You no longer follow S. Koestler

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow S. Koestler

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

S. Koestler

Woodland, Ca | Member Since 2011

1
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Chesapeake Blue: Chesapeake Bay, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (337)

    Seth Quinn is finally home. It's been a long journey. But a lot has changed in St. Christopher since he's been gone - and the most intriguing change of all is the presence of Dru Whitcomb Banks.

    Roberta Rothwell says: "Good story"
    "Such a beautiful conclusion to this series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Chesapeake Blue the most enjoyable?

    The most compelling thing is the interplay of all the family characters you became familiar with in the 3 preceeding stories. Cam, Phillip, Ethan and Seth are interlocking pieces of a strong family puzzle. Their respective wives add color, depth and more humor and love to this fabulous family.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seth, the way he thinks, his art work, his love and loyalty to his family!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorite scenes is his homecoming, and seeing Anna first. The warmth, joy, tenderness and depth of feeling was amazing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Seth dreamed about Stella, (his grandmother) a person he had never met.


    Any additional comments?

    James Daniels does a wonderful job with this narration, the characters voices are finely drawn and the emotional content is honest and true.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1202)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "No. 37 and still going strong!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Thankless in Death again? Why?

    Yes, I definitely will listen to it again. Susan Ericksen as always is FABULOUS! I don't believe there is any other narrator who could do these charactors any better! The story line is a bit gruesome at times but nothing that we haven't encountered in other books in this series and the continuing growth of the charactors and their relationships with each other make them feel like family to me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gosh, so many...obviously Eve and Roarke stand out at the top of the list, but in this story bringing the charactor of Nicksy back into the mix was a wonderful choice, and of course all of Roarke's family as well. But you just can't do one of these books without Peabody, McNab, Finney, and of course Somerset and Galahad!


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    She is the epitome of exactitude with her performances. You know exactly who is speaking each line! She is a master of intonation, and skill in vocal performance!


    Who was the most memorable character of Thankless in Death and why?

    I'm going to say Nicksey in this one, even though her part in the story was relatively small, she had a great emotional impact.


    Any additional comments?

    I read some of the other reviews before purchasing this audio book, and I really don't understand the comments in some of them. I am glad, very glad I didn't take any of the less than complimentary comments to heart and let them change my mind about purchasing the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dinner for God: An Inspirational and NEW New Age Story Filled with Creativity for a Spiritual Cuisine

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rayme Scarioni
    • Narrated By Rayme Scarioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    What if you went to the mailbox one day and received a letter from God asking you to host a dinner - in God's honor? Award-winning author, composer, and lyricist Rayme Sciaroni shares the irresistible story of Jenny, a woman in her early 50s who receives such an invitation. Jenny is requested to invite anyone she chooses as well as a person she doesn't know very well to the momentous event. The guests are urged to each bring a dish they would like for God to taste and to wear clothing they would like for God to see them in.

    S. Koestler says: "Story was wonderful...but narration was lacking"
    "Story was wonderful...but narration was lacking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dinner for God to be better than the print version?

    Unfortunately I would not consider the audio version of the book better than the print version. The audio would have benefitted greatly from having a professional do the narration. Someone like Susan Erikson or someone of her calibre would have made this a 5 star audio book. As it is it felt like the auther, who did the narration himself, was rushing through the reading and each character (most of whom were women) all had the same vocal tone. I really liked the story and the premise of the book but I was tempted at about 1/3 of the way through to just download the book on Kindle and read it myself. I did stick with it and listen to the audio book all the way through, but the experience of the story would have been much richer with a different narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the idea of the story and the characters


    What didn’t you like about Rayme Scarioni’s performance?

    Unfortunately I didn't appreciate his performance very much at all.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't think it needs a tag line. I believe that the title speaks volumes and asks a host of questions as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I wanted to share this book with friends, but in all fairness I cannot recommend the audio version, so I went to Amazon and ordered 4 copies of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Falls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (287)

    It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse, and concealing the cause of death.

    Vivienne says: "Engaging debut."
    "Timothy Dalton is an exceptional narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Christine Falls?

    Story line was well thought out and well written. Characters were clear and well defined. Main character was complex but likable,


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part was the voice of the narrator, clean, clear, good delineation of characters.


    What about Timothy Dalton’s performance did you like?

    He is a talented, strong, very experienced actor, and brings all of that expertise to this performance. The story line captures your interest almost immediately, and holds it throughout the book. He doesn't let go of your attention.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4008)
    Performance
    (2286)
    Story
    (2302)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "This one started it all!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Naked in Death again? Why?

    Going back and listening to this first Eve Dallas story is like revisiting history. It's all about the history of the relationships of the main characters. It flows beautifully and is so strong a foundation to build from that visiting the book again is like reminising about your own past.


    What other book might you compare Naked in Death to and why?

    I compare it to Cheasapeak Blue, which is the final book in Nora Roberts Cheasapeak Bay novels, it has all the history of each of the brothers, and the wonderful story of Seth.


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

    Susan Ericksen's talents in the field of narrator are without equal as far as I am concerned! She manages to capture each voice in a unique and beautifully nuanced way, so that the listener is certain who is speaking, without minimizing the whole story. She is an absolute jewel in this field!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't miss the creation of a legend!!


    Any additional comments?

    I have read every book in the series so far and not been disappointed once. The characters grow with each new adventure. They are full and fleshed out and you can almost know by now what their reaction will be to any given circumstance...you know them that well!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.