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DesignerBee

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  • Byzantium

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (224)

    Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present the beautiful and costly hand-illuminated Book of Kells to the emperor of all Christendom.

    Christine says: "Unforgettable!"
    "great story, blah reader"
    Overall

    I was sorely disappointed in the reading of this saga. All the characters were delivered in angry or gruff voices, and there was very little vocal difference between the many characters with little or no inflection. When the characters were in Constantinople and Arabia they sounded strangely East Indian, not Turkish, Persian, or Arabian.

    I had "wish listed" all the volumes in this series, but as they are all narrated by Mr. Langdon I don't think I'll download them. It's too bad because I loved the story and characters, and I assume the following volumes are just as interesting, but it was so terribly difficult to stay focused while listening to the monotone narrator that I just can't imagine listening to him again.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Before Jamaica Lane: On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Lee Angel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (735)

    The follow-up to the runaway bestsellers On Dublin Street and Down London Road. Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex - usually, she can't get up the nerve to approach guys she's interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it's time to push past her fears and go after what she wants. Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he's as loyal as they come.

    Jordy says: "The story of Olivia and Nate. Loved it!!"
    "Awful narration."
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    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If a story is set in a country other than that of the narrator, it is VERY important that the narrator be able to successfully replicate the accent of that country.

    After listening to the first two books, I was looking forward to another fun story, but this narrator ruined it. The men sounded like Bela Lugosi as Dracula trying to pass as a Scot; at times it was impossible to tell which character was speaking; and even when speaking as Olivia, the phrasing was terrible. My disappointment was compounded because I love everything Scotland.

    I understand that a different narrator for each book is a conceit to make it appear each book is in the protagonist's own voice, but this book would have been much more entertaining and exciting if narrated by Paula Costello, the narrator of On Dublin Street. I don't think anyone would have been disappointed hearing the same voice in several books - after all, it works very well for the Bastion Club series, the Cynster series, etc. The Scottish narrators from the first two books were able to sound American, but Lee Angel is unable to sound like anything but Lee Angel.

    I liked Olivia in book 2, but because of the narration really didn't like her in her own book.

    Do the editors listen to these books before final release, or is the narrator in a room alone with a tape recorder? These are AUDIO books - the narration is KEY!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have only listened to a couple of hours of the book, but felt compelled to write the review immediately, to warn other listeners to read the hard copy or kindle version and not waste credits on this horrible narration.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lee Angel’s performances?

    Never, ever, ever.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A better narrator.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jewels of the Sun: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Patricia Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (712)

    Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish Folklore and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past.

    Pam Sturgess says: "Adding another name to my Worst Narrator List"
    "Another terrible narrator"
    Overall
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    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator had trouble with the simplest words, stumbled over sentences, and had a boring, matter-of-fact style throughout. And just forget (wish I could) the Irish brogue! With stories of fairy kings, passionate sex, and rollicking Irish personalities, matter-of-fact is NOT the way to approach this story.

    Too bad Susan Erickson didn't narrate this trilogy! I ordered the following books on my Kindle so I could enjoy the stories without cringing at the narration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Desire: A Bastion Club Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    They proved their bravery fighting for His Majesty’s Secret Service and were rewarded with brides of great beauty and breeding. But one member of the Bastion Club has remained a bachelor - until now. "Christian, I need your help. There is no one else I can turn to…L.” When Christian Allardyce, sixth Marquess of Dearne, reads those words, his world turns upside down. Lady Letitia Randall is a woman like no other, and the day he left her behind to fight for king and country was the most difficult of his life.

    DesignerBee says: "Where is Simon Prebble?"
    "Where is Simon Prebble?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Edge of Desire again? Why?

    Yes, because I love the series.


    What three words best describe Steven Crossley’s voice?

    Deep


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The level of passion achieved by Simon Prebble is missing from this reading. And what I found most annoying (and this happens in a lot of series) is that the names are not pronounced correctly, or even the same, from book to book. Dalziel is pronounced "DL," which while confounding, is worth knowing because throughout the latter part of this book and (unfortunately I now find) will continue in the next book in the series, I will cringe every time I hear the name mispronounced. What do the directors of these recordings do if not make certain names and all other words are pronounced correctly? It does ruin the reading for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled Reins

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    Miss Dorothea Darent has no intention of ever getting married, certainly not to a rogue such as the Marquis of Hazelmere. A disreputable scoundrel, he is captivated when they meet by chance and is determined to win her heart, even while she's busy dazzling the rest of London society. Now Dorothea has a choice to make: stick with her plan to remain a respectable spinster, or run into the arms of her dashing stranger.

    Aileen says: "Not worth your time"
    "Could not listen to this narration"
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    I have enjoyed listening my way through the Bastion Club and Cynster novels (more than once), and was excited to start the Regency novels, but absolutely could NOT listen to this narration. After 15 minutes I was done. There is just no way to become involved with a recorded book's plot or characters when the narration is below par. I immediately downloaded the book on my Kindle, so I could enjoy the story.

    In my opinion, Simon Prebble should narrate all the Laurens books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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