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Jamie

Apex, NC, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anne Brontë
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah Agliotta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Probably the most shocking of the Brontës' novels, this novel had an instant and phenomenal success and is widely considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels. A mysterious widow, Mrs. Helen Graham, arrives at Wildfell Hall, a nearby old mansion. A source of curiosity for the small community, the reticent Helen and her young son Arthur are slowly drawn into the social circles of the village.

    i. Ski says: "A good story ruined by the narrator"
    "Good novel with poor production"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's a solid, though occasionally depressing, story. However, the production or audio quality is poor with frequent changes in sound and voice modulation. It does not seem professionally produced as most Audible titles.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1881)
    Performance
    (1711)
    Story
    (1728)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about John Dies at the End?

    The humor of this book is entirely based on the accumulation of gore. The more over-the-top the violence, the funnier? Also, one of the author's favorite adjectives is 'retarded'. Haven't we outgrown this, yet, Society?


    Has John Dies at the End turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, probably not. I'm not terribly squeamish - just need some more smart humor to go with it, if the goal is a laugh.


    What three words best describe Stephen R. Thorne’s performance?

    Competent, varied, suitable


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

    One concept, involving a character slipping in the time continuum while trying to contact another character, was pretty clever. This was early on in the book and nothing else really flashed as unique.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe someone thought this was a good idea for a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Bees: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (405)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won or been nominated for every major award in mystery writing. King's beloved sleuth Mary Russell here attempts to reverse her legendary husband, Sherlock Holmes', greatest failure.

    mike says: "To all Holmes buff's,"
    "to be continued"
    Overall

    You have to endure an awful lot of non-mystery padding (a couple of hours describing travel, for instance) in order to reach the 'to be continued' at the end. While it's not a bad story, I'm not fond of what the Mary Russell series does to my impression of Sherlock Holmes. The biggest problem, though, is the continued ending. There's a perfect opportunity to wrap the story neatly at the end, but I can't help feel like they want some more of my money. I won't be joining them for the remainder.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Gaston Leroux
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The surviving Nihilists have condemned the Russian General Trebassof to death for the crimes he and his troops committed against the revolution. Three attempts on his life have failed, but the Czar is determined to keep him alive.

    Jamie says: "Hard to rate accurately"
    "Hard to rate accurately"
    Overall

    The narration was just too horrible to listen to the whole book, making it impossible to judge on the merits of the content. The accents are laughable and the reader seems bored at all other times; you can sense the places where they edited out the heavy sighs. If you're interested in the character, Audible also has the Mystery of the Yellow Room, which is well read and intriguing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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