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  • A Load of Old Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Suzette A. Hill
    • Narrated By Leslie Phillips, Simon Hurst, Grant Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The curious amd murderous exploits of the Rev Frances Outerard as recounted by himself with interspersions from his cat Maurice and his dog Bouncer. Leslie Phillips as a cat? Inspired casting! An enchanting tale full of fun, wit and insight. Set in a delightful 1950s mythical Surrey. The collusion between the cat and the dog to ensure their owner keeps out of trouble is hilarious.

    E. says: "Silly, but not offensively so"
    "Silly, but not offensively so"
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    This was a remarkably entertaining and relaxing read. Well read, and it did not overly tax my (admittedly high) tolerance of whimsy. Really, who can resist a murderous vicar?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Catherine McKenzie
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Angela Dawe, Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: His wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff's estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her company's behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff's life.

    E. says: "The Voice of Claire"
    "The Voice of Claire"
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    I do not know if this is part of the character herself, or is a vocal tic of the woman reading her, but the intonation of a bored valley girl's complaint infects the end of EVERY SENTENCE or phrase spoken by "Claire." It is making it very hard for me to progress in the book or comment on the story. I'll come back and revise the review if there is something in the character herself to warrant the narrator applying such an appalling whine to every sentence. At least, if I can stand it that long.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Down Home Murder: Laura Fleming, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Toni L. P. Kelner
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (268)

    When a tragic family accident brings Laura Fleming back home to Byerly, North Carolina, the sleuth discovers that her beloved grampaw's fatal fall from a ladder in the old mill was not an accident.

    U. Gruber says: "Surprisingly offensive"
    "Oddly choppy transitions"
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    The reader is engaging, but the production/editing is a bit odd, as if somebody just scissored out six inches of tape here and there to speed things up. I thought it might be an amateurish abridgement, but this is supposedly unabridged. It sounds from time to time as if it's being cut off suddenly at the start of a word, then abruptly picks up (with a bit of a pop) on a different word. I suspect it's just bad splicing, although surely this is all digital now and this could have been corrected.

    Oh, and the story is okay but nothing particularly original, IMO.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Telling Lies: A Maggie MacGowen Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Wendy Hornsby
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When Maggie MacGowen was a girl, her sister Emily lived the life of a leftist radical on the run from the FBI. Twenty-two years after the FBI finally caught her, Emily lives in Los Angeles, a doctor at a free clinic that tends to the city’s down and out. When one of her old radical buddies comes out of hiding and surrenders to the police, their long-ago crimes become front-page news.

    E. says: "Midwestern Narrator Makes It Hard To Listen To"
    "Midwestern Narrator Makes It Hard To Listen To"
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    The story's interesting, but not compelling enough to overpower the narrator's machine-like preformance. She seems to be working so hard to pronounce every letter of every word that she is rather expressionless. She also either misreads from time to time, or simply ploughs through obvious typos, which leads me to believe that she is not paying as much attention to the context or plot as she is to the individual words. This method of reading may be efficient -- I'll bet there are very few breaks or repeats required -- but seems little different than being read to by a machine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8980)
    Performance
    (4707)
    Story
    (4776)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Who knew? A riveting performance."
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    I remember, years ago, finding Dune hard to get into and hard to stick with -- it's one LONG book, not to say interminable. This version is one of the best performances I've heard on Audible. It brought me through the book smoothly, allowed me to enjoy the details (did you know that the cone of silence in Get Smart is a clever reference to this book?) and made Dune absolutely riveting. The performers gave depth to the rather stylized characters and plots and let me thoroughly enjoy the book. Nice work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crazy School

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cornelia Read
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Madeline Dare has traded in the drudgery of life in backwoods Syracuse, New York, for work as a teacher at Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for emotionally disturbed teenagers in the Berkshires. Behind the ornate gates of the academy, she finds a disturbing realm where students and teachers must follow the dean's bizarre therapies.

    Molly says: "Great narration"
    "Worth a credit"
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    The plot was rather more convoluted than necessary, but well executed and well read. I like the protagonists, who were rather less characterized than in the previous book, but I remain interested in seeing where they go next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glimpses of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Bell
    • Narrated By Alexandra O’Karma
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Doyle dashes his father's law-school dream by getting caught up in the maelstrom of World War I. Then Zee runs off to chase her dazzling dream of silver-screen stardom - devastating her pastor father. Soon the horrors of war sap Doyle of all hope. And the Hollywood mirage strips Zee of her virtue. But will Zee or Doyle turn to God before it's too late?

    E. says: "Narrator is difficult to listen to"
    "Narrator is difficult to listen to"
    Overall

    I fell asleep in the first 15 minutes and seem to have missed an hour of narrative. I went back, but I don't seem to have missed much. The narrator reads VVVEEEEEERRRRRYYYY slowly, almost as if it is an old tape that stretched, and her voice lacks character. It goes up and down in the appropriate spots, but that's not all there is to expression. The pitch changes convey nothing.

    I've never considered previewing the narration to be important, as, while some narrators are better than others, I had not (until now) run across one I couldn't listen to. Be warned! I do not expect to finish this book, and plan to see if there's a way to return it and get another.

    As for the book itself, who knows? Thinking back to the content so far, I would say that it's rather mediocre but not offensive, and, as in Elsie Dinsmore or Tom Swift, things will happen. Sdaly, I feel no compulsion to find out. This narrator does the author no favors.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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