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Lisa

South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • The Killing Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Chloe Marin was lucky. She was just a teenager when a party at a Florida beachside mansion turned into a savage killing spree and she was one of the few to survive. Bloody handwriting on the walls pointed to a cult whose rituals included human sacrifice. Chloe’s sketch of one of the killers linked two dead cult members found in the Everglades to the massacre, closing the case as far as the cops are concerned.

    Lisa says: "As good to listen to as to read"
    "As good to listen to as to read"
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    I've read Heather Graham before; this was my first listen. Julia Whelan is an excellent narrator and she does a good job differentiating the characters.

    The Killing Edge is an enjoyable story with good flow and it makes for nice listening. I appreciated that there were not dozens of characters, which I find difficult to follow when reading and even more difficult to follow when listening. The story has a number of different angles that come together. I didn't predict the murderer so when the identity was revealed it was a surprise.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2573)
    Performance
    (2300)
    Story
    (2315)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "Entertaining story; superb performance"
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    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    Julia Whelan never disappoints! Her voices and accents clearly differentiate and add personality to the characters. I like everything about her performance.


    Any additional comments?

    The Collector is an entertaining story with a bit of everything - murder and mystery with a sweet dose of romance. Nora Roberts' writes great conversation in a style that is well-suited to narration and listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New York to Dallas: In Death, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2099)
    Performance
    (1819)
    Story
    (1815)

    It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

    helen says: "How does she do it?"
    "Aggressive tone"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    The storyline of the book seems to be ok but I really can't go much further. The narrator has an ability to do really good voices and accents for the characters but overall I find her tone to be very aggressive. After the first hour I thought it would settle in or I'd adapt; but it didn't and I haven't so I'm 'putting the book down'.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sanctus

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Simon Toyne
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    An explosive apocalyptic conspiracy thriller from a major new British talent that will set the world alight…REVELATION OR DEVASTATION?The certainties of the modern world are about to be blown apart by a three thousand year-old conspiracy nurtured by blood and lies …A man throws himself to his death from the oldest inhabited place on the face of the earth, a mountainous citadel in the historic Turkish city of Ruin. This is no ordinary suicide but a symbolic act.

    Madeleine says: "So Much Better than the DaVinci Code!"
    "Fast-paced mystery of a protected ancient secret"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sanctus the most enjoyable?

    While the story was captivating, fast-paced and totally perfect for listening, I've become a huge Jonathan Keeble fan. The narrator really does make all the difference. Not too fast, not too slow, good voice and accent, superb voices for characters and he changes pace and energy in his voice when the sections of the book demand.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It definitely did. Each chapter flips to a different scene, picking up various characters and lines of the story. The chapters are sufficiently short that you don't forget what has come before and this also adds to the increase in pace of the story. They all come together later in the book and they keep you wondering, 'What is going to happen to them?" until the next time the thread is picked up again.

    I also felt that we were given good background information on many of the characters - they are strong and fleshy and credible.

    I really didn't expect the sacrament to be what it turned out to be. Very unexpected. Great twist.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the descriptions of the citadel - the rooms, corridors, the library and the lighting... The opening scene really did it for me and had me completely lured into the book within minutes.


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

    Probably when the old guy died to protect his daughter and grandson. And the revelation of the sacrament.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm searching Audible now for more books narrated by Jonathan Keeble and more book by Simon Toyne. I enjoyed this one that much!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect Timing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Poppy Dunbar is out on her "hen night" when she meets Tom Kennedy. With his dark eyes and quirky smile, he could lure any girl off the straight and narrow, but what really draws Poppy to him is the feeling that she's known him all her life. She can't go through with the meeting they arrange - but she can't go through with the wedding either.

    wednesday says: "a witty good read"
    "Sweet romance"
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    What made the experience of listening to Perfect Timing the most enjoyable?

    Karen Cass is fantastic! This is a sweet story with a good dash of romance and many likeable characters. Karen has a great way of giving voices to the characters - and expressing their personalities.
    This one is simply just pleasant listening. The story isn't going to change your life with a great epiphany but it will give you a good 12 hours of listening entertainment.
    If this was a movie, it would be classified as a 'chick flick' - girly. I doubt that this book will appeal to men.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge of the Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Genevieve has finally escaped the stressful demands of her sales job and achieved her dream: to leave London behind and start a new life aboard a houseboat in Kent. But on the night of her boat-warming party the dream is shattered when a body washes up beside the boat, and she recognises the victim. As the sanctuary of the boatyard is threatened, and her life is increasingly at risk, the story of how Genevieve came to be so out of her depth unfolds, and she learns the real cost of mixing business with pleasure.

    Lisa says: "Perfect holiday listen"
    "Perfect holiday listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Easy listening. I also enjoyed the story unfolding chapter by chapter and that there were not too many characters to keep track of. For me this audio book made for great holiday listening - no brainer stuff.
    Karen Cass has become my favourite narrator. She differentiates the characters really well with changes in tone and accent, which makes listening very smooth.


    Which character – as performed by Karen Cass – was your favorite?

    The main character, Genevieve, is my favourite. I think she also did really well with Dylan - to convey his frostiness.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (989)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "A gripping story"
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    Have you listened to any of David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first book narrated by Karen Cass and I absolutely loved her. I've had some great listens and each one I think is good but Karen really was superb. I'm on Audible now hunting for more books read by her.


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

    I initially started listening bit by bit, as I had the chance. As the story progressed I found myself listening for longer and longer, late into the night - way after I should have gone to sleep. I did the last few hours in one dose because I so wanted to know what was going to happen.


    Any additional comments?

    Each chapter hops between years (I think it was 2003 and 2007) but because the main character is so different earlier and then later in her life, it is easier to follow in listening that I expected.

    Stewart seemed absolutely charming and as for Lee... what a psychopath! His personality was brilliantly conveyed. Catherine - poor lass! What she went through and then all the OCD stuff.

    You can't go wrong with this book.

    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
    (7611)
    Performance
    (6630)
    Story
    (6621)

    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"
    "Can't go wrong with Nora Roberts"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    Easy to follow the characters and story line. I listened to the book in chunks, often with days in between and the story still worked for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The personalities of both lead characters - Abigail and Brooks - come across well. I quite liked Brooks' mom - a little quirky, warm and fun.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    Julia really does well to differentiate the characters with subtleties in her voice and tone or with relevant accents. No particular favourite.


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

    I definitely did a some sittings of a couple of hours, which were really enjoyable. But most of the time I listened here and there while doing other tasks or driving. This book was good company over many hours.


    Any additional comments?

    A general 'good read'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (701)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Totally immersed"
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    This is my first audio book in about three years and I'm totally immersed in this story. Brown's characters are interesting and the story is filled with intrigue. With every chapter a few more secrets are uncovered. I've got about three hours to go and I'm enthralled.

    Slezak is a super narrator and I'm really enjoying his southern accents. I'll definitely listen to more from him.

    You can't go wrong with this book. I'm online now already looking for another story by Brown.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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