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  • Arcadia Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (259)

    In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

    Lenne says: "Decent book...horrible reader"
    "Decent book...horrible reader"
    Overall

    Why oh why oh why do female readers resort to high pitched, squeaky voices when recording dialogue? Ms. Taylor makes the female characters sound like chipmunks, each one higher and squeakier than the next.

    The reader also sounds like she is trying deliberately to smile while reading, (maybe to attempt to force more energy into her reading?). The result is the whole book sounds like it is being read by a valley girl on helium.

    I eventually stopped listening and got the book from the library to finish it. The story was predictable, but pretty well written. It was a pleasant read for a relaxing weekend once I got the squeaky voices out of my head.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (358)

    Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

    Debbie Woodruff says: "I love Harlan Coben, but..."
    "Good Story Ruined by Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Scott Brick can make a statement like "The sun is shining and it is a perfect 80 degree day!" sound like "Your dog just died and your parrot is on its way out too".

    He has this annoying and monotonous speech pattern where every sentence ends in a down pitch. His pacing is good and when he is reading dialogue, he is fine--even better than fine; but, oh, that boring, everything is sad, (or maybe he is trying to portray "moving"?), he just sounds like the sub-text of every sentence is "How sad, I'm so sorry".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3227)
    Performance
    (2813)
    Story
    (2857)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "A Modern Epic to Be Enjoyed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Robert McCammon set out to write a post-nuclear earth epic and he has done that. The story could probably have been a little shorter without losing any of the drama; but that is a piddling little complaint. (And it may be that some sections seemed overly long simply because I listened for hours and hours and needed to sleep but I couldn't stop listening.) His mix of real world with magical/miracle elements is done gracefully so that neither one overpowers, making it easy to accept both as "true".

    As narrator, Tom Stechschulte makes each character distinct without falling into the trite "squeaky woman voice" for the female characters. Each character not only has a unique voice, but a unique speech pattern that makes it come alive. There is never any confusion about who is talking. His narration reading is crisp and expressive. If you're going to listen to someone for 32+ hours, that someone better be good and Mr. Stechschulte is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Lost Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Declan Hughes
    • Narrated By Stanley Townsend
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    In LA there’s a killer on the loose. He kills young and rootless girls and he always kills in threes. Back in Dublin, Ed Loy is reunited with Jack Donovan, a film director friend from LA. When the victims of the “Three-in-One Killer” are discovered in LA at locations Jack used for his movies, Loy begins to suspect Jack. He flies to LA, hoping that whatever he finds will point away from his old friend. And then, when he finally unearths the truth, it looks like it may be too late. In Dublin, the killer has broken his pattern.

    Lenne says: "Great Reader Wasted on So-So Story"
    "Great Reader Wasted on So-So Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Stanley Townsend does an amazing job with all the characters and especially deliniating the villian's "thoughts" from the rest of the dialogue; however, he can't help the meandering story line.

    The mystery itself is pretty standard stuff--three girls missing in Dublin, three girls missing years ago in LA, must have something to do with the movie company working in both places--but Hughes' writing gets bogged down in long internal conversations that some characters have with themselves and that have very little to do with the main story. He drops some nice misleading clues that keep your interest in the missing girls plot, but seems to stop his own momentum with these self-analysis monologues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    America - the land of opportunity, a place where economic prosperity beckons: - but not for PI Jack Taylor, who's just been refused entry.Disappointed and bitter, he thinks that an encounter with an over-friendly stranger in an airport bar is the least of his problems. Except that this stranger seems to know rather more than he should about Jack.Jack thinks no more of their meeting and resumes his old life in Galway.

    Ellen says: "If Stephen King were Irish, he'd have written this"
    "Great reader!"
    Overall

    Good story, but not your typical Ken Bruen who-done-it. The reader captures the flavor perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Polly Holliday
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Like America in the mid-nineteenth century, Emma Garnet Tate is a woman at war with herself. Born to privilege on a James River plantation, she grows up increasingly aware that her family's prosperity is inextricably linked to the institution of slavery. On the eve of the Civil War, she secedes from her father's control to marry a distinguished Boston surgeon. But when the war destroys their happy home, Emma Garnet begins the journey of her own reconstruction.

    Lenne says: "One of my favorite audiobooks of all time!"
    "One of my favorite audiobooks of all time!"
    Overall

    I listened to this book a few years ago after taking it out of the library to entertain myself on a long drive.

    I've probably listened to hundreds of library audio books and this is one of my all time favorites. It is the first book I looked for when I joined Audible.

    The story is very good with characters you can care about; ones you love and hate in equal measure.

    The narration is fantastic and adds a wonderful flavor to this Southern mystery.

    Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bricklayer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Noah Boyd
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Someone gives you a dangerous puzzle to solve, one that may kill you or someone else, and you're about to fail...and there is no other option. No one who can help. No one but the Bricklayer. The Bricklayer is the pulse-pounding novel introducing Steve Vail, one of the most charismatic new heroes to come along in thriller fiction in many years. He's an ex-FBI agent who's been fired for insubordination but is lured back to the Bureau to work a case that has become more unsolvable - and more deadly - by the hour.

    Lenne says: "Good story, very good narrator"
    "Good story, very good narrator"
    Overall

    The disinfranchised FBI/Police officer has been done nearly to death, but I have to say, I liked this guy called The Bricklayer. He isn't really "damaged", just stubborn and knows what he wants.

    The story was interesting and clever enough to keep me guessing.

    Loved the narration. Mr. McConnohie doesn't use fake voices but instead just lets the story flow. Very easy and enjoyable to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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