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Blue

Atlanta, GA | Member Since 2006

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  • To Live and Die in Dixie: A Callahan Garrity Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (111)

    Callahan Garrity is the owner of House Mouse, a cleaning service that tidies up after Atlanta's elite. She's also a former cop and a part-time sleuth. She and her coterie of devoted helpers can ransack a house for clues faster than it takes a fingerprint to set. From her time on the Atlanta police force, Callahan has excelled at mopping up messes of all kinds. But she has no idea what she's getting into when she agrees to work for infamous antiques dealer Elliot Littlefield. The first day on the job, she and her crew are on the trail of a stolen Civil War diary.

    Blue says: "Narrator/editor should have checked"
    "Narrator/editor should have checked"
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    What three words best describe Hillary Huber’s voice?

    Professional, but uninformed. Hillary Huber provides good voice characterizations, but has clearly not spent much time in Atlanta. It pained me to hear her mispronounce VERY well known places like Dekalb and Chamblee. The un-Atlanta pronunciation was further evidenced in words like Valdosta and even the word skirmish was bizarre, pronounced "skymarsh". Not all southern accents are the same and I am sure the narrator knows this. I think Ms |Huber researches pronunciation, but clearly did not do enough checking for this Atlanta based series.


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

    I listened to this on my drive home from work. Entertaining story even though references were a bit dated. Overall it was an enjoyable way to unwind. I only wish the narration had been better.


    Any additional comments?

    Proof readers edit misspelling ( among other things) in written text. Who edits the mispronunciations in audio versions?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stone's Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain Pears
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice, John Lee, Simon Vance
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and arms dealer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continents. A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone's Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home.

    Marilyn Scher says: "Iain Pears-Always more than you bargained for."
    "Excellent book and narrator."
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    Where does Stone's Fall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten


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

    No. It had overlapping layers in story-line, so I wanted to take more time with it. In addition, I enjoyed looking up some of the historical locations/events mentioned throughout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Yorker, October 17th 2011 (Tad Friend, Michael Specter, James Surowiecki)

    • HIGHLIGHTS (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tad Friend, Michael Specter, James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    "A Walk in the Park", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "How Steve Jobs Changed", by James Surowiecki; "Second-Act Twist", by Tad Friend; "Getting a Fix", by Michael Specter; and "Creepy Shows", by David Denby.

    Blue says: "This is journalism not an Anita Shreve novel."
    "This is journalism not an Anita Shreve novel."
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    This was my first listen of the magazine's audio version. While I really appreciated being able to finish The New Yorker as I drove, I found the choice of narrator for Tad Friend's article about Andrew Stanton absolutely inappropriate and annoying. It was so bad that I had to stop listening and skip to the next article. The female narrator maintained the exact same, predictable cadence no matter what the content - even when it was clear there should have been change in stress or emotion. The tone of the article was affected as a result. I'll have to finish that article in the print version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freddy and Fredericka

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (88)

    Best-selling, critically acclaimed author Mark Helprin's work has drawn favorable comparisons to an elite group of literary legends, including James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, and Thomas Mann. Helprin's sheer comic brilliance shines in this ingenious farce.

    Chris says: "God save Craig-Vyvyan! I liked it."
    "Bitter disappointment"
    Overall

    This book started off very promisingly with a humourous, witty scene with evocative prose and descriptions. Which is why it was so disappointing when it proceeded to meander along with clumsy plot development and silly jokes that just went on too long. The characters were mostly frustratingly stupid and the word puns were heavy handed. I perserved through three quarters of it because I liked the author's beautiful descriptions but in the end the silliness of the plot and characters outweighed even that and I gave up. It as annoying that the narrator couldn't speak in an American accent since that made the whole story even more difficult to buy into. However I am sure it would have been worse if he had attempted to speak with an accent.
    This would have to be one of the most frustrating books I have ever listened to and I would not try anything else by this author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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