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bananapatrol

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  • Rest You Merry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    For years, Professor Peter Shandy has been badgered by Jemima Ames, Assistant Librarian and Annual Chairperson, to decorate his campus home for the Grand Illumination which is Balaclava Agricultural College's main fund-raising event. Now he can hold out no longer. Goaded to madness, he buries his small brick house under an avalanche of plastic reindeer, flashing lights, and fake Santa Clauses. Hooks up an amplifier blaring "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth," locks the switches at "on," and escapes to sea on a tramp steamer....

    Amazon Customer says: "A classic story - and great for this time of year!"
    "Love the book, disappointed by the narration."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Charlotte MacLeod is my favorite cozy mystery writer. I have read Rest You Merry and the other books in the Peter Shandy series a number of times - I wouldn't change anything.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As other reviewers have noted, the narrator pronounced certain words very strangely, to the extent that I'm not sure if he is a native English speaker. This audio book was less of a performance and more of a straight reading of the novel by someone who didn't really know what it was about or who the characters were supposed to be. You need a very particular kind of narrator for a cozy mystery that gets its color from quirky, not-quite-realistic characters and stylized, old-fashioned dialogue, and unfortunately Mr. McLain doesn't quite hit the mark.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1480)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1335)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "Kind of a big jumble, but entertaining."
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    Max, the main character, is a lot of fun. The concept is great, and I liked the narration. Basically, it's a good, fun book.

    But . . . it sounded very much like a first draft to me. It's more of a series of vignettes strung together by a not-very-interesting thriller-type story. Just enough details about the "bad guys" were thrown in that I thought there would be something there, but it was kept so cryptic that I couldn't bring myself to care, and I was really bored for the last two hours. It may have been a deliberate choice on the part of the author to withhold details for later books in the series, but if so, I think it was the wrong choice.

    Also, for a novel about time-travelling historians, there is next to nothing about historic events. It would have been lovely to have a description of, say, the signing of the Magna Carta, or the death of King Arthur, or an explanation for Richard III and the two little princes. . . something. Anything. Instead, there are about 50 scenes describing the historians & their crews drinking and getting drunk and then drinking some more - it bothers me not at all on a moral level, but it's not very interesting to read about.

    Plus, plot holes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3794)
    Performance
    (3520)
    Story
    (3521)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Terrific book, made even better by narration."
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    If you could sum up NOS4A2 in three words, what would they be?

    Terrifying "page-turner."


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    Kate Mulgrew knows how to tell a story. Narration can make or break a story. I listened to Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box a while ago and didn't like it much. The narrator did a competent job of reading the story, but he didn't *act* it, and the characters never came alive for me. Kate Mulgrew can ACT. The voices she creates for the different characters are realistic and, for Charlie Manx and Bing, absolutely chilling. She is amazing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book kept me awake at night wondering if N0S4A2 might be coming for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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