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Patricia

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • To the Hilt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Alexander Kinloch is definitely the black sheep of his noble family, choosing the precarious life of a painter over a lucrative job in his stepfather’s brewery. But when a trusted assistant disappears with millions of pounds, Alexander is reluctantly thrust into a foreign world of bankers and auditors. Brutal thugs and jealous relatives stand in his way as he labors to save the business and protect the family treasures. In the face of adversity, Alexander must defend himself and his family’s honor to the hilt.

    Barbara says: "I loved this book"
    "Excellent as usual"
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    What made the experience of listening to To the Hilt the most enjoyable?

    The James Bond of the equine world rides again! Great storytelling by the narrator and a great story by Francis. The other great thing about Francis is you get to learn a little about another subject. In this case, painting with acrylics.


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Further character development. The thing with excellent narrators , like Prebble, is you feel you are a part of the story as a opposed to being read a story, usually by an American who sounds angry and abrasive.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (749)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Judith Baker says: "New favorite author"
    "Very, very good!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Absent One?

    Well-crafted, never boring. You don't have to wait for the good parts.


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

    Excellent narrator. I will look for him again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (313)

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Ruth Nielsen says: "Not a Fan Anymore!"
    "Probably a good story but can't stand the narrater"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Don't know.


    Would you recommend Just One Evil Act to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The narrater is too sacchrin and sing-song. It is a more serious book but I feel like I am being read Winnie the Pooh.


    What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

    Simpering.Sacchrin. Sing-Song. I'm not five.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation that the publishers can't seem to match a narrator to the tone of a book. Next time use John Lee or Susan Jameson.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1340)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1198)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "Hmm...Well...It is Kate Atkinson but..."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Life After Life? What did you like least?

    The best thing about this book was the narrator. The worst thing was it didn't seem to have any kind of plot. Kate Atkinson is a master of the jumping back and forth between time and characters, i.e. Behind the Scenes at the Museum, but this book just doesn't join the people, time and places very well. It was very disappointing. Bring back Jackson, please!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hiss and Hers: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Agatha has fallen head over heels in love - again. This time, she has her eye on the local gardener, George Marston, but so do other women in their little Cotswold village. Shamelessly determined, Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. And then George doesn't even show up. Only partly deterred, Agatha goes looking for him, and finds his dead body in a compost heap. Murder is definitely afoot, but this killer chose no ordinary weapon: A poisonous snake delivered the fatal strike.

    Maureen says: "Pity for the narration but story also lacking"
    "Bad, Bad Narration"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Penelope Keith or Donada Peters. This narrator also does the Martha's Vineyard series by Cynthia Riggs where her quavering voice is great for a 92 year old detective but not for Aggie. A little too saccharin for someone with bear-like eyes and a stocky figure. And like most narrators, she could slow down a little.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As usual, M.C Beaton is very entertaining.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation. I wonder if the producers/marketers/narrators of audiobooks ever sit and listen to a full recording of the book. A little affectation goes a long way.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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