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Wendy

ratings
412
REVIEWS
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
60

  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6624)
    Performance
    (4272)
    Story
    (4267)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "A Welcome Addition"
    Overall

    This was a satisfying installment in the saga of Jamie and Claire I hope Audible will add Gabaldon's Fiery Cross and Breath of Snow and Ashes in the unabridged versions SOON. Narrator Davina Porter does such an extraordinary job with both male and female voices that good books are rendered great with her performances. Audible notes in her profile that she won a 2006 recording award for A Breath of Snow and Ashes, but it is not yet available here.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Loss of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (39)

    America is in a state of turbulence, engulfed in civil unrest and uncertainty. Yet for Whitney Dane - spending the summer of her twenty-second year on Martha's Vineyard - life could not be safer, nor the future more certain.

    Dot says: "Had not read a Richard North Patterson"
    "Dreadful! Stereotyped Characters, Soapy Plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Richard North Patterson and/or Julia Whelan?

    Maybe - I liked Richard North Patterson's earlier books, but this was an unfortunate departure into romance and a preachy, ham-handed evocation of the sixties.

    Would definitely listen to Julia Whelan perform another book.


    What was most disappointing about Richard North Patterson’s story?

    Characters were cardboard and either admirable or despicable--absolutely without subtlety. And much about these people was not shown or developed but lengthily described and explained. The period setting was shaky and the plot was completely predictable. There were a couple little anachronisms that should have been caught in editing, The political point of view, which I happen to agree with, was delivered with bludgeoning preachiness. Perfunctory, but unconvincing sex scenes. Awful. Much of it read like a bad historical romance. I could not believe it was the same writer I previously enjoyed.


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

    Good variation of voices (though her Bobby Kennedy bits were rough, but that's not a big part of the book)


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

    Barely. Some bits describing the sixties were almost okay...


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Eric Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    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"
    "Dreadful narration spoils this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Male narrator uses grating falsetto for women's voices. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and good narrators of either gender can make the various voices work well, without forcing it. But this guy was awful and spoiled the book for me. The rest of his performance was amateurish also, with some stilted phrasing and a clunky reading style. He was okay only when doing dialogue for male characters. Too bad.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    Shortly after Alan and Lauren welcome their affluent new neighbors, the couple hosts a dinner party. One of their guests, a young widow, elects to spend the night after indulging in too much wine, only to wake the next morning with no memory beyond getting ready for bed. Was she drugged? Raped? Lauren, a deputy district attorney, and detective Sam Purdy are both privy to facts they can’t share with Alan, but Alan soon discovers that he has a most unusual perspective into what truly happened after the dinner party.

    Albert says: "exciting"
    "Ponderous Annoying Narration"
    Overall

    I have read and enjoyed most of Stephen White's Alan Gregory books, and I have enjoyed Dick Hill as the narrator of many other books...But I think Hill is a bad choice for these books where he delivers the voice of Alan Gregory. This series has a lot of ruminations by the protagonist. In Dick Hill's performance these thoughts are excruciating - breathy, overly dramatic and endless. Another character, Sam Purdy, gives a long talk about a recent crime and trial also which is tedious and annoying in this narration. The female characters sound nasal and whining. I recommend reading these books in print. Sadly - they should be great audiobooks.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deliver Us from Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1550)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (533)

    In South America a 96-year-old man of great wealth reads a book late one night and an hour later he lies dead in his bed, the secrets of his past starkly revealed. Six months later another mystery man lies dead at the bottom of his pool in a villa in Provence. This time, however, there's a witness at the scene: Shaw, the shadowy operative from The Whole Truth who barely escapes with his life.

    B. Bozeman says: "Disappointing"
    "Cartoonish Characters in Predictable Plot"
    Overall

    Disappointing. I like Baldacci, but not this one. Characters are flat and laughable--the villain revels in being gruesome, and the hero pulls off superhuman feats. No intricate plot either - it has only one direction to go: this uber evil man has to be killed. In each skirmish the outcome is predictable (bad guys will win this one, and this one, now good guys prevail). The narration didn't bother me as it did others, though his accents were inconsistent at times. Hope DB's next one is better.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • True Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (395)

    Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform.

    Stephen says: "No connection to new heroine"
    "very silly but kind of fun"
    Overall

    As long as you are willing to completely relax your standards of plausibility (and don't compare too closely to earlier books of Baldacci) this book is entertaining. Rather like a preposterous summer movie thriller. Cartoonish characters, ridiculous circumstances, but it moves right along.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Honey Moon Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    It's the stuff dreams are made of. Hollywood discovers a South Carolina orphan, Honey Jane Moon, and makes her a star. She lives a roller-coaster life. Now, though, she's all grown up, a child star no longer, but still dramatic and passionate. Two men, Dash Coogan, a cowboy movie legend, and Eric Dillion, the town's bad boy, know how fiercely she loves and lives. What Honey wants is the family she never had. She'll take the man who latches onto her dreams and who can hang on for the ride!

    Kathy says: "Thumbs up"
    "Early, not up to par"
    Overall

    This story lacks the light touch and comic banter that make later Susan Elizabeth Phillips books enjoyable. Some of the same elements are there--a spunky heroine, gorgeous famous man, etc, but the book is sentimental and overburdened with incongruous plot. Also this one costs 2 credits--not worth it in my opinion! But Anna Fields was great as always!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Gate at the Stairs

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lorrie Moore
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (65)

    In her dazzling new novel--her first in more than a decade--Moore turns her eye on the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, on the insidiousness of racism, the blind-sidedness of war, and the recklessness thrust on others in the name of love.

    Wendy says: "Great Writing - Not Great Book"
    "Great Writing - Not Great Book"
    Overall

    Lorrie Moore is a terrific writer of short stories. I found many of the qualities of those stories in this book - funny, ironic, fierce and clear-eyed about people, close observation of social norms, and dead-on dialogue. But this novel didn't work for me. It hung on plot devices and characters' backstories that were unbelievable - and not in an intentional absurdist way - just out there. The connection to 9/11 seemed very thin, and most of the characters felt underdeveloped over the length of the book - keenly portrayed for a few scenes but not with much depth. Still, I kept thinking wow can Lorrie Moore write! Sometimes sad, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Narration was well-suited to the main character's voice. Looking forward to more short story masterpieces from Moore.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

    Deena says: "Extraordinary"
    "Good Book - Well Read"
    Overall

    This book works especially well as an audiobook because it is a first person rendering - the thoughts of a happy, successful doctor as he lives through a series of very unsettling events. Literary fiction can be tough to follow in audio, but in this case the insights and descriptive passages came clearly through the voice of the key character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2175)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (915)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "Terrific Book - well performed"
    Overall

    I found this book funny, tragic, different, and compelling. I don't understand Spanish and I wished I did, but the context usually carried me through. It is a quirky, unusual, sometimes profane book with real literary ambition. The characters are vivid but not always likeable. I understand why it won prizes, but also how it will not be to everyone's taste.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5319)
    Performance
    (3520)
    Story
    (3526)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Fine Beginning - Abrupt, Unsatisfying Ending"
    Overall

    I would give 4-5 stars to the first 5 parts but only 1 to the sixth. It was wonderful to be back in the company of these characters, narrated by the excellent Davina Porter. True there is a lot of battle and history explained, but I was fine with that. I enjoyed the way she expanded on some of the minor characters as well.

    However I found the ending downright annoying. The last part felt as if it was written in a rush to meet a deadline, left far too many things hanging, and included utterly unbelievable behavior by Claire. I don't need loose ends to propel me to purchase the next book - she has me hooked on Jamie, Claire and company. I also felt a little manipulated, as if she wants us to read more of her Lord John series (which I don't find very compelling), so she included elements which didn't make sense to the story--or maybe I'm just a bit disgruntled by the bizarre behavior she wrote in for Claire and Lord John.
    I wouldn't miss a segment of the remarkable Outlander series, but I hope the author treats her legions of fans with a bit more respect on the next book. Sure we are eager for the next installment, but let's hope she takes as long as she needs to write it.
    btw(I was glad to see the publisher's note about the earlier two books - will gladly buy those when they show up on Audible, unabridged with Davina Porter.)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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