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T. Hibbs

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  • When I Found You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (372)

    Nathan McCann thought he didn't want a family. But when he finds an abandoned newborn in the woods, he feels an inexplicable bond with the boy and starts to make plans to raise the child as his own - until the baby's grandmother steps forward to claim him. Nathan makes a request of her, though: to one day bring the boy to meet his rescuer.

    Zabie says: "Love comes from many places"
    "What a waste of time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about When I Found You?

    The writing was choppy. I often felt like I was listening to something written for a sixth grader. Also, the historical anachronisms were maddening. Spandex was not used in clothing until the 1980's, so the women at the refurbished gym would not have been wearing spandex to work out. Furthermore, steroids were not widely used in the late 1970's, and even if Nat had stumbled upon a body builder using steroids, I doubt he would have recognized this. Finally, the author herself seems to forget what she has written from one chapter to the next, often contradicting herself.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Catherine Ryan Hyde again?

    Never.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Cummings’s performances?

    Never. He is dreadful as a narrator. Everyone sounds hateful and grouchy or whiny.


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

    Disappointed that what could have been a compelling story was so dreadfully written and even more dreadfully performed.


    Any additional comments?

    Those who are considering this book should run, run, run to something else.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3491)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1213)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "What a waste of a credit!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I purchased this book because the premise sounded interesting enough, and the reviews suggested that it might be something that I would like. However, I didn't get through the first two hours of the story. The narrator was okay, although I really hated how he read women's voices. It was the book itself that was such a disappointment. I absolutely hated the characters. This is often not a problem. I can listen/read a book with characters that I don't like, provided those characters are interesting and have something compelling about them. The characters in this story, however, were the most two dimensional creations that I've encountered in a long while. Furthermore, nothing happened. Actually, in the hour and a half that I listened, things did happen. But the things that happened seemed to drive the characters in only the most superficial ways. I mean, really, your 16 year old throw a fit and moves out of the house, and you shrug your shoulders? And while the characters had their petty, private obsessions, none of them seemed authentic within the story itself. I think that's my biggest complaint about this book: it is utterly lacking in authenticity. I won't bother with any more of this author's books. And I really wish I could get back my credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jayne Castle
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (121)

    Where deadly energy ghosts lurk in the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. Where dust bunnies prove to be loyal pets. And where a ghost hunter will discover that a woman's heart is the most dangerous adversary of all...Local Guild boss and powerful ghost-hunter Cooper Boone is everything botanist Elly St. Clair could ask for - the handsome, strong, and silent type. Maybe too silent. For when Guild secrets threaten her career at the college, Elly has to call off their marriage - and leave small-town life behind...

    Mary says: "want more"
    "Can't believe I paid money for this"
    Overall

    The narrative is tedious and contrived to the point that I know what's going to happen before it happens in the story. If I could give the book a negative rating I would. The narrator adds nothing to the story; her performance is flat and her intonationis off. Most of the male characters nearly all sound like they have a cold. After an hour of listening, I find I simply don't care about the characters or the plot. Not even the dust bunnies are enough to keep my attention. Next time I'll pay closer attention to the reviews.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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