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J. Greene

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  • The Reluctant Swordsman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (209)

    Wallie Smith can feel the pain. He goes to the hospital, remembers the doctors and the commotion, but when he wakes up it all seems like a dream. However, if that was a dream how do you explain waking up in another body and in another world? Little Wallie finds himself in the physique of a barbarian swordsman, accompanied by both an eccentric priest babbling about the Goddess and a voluptuous slave girl. Is this a rude awakening or a dream come true?

    Joe says: "An enjoyable listen"
    "Awesome narrator - good story."
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    What did you love best about The Reluctant Swordsman?

    The narrator is terrific! The story itself is pretty good, but the narrator truly brings the story and its characters to life in a compelling way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the character portrayals best - each voice was totally different and full of life.


    Which character – as performed by Donald Corren – was your favorite?

    So many! Wally Smith/Shonsu's voice is simply captivating.


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

    Mostly - the story started off a little slowly, but I kept coming back because the narration was so good. After the story picked up, I wanted to listen as often as possible.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great narration match for this book - Donald Corren does a commendable job. I will keep a look out for other books with this narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11499)
    Performance
    (10447)
    Story
    (10471)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Terrific ensemble adventure story!"
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    What did you love best about 14?

    I love the group adventure! Also, the first-person narrative is great. The narration is energetic while remaining subtle throughout the book, so it fits the story and the main character perfectly.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    The Goonies meets Twilight Zone - a great adventure with a mind-blowing mystery centered around a unique house.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Tim or Veet may be my favorite. But, Nate and all the other characters are awesome, too. Each character's voice is distinct and well-suited for author's description.


    Any additional comments?

    Ray Porter does an awesome job with this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (766)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    ELSA says: "fun and interesting"
    "AWFUL narration - just read the story yourself."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator would have made this 5 stars across the board. The book itself is phenomenal, but the narration match is hideous. The Kindle Fire HD's Text-to-Speech narrator is better than the one chosen for this Audible series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Connie and Pat were the only people whose voices the narrator portrayed with any consistency and believability. Note: these characters barely have a handful of lines between them.


    What didn’t you like about Eva Wilhelm’s performance?

    She over-enunciated every other word, even when she was "portraying" a character; she made Katie sound like a pompous schoolmarm; she made Sam sound like bad 1940's mob caricature; she made Owen sound listless; she made everyone one else sound stuffy or brainless, regardless how the author described them.


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

    If you have a Kindle Fire HD, and you increase the reading speed, the narrator's pace is a tiny bit less grueling.


    Any additional comments?

    This narrator may as well have been reading from a dictionary. She seemed to make no effort in bringing the characters to life and did not bring the essence of the story into her reading.
    Dear Audible: If there is any possibility that an audio book series could be re-released with a different narrator, please, please, please do that with this series!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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