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  • Brat Farrar

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (83)

    A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family’s sizeable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick’s mannerisms, appearance and every significant detail of Patrick’s early life, up to his 13th year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself.

    Mim A. Houk says: "A dearly-loved, favorite to read and reread."
    "Great all around"
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    I'm a big Josephine Tey fan, and I'm picky about narrators. This was my first Carole Boyd listen, and now I'm hooked. She's just great. Enough variations in voicing to keep the characters identifiable, but no stagey acting to distract from Tey's precise and wonderful story. If you like British mysteries and good narrators, you can't go wrong here.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Livia

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Phyllis T. Smith
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (44)

    At the tender age of 14, Livia Drusilla overhears her father and fellow aristocrats plotting the assassination of Julius Caesar. Proving herself an astute confidante, she becomes her father’s chief political asset - and reluctantly enters into an advantageous marriage to a prominent military officer. Her mother tells her, "It is possible for a woman to influence public affairs," reminding Livia that - while she possesses a keen sense for the machinations of the Roman senate - she must also remain patient and practical.

    LeSLiE says: "If you loved I, CLAUDIUS. You'll love this book!"
    "I wanted to like it"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, the two hours I spent with this book are lost forever.


    What didn’t you like about Joyce Bean’s performance?

    The narration is a performance, not a reading. Children's voices are squeaky, men's voices are gravelly, and the narrator's voice is flat. There's a weird pause before "he said" or "I replied" almost every time (probably so the reader can adjust her voice). There's a strange rhythmic pattern to the sentences: two are read on a rising tone, one on a falling tone, and one is flat. Rinse and repeat.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Depending on the casting, yes I would.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this, I really did. But after two hours, I knew It was a waste of time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Invitation to the Married Life

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Angela Huth
    • Narrated By Matt Wilkinson
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The married couples in this book have two things in common: a skill in the duplicity that flourishes even in happy marriages, and an invitation to the Farthingoes’ ball. In the months preceding the party, we learn something of their double lives: The faces that each one exposes to their spouses and to the world give little hint of their complex and secret tribulations. By the time they arrive at the ball, each clutching his or her different hopes and fears, and we have become familiar with their unsmooth paths.

    Catherine says: "Narrator should be ashamed of himself"
    "Narrator should be ashamed of himself"
    Overall
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    What would have made Invitation to the Married Life better?

    A different reader


    Would you be willing to try another book from Angela Huth? Why or why not?

    Yes - the story is pleasant. Not earth-shakingly great literature, but a good story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator does a perfectly acceptable job until he voices a female character. For all female voices, he uses a horrible music hall falsetto. It sounds like something out of Monty Python, and it's completely out of place. It's so bad, in fact, that I cannot finish the book. It ruins the listening experience altogether.


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

    As I said, a pretty good story. What a shame the narrator is more enamored of his drag queen voice than of the author's words.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I get a refund?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marjorie Morningstar

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (117)

    Marjorie Morningstar is a love story. It presents one of the greatest characters in modern fiction: Marjorie, the pretty 17-year-old who left the respectability of New York's Central Park West to join the theater, live in the teeming streets of Greenwich Village, and seek love in the arms of a brilliant, enigmatic writer.

    Arken says: "An excellent storyteller"
    "Awful narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator was really bad.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Complex and engaging plot.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Over-acting, over-pronouncing, and sing-song. Narrator is extremely self-conscious.


    Was Marjorie Morningstar worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise and Shine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    It's Monday morning when Meghan Fitzmaurice blows her perfect life to bits. The host of Rise and Shine, the country's highest-rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break, but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike. It's the end of an era, not only for Meghan, a household face who is not equipped to deal with disgrace, but for her younger sister Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has always lived in Meghan's long shadow.

    Marie says: "Don't waste your time or credit"
    "Disappointing narration"
    Overall
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    I've read this book on paper and enjoyed it, and I usually like this narrator. But the narration here is very disappointing. The reader ends 2/3's of the sentences with the kind of lilt you associate with books for children. She reads "We had a conversation about genital mutilation" in exactly the voice one would expect for "Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy talked about Christmas." Moreover, she characterizes the voices inconsistently. The protagonist's boyfriend is sometimes from Brooklyn, sometimes from the deep South, and sometimes just gravelly. It's not so bad that I won't finish the book, but it's disappointing as heck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2985)
    Performance
    (1957)
    Story
    (1988)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "reader gave me the pip"
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    What a bitter disappointment: I cannot listen to this reader for 20+ hours. I couldn't even listen to her for 20+ minutes. She over-pronounces nearly every word, pauses dramatically at most punctuation, and takes a short sharp intake of breath every couple of phrases. It's the voice of a babysitter (one who's short of breath) reading aloud to not-very-bright children. I gave up after less than half an hour. A shame to waste the money on the book, but life is just too short to waste time on a reading this bad.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (168)

    Physically weak and afflicted with stuttering, Claudius is initially despised and dismissed as an idiot. Shunted to the background of imperial affairs by his embarrassed royal family, he becomes a scholar and historian, while palace intrigues and murders surround him. Observing these dramas from beyond the public eye, Claudius escapes the cruelties inflicted on the rest of the royal family by its own members and survives to become emperor of Rome in A.D. 41.

    Robert says: "An..An..Ancient Rome comes to life, brilliantly"
    "If you can't sleep some night ..."
    Overall

    This is the UNabridged version of "I, Claudius". I've listened the the abridged version twice and enjoyed it very much even though I generally avoid abridgments. But I found the abridged version a little hard to follow in places, and bought the unabridged to fill in the gaps.

    This book goes on and on and yawn ... the reader is very good and I'd like to hear him read something with a clearer narrative line, but the even he can't save this from soporific tedium. The book should have been called "I, Tiberius Claudius Drusis Nero Germanicus." I gave up after 90 minutes.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (104)

    First published in 1905, the House of Mirth shocked many by its candour. Lily Bart moves in the shallow, new-moneyed class of New York society in which men make the money and women spend it. There amongst the glib diversions of the newly rich, she seeks a husband who can not only maintain her in this charmed existence, but can also provide unstinting admiration.

    Catherine says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I've listened to this book twice and will listen again after a while. I'd be happy to hear Eleanor Bron read the dictionary aloud: to hear her read Edith Wharton is pure bliss.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3434)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1166)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Thirty-something Redux"
    Overall

    If you remember the television show "Thirty-something", and liked it, you'll probably like this. I did, so I do. It's a soap opera -- a pretty good one. The narration is great, too, so all in all I'd say the book is a nice diversion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chosen One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Carol Lynch Williams
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (167)

    Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father's three wives and her 20 brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much - if you don't count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

    Kim says: "Riveting Story - Amazing Narration"
    "Really engaging"
    Overall

    A quick listen and a really engaging story. I didn't realize the book is meant for the YA market until I listened to the interview with the author at the end. Well written and well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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