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Connie Condra

Jacksonville, IL United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

    Emily says: "Great narration; loved by my 6th grader"
    "Hugh Fraser rules"
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    Where does The Murder of Roger Ackroyd rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am an Agatha Christie purest. The story is excellent, but is unusual in that it is told from the point of view of a character other than Poirot or Hastings. This recording is so much better than an earlier version I purchased from Audible. Hugh Fraser's narration makes all the difference.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Caroline, the doctor's sister. She offers an excellent counterpoint to her brother and is reminiscent of Ariadne Oliver, another of Christie's characters.


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

    Hugh Fraser has long played Capt. Hastings in the PBS series "Poirot". He is well-acquainted with the character and does such a good job portraying the Belgian detective that listeners might think they were listening to David Suchet, who plays Poirot in the series. Fraser is also adept in voice alteration so that each character is easily identified.


    Any additional comments?

    As I mentioned earlier, I had previously purchased another narration of this book through Audible. I did so because I wanted the book, but was disappointed by the narrator. I was so thrilled to find Hugh Fraser's version that I purchased the book again. Thankfully the earlier version is no longer offered so does not run the risk of disappointing first-time listeners of Christie.

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  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3791)
    Performance
    (1823)
    Story
    (1836)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "Enjoyable"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Talisman the most enjoyable?

    After a slow start, the story was compelling. I enjoyed it so much that, when I reached the end and found that the book had not completely downloaded, I was frustrated because I wanted to know how the story ended.


    Did Frank Muller do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Muller did as good a job as was possible given the wide range of characters. I found that I had to get used to his voice. I was irritated with his voice in the beginning of the book and stopped several times before I finally got into the story.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Talisman and why?

    Wolf was for me the most memorable. His loyalty to Jack was unquestioning. He taught Jack a lot about unconditional love.


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  • Forward the Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (287)

    A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax - the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire.

    Christine says: "Love the story. Can't stand the narrator!"
    "The story is great. The narrator was terrible"
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    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Larry McKeever?

    I enjoy Asimov's books and would like to see Audible offer the rest of the Robot series. However, I would never purchase another book narrated by Larry McKeever. His performance made an otherwise excellent story a difficult listen.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Larry McKeever’s performances?

    Absolutely not!


    Do you think Forward the Foundation needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Forward the Foundation is a good bridge between Prelude to Foundation and Foundation. This is just as Asimov intended. There is no need for a follow-up.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick narrates the other Foundation books as well as I, Robot. If he was on vacation when Forward the Foundation was produced, the producers should have waited until he got back. Larry McKeever's performance is just awful.

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  • The Battle for the Rhine 1944: Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes Campaign, 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robin Neillands
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The post-Normandy battles that the Allies fought as they struggled for seven months to advance from the Seine to the Rhine were complex and controversial. Even after 60 years, the questions remain of who was responsible for the failure at Nijmegen, the destruction of the British First Airborne Division at Arnhem, and the failure of Operation Market Garden. Could the war in Europe have been won in 1944 with better strategies?

    nancy says: "Biased view of D-Day and Battle of the Bulge"
    "Very disappointing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration was tedious


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    a Harlan Coban novel


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Adams?

    I love listening to almost anything Scott Brick narrates


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    The quality of the recording was poor. There were areas where it skipped and others wh.ere it repeated

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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