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monique

Ottawa, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Inside the Mind of BTK: The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Douglas, Johnny Dodd
    • Narrated By Jason Klav
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    This incredible story shows how John Douglas tracked and participated in the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. For 31 years a man who called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas, sexually assaulting and strangling a series of women, taunting the police with frequent communications, and bragging about his crimes to local newspapers and TV stations.

    Petersen says: "Book Spoiled by Narrator"
    "Unfortunate choice of narrator."
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    Excellent story--I've read everything by J. Douglas. However, this narrator has such a monotonous delivery, and he mispronounces even only moderately difficult words, suggesting he didn't do his homework first. Increasingly irritating, and I gave up.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Umberto Eco
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon-- all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity.

    Christopher D. Williams says: "Technical Problems Solved"
    "Brilliant!"
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    For all the book readers who feared a disappointing rendition to this (arguably best ever) book--a wonderful and accessible interpretation, with unsurpassed narration. Bravo!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Keep: A Cork O'Connor Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    Every married couple knows you don't go to bed angry. The corollary, Cork O'Connor realizes, is that you also don't say goodbye when you're mad. When the charter plane Jo O'Connor is on crashes over the mountains in Wyoming in an early winter storm, Cork deeply regrets the heated argument he had with his wife just before she left. An intense search is launched, but bad weather and the steep terrain hinder the efforts and soon the search is abandoned.

    C. Telfair says: "Exciting!"
    "unexpected and repeated religious themes"
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    I would have given this a higher rating--good character development, interesting and different storyline, but unexpected and repeated religious themes and lessons are annoying when you are not interested in them. I think that audible books with a religious theme should have to indicate this somewhere. That said, the narrator was quite excellent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Season

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (344)

    When college kids hiking near an abandoned military industrial complex in West Virginia mysteriously disappear, special agent Janet Carter - earnest, honest, and fed up with the stifling chauvinistic environment at the Roanoke FBI headquarters - is called in to investigate. Unfortunately, there are no leads - it's as if the three just vanished into thin air.

    Corinne says: "GOOD book and good reader"
    "entertaining in spite of a few issues"
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    Interesting story, good narration overall. However, male narrators narrating women's voices by raising their pitch (and vice versa for female narrators and male roles) run a risk of seriously discrediting the character (best for male narrators to soften without changing pitch, in my opinion). FBI agent Janet ends up sounding like a simpering parody, a problem worsened by her frequent slow-witted lines. Kreiss is a cold fish whose love of his daughter seems one-dimensional (without giving away any of the plot). I'd give it a 3 overall, it was entertaining enough. I dreaded any possibility of a romance there!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (796)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "okay, but I prefer Spencer Quinn's audiobooks"
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    This story was interesting enough, and does have Rosenfelt's sense of fun. The narrator is animated, but perhaps a little too much, and his very nasal voice was just too grating for me. Overall, I gave this a 3--it's okay, If you love mysteries and dogs, check out Dog Gone It, The Dog Who Knew Too Much, or any others in that series--a hoot yet also restful too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sanibel Flats: Doc Ford #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Randy White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (201)

    Its cool gulf breezes lured him from a life of danger. Its dark undercurrents threatened to destroy him. After 10 years of living life on the edge, it was hard for Doc Ford to get that addiction to danger out of his system. But spending each day watching the sun melt into Dinkins Bay and the moon rise over the mangrove trees, cooking dinner for his beautiful neighbor, and dispensing advice to the locals over a cold beer lulled him into letting his guard down.

    ShySusan says: "Author seems to have a sexual double standard."
    "Shallow, irritating female character"
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    A disappointing combination of shallow and irritating dialog and behaviour by the female character, and a correspondingly annoying delivery by the male reader. I couldn't take more than 5 minutes. Unfortunate, as the story had potential.
    Save your credits for anything on Audible written and read by Stuart McBride!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Leper of Saint Giles: The Fifth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Joanna Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (56)

    A savage murder interrupts a May-December marriage and leaves Brother Cadfael with a dark, terrible mystery to solve. For the key to the killing - and a secret - are hid among the lepers of Saint Giles. Now Brother Cadfael's skills must ferret out a sickness, not of the body, but of a twisted soul - in the fifth Brother Cadfael Chronicle, a work that displays Ellis Peters' special genius at her best.

    Wm Bruce Ford says: "The Leper of Saint Giles"
    "Why was this narrator chosen?"
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    I have read all of the Brother Cadfael books in French as well as English, and am a solid fan of this author and series.
    While I enjoyed the accent of this narrator, however, and her skill, her efforts to convey male voices failed in my view (as a function of her voice capabilities), with the unfortunate and unintended consequence of making all of these characters (and almost all characters are male of course) sound pompous and self-important. I have much preferred male narrators for this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (2479)
    Story
    (2504)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "enormously disappointing"
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    As with many other readers, I bought this audiobook hoping to see a satisfying conclusion to this complex and interesting tale, told with riveting, multilayered and charismatic skill by Roy Dotrice.
    What an appalling decision to switch narrators!!!
    I agree with the majority--Book 4 needs to be re-released, narrated by Roy Dotrice, who mastered the task and had a lot of fun bringing us all along on a thrilling ride, doing great justice to the text, and characters.
    I was completely disappointed with John Lee. This is a horrendous narration. (Does George RR Martin not have veto power over this decision?) I listened for 1.5 hours then had to give up (and, sadly, felt relief). Someone owes Roy Dotrice an apology, and an offer to re-release with a raise in pay.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Year of Wonders

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Geraldine Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (315)

    When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story- Awful Narrator"
    "mind-numbing narration"
    Overall

    My comments are based first on the story itself, then on the narration. As a story, the topic and characters were interesting, and the writing discerning and moving. Unfortunately, the audiobook fails to do justice to the book, as the narration is incredibly monotone, droning on and occasionally failing to pause at the end of sentences. I could not bear to listen to more than 45 minutes and had to give up--a shame, as historical novels are my favorite genre and the writing was excellent. A real shame that the author chose to narrate her own book, she does not appear to be affected by the story, nor enjoying herself in the process, so that she is unable to carry the listener along. A great writer, an awful narrator.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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