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Jennise

Toluca Lake, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2631)
    Performance
    (1435)
    Story
    (1456)

    The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

    Bo Laughlin says: "Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator"
    "I really should have checked the reviews first..."
    Overall

    I never occurred to me that they would have changed readers. I quite enjoyed the first reader. He brought an added dimension to the novel. I was expecting to hear him when I hit play and found myself extremely disappointed. I keep hoping that Jim Bond will improve. But after over 2 hours his voices remain a mixture of indistinguishable or unnatural. His reading of the narration is stilted at best. I find myself wondering if anyone at the publishing company *listened* to him before they hired him.

    I really wish I'd checked the reviews before buying this book. I will force myself to finish listening because the story is actually interesting.

    I wish all of the publishers of audio books took the care in hiring their readers that Recorded Books does. (Their stable of readers is consistently the best I've encountered.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Rain: John Rain Thrillers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (466)

    John Rain - half-Japanese, half-American, raised in both countries but at home in neither - is trying to leave his life as a freelance assassin. After killing a CIA officer who hunted him halfway around the globe, Rain goes underground, hoping to find the peace that has eluded him. But then Tatsu, his old nemesis from the Japanese FBI, comes to him with one last job.

    Anthony says: "great ride"
    ""Hard Rain""
    Overall

    I started the series with book one (Rain Fall) because of audible's 4.95 'check out a new series' promotion and really enjoyed it. (I'm hooked on yet another series. :-) I am really enjoying this book as well. However, I was a little disappointed to realize the narrator is different. (I quite enjoy Dick Hill's work - discovered him in another series starter I picked up for 4.95 - The Black Echo.) The first narrator (Brian Nishii) heightened the atmosphere in a way that Dick Hill does not. Nishii read with a distinctly non-American pacing (a LOT slower than I as an American am used to or expect). His inflections and tone coupled with the fact that he speaks Japanese without an American accent came together to take that audiobook to the next level.
    While I think Dick Hill does a wonderful job here, I don't have that 'transported feeling'. I really miss Brian Nishii.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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