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Samantha

Murfreesboro, TN, United States

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  • Jewels of the Sun: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Patricia Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (613)

    Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish Folklore and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past.

    Marie says: "Reader ruined it for me"
    "Great Book - Bad Narrator"
    Overall

    This book is a beautiful, well-written and colorful story with such dynamic descriptions of the Irish countryside that you truly feel like you're there. Unfortunately, the narrator is not quite as appealing. The first few hours of this book are almost painful to listen to, but she does improve and the other two books in the trilogy are much better. Hang in there, and it's worth it!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alan Smyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (823)

    With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

    Margaret-Ann says: "Narration is terrible"
    "Great Story, Terrible Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would pay all over again to get to hear this book with a different reader.This is the worst narration I have ever heard. It is the first time I have had to stop listening to a book because I can't handle the performance. It's heartbreaking, because the story itself is wonderful and I would have loved hearing it unfold from a musical Irish voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way the love story develops in this story. In "The Dark Witch", I did not feel connected to the relationship between Iona and Boyle because it seemed like they just kissed a couple times and were magically in love, with no real conversation. I don't think a relationship in a book can develop enough that way to really draw in the reader. The battles with Cabhan keep me on my toes, too. He's getting brazen in this one!


    What didn’t you like about Alan Smyth’s performance?

    His cadence was choppy, he emphasized the wrong parts of words, completely mispronounced others, and while I don't mind a lisp in conversation, his distracted me from what he was actually saying. All of this combined led to me to turn off the book. I couldn't listen to anymore.


    Could you see Shadow Spell being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see this trilogy being made into a TV series. I haven't a clue who should star, but I would love to see it!


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this, and it's the first time I have ever said that about a Nora Roberts audiobook. Just read it and save yourself the torture of suffering through this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4370)
    Performance
    (1721)
    Story
    (1746)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Terrible Narrator"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to this audio book, but as soon as it started I wanted to turn it off. The narrators voice is not right for this book at all. I still haven't been able to bring myself to finish it. For this one, I definitely suggest you read the book instead of listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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