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Ruby

Goshen, NS, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Without Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2177)
    Performance
    (1525)
    Story
    (1513)

    Jack Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. "I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States," she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP's security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team's shield. He has the skills and the stealth and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?

    Joseph says: "Series is getting better."
    "Spectacular, as usual"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up Without Fail in three words, what would they be?

    I have listened to all he Jack Reacher books, and loved them all. Without Fail is no exception. Contains the usual attention to detail, depth of characters.


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

    For me, the Jack Reacher books aren't complete without Dick Hill as the narrator. I've also started looking for other books with him as a narrator now that I've listened to all of the Jack Reacher novels. The other books narrated by Dick Hill have the same superb performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Charles Todd brings his classic mystery series to a new level of intensity and intrigue. The year is 1919, and Ian Rutledge is a fragile yet courageous former soldier searching for his place in a post-war world. Now a Scotland Yard detective, Rutledge is called upon to probe a murder in the small Norfolk town of Osterley - but he soon discovers that the crime may be connected to one of the greatest disasters of all time…

    Kathi says: "One of my favorite series!"
    "Don't like narrator for earlier books in series"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this series, however, would suggest the listener start at the beginning of the series. I started at the end and worked my way back. When I got to this narrator I was not willing to listen. The latter books had been performed by Simon Prebble but this narrator's performance was ...well, just frustrating to listen to. It seemed choppy and the narration interfered with the story. However, if I had started listening to this narrator in the beginning and then moved on to Prebble, I would not have had a better narrator to compare this one too. Of course, it is very probably I would not have moved forward to enjoy the rest of the series.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have changed nothing about the story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't often complain about a narrator, and I feel I might be unfair in my complaints here. However, if the narration had been slower in places, not as 'excited' or 'animated' in others it would have helped with the flow.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series and am forcing myself to go on with this book. I may yet abandon it. I have over 400 books in my library and have abandoned only two others -- neither because of the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (103)

    The most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. Twenty years ago, Blondell O’Henry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter and wounding her two other children. The prosecution argued that beautiful, selfish Blondell wanted to be rid of them to be with her lover. Now Blondell’s son, Niall, has recanted his testimony and demolished the case in the process. Reporter Nikki Gillette is determined to get the true story, and not just for professional reasons. Blondell’s murdered daughter, Amity, was Nikki’s childhood friend.

    Janie says: "Tell me, or perhaps don't."
    "Fascinating!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Tell Me the most enjoyable?

    The story itself was the best part of the experience.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, definitely!


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    Loved it.


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

    I chose it to go to sleep listening to, but had to stay awake for as long as I could because the story was so good.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bombshell: An FBI Thriller, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (207)

    FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith, last seen in Backfire, has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. Savich sees something special in Hammersmith, an almost preternatural instinct for tracking criminals. While on his way to D.C., Hammersmith plans to visit his sister, Delsey, a student at Stanislaus School of Music in Maestro, Virginia. Before he arrives, he gets a phone call that Delsey has been found naked and unconscious, lying in a pool of blood, after a wild party. The blood isn’t hers - so to whom does it belong? Griffin must protect Delsey, but from whom?

    Susan says: "Typical Catherine Coulter"
    "Poor narration by Paul Costanzo"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Because the male narration was so awful, this was a book I would have preferred to read.


    Would you recommend Bombshell to your friends? Why or why not?

    The book yes, but I would never recommend the audiobook. The male narration was stiff and unnatural, more like reading.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo ’s performances?

    No


    Did Bombshell inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The male narration was so bad I will avoid books narrated by him in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1885)
    Performance
    (1643)
    Story
    (1638)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Pat H. says: "NOT THE GREATEST."
    "Love the humor in the story."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to One for the Money again? Why?

    Yes. Love the way the story flowed. Great narration. Love the family, office, community dynamics


    Which character – as performed by C. J. Critt – was your favorite?

    Stephanie and her insights into local characters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (485)

    Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort.

    Ruby says: "Extraordinary Plot Twists"
    "Extraordinary Plot Twists"
    Overall

    The 'guy' point of view gets a little tiresome, but the plot is extraordinary yet again. This is the second Virgil Flowers novel for me and I'll get more.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (112)

    An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican.

    David says: "Anxiously Awaited"
    "Good Story BUT...."
    Overall

    Unfortunately, the relatively good story is overshadowed by a monotone narrator and choppy descriptions. I had read previous reviews and so I knew of the series of one-word descriptions. I bought it anyway. The many descriptions made up of a series of single words did little to allow me to picture a scene and did a lot to add to my impatience with the book. Perhaps reading this book would have been a better option. This is probably the only audio book I have ever regretted purchasing.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2788)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (707)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle"
    Overall

    This book was amazing and the narrator's voice was perfect for it. The tension in the story built to an amazing end, all the pieces neatly tied up. Keep your tissues handy, though. It is a book I couldn't put down, will never forget, and will listen to over and over again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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