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Jeri

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  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (1436)
    Story
    (1432)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Gotta love/hate Nora Roberts"
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    Would you listen to Dark Witch again? Why?

    Maybe in a couple of years. The plot is already much too familiar - have I read/listened to this before?


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    Have I read/listened to this before? There is somethng about a good Nora Roberts book, but I didn't really find it here. I really like her style, and I really like her paranormal books. This one was cheating a little by using the familiar formula - but I guess that's the same as writing about all the members of a family or sci-fi all set on the same world so I'll accept it. It's a good thing she doesn't get into more descriptive sex - that's a weakness for her-one she avoided here by the G rating I'd give it.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Some of the narration was so good I was really sucked in. I loved the running off at the mouth main character - I talk too much when I'm nervous so it was fun and well done. Great accents and very easy (90% of the time) to tell the characters apart. Then she just got way too loud in the important or dramatic scenes. Tone down the drama and I'll give her 5 stars.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not one particular moment - but Nora made Iona's lack of family background subtle and poignent (wish i could spell)


    Any additional comments?

    Solid enjoyable read that was more that the sum of it's very weak parts. I'm not sure why, but I did enjoy it.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Otherwise Engaged

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Louise Jane Underwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (147)

    Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands. But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . . One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight.

    Susanna says: "An engaging return to earlier Quick style"
    "boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better editor, a better narrator. I felt Amanda/Jayne just cranked this one out by cutting and pasting from a number of her other novels.


    What was most disappointing about Amanda Quick’s story?

    I am a big Amanda Quick fan but this has to be the worst book she has ever written. It totally lacked the quirky humor and quick wit typified by her prior heoroines and heroes. Too many plot lines and boring dialog. He said, She said… very limited vocabulary - I bet this rates about an 8th grade reading level.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Louise Jane Underwood?

    Of course, my poor opinion of the story was contributed to by the horrible narrator. She was good at differentiating between the characters, but the weird pronunciations (Char-lot) and long inappropriate pauses gave the narration a blocky feeling and no flow. The accents were so exaggerated as to be farcical and the emotions either non-existant or totally overblown.


    What character would you cut from Otherwise Engaged?

    The crazy sister seemed superfluous.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the fan….

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fury: New Species, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (830)

    Ellie is horrified to discover the pharmaceutical company she works for is doing illegal experiments, splicing human and animal DNA, creating exotic new species. One such "experiment" captures her heart and she’ll do anything to save him - even if he hates her for it. Fury has never known compassion or love. He's spent his life in a cell, chained and abused by humans. The one woman he allowed himself to trust betrayed him. He vows to end her life but when she's finally in his grasp, harming her is the last thing he wants to do to the sexy little human.

    Jeri says: "Get an editor...."
    "Get an editor...."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    medium - The story is too similar to Lora Leigh Breeds series. The book could have been improved with a bit of editing. The author never used adverbs properly and spoke in the passive voice too often. I wanted to get out my red pen,


    Would you recommend Fury to your friends? Why or why not?

    I like a bit of sex, but really? The obvious allusion to bestiality got a bit repetitive, and the author used sex to link together every scene. The heroine was too submissive and had no real role in the story. Too bad cause her relationship with the female dorm could have been a stronger part of the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the narrator was amateur. She paused at the end of each line instead of the end of each sentence like a school kid readying poetry. Her inflections were too breathy on every sentence. She left all the consonants out of every contraction i.e. coont instead of couldn't. I almost gave up over this.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A little variation on the plot - Fury is angry, Fury wunt hurt me, fury is angry again, Fury wunt hurt me...


    Any additional comments?

    Just good enough to make me want to find out what happens with the other characters so I will give the next book a try. But that's it if it doesn't get better...

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1595)
    Performance
    (1461)
    Story
    (1458)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Oddly Sucks You In..."
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    What did you love best about The Rosie Project?

    This is one of those stories that make you feel as if you CAN feel someone elses life. And reminds you that you can"t!! Normally I like my romance novels a little hot - this book was not at all. Yet the characters made my heart hurt. I loved it.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Hour: Kelly Group International, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Harry Berkeley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (399)

    It's been a year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly saw his wife Rachel alive. Now he's received an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive. To find her, Ethan will have to doge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise.

    Malinda says: "Very good start to the series :D"
    "Are you OK?"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Darkest Hour the most enjoyable?

    The Kelly family dynamic.


    What other book might you compare The Darkest Hour to and why?

    That other family of tough guys with a little psy powers thrown in. What was it called?


    Have you listened to any of Harry Berkeley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to this narrator before. It took me a while to get used to him as his style is a little aggressive. Many sentances start off more explosively than expected. He did a good job of making it easy to tell the different character apart but he made Rachael sound even wimpier that she was, or maybe she just was.His womens' voices were pretty good. He didn't use a grating falsetto - he did pitch his voice a little higher than the mens voices, but her relied more on intonation and timing to feminize them and I thought it worked well.
    This book was a little lighter on the *hot* scenes that others by this author. The narrator did a good job when the going did get steamy-he didn't hesitate and he didn't sound unaffected either - I liked it!


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

    I guess, I did. Even though I found myself taking to the characters - "don't be so stupid.." etc.


    Any additional comments?

    Really I want to give this a 3.5. The premise was good and I like books that are as much emotion driven as action driven so that was ok. But the dialog dragged. Seemed as though someone said " Are you ok?" on every page. Rachael's ordeal was pretty tramatic so I guess she deserves some slack but she did tend to internalize everything and then decide to talk to - her brothers in law? Get a clue girl - talk to your husband! And Ethan - big boys do cry. He spent so much time hesitating while he tried to cover his feelings that he was either emotionaly absent when Rachael needed him or actually physically absent from the room every time anything bad was about to go down.I am going to read the next in the series but if it doesn't pick up a bit I'm done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1376)

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    Lupdilup says: "FANTASTIC BOOK, NICELLY PERFORMED."
    "great twist on tortured hero"
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    Where does The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    pretty high for a romance


    What other book might you compare The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie to and why?

    well, period romance....


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no - Her performance was pretty good - a bit strident tone throughout. I liked her light Scots accents, Her plumy english accent a bit forced. Some strange pauses, like she stopped for a sip of water. A couple of times I thought I'd leaned on the pause button.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    SPOILER - I wonder if a hgh functioning autistc person can get to that place - I hope so,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Prince: Author's Cut Special Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (486)

    A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps to catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks for a vacation far from home. Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. From the moment they meet, Raven and Mikhail are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them.

    Cam says: "not able to go beyond the 1st of the 3 sections"
    "yawn yawn yawn"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    plot, and cut out a couple of hours by getting the narrator to speed it up a little.No, I'm afraid that wouldn't do it either...


    Has Dark Prince turned you off from other books in this genre?

    'fraid so.. I stay away from vampire novels in general but this author is really popular so I thought I'd give it a try. Sorry I wasted my credit.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator spoooke waaaay tooooo sloooowly....... Also weird phrasing and dramatic sighs in strange places. The whinging female sounded pathetic and the male voices over emphasized.


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

    I was disappointed. The plot lacked cohesion (I know, I can't spell, sorry) and consistancy.. Different events just kept piling up on each other with no clear direction. Secondary characters appeared and disappeared at random. The heroine was a whiney wimp and the hero hardly better.


    Any additional comments?

    And the sex scenes seemed to have been copied and pasted into the book at random. They seemed surprisingly cold. Surprising because they were fairly detailed, but almost clinical.I guess I just didn't like the book, although I think a better narrator might have made it bearable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7368)
    Performance
    (6417)
    Story
    (6405)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "A big improvement..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print - but really enjoyed the narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Witness?

    Liz's rebellion


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    It was really easy to identify which character was speaking - and her male voices were really very good. Most female readers try to make the voices too deep and lose inflection. Her men were not pitched too low (or too high) but instead relied on accent and inflection to make them male. Her accents sounded authentic too. I see that she does a lot of YA books. I hope she starts to do more adult, by which I mean grown up ;-), books.


    Any additional comments?

    Big improvement on Ms. Roberts' last few book - the Boonsboro trilogy read like a book of lists. I like the ending too - she resisted the temptation to just blow everything up and actually tried to solve the dilemma in which she placed her heroine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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