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  • Hiss and Hers: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    Agatha has fallen head over heels in love - again. This time, she has her eye on the local gardener, George Marston, but so do other women in their little Cotswold village. Shamelessly determined, Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. And then George doesn't even show up. Only partly deterred, Agatha goes looking for him, and finds his dead body in a compost heap. Murder is definitely afoot, but this killer chose no ordinary weapon: A poisonous snake delivered the fatal strike.

    Maureen says: "Pity for the narration but story also lacking"
    "Unbearable narration"
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    Would you try another book from M. C. Beaton and/or Davina Porter?

    From M.C. Beaton, yes. Narrated by Davina Porter, never.


    If you’ve listened to books by M. C. Beaton before, how does this one compare?

    I love the Agatha Raisin books narrated by Penelope Keith - she is "my" Agatha. I adjust quickly to narration by Donada Peters. However, I will never listen to one narrated by Davina Porter again. My initial reaction was that she was making a mockery of it. I'm halfway through and I may give up. I can not adjust to the screeching or the tone.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration and production values are shockingly bad. I'm sure Davina Porter is talented and a good narrator but she is just wrong for this series. I am astounded that whoever produced this did not realize it right from the beginning and stop production.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (886)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Jim says: "CAN NOT UNDERSTAND HALF THE BOOK (AUDIO)"
    "Disappointing + poor choice of narrators"
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    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Stephen Hogan and Lara Hutchinson ?

    The biggest problem is the narration: Stephen Hogan was the voice of Scorcher Kennedy in Broken Harbour so I can't form an independent idea of who Detective Stephen Moran is. Lara Hutchinson's voice is pitched way too high and I can't hear or decipher half of what she's narrating.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tana French? Why or why not?

    I love each and every Tana French novel I've listened to. Even those that I was unsure of at first, I've listened to again. This is the first to disappoint me, but I'm not finished with it yet so that may change.


    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (524)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "The narrator didn't work for me."
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    What disappointed you about The Last Policeman?

    I liked the plot, but I think this is the kind of book I would have enjoyed more reading rather than hearing. The narrator's voice just didn't match what I thought the main character should sound like.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ben H. Winters? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I would probably read it rather than listen to it, unless it's a different narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voice was too light weight for the gravitas of the main character. I understand he was young, but the stolid way he thought and acted called for a voice with more resonance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eli Wallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (791)

    Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

    KB says: "King lover very disappointed - NO Spoilers"
    "Jarring music"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I wish I had read the reviews before buying this. I dislike having music and sound effects in my audiobooks, and what was done with Insomnia was some of the worst I've heard. The music is jarring, interferes with my being able to hear the narration, and is just plain bad. This is a disservice to otherwise excellent narration by Eli Wallach.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    I've read the book before, and it is one I like. This audio version is unbearable. I've barely gotten through the first two chapters because the music and sound effects are too distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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