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Ann Hereford

Hamilton, VA USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2194)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1215)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Painful listen"
    Overall

    If you have not read or listened to any books in this series, please use caution with your credits. It was not at all what I expected from reading the synopsis and reading the glowing reviews. It is not a good stand-alone book in a series. I feel like I listened to twenty hours of whining. It was not pleasant, in fact, my worst purchase in the last three years.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (827)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not up to par"
    "Narrator sounded bored"
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    which made the book pretty boring. Love him or hate him, at least Dick Hill is never boring! Mr. Welliver may be a fine actor, but lacking the visual, it fell short. I felt like the story line needed more oomph, more action, more depth. It just left me kind of wanting. I have waited so long for the return of Harry Bosch, and this book did not live up to my expectations. Please bring back Dick Hill!

    30 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Some Came Running: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By James Jones
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    After the blockbuster international success of From Here to Eternity, James Jones retreated from public life, making his home at the Handy Writers’ Colony in Illinois. His goal was to write something larger than a war novel, and the result, six years in the making, was Some Came Running, a stirring portrait of small-town life in the American Midwest at a time when our country and its people were striving to find their place in the new postwar world. Five decades later, it has been revised and reedited under the direction of the Jones estate.

    Ann Hereford says: "I love Dick Hill"
    "I love Dick Hill"
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    Any additional comments?

    Even Dick Hill must have died of boredom reading this one. I really tried to like it, but couldn't finish it. So disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (650)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "I am a HUGE Dick Hill fan"
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    Any additional comments?

    BUT, I don't get why the change in narrators was so offensive to other reviewers. I found Greg Iles because of Dick Hill. I will listen to ANYTHING Dick Hill narrates! I totally enjoyed all 36 hours of this narration however. Could Dick Hill have done it better? Probably. But honestly, it didn't put me off of this book at all. Narration was fine, pleasant to listen to.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ready to Kill: Nathan McBride, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (780)

    When a mysterious note referencing a top-secret US operation is tossed over the wall of the embassy in Nicaragua, Nathan McBride and his old pal Harv are called out of retirement by CIA Director Rebecca Cantrell and sent to Central America. Cantrell wants the situation resolved quickly and knows that Nathan is the man to do it; after all, he has a history with the place. The jungle he and Harv are about to land in is the same one that Nathan barely escaped with his life decades before, an ordeal that left him physically and psychologically scarred.

    Gabe says: "Not the strongest outing of the four books."
    "Dick Hill is my all time favorite narrator, BUT"
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    What disappointed you about Ready to Kill?

    The screaming spanish parts were just awful. Couldn't even focus on the story they were so distracting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Love, love, love Dick Hill, but the screaming spanish parts completely turned me off of this book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ready to Kill?

    I would have just had those spanish parts read without so much accent or theatrics.


    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Hater: 87th Precinct Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    When a sniper begins gunning down cops from the 87th Precinct in cold blood, it’s up to Detective Steve Carella to solve the case. With three cops already dead, Carella delves into the city’s underworld to search for the killer.

    PAR-TEE says: "1950's Noir..."
    "Bought this on Dick Hill's recommendation"
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    Dick Hill is my favorite narrator, hands down. I bought this based on his recommendation for his favorite series narrated recently featured on Audible. It was awful. Even Dick Hill couldn't save this one. This is the first book narrated by him that I haven't liked at all.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Love and War: Volume Two of the North and South Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (548)

    The Main and Hazard families clash on and off the Civil War’s battlefields as they grapple with the violent realities of a divided nation. America's master storyteller continues his reign with Love and War, a story steeped in passion and betrayal. With the Confederate and Union armies furiously fighting, the once-steadfast bond between the Main and Hazard families continues to be tested. From opposite sides of the conflict, they face heartache and triumph on the frontlines as they fight for the future of the nation and their loved ones.

    Hunter says: "The second is as good as the first!!!"
    "Not your average Civil War book"
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    Would you listen to Love and War again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to Love and War again. If history class had been this interesting in school, I probably would have paid more attention! This is NOT another factual account of Civil War battles. This is a look at all the things you didn't learn in history class tied together in a story line that will let you see and feel both sides of the the most atrocious event in American history. The characters were so real. You loved them, you hated them, you understood them, and you didn't. You come away from it feeling like you have lived through that period in history.


    What other book might you compare Love and War to and why?

    Obviously, North and South, however, I liked this one much better. Often you think you will be disappointed by a second book in a series, or by a book that has been made a movie or t.v. show, but this one will change your mind.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without spoiling anything, it involved Sport, the horse.


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

    Impossible due to the length, but I listened non-stop for days!


    Any additional comments?

    If you like historical fiction, don't miss this one! I was very moved by it. It is definitely one of the best uses of my credits in recent years. I can't wait for the third installment in this series to be released in Audio!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of the Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (432)

    This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

    Leslie says: "Amazing Novel, Excellent Narration"
    "My favorite part was the music at the end!"
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    The music at the end meant I didn't have to listen to it any more! I couldn't have cared less about the characters and what happened to them. The book jumped around from character to character, time to time, and was very difficult to follow. It was one of those books you force yourself to listen to until the bitter end because you spent your precious credits on another over-hyped book. The narrator was very good, and that is perhaps the only reason I made it to the end! I was very disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2191)
    Performance
    (1910)
    Story
    (1910)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Burns says: "Liked the story but not the narrator"
    "This will make you miss Lorelei King!"
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    If, like me, you found Janet Evanovich by her more recent books, and then were tempted to buy this book in anticipation of the movie, don't bother! The narrator's breathing drove me crazy. It may have just been the production back in those days that couldn't edit it out, but it was way too distracting. I look forward to each book narrated by Lorelei King and will definitely skip all those narraged by C. J. Critt in the future. Even on sale, it is not worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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