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  • Grave Witch: Alex Craft Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kalayna Price
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (606)

    Not even death can save her now. As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead---she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case.

    Christopher says: "Excellent Story Narrator needs alot more practice"
    "Like having Redneck Grandma, Former Porn Star read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is OK, and I'm pretty sure I would like it much better if I had read it myself.

    The narrator destroys this entirely. She adopts this voice for the main character that's coarse, old, and ignorant sounding. She seems to have no real idea where to put emphasis. She mispronounces things. She tries to put what I assume she feels is 'drama' into the performance and it's really amateurish and stilted.

    The main character is supposed to be a bright younger woman and this read makes you think she's crabby old trash. Other characters, while read poorly, don't all sound so plain old coarse so I don't get it. Maybe she's trying to give her a hard-bitten edge? Baaaaad.

    I have not checked but I hope to heaven the other books in the series are read by someone else.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It's maybe a little cliche. However, the narration really gets in the way of fair judgement.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It just needs someone else entirely. Narration is not for everyone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think the premise is good, and could develop well over time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aunt Dimity's Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nancy Atherton
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a sizable estate - if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's English country cottage. What begins as a fairy tale becomes a mystery - and a ghost story - in an improbably cozy setting, as Aunt Dimity's indominable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love can conquer all.

    Amazon Customer says: "great book, lousy reader"
    "Wrecked by the reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Nancy Atherton and/or Teri Clark Linden?

    Atherton yes, IF and only if not narrated by Linden.


    What other book might you compare Aunt Dimity's Death to and why?

    any cozy


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Teri Clark Linden?

    Literally anyone. Part of narration is knowing how to pronounce words properly and understanding where and how to place emphasis. This narrator does not even understand the basic difference between when one says the word "a" as a long a or a short a.

    I'm not quite clear whether she actually understands English because the emphasis is completely wrong in virtually every sentence. Bill sounds as though he has some sort of affliction. awful, horrible terrible.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is a nice little cozy. Comfort reading. Destroyed entirely by the narration in this case.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a lot of parents out there with 3rd graders who could use the extra cash - please hire one of their kids to read the next one, It will be a step up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (286)

    No secret stays hidden forever. A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries. Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he expect the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract. Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.

    Robin in Vermont says: "What's happened to Dina Pearlman?"
    "Decent story, kind of bad narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story and went on to listen to the others.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was...I feel like she just didn't have an idea who these characters were. Her voice for Beatrice was just baaaad. She sounded very trashy, and ill-bred. It was horribly jarring. Some of the accents were ok, and others were strange. The Italian was pretty overdone I thought, to the point of being distracting. The villain's voice was goofy rather than menacing and when I went to the kindle copy to read it, the voices in my head made the characters and even the story so much more appealing that even though I love the convenience of the audiobook, I kind of think the narrator wrecked the story a little for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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