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Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
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  • 857 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2015

  • Out of Control: Troubleshooters, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Norma Lana

    Savannah von Hopf has no choice. To save her uncle's life, she goes in search of Ken "WildCard" Karmody, a guy she barely knew in college who is now a military operative. She must convince him to help her deliver a cache of ransom money into the hands of terrorists halfway around the world. What she doesn't expect is to end up in WildCard's arms before she can even ask for his help.

    Don says: "Great story but a flat narrator"
    "Horrible narrator!"

    The actual story by Brockmann gets at least a 4 star rating from me, but the audiobook only gets two stars because the narrator ruined it. Her monotonous, inflectionless voice made it very difficult to listen to this book, in fact, I found myself daydreaming and getting bored. That's pretty sad considering that the story itself was great! Her weak attempt at accents, like Scottish, was annoying, and other necessary accents were simply nonexistent. I had to try to focus on every word in order to know when dialogue changed from character to character and as I said earlier, focusing was very difficult. All I could say is that I'm glad Brockmann uses different narrators for her books, because I'll never listen to a book narrated by Norma Lana again. If you can, buy the book in print, you'll enjoy it much more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inner Harbor: The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Guy Lemonier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Phillip's brothers, Cameron and Ethan, are now happily married. The family boat-building business is starting to thrive. And the Quinns are closer than ever to keeping Seth permanently protected from his errant mother who would sell her own son rather than loving him the way the Quinns do.

    Darlene says: "One Word WOW!"
    "Horrible narrator"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Guy Lemonier?

    I love Nora Roberts and usually her books translate very well to audio. I'll certainly listen to another of her books. However, I will actively avoid listening to a book narrated by Guy Lemonier.

    What didn’t you like about Guy Lemonier’s performance?

    He was voiced was rushed with little to no inflection. It was difficult to tell the difference between women, men and children. The sex scenes were just torturous.

    Any additional comments?

    It's difficult for me to comment on the book itself when the narrator made it so difficult to enjoy the characters and the story. I just wanted it to hurry up and end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Amazon Customer says: "HATE that female reader!"
    "Good book, but bad audio!"

    I have to say that I feel horribly cheated by the audio version of City of Fallen Angels. I thought it was a brilliant idea to add a male narrator, but why did they have to change the female narrator? Listening to Molly Quinn read this book was like being transported to HS English class and having to listen to the teacher's pet (who was obviously fighting a bad cold) read aloud from our latest assignment. I found myself zoning out every time it was her turn to narrate. I finally had to put away the audio and just read the book myself. What a waste of money!
    I beg you Simon & Schuster, rethink your choice of female narrator before you start on the next book in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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