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Duluth, MN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Bughouse Affair: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bill Pronzini, Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan, Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The Bughouse Affair, this first of a new series of lighthearted historical mysteries set in 1890s San Francisco, former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon, undertake what initially appear to be two unrelated investigations. Sabina's case involves the hunt for a ruthless lady "dip" who uses fiendish means to relieve her victims of their valuables at Chutes Amusement Park and other crowded places. Quincannon, meanwhile, is after a slippery housebreaker who targets the homes of wealthy residents.

    Patrick says: "Terrific, engaging detective story!"
    "A single narrator would have been better"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Because each chapter was from the perspective of either the male or female protagonist, the male or female narrator read that chapter. This caused the odd situation that "conversations" sometimes had the male narrator doing both the male and the female parts, sometimes the female narrator did both the male and female parts, and sometimes both narrators conversed. It was particularly confusing that each narrator had a different voice for Holmes.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller ? Why or why not?

    Yes, I have enjoyed books by both authors in the past and this book was actually a good beginning for a series.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Better continuity of voices for the characters; either by having only one narrator or having each narrator assigned the same characters throughout the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Emma Jameson
    • Narrated By Jack Wallen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Summoned to London's fashionable Belgravia to investigate the brutal murder of a financier, Hetheridge must catch the killer while coping with his growing attraction to Kate, the reappearance of an old flame, and the secret that emerges from his own past.

    Lois says: "Terrible narrator!"
    "About Type AB blood"
    Where does Ice Blue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A big part of the plot hinges on something that is repeated a few times, but is not true, as though saying it more than once would make it true. Most authors do enough background research to know something as basic as the fact that a child with Type AB blood can not have any birth parents with Type O blood, because one parent contributed the A gene and the other contributed the B gene. So one parent was A or AB and the other was B or AB. If the mother was Type O, the child was adopted.

    If you’ve listened to books by Emma Jameson before, how does this one compare?

    The books are generally good.

    What does Jack Wallen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Actually, I'm not a huge fan of the way this book was read, because sentences tended to have the same tempo and emphasis, regardless of the content. Also, the communicative style chosen for Deepal makes him sound continuously sly and sarcastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Designated Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By Margaret Maron

    Surrounded by her children, her extended family, and what seems like half of Colleton County, a semi-conscious Rachel breaks weeks of pained silence with snippets of stories as randomly pieced together as a well-worn patchwork quilt. But the Knott family's joy quickly gives way to shock: less than an hour later, Aunt Rachel is found dead in her bed, smothered with a pillow. Who would kill a woman on her deathbed? Was it an act of mercy, or murder?

    Janet says: "Bewildered by change of narrators ..............."
    "Much better narration than I expected"
    Would you listen to Designated Daughters again? Why?

    Yes. It was a good story and after a couple of chapters the new narrator (Ms Maron) improved her pacing and inflection.

    What other book might you compare Designated Daughters to and why?

    It was similar to the other stories in the series, but the narration was different.

    Which character – as performed by Margaret Maron – was your favorite?

    There wasn't really a variation in "performing" characters. However, after a couple chapters she paced her narration well, allowing listeners to clearly tell when there was a change of speakers.

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

    Not really, but the usually amusing parts of the series (Ping!) carried through to this book.

    Any additional comments?

    Series change narrators all the time. I've listened to hundreds of audio books and I admit that I prefer those narrated by skilled performers who provide identifiable characters' voices and personalities through the well structured plot and wording of the author. However, while a terrible narrator (mispronounces words often, poor pacing and inflection, etc.) can make it impossible to listen to a book, they are really extremely rare AND Ms. Maron was not a poor narrator. She was just a different narrator and took a couple of chapters to get the pacing and inflection smoothed out.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Port Mortuary: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

    Terry says: "once again angry"
    "Tedious and Self-indulgent"

    I have enjoyed past Scarpetta novels. However, I feel that while clinical accuracy gives the character credibility, extreme amounts of detailed clinical information that neither aids in character development nor moves the story forward is merely tedious and suggests that the author's desire to demonstrate their own knowledge in the specified clinical area greatly exceeds their desire to write a good novel. That unfortunately was the case with Port Mortuary.

    At the same time, the best thing that can be said about the main character is that she has become quite self-indulgent, spending a great deal of the (too long) time dwelling in the past, while distrusting those closest to her, even though they are the people she has repeatedly chosen to surround herself with and the people she has helped them to become.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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