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Elizabeth

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  • Phantom Waltz

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Catherine Anderson
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    The first time wealthy rancher Ryan Kendrick sees Bethany Coulter, he falls in love. She shares his passion for horses and can light up a room with her smile. She is perfect in every way - except a riding accident years ago has confined her to a wheelchair. Bethany is convinced that she will never marry or bear children. Now Ryan wants to change her mind.

    Wilma says: "Lovely"
    "the overly-clinical details were a major turn-off"
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I enjoy Catherine Anderson's stories, and will read others; but I stopped listening to this one a little over half-way through. Why? The 'love scenes' became so clinical, you'd think that her gynecologist was talking to her instead of her lover. If I wanted a textbook, I would have ordered one. The general story idea is excellent; but I honestly believe it could have been handled much better.


    What could Catherine Anderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If the author had made the story less clinical, I would have at least finished it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1402)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1274)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Enjoyed the story well enough, *. but* ..."
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    Where does Dark Witch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of *all* audiobooks I've listened to? Probably about a 4 out of 10. Of all Nora Roberts audiobooks? Sadly, about the same...maybe a 5. The story kept my attention, although it was a bit of a rehash in a few places (and not just a rehash of her stories...I know there were similarities to the Harry Potter series in there). But the narrator's over-dramatizing in SOOO many places had me fast-forwarding, or muting, to get past those scenes. She did a fair job with the characters until there was a dramatic spell casting scene in the story, then she was just way over the top. I don't know whether to blame the narrator, or the director. Take a lesson from Therese Plummer ("Captivated and Entranced") and Sandra Burr (the Three Sisters Island trilogy, along with several other NR books). They provide a great example of spell casting and. dramatic scenes, without the reader wanted to yank off the headphones.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Witch?

    There wasn't one that stands out (sad, isn't it?)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

    It's highly unlikely at this point that I'd try another of Kellgren's readings...unless I knew for a fact that she's going to tone it down. It's hard to tell if it's the narrator or the director who is at fault for the overly-dramatic scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm interested in the next book in the series, but not if the same narrator (or director?) is used. I agree with other reviewers, this is a candidate for a re-do.

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