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Rick

Dripping SPrings, TX, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Sweet Revenge: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (174)

    At 25, Princess Adrianne lives a life most people would envy. Beautiful and elegant, she spends her days dabbling in charities and her nights floating from one glamorous gala to the next. But her pampered-rich-girl pose is a ruse, a carefully calculated effort to hide a dangerous truth. For 10 years Adrianne has lived for revenge. As a child, she could only watch the cruelty hidden behind the facade of her parents' fairy-tale marriage. Now she has the perfect plan to make her famous father pay.

    patricia says: "Unhappy with the reader."
    "Good book ruined by narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Napoleon Ryan?

    Nora yes of course.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hard to say, I can't get past the bad narration


    Would you be willing to try another one of Napoleon Ryan’s performances?

    No


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    With all the great books that Nora has written and has had performed, how did this happen?

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Line: Witching Savannah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (974)

    To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

    gardener97 says: "Excellent Story and Excellent Narrator"
    "Enjoyable Listen for me..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Line in three words, what would they be?

    Creative, Engaging, Fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Geelo of course, everyone loves an old swamp witch.


    Any additional comments?

    To me, witch books are written to entertain, and this series is certainly entertaining me. I am enjoying the character development and the emotional tension that is building between certain characters. I'm no writer, but I am a listener, and I am thankful to have found this series. Wish there were more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2112)
    Performance
    (1307)
    Story
    (1304)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Carol says: "Horrible Narration Take 2"
    "Changing Narrators in a Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Outlaw Demon Wails to be better than the print version?

    Yes, of course


    What three words best describe Gigi Bermingham’s performance?

    Different. LOL.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it vitally important that a narrator listen to the books published prior to their performance, especially books in a series. It is annoying to have main character names pronounced differently in the fifth book of a series...and it could have been easily avoided with some research. All in all, the performance was dynamic, but the pronunciation of names really bugged me in this book of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2272)
    Performance
    (2051)
    Story
    (2049)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Jeri says: "Gotta love/hate Nora Roberts"
    "This One is a Winner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Dark Witch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its in the upper ten percent


    What did you like best about this story?

    The excitement of dark vs light


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

    The birthday car


    Any additional comments?

    Typical Nora style of plot and movement. Very enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic and the Modern Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mindy Klasky
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Men come and go, but magic is forever…right? Wrong. After a few months of letting witchcraft slide, Jane Madison discovers that not using her powers has her rapidly losing them. Meanwhile, her warder is avoiding her, her familiar has moved out, her mother is abandoning her again, and her grandmother is…getting married? With her world turned topsy-turvy, Jane is at her wits' end trying to set things right. Staking everything on a last-ditch spell that backfires spectacularly, Jane is left full of questions.

    Rick says: "Good Story, bad experience."
    "Good Story, bad experience."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator makes this book 'hard to listen to'. It sounds as if she is running the Boston Marathon while she narrates. She takes a breath two or three times in a sentence, adding commas and periods to the manuscript that surely are not there. And when is the last time you knew an adult to pronounce Library as "Lie Berry". It ruined the whole book for me and the story actually seems interesting. I just can't get through the reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line is good; the characters are interesting. It sounds as if the writing is done well too, if you can get past the narration.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Galvin?

    Someone like C.J. Critt may bring it to life.


    Was Magic and the Modern Girl worth the listening time?

    Unfortunately I have tried twice to listen and the narration is so distracting I keep switching off to books I've heard many times for peace of mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Give me my credit back....LOL

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kathleen Duey
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    In Sadima's time, magic has been banned, and she is forced to hide her ability to communicate with animals. But then a young nobleman bent on bringing magic back to the world sends his servant to find Sadima, and a new life opens before her. Centuries later, an academy of magic welcomes 10 applicants, but only one will graduate.

    Alexis says: "Slowly enticing"
    "Now We Hunger for the rest of the trilogy"
    Overall

    As Kathleen Duey introduces you to her characters in Skin Hunger, you can begin to feel as they do on their travels through this first part of her story. Sadima's magical abilities, yet uncovered, will surely keep our interest in the next two volumes as Kathleen brings the story to life, and thrills us with the magic we are all waiting for. I anxiously await the next book, and to see the magic in her words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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