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Carol

Los Angeles, California, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Nothing to Lose: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1221)

    Two lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, 12 miles of empty road. Jack Reacher never turns back. It's not in his nature. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets is big trouble. So in Lee Child's electrifying new novel, Reacher - a man with no fear, no illusions, and nothing to lose - goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.

    Ed says: "Least favorite of all the Reacher novels"
    "Dick Hill makes Jack Reacher come alive!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Nothing to Lose the most enjoyable?

    Dick Hill's narration


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He is unbelievable story teller and addictive.. I will keep listening to everything he narrates just for the tone, incantation of his voice etc. He is the best!!


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

    It kept me on my iPhone for hours and in the middle of the night till I finished


    Any additional comments?

    God Bless Dick Hill.. I feel like he is a special friend

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • World Gone By: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    Ten years have passed since Joe Coughlin's enemies killed his wife and destroyed his empire, and much has changed. Prohibition is dead, the world is at war again, and Joe's son, Tomas, is growing up. Now the former crime kingpin works as a consigliore to the Bartolo crime family, traveling between Tampa and Cuba, his wife's homeland.

    Kenny Hogan says: "Let this world go by..."
    "Great fabulous"
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    In the beginning, I thought the narrator was too bland. However as the story picked up he became better and better and was incredible by the end. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in so long it was wonderful. I would listen to all nine hours in one sitting. Fabulous.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Live by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (288)

    Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

    Christopher says: "bad narrator choice"
    "Narrator was bland and gave no life to story"
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    Would you listen to Live by Night again? Why?

    I love the story...have to tolerate the narrator who is mono voiced and lifeless


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    so much so, that I had to buy book and read it to feel the tension that the narrator could not project. what a shame that this incredible book and story was broadcast by this dull narrator. too bad he has been chosen for the next book.


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

    no... i had to parse it out because of the boring narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is How You Lose Her

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Junot Díaz
    • Narrated By Junot Díaz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (445)

    The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care.

    Roy Reiss says: "For narration leave the prose for the pros"
    "Absolutely mesmerizing...."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of This Is How You Lose Her to be better than the print version?

    This story is so well told that I travelled to the Dominican Republic;s history and felt what living there and then being an immigrant in the streets of New Jersey.... It was compelling, exciting, well written and a page turner... Thank you Junot!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    A culture I knew nothing of became real and alive for me


    Have you listened to any of Junot Díaz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Step Behind: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (211)

    On Midsummer's Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in 18th-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander's most trusted colleagues, someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime, also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can't begin to imagine how.

    Joanna says: "Definitely Recommend"
    "outstanding in all areas, story, narrator, suspens"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of One Step Behind to be better than the print version?

    Dick Hill brings alive Kurt Wallander, like not other.. his version, quality of his voice, emotions, even when he "does" a woman , is so compelling.. He brings me hours and hours of entertainment.. love him


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Step Behind?

    Kurt in pursuit of killer with a wooden plank in a dark park


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Kurt Wallender


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    every moment with Kurt Wallander's tortured soul as spoken by Dick Hill


    Any additional comments?

    Will listen to everything every done by Dick Hill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Thor Knai
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (460)

    Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

    Richard says: "What a difference a narrator makes"
    "Great Story always by Nesbo with Harry Hole"
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    What disappointed you about Nemesis?

    This narrator is awful, and does not get Harry Hole at all.. like Robin Sachs or Dick Hill .. they would know how to read this. Had to stop and buy the book, so that the narrator did not ruin my image of Hole as set by Robin Sachs who I love.


    What other book might you compare Nemesis to and why?

    no other


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator does not understand Jo Nesbo characters and the inflections that he gives others.. and Hole are ruinous to the those of us who have heard Robin Walsh.


    What character would you cut from Nemesis?

    The narrator


    Any additional comments?

    would never by a book by that narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3630)
    Performance
    (1334)
    Story
    (1340)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Freedom"
    Overall

    I could not get past the second chapter, because the narrator was sooooo irritating. He was way too dramatic and I could not stand his voice. That has never happened to me. so now I will read the hardcover to finish the book. His voice was loud, pushy, up and down volume to illustrate acting out the parts. Very, very annoying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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