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Corri

Downingtown, PA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 6 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 493 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015
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  • Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Jacky Faber is framed as passing confidential U.S. information to the British. Forced to flee Boston, she goes undercover as a governess for a prominent Puritan family. When outed by a nosy postmaster, she deserts the respectability of her position, dons a leotard and slippers, and poses as a Russian tightrope walker in a traveling circus. But the law soon catches up with her, and prospects do not look good.

    MissSusie66 says: "Satisfying Ending to a beloved series"
    "But I haven'the listened yet..."
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    Well, I hadn't listened to many female narrators; I am hooked on George Guidall, and Iove the Le Carré Smiley books by Frederick Davidson, and David Aaron Baker's Odd Thomas. Then I listened to the first Royal Spyness mystery, and I thought "wow", very quietly and with some reverence. "This woman
    can really read you a book!" After I searched Audible by narrator, I discovered Jacky Faber and her adventures. The stories are really good - while demanding a large suspension of disbelief - but Katie Kellgren makes them PERFECT. I have listened to all but this one (ah, farewell, Mr Meyer) but I am listening to them all once again before I have to come to the end of the story. And as I expected, the narration alone let me hear more this time than the last.

    With printed books I have always been a re-reader;(Susan Howatch, Thomas Costain, Steven King, Mary Stewart, Dick Francis) and I find with audiobooks it is just the same. Sometimes I read 'em again right away, sometimes I need to let a year go by. Not this time...Jacky Faber was so wonderful I think I did the "3 extra credits" thing three times running! A HUGE part of this devotion is due directly to this wonderful narrator.

    Just think: Cockey (actually more Michael Caine, which is kinda complicated), upper-class English, Irish, Scots, American, southern American, American-accented French, better French, Spanish, Russian, German, Jamaican accents...and ALL believable...not to mention rather lovely singing of sea-shanties and folk songs of all kinds (in soprano, tenor, baritone, child, and male and female ranges - WOW again).

    Whew! The stories are really neat, but Katie Kellgren as a narrator leaves me breathless ( or speechless). I would buy an audiobook just on her name as narrator. Don't miss this series!

    PS But George Guidall, dear, you will always be first in my heart (and ears)...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5149)
    Performance
    (3845)
    Story
    (3876)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Even though..."
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    Performance
    Story

    I've read and re-read this book, I had never listened to it, so I tried it as an experiment. WOW, it came alive a whole different way for me! I expected (a little) to be disappointed, but the narrator was super, and even though I knew the ending, I was hooked right through. Glad I used a credit for it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Honourable Schoolboy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    The preceding novel in the George Smiley series (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) ended with the devastating unmasking of a double agent at the heart of the British Secret Service. Now, in The Honourable Schoolboy, George Smiley, who has assumed the unenviable job of restoring the health and reputation of his demoralized organization, goes on the offensive. He searches for a whisper, a hint, a clue that will lead him back to his opposite number: Karla, a Soviet officer in Moscow.

    Iain says: "A wonderful cold war thriller"
    "Very, very good"
    Overall

    I thought this was a very good narration, despite the other reviews disparaging the audio. True, there was a kind of echo (oddly, sometimes repeating and other times, anticipating the reading), hence the four-star, but it didn't take long to disregard it. I had not previously read any le Carre, and was astonished at the sophisticated writing. The narrator contributed to the delightfulness of this, since the writing is often tinged with irony or sarcasm; he is NOT plummy, but rather just a bit snooty. All in all, well worth the time and credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outsourced

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By R. J. Hillhouse
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Camille Black is approached by the CIA for an important mission: to track down and eliminate a man accused of selling arms to terrorist cells. But her quarry is her ex-fiancé, Hunter Smith. Battling her old feelings, but fueled by his disloyalty both to her and to his country, Camille sets off into the shadows of the War on Terror to find him.

    A User says: "tried to persevere but couldn't get through it"
    "Couldn't finish it"
    Overall

    I didn't get far with this one. The narrator had such a nasal voice that I had to get it off my iPod. I have a lot of audible titles but this is one of the few that was a waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6812)
    Performance
    (3572)
    Story
    (3593)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Absorbing"
    Overall

    Not only is it a really good story, the narration was excellent. Not just for kids. I have more of Neil Gaiman's work in my wish list already!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Afghan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize, but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Or is it?

    BobInWA says: "Slow Part 1 - Great Part 2"
    "Super"
    Overall

    I don't agree with the criticism of the reader - I found him to be very good, allowing me to hear the story without always being aware of the voice. He does quite well with the accents, too. The story is complicated, but kept my interest the whole time. Definitely worth the credit!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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