Cronulla, Australia | Member Since 2011
Having been a narrator of text books and novels for Vision Australia for blind clients for 35 years but an avid reader myself, I have never chosen to listen to audio books. One of my sons taught me to use my new iphone and downloaded "Mystery" by Jonathan Kellerman, so at the age of 79, I'm hooked. Mr Rubinstein's rendition made me want for more. His minimal but effective changes in characters' voices were remarkable and I dips me lid to him. He made me stay glued until the finish. I have downloaded Caleb's Crossing and looking for more.
Did any of the co-authors read Jeffery Deaver's opening premise or did they just make up anything that came to mind without continuity in mind. I enjoy most of the co-authors' books so this one was 10 times more disappointing. To my mind it should never have been published.
I found this epic tres formidable and after several false starts became glued, mainly because of Mr Barrett's consistent narration particularly with the voice he gave to Owen. It must have been a difficult decision to find and maintain this important ingredient. I did read somewhere that John Irving did not believe it could be narrated satisfactorily - well, he needn't have worried.
I replayed the final chapters over and over again and was an emotional mess by the end. How brilliant is Mr Irving to thread the lifelong lives of his characters through such a maze to this outstanding climax. All I can say is Bravo!
I had never heard of this series and after listening to this First Deadly Sin, have ordered the lot. I was a little put off by the opening part and thought I had ordered the wrong book but soon became totally involved in Mr Sanders great characterisations plus the brilliant narration. It was like watching a movie in my mind. There have been a few books where I was swayed by reviews and then found them wanting, but not this time.
Have been a constant Reacher fan but whether it was the almost tired voice given to him by Mr Harding or my personal attitude at the time, I felt that Jack was also tired of being leader of the push. There was certainly plenty of action but not the usual edginess to his character. Maybe there were too many characters to contend with.
I have to admit I am not a patient reader of long descriptive passages in any book or even of 'fables' per se, but when narrated in the mellifluous tones of Jeremy Irons, I was transported and listened avidly to the end, enjoying this gentle story. I would defy anyone to turn him off.
That is why I am such a fan of listening as opposed to reading as I carry my phone everywhere I go and turn it on at every opportunity plus am offered such a diverse variety of choices. There is never time to actually sit and read during the day so can get most chores done without guilt. Thank you.
The switch between the usual Patterson violence intermingled with the unbelievability of a busy detective having 10 children AND a dying saintly wife PLUS helpful father/grandfather, then being sent an even saintlier au pair and still keep his act together, was just too much for this usually gullible listener to swallow.
I dislike background music/sound effects in any audible book but even though the sad scenes were so eloquently expressed, the soulful music intruded, particularly when the listener was immediately jolted into the next unreal vicious actions of the villains.
Part of Patterson's et all's successful writing strategy is to make you quickly turn the page at the end of each chapter to find out 'what happens next' The narrator paused before announcing each one, which made me feel he also found the discontinuity between action and family tragedy, hard to handle.
Having grown up during WW2 then closely following the endless world upheavals to the present day, it was mind boggling to listen to the past deadly intrigues committed by people in power and of the lives led by members of the CIA at that time. It is chilling to know these events still continue worldwide.
This is a book I could never have attempted to read because of the sheer size, cast and foreign names and places, but Scott Brick kept me riveted with his smooth, seemingly effortless narration.
Of course, full marks go to the author, Robert Littell, whose writing craft brought the depicted historical events to life thus enabling Scott to put the icing on the cake for me.
To be able to tour through Provencale and Tuscany recently. not miss any scenery nor miss a word or continuity of the book, was definitely a plus. Bravo to both fine artists.
I have never been a Nora Roberts fan as I like my mysteries and murders without any in depth sexual descriptions. No, I'm not an old prude, just want the facts and interesting storyline thanks. BUT Ms Whelan's narration totally won me over. So much so I wanted my 81 yesr old husband to listen to the main male character's sympathetic, understanding and sm-o-o-th technique. In yer dreams!
I chose the book because of its ratings and was not disappointed but have browsed through the author's other books in the library and know I wouldn't relish reading them to myself. Such is the joy of audiobooks.
I've been disappointed in John Grisham's later novels but managed to stay with this one to the end. He goes into great detail in bulding his unattractive characters and the lengths they go to to cling onto the coat tails of the big firms, but somehow he scrapes in towards the end.
It was an eye opener to the world of 'ambulance chasers' who have created a monster in the legal system causing bona fide companies and professionals much angst as they are led to the slaughter of their expertise and characters for megabucks by these unsavoury lawyers. That said, it was a good yarn.
As a firm devotee of La Plante's thrillers this one again scores highly. Her knowledge of police procedure and keeping her listeners/readers totally involved until the last page is outstanding. Of course the narrator assists in the enjoyment.
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