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S. Jones

Nerd, cook, and avid audiobook reader

Southern United States | Member Since 2001

  • 3 reviews
  • 111 ratings
  • 521 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Lost something in Audio"

    I really loved this book and I thought the narrator was very good. However, the book was structured such that it was rather difficult to appreciate by just hearing the audio version. Fortunately,this is one of the titles I chose to download both the Kindle and Audible version so I could read both versions via Whispersync for Voice. After the first article or two, I switched from the audio book to the Kindle to get my bearings

    The story begins as a series of semi-related pieces of documentation that don't really have the full impact in audio. Once I switched back to the Kindle version and re-read the beginning, I was able to really appreciate the author's method of storytelling. I did switch back to the Audible version once the book became more narrative in nature.

    This is not a criticism of the narrator at all, nor of the author's writing. Both were extremely good. It was just one of those rare books that I enjoyed reading more than listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Good story, better narration"

    This was my first Robert Crais book and although crime/mystery genre isn't my favorite, I am a sucker for a good dog book so I decided to give it a try. I had previously enjoyed MacLeod Andrews' narration of Will Grayson, Will Grayson and he did not disappoint with this performance. Suspect is a quick and easy read. Having just finished back-to-back Kate Morton and Bryce Courtenay marathons, I enjoyed the change of pace.

    The writing was good, the plot was interesting and I cared about the characters (especially Maggie the dog). I wouldn't really call it grippingly suspenseful, but a good crime novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Melinda says: "Heavy in My Heart"
    "Narration was so poor I could not finish"
    Would you try another book from Louise Erdrich and/or Gary Farmer?

    I would probably try another book from this author. I purchased the Kindle book with the Audible book (I love whispersync!) and I intend to finish the Kindle version (will probably start over), but I would not try another book read by Gary Farmer. I believe this was the most poorly narrated book I have every purchased from Audible in the 12 years I've been a member.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I haven't gotten far enough along in the story to say, but I am intrigued by the characters and premise, which makes me want to read the Kindle version (well.. also because I've already purchased it).

    What didn’t you like about Gary Farmer’s performance?

    It seemed that the narrator had never read aloud before, or as if he was unfamiliar with the English language. He would read a line and pause, then continue with the next line, pause, etc. There was no flow at all and it was extremely difficult to listen to. I have 450 books in my audible library, some of which I've listened to multiple times. I barely made it into Chapter 4 of this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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