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Raymond

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2614)
    Performance
    (2334)
    Story
    (2318)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Fascinating Story & Excellently Read"
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    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    Surprisingly emotional intrigue


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mathew was an unpredictable central character with frustrating and heroic qualities


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

    Don't know the performers name so I probably haven't listened to him before, but I'll definitely look out for him in the 'read by' target area.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This had me biting my tongue in public before yelling out 'Oh come on' or 'you got to be kidding me'! I don't cry, just refuse. But there was obviously a lot of 'hay fever' about while I reading this.


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a great trip back in time into a totally different era. I baulked with the first recognition of when and where this book is set, but some raw tease and action held me until chapter 2. After that I didn't want it to stop. It is a very good story and well presented, and will probably make a great movie one day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7185)
    Performance
    (6258)
    Story
    (6239)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Keep going, enjoy the ride, gets better."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would suggest it for a lazy weekend escape, something to apply your imagination to and enjoy the story.


    What other book might you compare The Witness to and why?

    It's out of my normal genre for any comparisons.


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

    Never experienced her performance prior, usually prefer male readings, but acclimatized and started enjoying the story more and therefore her performance. Good effort.


    Any additional comments?

    It's no where near a 'Girl With' series or many others, it's not sucked-in alarmingly different, but it's a good story to keep the listener (male or female) looking forward to plugging back in and getting back to 'what's going to happen next'.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (997)
    Story
    (1009)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "Surprise and Sucked in"
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    What did you love best about Option to Kill?

    Story moved quickly, adding more facets with each chapter and holding onto the listeners curiousity. Not predictable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The young girl (main character's off-sider plus) was suspicious in her abilities but cute in her neediness, she keeps you guessing.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Fast Different Connected


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an extreme emotive ride, but keeps you on the edge of chair with minimal strings pulled.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a enjoyable journey, always looked forward to getting back to it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Let It Shine

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Josephine Cox
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Ada Williams was once an ambitious woman who believed money and power would bring her happiness. But now, she is all alone in the world, except for her greedy, bitter son Peter, who despises her and waits for the day he will inherit her fortune. Ada, however, has a different plan altogether.

    Jeanette says: "Good listen"
    "Old Fashioned English Yarn"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It's for the female's romantic loner, who likes old fashioned stories.


    What could Josephine Cox have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It fits the criterea and genre of a certain time frame but could use some more explosive (grab you by the collar and pull you in) interruptions to this 'every day (yawn) life' betrayal.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I thought the narrator did a pretty good job (given the material), the characters are believable and atmosphere transending.


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

    It was dissapointing and I had to force myself back to it several times, just in case it got better and I could justify my 'purchase'.


    Any additional comments?

    I was trying for something different in 'excapism' but this genre, or just this book, didn't open up a new area of interest for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Booktaker: A Nameless Detective Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (329)

    The Nameless Detective is called upon to find out how rare books and maps are being stolen from an antiquarian bookshop with a faultless alarm system. He goes undercover in the store, only to be foiled when a theft occurs right under his nose. Then, as he ponders the case (while on a date with the lovely Kerry), he’s violently struck from behind by a car that seems bent on driving him off the road. Will Nameless survive this attempt on his life and solve the case?

    Nicolette says: "Great story"
    "Kinda 'cutsie' fun."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's a short story, nothing dramatic with twisted deceptions, so it was fun for a couple of hours.


    What could Bill Pronzini have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe the characters went unnoticed, I lost interest in finding the thief.


    What three words best describe Nick Sullivan’s voice?

    Bold Overstated Pass


    Could you see The Booktaker being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Forget it. Neither Movie nor TV would this story be... not enough 'what the' and it's not about gore or sex or disaster. The stars wouldn't do it anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    It was light entertainment for a couple of hours audio, but the story fell into cliches with a predictable ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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