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Heather

Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • No Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Penny Vincenzi
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Enter the world of the rich charismatic Lytton family and their powerful publishing empire in this passionate family saga, spanning the Edwardian era to World War I and the excesses of the glamorous 20s. Enter the world of Celia LyttonÑa woman who is used to getting her way. She moves through life making difficult and often dangerous decisions that affect herself and others.

    Patricia J Dunn says: "Stay Away"
    "Don't make the mitake I made - SAVE YOUR CREDIT!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made No Angel better?

    A narrator with an an English accent.
    An author who could write.


    What was most disappointing about Penny Vincenzi’s story?

    Most disappointing was that I bought it (on a friend's recommendation)
    and wasted a precious credit.


    What didn’t you like about Carrington MacDuffie’s performance?

    The HORRENDOUS accents!!!!!!!
    I have no idea where she acquired the voices and accents, but she should get her money back as I wish I could.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from No Angel?

    Since I listened to only three chapters - I would have cut them all.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry I bought the book.
    I will not waste another minute in hoping that the narrator, or the book will improve!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7871)
    Performance
    (4585)
    Story
    (4572)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Wonderful Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Fall of Giants in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining-Educational-Worthwhile


    What other book might you compare Fall of Giants to and why?

    Pillars of the Earth is similar. The research was equally fantastic and both stories held my interest from the start.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He is an amazing narrator - the accents were flawless - and his voice !!!-- ahhhh - he could read the phone book!!!!


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

    It made me laugh and cry. The characters were so well-developed - and reading about WW1 from the points of view of Germans, Russians, Americans and British was really an eye-opening experience.


    Any additional comments?

    Just downloaded Book 2 and I can't wait to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Tyneford

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Natasha Solomons
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (281)

    It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When Kit, the son of Tyneford’s master, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford - and Elise - forever. An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden romance in a great English country house.

    Emily - Audible says: "Mixed Opinion"
    "I couldn't listen to it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator


    Would you ever listen to anything by Natasha Solomons again?

    Probably


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Justine Eyre?

    -anybody else I've ever listened to


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The House at Tyneford?

    I didn't listen long enough to make a valid assessment of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Justine Eyre's voice irritated me so much that I couldn't listen to the story.
    What I heard was promising, so I tried listening, but had to abandon for the safety of my iPod, which I came perilously close to throwing on the floor and stepping on !!! I can't describe the voice adequately except to say that I spent more time imitating it than listening to it.

    I put the book aside for a week and tried again - thinking that a different mood might prove to be the answer - but no! I won't be buying any more books with that narrator.
    If I could have given no stars for the narration - I would have.
    Thanks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11418)
    Performance
    (6823)
    Story
    (6709)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "I don't understand the popularity"
    Overall

    I thought this would be humorous, but the word lost its impact after several repetitions.
    I can't imagine an intelligent person's using that tone and/or word with any child.
    A disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilt by Association

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Marcia Clark
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (46)

    Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight is a tenacious, wise-cracking, and fiercely intelligent prosecutor in the city's most elite division. When her colleague, Jake, is found dead at a grisly crime scene, Rachel is shaken to the core. She must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family. But she can't stop herself from digging deeper into Jake's death, a decision that exposes a world of power and violence and will have her risking her reputation - and her life - to find the truth.

    TexasLady says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "Pleasant Surprise"
    Overall

    Okay, I'll admit it. I bought the book solely because of the author's name, having no idea whether Marcia Clark could write a good book. She could. Good story - several twists - humour - mystery - insight into the legal system. I'd read another.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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