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Kathryn

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Eric Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    Raised by loving adoptive parents, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt never had an interest in finding his birth family-until he gets a chilling text message from an unknown number: "How did ur mother die?"

    A.C. says: "An okay read"
    "Terrible, terrible narrator"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from John Lescroart and/or Eric Dawe?

    I like John Lescroart, but I will never listen to another book read by Eric Dawe. He is absolutely horrendous. I don't understand how someone who sounds like a first-grader sounding out every word, and who gives every female character a ridiculous falsetto, can make a living as a narrator. Makes me think that maybe I'm in the wrong field.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I was constantly conscious of and annoyed by him, whether it was his stiff, staccato style, or the stupid voices he gave all of the women and some of the men. Also, it irritated me every time he pronounced Devin Juhle's last name as


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt Club

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (18)

    A federal judge is murdered, found shot to death in his home - together with the body of his mistress. The crime grips San Francisco. To homicide inspector Devin Juhle, it first looks like a simple case of a wife's jealousy and rage. But Juhle's investigation reveals that the judge had powerful enemies...some of whom may have been willing to kill to prevent him from meddling in their affairs.

    Julianne says: "Not up to his usual excellence"
    "This narrator is the worst I've ever encountered."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wow. The narrator absolutely killed the story. The women and children all had the same high-pitched, infantalized voice. Male characters other than the protagonist were given a dopey voice that made them sound mentally-challenged. Awkward pauses, terrible accents, and staccato dialogue--this narrator had it all.

    Normally I'm a fan of Lescroart's books, but the narrator really made this one unbearable. How does someone so terrible at it actually make narration their career?? I'll never listen to another book he reads again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Oath: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Robert Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    When the head of San Francisco's largest HMO dies in his own hospital, no one doubts that it is anything but the result of massive injuries inflicted by a random hit-and-run accident. But the autopsy soon tells a different story - an overdose of potassium killed him, and the attending physician, Eric Kensing, becomes the prime suspect in a high-profile homicide.

    Pam Sturgess says: "I'm an IDIOT! Don't YOU be an idiot. Skip this one"
    "Enjoyable story, but the narration is pretty bad"
    Overall
    Performance

    Since when does Moses McGuire have a (bad) Irish brogue? I was a bit annoyed with the narration of this book. Lawrence also narrated The Hearing, which sounded terrible. This was a little better, but sheesh, the accents! Stop it! Especially when it makes no sense for the character!

    As for the book itself, it was well-written, as always. I like Lescroart's mysteries.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Ruhlman
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Ruhlman propels himself and his readers through a score of kitchens and classrooms, from Asian and American regional cuisines to lunch cookery and even table waiting, in search of the elusive, unnamable elements of great cooking.

    Justin says: "Interesting subject, terrible presentation."
    "Probably a lot better to read than listen to"
    Overall

    I expected to love this book, but I found myself getting really confused. It seems like it skips around a bit between subject matters, so that I'd find myself listening to a description of a teacher, and then a class not taught by that teacher, and then we'd be back to that teacher.

    More annoying, though, was the narrator--this guy was horrible. The mispronounciations and awkward pauses were even worse than a previous reviewer would lead you to believe.

    All in all, I didn't enjoy this book, which was really disappointing, since I was looking forward to diving into it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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