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  • The Sense of an Ending: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (698)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Chris Reich says: "Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?"
    "This reviewer spot on "proficient established ...""
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The characters were not likable. The story wasn't believable. Just too much whining. In real life these people wouldn't even be worth reading about.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Julian Barnes? Why or why not?

    Probably. I don't judge and author by only one book. If this is typical Julian barnes then this author just isn't my cup of tea. But artists should always be encouraged to try different styles.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Nothing. Neither liked nor disliked performance.


    What character would you cut from The Sense of an Ending?

    That's not for me to say. The characters are there because the author and the publisher believe they should be there.


    Any additional comments?

    The reviewer whose review is titled "proficient established writer - implausible story" succinctly and efficiently sums up this book and my feelings on it. Read that review. Is dead on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (207)

    It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. But just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover....

    Karen says: "Ebook producers, please listen!"
    "Sorry I wasted a credit on this."
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    What would have made One Summer better?

    Less sappy glop.


    Has One Summer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. McLarty has a great voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Expected much better from baldacci based on his other books which I've read. This is not his forte. Completely sappy predictable romance novel stuff. And infuriating at points because I had to listen til the end but the characters and their lines were just unbelievably juvenile and pat, like a kid wrote it. Hate to be so harsh but this author is good and needs to stick with what he does best. This genre is NOT it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ravine: A Seattle Ghost Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nick DiMartino
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Ever since a mysterious, fatal accident in the ravine, university student Pepper Merlino's world has become a place of fear. Her artist neighbor, Joe Strozza, is tormented by nightmares. Eleven-year old Billy Beck, who witnessed the accident, has run from his world of fantasy into the dread horror of an unknown stalker.

    Kendall says: "Another Good One"
    "author should never have approved this narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Glad I finished it. Interesting twist on what otherwise might be a predictable story line. But Heaven help me, that narrator was just flat out terrible. I don't know if he isn't a native speaker of English;was trying to mimicking regional US accents with which he is completely unfamiliar ; or if part of the narration was an experiment in electronic voice synthesizing. At first I thought it was a computer voice. Then the character's accents got weirder and more and more forced. They also morphed from character to character as book progressed. A character's accent at end wasn't same as when book started.
    Also irritating was the narrator's pronunciation. Sometimes he would over enunciate words like "a" and "the" etc. when colloquial speech was called for. Other times, when such a manner of speaking might be appropriate, he would colloquialize words and phrases. Annoying and inappropriate.
    This poor irritating narration prompted me to stop listening more than once. But the story called me back.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Change narrators.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No! But only because of narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Liked the story and nice mix of characters. A bit of the dialogue seemed trite and forced but was an interesting "ghost" story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept: A Novel of Forgiveness

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Stephanie Zimbalist
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    From Paulo Coelho, author of the international best seller The Alchemist comes a poignant, richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life. Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after 11 years?

    Lita says: "Not Coelho's best, but I actually finished it"
    "First book ever I didn't finish"
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    What would have made By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept better?

    I always labor through even if I don't like a book or don't like the narrator of an audible book. I jut couldn't waste minutes I'll never get back finishing this. And I tried. Especially since I've always loved Stephanie Zimbalist. Story seemed pointless and jut never picked up. I hate to bash books. I can't write and I appreciate a good/great read like few other things in life. But some books just aren't that appealing (to me). Sadly this is one of them. To the point I stopped reading, it just never hooked me and made me want to continue reading. The characters evoked no emotion, nor even negative emotions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unnatural Exposure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (317)

    The body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a Virginia landfill. Scarpetta initially believes the clues mirror that of a serial killer she's tracked before. But upon further investigation, she discovers puzzling pox-like erruptions on the woman's body that, perhaps, point in another direction.

    Joanna says: "Interesting Story Ruined by Narrator"
    "why do i keep using my credits for these?"
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    narrator just didn't cut it first of all. Just not believable and voice didn't do justice to the characters. I think the author is either a failed or former doctor/ME. She seems to have a love of the subject and therefore insists on inflicting upon readers endless technical details that aren't entirely germane. Just too many details. This issue plagues most of these Cornwell "bones" books. The story lines sound really interesting but then just frustrate me with bad narrators and/or excessive technical detail, medical jargon, extraneous info. I understand some background is necessary. But the author is either desperate to let us know how learned she is or just boring. Harsh i know. But I've given her several reprieves and each time I've had to seriously labor through her books. If I hadn't used a credit and the story line weren't so intriguing i probably would have just called it quits.
    And characters may bring out range of emotions but I really just wanted to smack Kay Scarpetta character this time around. She is simply just irritating, whiny and annoying - and not in an endearing "character-in-a-book" way. Just beware. If you don't love this author, this series may be trying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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