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Elizabeth

Huntsville, AL USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Beach Music

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (288)

    Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

    Ella says: "Memorable"
    "Read it instead: Great book, terrible narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Someone with a convincing SC accent, or no accent at all.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Marosz’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I adore this novel. I've read it several times, and since I enjoy long audio books, and this one had such a high rating, I thought I'd give it a try. I gave up after the first hour of listening. I don't know where the narrator is originally from or where he learned his accent from, but it was unlike any South Carolinian accent I've ever heard. It sounded more like a Bostonian attempting a Texan accent. It was jarring, clipped, entirely too fast, and inconsistent. Moreover, his reading of the story was flat and uninspiring. I felt like I was listening to a news report from someone who didn't much care for what he was reporting on.

    I adore Pat Conroy, and Beach Music holds a special spot in my heart as the first novel of his I ever read, but this rendition does it absolutely no justice. I've never given up on an audio book before because of a narrator, but I just couldn't stand to keep going with this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Taking of Chelsea 426

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Llewellyn
    • Narrated By Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    The Chelsea Flower Show - hardly the most exciting or dangerous event in the calendar, or so Doctor thinks. But this is Chelsea 426, a city-sized future colony floating on the clouds of Saturn, and the flowers are much more than they seem. As the Doctor investigates, a familiar foe arrives, and the stakes suddenly get much higher. The Sontarans have plans of their own, and they're not here to arrange flowers.

    Elizabeth says: "Fun listen, well worth a credit"
    "Fun listen, well worth a credit"
    Overall

    I was quite excited to see these lengthier Doctor Who novels that were recently released, The Taking of Chelsea 426 among them. The story contains your classic bad guys and a spot-on Tenth Doctor. When the narration began, I was a bit nervous about how well Christopher Ryan was going to be able to voice the Doctor, as he sounded a bit droll. But when the Doctor showed up, sure enough, the voice and inflections were spot-on.

    The story was developed well enough to keep me going with it, but not so complicated that I couldn't multi-task while I listened.

    Overall, an entertaining listen, well worth a credit. :)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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