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Ray

Palm Springs, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Wolf Brother: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michelle Paver
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Six thousand years ago. Evil stalks the land. Only 12-year-old Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it. Their journey together takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined.

    Ray says: "Best Reader"
    "Best Reader"
    Overall

    Ian McKellen brought this book to life. He is the best reader I've ever heard, bringing wonder and mystery and excitement to the narrative as well as to the dialog.

    If this book is the first of a series, I hope he reads them all.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6239)
    Performance
    (2368)
    Story
    (2378)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Magical and Romantic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Across the Nightingale Floor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love almost all my audio books--different reasons for different books. Buying this one caused me to buy the second in the series.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gun Games: A Decker/Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (133)

    LAPD lieutenant detective Decker and his wife, Rina, have willingly welcomed fifteen-year-old Gabriel Whitman into their home. While the enigmatic teen seems to be adapting easily, Decker knows only too well the secrets adolescents keep - witnessed by the tragic suicide of another teen, Gregory Hesse, a student at Bell and Wakefield, one of the city’s most exclusive prep schools. Gregory’s mother refuses to believe her son shot himself and convinces Decker to look deeper. What he finds disturbs him. The gun used in the tragedy was stolen....

    Carol says: "Yes, Chris is back"
    "Not up to Faye Kellerman's standard."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Gun Games?

    The dialog between Jasmine and Gabriel was too long, too overwrought, and too unbelievable.


    If you’ve listened to books by Faye Kellerman before, how does this one compare?

    I much enjoyed her other books, but this falls short mostly because the really interesting characters get the least attention.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mitchell Greenberg?

    George Guidall or Scott Brick would have been infinitely better.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I quit reading in the middle and didn't take it up again until I ran out of other things to listen to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Gold: Dark Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Juanita Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (208)

    Alexandria Houton would sacrifice anything, even her life, to protect her orphaned little brother. But when both encountered unspeakable evil in the swirling San Francisco mists, Alex could only cry to heaven for their deliverance. Out of the darkness swooped Aidan Savage, a golden being more powerful, more mysterious than any other creature of the night.

    Heather says: "Loved this book"
    "Mixed review"
    Overall

    Whereas I like all the Dark Series books (especially rereading them in order) Juanita Parker's poor diction and poor pronunciation make me a bit crazy--she sounds ignorant. She adds and deletes consonants and sometimes emphasizes the wrong part of a multi-syllabic word.

    Otherwise, I wish Ms Feehan would strike "molten" and "white hot heat" from her vocabulary.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Journey of the Eagle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Priscilla A. Maine
    • Narrated By Laurie Klein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Danielle Alexander's life has suddenly turned upside down. On a wagon train to California to join her fiance, her father falls terminally ill. Add to that a motherless newborn half-breed baby boy dropped literally into her arms by a wise, ancient Indian chief, who wants her to be the baby's mother "just until" her fiance comes to rescue her. Throw in, for good measure, a heady attraction to a handsome stranger named Joel Riley now making his fortune in the untamed west....

    Ray says: "I finished this book."
    "I finished this book."
    Overall

    I finished this book because I paid for it. The plot is thin, the characters puerile, the writing sophomoric, the environment questionable, and the research thin. The only thing that might be worse is the narrator. I've listened to 100's of books, and this is the only one which prompted me to write a review.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All About Passion: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (186)

    Gyles Rawlings, the Earl of Chillingsworth, is a man determined to stay in control of his destiny. Even as he vows to wed a dutiful, blue-blooded lady for the purpose of fostering progeny, he deviously plans to fulfill his most sinful pleasures with a brazen strumpet. But standing at the altar on that fateful day, he unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with his beautiful bride-to-be.

    Lynda says: "Oh, pluuuuze"
    "Outstanding Narration"
    Overall

    Simon Prebble's narration raises the passion and mystery of all Ms Lauren's book to the highest level of entertainment. His subtle changes of tone and volume make each character recognizable and understandable. I search out his narrations.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hold Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (588)

    Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

    Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

    Ed says: "Will hold your interest till the end"
    "Poor performance."
    Overall

    Hold Tight is a great book. My only complaint is narrator Scott Brick who exhibits a tight urgency and a consistent tone regardless of plot tone or background description. He possesses no lightness or humor.

    Bring back Jonathan Marosz or get George Guidall.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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