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Liz

Mississippi | Member Since 2012

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  • The Last Boyfriend: The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1807)
    Performance
    (1589)
    Story
    (1613)

    Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist - and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers give him grief for his compulsive list making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery MacTavish... Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a firsthand look at its amazing renovation - and a newfound appreciation for Owen.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Speed up your MP3 Player!"
    "Female narrator might have been better"
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    Great book. I always love the Nora Roberts' trilogies. But I wasn't a fan of the male narrator. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by him unless one of the two main characters is female. His narration of all of the male characters was wonderful and very easy to differentiate between each character. The female characters sounded silly and like audio characitures. The older the female, the worse it was. The main female character, Avery, was better than the rest but if she got emotional or excited she sounded juvenile. I do like Mr. Andrews' voice and look forward to hearing him narrate more but hope that his 'lady voices' gain the same depth he gave the male characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Tomorrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Cecelia Ahern
    • Narrated By Ali Coffey
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Born into the lap of luxury and comfortable in the here and now, spoiled, tempestuous Tamara Goodwin has never had to look to the future, until the abrupt death of her father leaves her and her mother a mountain of debt and forces them to move in with Tamara's peculiar aunt and uncle in a tiny countryside village. Tamara is lonely and bored, with a traveling library as her only diversion....

    always reading says: "Another fabulous book by Cecelia Ahern"
    "Another fabulous book by Cecelia Ahern"
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    Loved this book! Loved the Irish narrator! But- the narration was so fast I could hardly keep up! It wasn't bc she was Irish that I had trouble, her diction was very clear and understandable. But the speed of the audio sounded like it had been sped up synthetically, not like someone talking too fast. I even employed the option on my audible app to slow the speed but all that did was put a break in the middle of each word which sounded messed up and wasn't something I could listen to long term. After a long period of listening I would sometimes feel exhausted! But the book was worth it, just hope her next one doesn't sound as if it was mixed by someone on stimulants!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Porch Lights

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and ten-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivan's Island. Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them. Thrilled to have her family back again, Annie promises to make their visit perfect - even though relations between mother and daughter have never been smooth.

    lucy says: "Another WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!"
    "South Carolina or Canada?"
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    Loved the story as I always do when it comes to Dorothea Benton Frank. But I was distracted throughout the entire book by the narrator's dialect when she was reading the part of Annie Britt. Any words ending in the sound 'out' such as 'about' came out sounding like 'oot' or 'aboot'. She sounded Canadian, which I can assure you is the last thing a woman born and bred in the Low Country sounds like!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Grace: The Third Journal in the Walk Series: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (105)

    Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once successful advertising executive, has left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he plans to walk to Key West, the farthest destination on his map.

    Trish says: "Book Three--"
    "Fantastic author, so so narrator"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Paul Evans’s performances?

    I've listened to several Richard Paul Evans books and prefer it when he doesn't
    narrate them himself.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful story in a series I am thoroughly enjoying. I look forward to reading the next book but if it is narrated by Richard Paul Evans I will be reading it, not listening. I imagine it's difficult to hand your handwritten story over to a stranger to narrate but these people are professionals and this is what they do. In my opinion, he should do what he does best and keep writing these wonderful stories but leave the narrating to professional actors. I also had difficulty with the sound on this book bc sometimes his voice was so quiet I needed to turn the volume up and then he would be booming so loudly I would quickly turn it way down. This was the case through headphones and through the speakers in my car. There wasn't any consistency in the volume control whatsoever. But overall I would recommend the book to a friend, but probably not the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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