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  • Happy Accidents

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett (foreword)
    • Narrated By Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (330)

    In the summer of 1974, a 14-year-old girl in Dolton, Illinois, had a dream - a dream to become an actress. But it was a long way from the South Side of Chicago to Hollywood, and it didn’t help that she’d recently dropped out of the school play, The Ugly Duckling, or that the Hollywood casting directors she wrote to replied that "professional training was a requirement". But the funny thing is, it all came true....

    Diane says: "Sweet, benign"
    "Not what I was expecting"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think anyone wanting a more biography and less of a comedic book.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was good, and I like her, I just didn't like the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14901)
    Performance
    (11477)
    Story
    (11537)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "A gifted writer and a great reader"
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    What did you love best about A Storm of Swords?

    Wow, that is difficult. I think the character development and the core writing style. Mr. Martin takes the time to think how the character would see the action and within that character's chapters, he writes as them. I am thrilled by how he can make me hate what a character is doing and then show me the motivation. Also his plot twists are perfect. I read a lot and I normally can see a twist long before it happens. In the case of this series I get tugged along and am shocked and amazed by what happens.


    Any additional comments?

    I am impressed with how Mr. Martin has obviously researched history to develop a universe that is recognizable to us, but he can introduce fantasy characters and magic into the universe and it doesn't stand out as incongruent. We are nearly done with the fourth book and I'm very excited. We haven't watched the TV show, I think we'll hold off until we are done with the series so we don't get caught up in all the differences or "hollywood's" version of what everyone looks like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Tim Robbins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1468)
    Performance
    (876)
    Story
    (884)

    The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrait of the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, is, as editor Maxwell Perkins praised it in 1924, "a wonder". It remains one of the most widely read, translated, admired, imitated, and studied 20th-century works of American fiction.

    Redhawk Readers says: "Something you won't fall asleep to..."
    "I enjoyed the book despite the narration."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did enjoy the book, and when I bought it, it was the only one on Audible. I see that there is another version with a different narrator. I'd buy that one over this one.


    What didn’t you like about Tim Robbins’s performance?

    I liked Tim Robbin's pacing, but I think as and actor he considered the variations in the characters' volume of speech too much and consequently I had to turn the volume down for some characters like Tom Buchanan, and up for others like Jordan Baker. It may have been more of a sound engineer's issue than Mr. Robbin's but either way it distracted me from enjoying the book more thoroughly.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I think I would see this is someone would only make a movie of it :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5402)
    Performance
    (4125)
    Story
    (4140)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "Not my preference"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Really the story was more distracting than the voice but it was all not to my liking


    What three words best describe Amanda Ronconi’s voice?

    It reminded me of the Stephanie Plum Bounty Hunter reader's voice. In my taste it was not as bad, the recording quality was better, but I really got irritated and just shut the thing off.


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

    I was disappointed, I knew it was going to be campy and silly but I was hoping for something with more activity in the story. It was as though the writer had just read all of the Sookie Stackhouse series and the Twilight series and tried to do as good of a job as those writers but then got distracted by their job or maybe what they really wanted to write about. It felt like the writer did not care about the story either.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7662)
    Performance
    (2848)
    Story
    (2900)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "The Story is good, It could be Better"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend it, because the writing is clumsy.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the narration, it was the writing that I did not enjoy as much as most. It felt a bit overworked, like the person writing it was not confident in they're story. The dialog lacked a feeling of true-ness. It was more like listening to a D&D dungeon master describing the steps of a game than a story. I'm not mad at the story, and if I was on a long road trip and was given the next books in the series, I'd listen to them. But I will not buy the other books, I don't care enough to find out what happens to put up with the writing.


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

    I think the reader does a good job acting out the characters and trying to breath life into the dialog. I don't think I would have read past the second chapter if I was reading the book.


    Was Eragon worth the listening time?

    That's a tough one, I listen during my commute so my "yes" might not be worth as much. It was better than most morning radio shows :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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