Story
    (979)

    Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper.

    bluebelle says: "Wonderful!"
    "Story great, reader has never been south"
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    Would you listen to Blue Dahlia again? Why?

    No. The narrator was simply awful, with her totally inaccurate and annoying southern accents. Ugh!


    What didn’t you like about Susie Breck’s performance?

    As above, her accents are awful and quite distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cruelest Month: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (1190)
    Story
    (1175)

    It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees, and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil - until one of their party dies of fright.

    Sara says: "Spring in Three Pines"
    "Discover a Treasure!"
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    Would you listen to The Cruelest Month again? Why?

    Absolutely. It's a good story, with interesting characters and an exceptional reader.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Unlike many audio books, in this case, I'd rather listen than read. He has a beautiful voice, excellent accents, and since I don't speak French, he really added something by letting me know how the names and places should sound. He's a keeper, and I'll be looking for more books just to hear him read.


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

    Yes, but I save it for my two-hour-a-day commute.


    Any additional comments?

    I have just discovered this series, and hope it will go on for many, many more books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11704)
    Performance
    (10513)
    Story
    (10607)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Cidney says: "I Guess Dan Brown Never Read “Children of Men”..."
    "Typical Brown: Lots to think about"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they have liked other Dan Brown books. The DaVinci Code is my favorite.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There was too much jumping around to get TO the ending.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's a good reader, and does Dan Brown very well.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader makes the book, and in this case, the reader was really better than the story. But like other Dan Brown books, this one sent me to Google to do more research. His books really make the reader reader/listener think, and I like that in a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28634)
    Performance
    (15158)
    Story
    (15205)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Get it!"
    Overall

    Excellent book, great story, very real characters. I received the hardcover as a Christmas gift, then bought the audio book to listen to as I drove to and from work. It was even better as an audio book, and that is something I rarely say. The readers were terrific - this is what all audio books ought to be. Listen to this one. You won't be sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1266)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (463)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    Pamela says: "Authors Need to Review Pronunciations"
    "I love Pat Conroy"
    Overall

    This isn't my favorite book of his, but I did enjoy it very much. I listen to about ten hours of audio books per week, and my major requirement is a good story - I need to stay awake while I'm driving. This was a very good story, and I liked the characters.

    Pronunciation of local character names and words seems to be a problem in ALL audio books, and directors or producers should address it before the reader begins. This is not Conroy's problem, it's a general audio book issue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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