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  • Sisterchicks on the Loose!

  • By: Robin Jones Gunn
  • Narrated by: Robin Jones Gunn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Sharon has lived calmly in Chinook Springs, Washington, her entire life. All that changes when her best friend of twenty years, Penny, takes an impulsive trip to seek out her only living relatives in Finland, and brings Sharon with her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun plot and fun characters

  • By Bobbie on 06-03-11

Reader needed a Finnish accent lesson

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-17

What did you like best about Sisterchicks on the Loose!? What did you like least?

In August 1982, when fictional Penny first proposed she and Sharon go to Finland, I was actually on my way there to spend a year as an exchange student. As such, I know the country and people well (I lived 30 minutes from Porvoo where Penny's aunt lives). What drove me crazy was the weird accent the narrator was doing. It wasn't remotely like a Finnish accent. The intonation and stresses were all completely wrong, as were the pronunciations of several key Finnish words (like sauna!). It was something like a bastardized Swedish-Norwegian- very aggravating.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robin Jones Gunn?

Someone Finnish!

Any additional comments?

The story was charming and the characters were familiar to me: those poor, sweet women with their small worlds that spin around church and their children. The message to do something to grow yourself away from the kids is so important. Step out of your comfort zone. Learn a new language. Meet people with a different perspective on the world.

  • Lady Dearing's Masquerade

  • By: Elena Greene
  • Narrated by: Robin Rowan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106

Finally free after a desperately unhappy marriage, widowed Lady Dearing goes to a masquerade. She thinks it's just a lark, but matters turn serious when she kisses a costumed stranger who protected her from a drunken lout. Word leaks out, scandal escalates and she becomes the town's most infamous widow. Shunned by society, she retreats to her country estate. Having no children of her own, she finds joy in caring for children she's taken in from London's Foundling Hospital. But every night, she is haunted by the memory of the gallant stranger, whose seductive voice and gentle touch awakened desires she'd thought long dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Love Story

  • By Lady M on 11-11-14

Narrated like a simpering melodrama

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The story is typical enough for the romance genre, and I have no issues about the writing. The story, however, is totally destroyed by the narrator's breathy, staccato delivery.

Would you recommend Lady Dearing's Masquerade to your friends? Why or why not?

To read, but not to hear.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robin Rowan?

I'd listen to Davina Porter narrate the phone book, so I'm sure she could have elevated the quality significantly.

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  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood

  • Outlander, Book 8
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 44 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,617
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,439
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,389

Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Outlander! How you take over my LIFE!

  • By Prime Time on 07-21-14

Davina Porter's awesome narration strikes again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-14

What did you love best about Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

I am a long time, slightly rabid, Outlander fan. I was delighted to finally have all the cliff hangers from Echo resolved, and happy to be able to spend more time with my 'Outlander family.' Love these characters.

What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Davina's accents and energetic narration makes the characters lift off the page.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Discover the adventure, passion, history, war, & time travel.of the Frasers!

Any additional comments?

Don't start with this book if you haven't read at least Echo in the Bone. Ideally, you should have read the 7 previous books..

  • Into the Wilderness

  • Wilderness Saga, Book 1
  • By: Sara Donati
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 30 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,568

Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the very first page.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So much for "if you like Gabaldon"

  • By randomactsofpunctuation on 11-24-15

Tolerable story, skip the narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I was frequently challenged to figure out whether I was irritated more by the writing or the narrating. The story was all right, but I wouldn't recommend this audio book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Wilderness?

When characters from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander appeared.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Horrendous accents. Intonations that didn't quite work. It was frequently painful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful