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Beverly A. Sykes

Davis, CA USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2633)
    Performance
    (1227)
    Story
    (1236)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "Omit the sound effects!"
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    Where does Hell's Corner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. I love Baldacci's books


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oliver Stone. Always. Why? Why not?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I'm not a huge fan of Ron McLarty. Don't think his narration flows as well as others I've listened to, but I listen to him because I like Baldacci's books. I initially hated having a second voice doing the women's lines, but eventually got used to it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It just held my attention


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please, PLEASE stop adding sound effects to audio books. It's stupid and distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4952)
    Performance
    (4373)
    Story
    (4351)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    B.J. says: "Another terrific listen."
    "Davina Porter can read the telephone book for me!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Breath of Snow and Ashes to be better than the print version?

    After listening to the previous books, I can't see ever READING a Gabaldon again. Davina Porter's narration is so wonderful. I actually put off listening to two of the series because they were not yet available in unabridged version in this country and to read an abridged version I would have had to have a different narrator. I bought BOTH the day I found they were finally available in unabridged version, with Porter narrating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    How can you separate Claire and Jamie? I love their relationship, love how it has grown and matured over the years, love how they are so clearly distinct characters in the narration.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    So hard to choose just one. I love how Porter is able to create such recognizable characters, whether male or female, Scottish or British, adult or child. I do love her child accents, but my favorite characters are always Claire and Jamie.


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

    No. I like to savor these books and only listen to them when driving in the car, thus each take several months to finish, but there are points where I have to bring the recorder into the house and just listen to an engrossing part.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so sad at this book coming to and end--and no new Gabaldons on the immediate horizon--that I went and bought Outlander, the first book of the series, which I read in book form about 20 years ago. I had to have my Davina Porter fix!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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