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Ada

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  • One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (223)

    Lady Philippa Marbury is...odd. The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She's looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest - 14 days to research the exciting parts of life. It's not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London's darker corners.

    Ezinwanyi says: "Pippa's thirst for knowledge leads her to Love"
    "I didn't like it."
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    What disappointed you about One Good Earl Deserves a Lover?

    Unbelievably sappy. I could not finish it and I like romance stories.


    Did Rosalyn Landor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    So so. I did like listening to her voice.


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

    It started off well and I liked the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot had a lot of potential then half way through it as if a second author took over. The dialouge turned really sappy. I started wondering how Rosalyn Landor could even keep her voice steady and not break into uncontroled laughter.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1514)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1376)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Very disappointed."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I did not like the narrator at all. It ruined the story for me. The narrator was over the top annoying. Way to much breathiness (probably not a word?).
    Maybe if I read the book instead of listening to it I will change my mind?


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this book I kept wondering if some other author wrote it. I could not connect with the characters so didn't much care what happened to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Butler: A Witness to History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history.

    Cris says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "It was OK but not what I expected"
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    Would you recommend The Butler to your friends? Why or why not?

    I am not sure? I bought the book because I thought I would hear what the butler thought about the different presidents he served under or maybe his take on different events that happened while he was a butler, but that isn't what the book is about. The book is more of a narrative on Africa American history in the United States than about the white house.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel as if this book was an expensive advertisement to get people to go see the film and it worked because I want to see the movie.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy: Buchanan-Renard, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (236)

    When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to save his life. Soon, Theo finds himself in a race to save her when Michelle is targeted by a deadly crime ring. They call themselves the Sowing Club, a devious foursome driven by greed to accumulate millions in a secret bank account. Now they're dead set on silencing Michelle, who might know the secret behind the killing of one of their wives.

    Maria says: "A Good One!"
    "good story but not so good narrator"
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    What would have made Mercy better?

    I didn't like the accent the narrator used. I had read this book a long time ago and was looking forward to listening to it, but the accents turned me off.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Bad accents. Sounded very forced and the rhythm was off.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bughouse Affair: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bill Pronzini, Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan, Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In The Bughouse Affair, this first of a new series of lighthearted historical mysteries set in 1890s San Francisco, former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon, undertake what initially appear to be two unrelated investigations. Sabina's case involves the hunt for a ruthless lady "dip" who uses fiendish means to relieve her victims of their valuables at Chutes Amusement Park and other crowded places. Quincannon, meanwhile, is after a slippery housebreaker who targets the homes of wealthy residents.

    Patrick says: "Terrific, engaging detective story!"
    "I kept thinking it was going to get better"
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    Would you try another book from Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller and/or Nick Sullivan and Meredith Mitchell ?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Sullivan and Meredith Mitchell ’s performances?

    No


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I kept thinking this was going to get better but it never did. The whole premise was a little off. Also I would think a former Secret Service agent would be more adept at their profession. Sherlock Holmes, really? I also had problems with the male voice. Something about it just didn't fit also the male voice would do the female character and the female voice would do the male character then they would switch back so I never felt that I knew the right voice.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Gardens: A Ladies of Lantern Street Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (283)

    Novelist and professional companion Evangeline Ames has rented a cottage in the outskirts of Little Dixby, far from the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens, she finds some pleasurable diversion in sneaking past the wall to explore the grounds. And when her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety. Lucas Sebastian has never been one to ignore a lady in danger, even if she is trespassing on his property.

    Vicki says: "Fun paranormal romp suffers from odd narration"
    "The voice was wrong"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Amanda Quick again?

    I am a huge fan of Amanda Quick and have read or listened to all her books.


    What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

    I could not get use to Justine Eyre's voice. There was a quality about it that bothered me. I have been trying to figure out just what it is that I didn't like. The conclusion I came to was how edgy it was even at times when there was nothing in the story to be edgy about.
    I wish Ann Flosnik had read it.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Convenient Disposal: A Posadas County Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Steven F Havill
    • Narrated By Stephanie Brush
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    To most people, hat pins are vestiges of the past, used now only by elderly ladies who don't leave home without a hat. But recently, the notion store in Posadas County has been doing a good business selling hat pins to teenage girls. Following a "cat fight" over a boy, one of the girls, Carmen Acosta, had been suspended from school. But Carmen's friends are still around. So Deena, Carmen's rival, wants something with which to defend herself.

    Richard Delman says: "Another very satisfying listen"
    "Not as good as previous books"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This was an OK book but not as good as previous books. I like Beth Richmond as a narrator. Her voice has more of a hispanic tone than Stephanie Brush. What is missing with this book is the family life of the characters. There was some, but not very much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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