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REVIEWS
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  • Airs and Graces

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Erica James
    • Narrated By Charlotte Strevens
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Having married once for love and been abandoned by her husband, Ellen is determined that her second marriage will be for money. And conveniently Duncan, her divorce lawyer, is not unattractive - and he’s enticingly single. But when she meets painter Matthew, Ellen has to remind herself very strongly indeed that Duncan is the man for her....

    Fran Foster says: "Great Story, Horrible Narration"
    "Great Story, Horrible Narration"
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    What did you like best about Airs and Graces? What did you like least?

    Best: the interaction among characters; least: the narrator.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Erica James again?

    Yes, but only if it is read by another narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charlotte Strevens’s performances?

    No !!


    Do you think Airs and Graces needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not necessarily - the author apparently didn't "feel" a follow-up as she finished this one neatly, not leaving any characters "cliff-hanging."


    Any additional comments?

    This narrator made the principal character, Ellen - who is described as young, beautiful, etc., sound as if she and her elderly friend Hermione were the same age - which is strange inasmuch as she did well with the other younger characters, i.e., Jojo, Simon, Suzie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3880)
    Performance
    (3623)
    Story
    (3613)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Boring Beyond Belief !!"
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    What would have made Written in My Own Heart's Blood better?

    Sorry, I don't have enough imagination to answer this question, which perhaps should have been addressed to Ms. Gabaldon by her publisher. It appears to have begun and ended as various story-board ideas for a book when suddenly a deadline loomed and all of the ideas were dumped into her computer allowing the characters free-will to develop as they printed out ~~ the result being a total mess ~~ virtually incomprehensible !!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    No.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    As usual, Davina Porter's narration was perfection !! However, one gets a hint of boredom even in her voice as Ms. Gabaldon drones on and on describing Claire's "amazing" beauty, her outstanding medical knowledge and skill ~~ as well as an "oh, yeah ?" under-tone over Jamie's tireless battlefield experience, and how masterfully he manages note-worthy historical characters such as George Washington, etc.


    What character would you cut from Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

    Sorry, but there are simply too many characters in this audiobook; therefore anyone who had not suffered the misfortune of listening to it could not relate to a specific character.


    Any additional comments?

    I can not recall being this bored since elementary school when first reading the history of the American Revolution, but truly believe my teachers presented a more interesting portrayal of the events than Ms. Gabaldon, and I regret wasting my money on this audiobook !!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Everything Changes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    To all appearances, Zachary King is a man with luck on his side. A steady, well-paying job, a rent-free Manhattan apartment, and Hope, his stunning, blue-blooded fiancee: smart, sexy, and completely out of his league. But as the wedding day looms, Zack finds himself haunted by the memory of his best friend, Rael, killed in a car wreck two years earlier, and by his increasingly complicated feelings for Tamara, the beautiful widow Rael left behind.

    Elizabeth says: "Good guy book"
    "Beyond Depressing !!!!"
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    What would have made Everything Changes better?

    Perhaps if Mr. Tropper had written it on a postcard instead of this pitiful attempt of a novel.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, but it will certainly be more cheerful and fun than this mess !!


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?


    Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic !!!


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

    Only for someone who enjoys hour after hour of sorrow, loss, misery, etc., etc.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry I wasted this month's credit on it !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Save the Date

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (262)

    A savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime - one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn't believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all. Told with Mary Kay Andrews' trademark wit and keen eye for detail, mark your calendars for Save the Date!

    Jen says: "Delightful!!"
    "For Young Adult Readers"
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    What disappointed you about Save the Date?

    The reviews were over-the-top and the outline (there is no story here) is incredibly silly ~~ flowers, demanding brides, property renovations, etc., the "poor me" whining of the main character AND dogs !!!! Issues which usually are associated with teenage girls. Impossible to believe this mess was written by Mary Kay Andrews !!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Kay Andrews again?

    I've been a fan since her first book was published and will probably buy another audio, but only after reading the printed version from my local library.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kathleen McInerney?

    From my POV, her narration was perfect for the immature and childish Cara.


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

    Anger at myself for spending the money !!!


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charmed: Donovan Legacy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Cristina Panfilio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (194)

    Her legacy had been as much a curse as a blessing, so Anastasia Donovan had learned to keep it hidden. But when single dad Boone Sawyer swept into her heart, she longed to reveal everything despite her fear of the consequences. Then fate stepped in…

    Karla says: "Bad narration"
    "Charming Story . . . . No Pun Intended"
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    What would have made Charmed better?

    Another narrator !!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Have read print copies of the series and loved them all !!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her female voices were, well ~~ okay even if it was difficult to tell which character was speaking, but the males ~~ OMG !! Nash and Sebastian were absolutely horrible !!


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

    Disappointment ~~ couldn't finish listening to audio.


    Any additional comments?

    Happy it was a sale item and didn't have to waste a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cassandra King
    • Narrated By Jennifer James Bradshaw, Willow Hale, Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends, who resent Helen's intrusion into their tightly knit circle. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife's family home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Philip Miller says: "Not sure what all the complaints are about..."
    "Gothic Wannabe"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.


    What could Cassandra King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There are too many characters ~~ many of whom have no obvious relationship to the story ~~ she could have eliminate some of them and given serious development to the remainder. The principals at the core of the book are Emmett Justice who is described as "charismatic", but appears totally devoid of any personality whatsoever. He spends the majority of the novel "improving" everything about his new wife Helen ~~ her speech, her grammar, her manner of dress, etc. Her obsession to please him and be accepted by his Highland "social" friends renders her unable to see how demanding and emotionally abusive he treats her. She is so busy cooking for all these people, so they won't hate her for marrying him, that she doesn't even appear to be aware of his infidelities until the end of the book, although it was obvious to the reader from the beginning.
    As an outline for a novel, the concept may have been good, but the characters required work to make them interesting.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I cannot think of any narrator (or even a group of them) who could have saved this one.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    In the future, I will read the printed book first and not just reviews. Moonrise is not a mystery, it is a mess !! The reviewers who found the story even remotely similar to "Rebecca" either did not understand the premise of that fine old classic, or were as alcohol-soaked as Ms. King's characters in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Silent

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    In the tenth murderous case for Richard Jury, the New Scotland Yard superintendent witnesses a killing in a West Yorkshire inn called the Old Silent, while his highborn, amateur colleague, Melrose Plant wishes to he could perform one as he drives his impossible Aunt Agatha to the Old Swan in Harrogate.

    Fran Foster says: "Too Much Music, Not Enough Mystery"
    "Too Much Music, Not Enough Mystery"
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    Would you try another book from Martha Grimes and/or Steve West?

    Yes ~~ have been a fan of Martha Grimes and the Richard Jury series for over 20 years, but for some reason missed The Old Silent ~~ am now grateful for small favors !! Have seldom been so disappointed in a book !! It was not a "mystery" ~~ more an anthology of early R&B artists (John Coletrane, Charlie Parker, etc.). Unless the listener has a particular interest in that genre, please do not waste a credit on this one.
    Steve West's narration was, as always, wonderful !!


    What could Martha Grimes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have stayed with her tried and true formula of Jury and his friend Melrose Plant investigating and solving the "mystery" behind the murder ~~ The Old Silent does not credit either man with the keen intelligence displayed in her other books; in fact, Plant's actions and language are rather idiotic ~~ here he behaves and sounds like Aunt Agatha !!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The characters living or visiting The Old Silent were totally devoid of interest or purpose to the overall story and the confusing abrupt changes in locales made it impossible to nominate a "favorite."


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

    None of which I am aware.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Murder: Drew Farthering, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Julianna Deering
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (86)

    From the tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his cheviot trousers, Drew Farthering is the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered. With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he’s learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer - and trying harder to impress Madeline - Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.

    Jean says: "fun mystery"
    "Soooooooooo Boring !!!!"
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    Would you try another book from Julianna Deering and/or Simon Vance?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Julianna Deering’s story?

    Would not even know where to begin


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Vance?

    Can't imagine any narrator who could have saved this one


    What character would you cut from Rules of Murder?

    Drew !!


    Any additional comments?

    Could not finish this one ~~ if Drew uttered the word "darling" once more, would have found me screaming !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3359)
    Performance
    (2971)
    Story
    (2963)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Ted says: "Luxury Vehicle… Does It All"
    "Bye, Bye Mickey"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Wanted and expected more "Lincoln Lawyer" Mickey Haller ~~ what the author delivered was pre-law lectures on court procedures, subpoenas, etc. and unbelievable stunts ~~ boring stuff !!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Connelly again?

    Well, books involving Mickey's step brother Harry are generally most entertaining.


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

    He's always at the top of his game ~~ unfortunately, he didn't have much of a story to narrate here.


    What character would you cut from The Gods of Guilt?

    Too many to enumerate.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry I wasted a credit on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Year

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Mayle
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    Peter Mayle once again returns to the beautiful but complicated world of Provence, to find that the highly competitive boutique wine trade has hidden depths that cannot be hidden by the sunny grape arbors above the ground. Mayle's usual fish-out-of-water British protagonist comes to inspect a Provencal vineyard left to him by his newly-dead uncle.

    Richard says: "Five stars aren't enough"
    "The narration is extraordinarily horrendous"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Another narrator !!


    What other book might you compare A Good Year to and why?

    All of Peter Mayle's novels ~~ wish Audible would acquire rights to Hotel Pastis (sp. ?)


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Stephen Weber, Eric Conger, James Daniels, Jonathan Davis, Paul Michael ~~ almost any other with the exception of Dick Hill who is so awful I refuse to purchase any audio read by him ~~ but that complaint is not relevant to this review.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of Peter Mayle's wonderful books and especially enjoyed them, so it was exciting to see this one listed among Audible's collection ~~ did not have a credit available, but purchased it anyway as the story should have made a delightful listening experience ~~ a poor judgment call to waste the money !!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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