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  • Fancy Pants

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (322)

    For Francesca Day, it's not the end of her world, but close to it. She's London-bred, wealthy, and sophisticated, but fate leaves her flat broke and stranded on a back road in Texas. Now she's got to deal with reality without her rich girl props. How can she do it? In Dallas Beaudine, gritty and handsome, lies the answer. He stops his car to help Francesca, whose life needs a tune-up, as well as her car. Stopping could lead to the biggest mistake, or best time, ever.

    Donna A says: "Unlikable Main Character"
    "Don't do it!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are obsessed w/ the history of the characters.


    What was most disappointing about Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s story?

    It is difficult to believe that the author of


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

    Anna Field's narration is the perfect example of how an awesome narrator can only marginally help an awful book. Ocassionally a great narrator can really save a so-so book. But even Ms. Field couldn't pull this loser out of the mire.


    What character would you cut from Fancy Pants?

    Characters weren't the problem. It was the depressing aspect of the story that did it - no one is that dumb. Maybe SEP was having real life problems and delt them by venting in the book. Good therapy just not a good read.


    Any additional comments?

    I drive two hours every day to work so I listen to a lot of books. Every other SEP book I've read thus far has been an upbeat, entertaining experience -

    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
    (987)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (918)

    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.

    karen says: "Please unleash Fury upon me !!"
    "An excellent theme. . . story poorly executed."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    OK, here's the deal - liked the story and imagination behind it but where the heck was her editor/publisher? I'm not a grammarian but even I cringed at some of the dialogue. Words are the surface upon which a story flows. It was worth hearing but reading the actual book would have been better because it would have been easier to skim though some of the detritus. So, if you're willing to watch the author learn how to write, do.


    What other book might you compare Fury to and why?

    For me, the premise was new, again imaginative.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She did the best she could with such awkward dialogue. Not great but OK.


    Was Fury worth the listening time?

    Yes. I did fast-forward through some of the bits mentioned above.


    Any additional comments?

    It really could have been great. Story is dynamic, characters better than good - Ms. Dohnerher's shortcomings are totally curable. She needs to work w/ a word-smith. I will look for more of her work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Convenient Marriage

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (146)

    Horatia Winwood is the youngest and the least attractive of the three Winwood sisters. She also has a stammer. But when the enigmatic and eminently eligible Earl of Rule offers for her oldest sister’s hand – a match that makes financial and social sense, but would break her heart – it is Horatia who takes matters into her own impetuous hands. Can she save her family’s fortune?

    Tracey says: "Armitage did what he could"
    "Top drawer narrator - wish it hadn't been abridged"
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    Would you listen to The Convenient Marriage again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to the book again. It is funny and charming. Having read the book years ago I knew the story. The narrator was excellent and although abridged, still worth the listen.


    What other book might you compare The Convenient Marriage to and why?

    Other Georgette Heyer books - good period pieces with humor and wit. You just smile while you drive and listen. Or work and listen.


    What does Richard Armitage bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything - for one, his ability to leave the humor understated - he allows the book to bring it to you.


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

    When Sylvester realizes he has indeed fallen for a girl he had thought he despised and whom he has alienated.


    Any additional comments?

    If you get Mr. Armitage to narrate an unabridged version I would rebuy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Masqueraders

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Ruth Sillers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    After participating in the Jacobite Rising of 1745, Robin and Prudence, brother and sister, become engaged in a swashbuckling, romantic adventure. Our hero and heroine must cross-dress and switch genders if they are to escape prosecution a humorous move that allows Heyer to explore the manners and language affectations of the period as the two romp through the elite saloons and clubs of London.

    Jerri says: "Romantic, funny romp"
    "Story is a wonderful one. Very wrong narrator."
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    What disappointed you about The Masqueraders?

    The narrator, you just want to strangle her. Grating, awful men's voice. The voice of the "old gentleman" is so bad. . . ouch.


    What other book might you compare The Masqueraders to and why?

    April Lady by same author. Good story (although not as good as The Masqueraders) but again a disappointing narrator. To check contrast, try listening to a bit of both versions of "The Convenient Marriage" the better narrator is Richard Armitage and although I dislike abridged versions of books, it was an easy decision to choose the more suitable narrator. I can grit my teeth only for so long.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrators/performers Richard Armitage, Cornelius Garrett, Michael Drew and Tony Britton would all have done the book more justice.


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

    A good book spoiled.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get someone else to narrate and I'll buy the book again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    Since the death of his first wife, Godric St. John has devoted his nights to protecting the innocent of London disguised as the notorious Ghost of St. Giles. When Lord Griffin Reading discovers Godric's secret double life he presents him with an offer he can't refuse, and Godric finds himself married to a young - and pregnant - stranger. Two years ago Lady Margaret "Megs" Reading lost both her lover and her unborn child - but not before being forced into a marriage of convenience with Godric St. John....

    J-9 says: "BRING BACK ASHFORD MCNAB - PLEASE!!!"
    "New narrator who tries to imitate earlier narrator"
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    What would have made Lord of Darkness better?

    The story is good. The narrator isn't. Ashford McNab who narrated the earlier books in this series would have helped a lot. Although it sounds as though she actually is attempting to imitate McNab's style and voice. A failure. Drat.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lord of Darkness?

    Can't tell you - haven't finished it.


    What didn’t you like about Emma Taylor’s performance?

    She attempts to drawl out her words and ruined scenes that might have been nice. I'll have to read the book to find out. Her technique spoiled a lot of it.


    What character would you cut from Lord of Darkness?

    I'll let you know when I finish the book - haven't bought the wood ware version yet and can't convice myself to listen to the rest.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't spend a credit on it. Read the book to avoid a poor narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2172)
    Performance
    (1904)
    Story
    (1907)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    crazybatcow says: "Without the lectures, it's a decent action novel"
    "Not usually into grizzly? This will change you."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Interesting in an 'out there' way, gritty and amazingly narrated.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe Ledger - how can you even ask. He is your basic all American who hasn't forgotten how attractive modest can be; hilarious at times; not to be missed.


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

    Great narration can make an OK book just as poor narration can kill a great one. Ray Porter enhances every book I've listened to w/ his narration. He does it all - his accents and American dialects are excellent - women too which is not an easy feat.I now look for his narration and will try an author I an unfamiliar with simply because Mr. Porter will bring out the best in it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both - laughing and crying.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss this series. Wild storyline, great narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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