For me, listening to a book is always a different experience of the story than reading it. If I like a book exceedingly well, I'll both read and listen to it - just to get all the nuances from it. Having said that, I also think a great narrator can take a so-so story and give it life and humor and a naturalness that the actual story doesn't really have. And, of course, the reverse is true as well. Fairstein's books are complicated enough that it might be easier to keep track of all the characters and story turns on the page rather than by earbud.
I'm not quite finished with it, but I'm pretty sure I've guessed whodunit. More red herrings might have been good. :)
The scene in Jed's club must be the confrontation fantasy of most people at one time or another.
Beware the fried clam stand.
It was surprising to me to see so many comments about the annoying aspect of narrator's (the brilliant Barbara Rosenblat) mouth noise. I have listened to dozens of BR's performances and, yes, I've heard her swallow. I've heard her carrying on with what sounded like the end of a head cold. I've heard her voice deepen as time went by.
I purposely listened out for these noises and can only remember hearing one swallow and virtually no 'sparkles' or 'clicks'. I'd also like to point out that an over abundance of this kind of noise should be at least partly attributed to the sound engineer. It certainly is easy enough to edit noise out of a reading.
If I have any complaint, it's with the voice BR chose to do for Mike. I keep seeing him as an overweight middle-aged guy, rather than the tall, dark, handsome (if crude) guy he is supposed to be. But maybe that's because it's been too long since I've been to NY.
Frankly, it's my opinion that it would take an awful lot more (purely natural) mouth noise to offset the fact that Ms. Rosenblat can do any gender, any accent, any genre with complete believability. (I have a terrible crush on her rendition of Emerson in the Amelia Peabody series.)
The Truth about Caffeine contains some alarming information about what most of us are doing to ourselves on a daily basis. We tend to think of coffee as necessary - a comfort food, a morning kick-start. But "The Truth" is, it's so much more. I hesitate to call it a drug, but Ms. Kushner does not. Among other things, caffeine causes aging, inside and out. !
I found the book's information to be well documented and well narrated. Timothy McKean has a wonderful voice. My taste runs to a friendlier, more engaging read, but his authoritative approach (which was probably requested) works fine for the book.
It's nicely written and gorgeously read by Amanda Ronconi. In fact, I only downloaded the audio because of Ms. Ronconi. She must have been having a dry spell at the time. Normally, she chooses better.
If you've ever read any modern paperbacks, then you already know this story. It's set in a small town on a small island in Georgia and that was fun - or would have been if there had been any references to island living at all. There were also cupcakes and that was fun too. Who doesn't like cupcakes? (other than that cake guy on TV)
As for the rest - I found myself thinking: come on! how much more can we talk about this relationship? This is not junior high! And I kept hoping for a dead body to enliven the plot.
So - decide for yourselves. It's an excellent example of what it is.
Oh, another thing. I like series listening. On second look though, the island town is all that really seems to string this series of books together.
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. There were great, complete characters and it draws the listener along just as a thriller should. It's beautifully read.
But seriously. It really ought to be one book of two or three parts. If you're looking for any kind of resolution for just the one credit or purchase, you are not going to be a happy camper. If you don't mind that sort of thing, then dive in. It's very reminiscent of later Stephen King.
This is one of my favorite series. Jim Butcher has a gift and it's amazing that he's taken Harry on this 15 part ride and continues to leave us (me) wanting more.
Marsters narrates like a dream. He can nuance a phrase like nobody's business.
No spoilers here, but I will say that this is not the first book in this series and you will be completely lost if you start with Skin Game (the title of which is not describing what you may think it is). Go back and start at the top.
I have read all these books, except maybe some of the newer ones. It goes without saying that I love this series. Unlike many others, I think, I'm in the Melrose Plant camp. His interactions with children is always ridiculous and fun (for example).
I do have a few bones to pick, although I don't know how the problems could be solved. There are a few running gags that, if you don't know the books from the beginning of the series, may fall flat or go unnoticed. The butler's name is Ruthven. The name is pronounced "Rivven". Plant's Aunt Agatha, an American with hilarious delusions of her place in British aristocracy pronounces it incorrectly (as does the narrator, unfortunately). She also speaks with an American or bad English accent.
These things are overlooked by narrators and audio producers for lack of homework. How this kind of issue can be resolved without input from the author (or a fan) is beyond me.
Other than these irritations, I very much enjoyed this production of The Black Cat.
Fedoras, Dames, and Everything! A book for Goldilocks. Not too heavy, not too light. The bantered dialogue was intelligent and didn't try to hard and was carried off beautifully by narrator R.C. Bray.
In fact, Bray did a terrific job with all his characters, ranging from heavies to heroes to hippies to ... okay, I don't know a good 'H' word for little old ladies.
This is a great start to a new series. I'm so glad it came my way.
It is hard to know where to start with this review. I don't like to give too much away, but then again, with this story and its telling, I could tell you everything and you'd still enjoy this audio. The plot itself is simple and straightforwardly told. Emma's inner dialogue, read flawlessly by Rosemary Benson, flows like a river - sometimes still and sometimes crashing down the falls - and is never repetitive or frustrating.
I tend toward light escapist comedies and yet I loved this book. It drew me right in, much as Jodi Picoult can draw me in.
It is a wonderful work, beautifully read.
...if you can imagine St. Mary Mead, fifty years later and plunked down in the middle of the US, that is.
In a small subdivision in Boring, IN, everybody thinks they know everybody else's business, but when the Couch King's wife is found dead, deeply kept secrets begin to surface.
Christy Barritt's cozy mystery is filled with humor and suspense. The characters are finely portrayed by narrator, Christa G. Lewis. I was particularly fond of Laura's snoopy septuagenarian neighbor.
After a slow first chapter, the book rolls on more smoothly and becomes a fun listen.
Angela's mom has just passed away, but she barely has time to mourn before mom's back and driving her nutty again.
This is an adorable and humorous story about a suburban housewife whose psychic abilities manifest (again) after a long sleep. Angela's a reluctant heroine with a loyal and funny BFF sidekick and an amiable and accepting spouse. The characters are all enjoyable, brought vividly to life by narrator Kathy Poelker.
I can only hope this is the first of many Angela Panther stories.
A young widow, a brooding handsome stranger (who likes cats!), big rigs, truck stops.
A race against time through snow covered, twisty mountain roads. And a serial killer.
This book has all the ingredients to make anyone's spine tingle. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. The heroine's waffling over whether or not she can trust the hitch-hiker she's picked up might be exciting to some, but I began to find it a bit repetitive.
What I did like were the main character (when she wasn't waffling), the venue, and the narrator (really spot-on with the daughter's voice, in particular).
If you like romance (and/or trucks), I'd say give this audio a try.
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