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Charleen

BUFFALO, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • False Pretenses

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (85)

    Meet Elizabeth Carleton, a fascinating woman who is not only a famous concert pianist, but is also married to a wealthy international business tycoon, Timothy Carleton. She is the envy of all until her perfect life falls apart literally in a heartbeat: Timothy Carleton is stabbed in the chest with an ice pick and Elizabeth is accused of his murder. Things rapidly go from bad to worse until a surprise witness appears to give her an airtight alibi. The jury finds her not guilty. The only thing is: She’s never met the man who testified on her behalf.

    Charleen says: "What a let down"
    "What a let down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The only people that might enjoy this book are people that enjoy stereotype plots and low-level narrators.


    What was most disappointing about Catherine Coulter’s story?

    The plot. Totally predictible. The characters - superficial.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo ’s performances?

    never. The male narrarator sounded like a 1950's radio announcer reading lines. Costanzo's lack of connection to the emotions of the characters in their situations was even more boring than the plot itself. Even the romance scenes sounded like Paul didn't even know his guy was getting aroused. His character might as well have been grocery shopping for all the interest that Costanzo put in his voice. He would do well to listen to other male narrators that know how to engage the listener and make their characters come alive.

    Renee wasn't as bad.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom and anoyance for wasting my time and money on this book. The plot was just based on the steoreotypical female in a man's world plot that didn't go any further than the superficial level. Totally predictible.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Heat, Political Thrillers Series #5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (158)

    As a presidential campaign narrows into a dead heat, the Secret Service learns of a catastrophic terrorist plot to assassinate one of the candidates - but which one? Who do they want dead? And can U.S. forces stop the terrorists before millions lose their lives?

    Andrew says: "Loved the Book Series!"
    "Couldn't finish this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I need characters that are more than one-dimensional stereotypes. They could have limited all the frenetic narrative and political speculation which stalled the action and made the characters minor players in the story. I got sick of listening to the narrator screaming about the devastation over and over and over and over. Finally turned the thing off.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante’s performances?

    definitely not


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The frenetic narrative for hours gave me a headache.
    Too much time wasted on political speculation on who was the enemy. I could watch fox news if I that kind of stuff entertained me.
    After the opening, the action stalled and disintegrated into political speculation and intrigue by stereotypical villains. There was little time spent on developing the characters. the story just bounced around from one person to the next without giving enough time for me to get to know any one character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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