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Lynn Lopez

Fairfield, CA United States
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  • America for Beginners

  • A Novel
  • By: Leah Franqui
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

Pival Sengupta has done something she never expected: She has booked a trip with the First Class India USA Destination Vacation Tour Company. But unlike other upper-class Indians on a foreign holiday, the recently widowed Pival is not interested in sightseeing. She is traveling thousands of miles from Kolkota to New York on a cross-country journey to California, where she hopes to uncover the truth about her beloved son, Rahi. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-listen.

  • By Jeannie on 07-30-18

Nice story, but...

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

The internal monologues - which are the majority of the story - were narrated in a high-pitched, emotionally-charged manner, which is fine in small doses, but became draining since there was so much of it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Forgive Me, Alex

  • By: Lane Diamond
  • Narrated by: Kevin Scollin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Tony Hooper stands in shadow across the street, one amongst many in the crowd of curiosity-hounds gathered to watch a monster's release. Seventeen years after Mitchell Norton, the devil, terrorized Algonquin, Illinois on a spree of kidnapping, torture and murder, the authorities release the butcher from psychiatric prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • has you clinging to the edge of your seat!

  • By Heather C. Cox on 05-12-14

Awful narration!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I couldn’t get past the first few chapters. The reading as the “bad guy” just made me cringe. I’ll return it and get the print version.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Collector

  • The First Lincoln Rhyme Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Connor O'Brien
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

In his most gripping thriller yet, Jeffery Deaver takes listeners on a terrifying ride into two ingenious minds...that of a physically challenged detective and the scheming killer he must stop. The detective was the former head of forensics at the NYPD, but is now a quadriplegic who can only exercise his mind. The killer is a man whose obsession with old New York helps him choose his next victim. Now, with the help of a beautiful young cop, this diabolical killer must be stopped before he can kill again!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, narrator is horrible

  • By bradley on 07-09-14

Awful Narration

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

The narration was musical. You'd think that would be a good thing, but it's not - it's like hearing Mary Had A Little Lamb sung over and over and over and over and over again. It's almost impossible to keep your attention on the story when you keep tuning out the song. Ugh!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Year of Wonders

  • A Novel of the Plague
  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Geraldine Brooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story- Awful Narrator

  • By Diana Dunn on 07-12-12

Good story, but...

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

I will read more of this author's books, as I quite enjoyed this one, but NOT if she is the narrator. To paraphrase another reviewer, a great writer does not equal a great narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Moonrise

  • By: Cassandra King
  • Narrated by: Jennifer James Bradshaw, Willow Hale, Elle Newlands
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 142

When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends, who resent Helen's intrusion into their tightly knit circle. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife's family home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure what all the complaints are about...

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-23-13

Having a hard time...

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

Reviewed: 11-20-13

What did you like best about Moonrise? What did you like least?

I haven't finished the book yet. I'm struggling through the Tansy parts, which I find VERY irritating! Lilting one's voice up and down the scale does not equal expressive! I find the reader's performance overblown, with too many long, dramatic pauses, and so many vocal acrobatics that my ears have a hard time following the story.

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

Tansy reader: Overblown, sing-song, excessively dramatic.

Any additional comments?

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  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,855
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,727
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,742

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-09

What a great story! It kept me riveted from the first sentence, and the narrators made me feel as though I was right there with them in Jackson, Mississippi. As a white woman, I was horrified by some of the things I heard, and I had to ask myself if I would have behaved any differently if I had lived in that time and place. I highly recommend this story to anyone.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sister Carrie

  • By: Theodore Dreiser
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Burns
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Sister Carrie is about a young country girl who moves to the big city, where she begins to realize her own American Dream by embarking on a life of sin rather than hard work and perseverance. At the time of its first publication, the novel caused a minor scandal, and Dreiser had difficulty finding a publisher for it. This was due to its blurred division between good and bad and the fact that, at the end, Carrie is rewarded rather than punished for her immoral life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator ruined it

  • By Cheryl C. Tinson on 09-25-07

Awful Narration!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-09

I have only listened to two hours of this version. The story has potential, but the narrator is killing me. I've downloaded a copy by another narrator. Don't waste your money on this version.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Watch

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

New York Times best-selling author Sarah Waters received sweeping critical acclaim for her debut, Tipping the Velvet, and has been a finalist for the Orange and Booker Prizes. In The Night Watch she tells the riveting, intersecting tales of four Londoners during and after World War II. As these four people survive the devastation of war and experience the dizzying heights of life, their paths cross in ways none of them can foresee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Lynn Lopez on 06-21-09

Great book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-09

A good narrator can make even a mediocre book come to life. When a great narrator meets wonderful writing, magic happens. To me, this book was such magic.
A majority of the characters are gay, so if that bothers you, this is not the book for you. However, if you see people as people, and love as love, then I highly recommend it.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Something from the Nightside

  • Nightside, Book 1
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,977
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,414

"Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Nightside

  • By Kemi on 04-18-09

"Just the facts, ma'am..."

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-09

I think some reviewers have missed the point. The deadpan, cheerless narration, the melodramatic writing - it's all part of the package. The tone is set at the very beginning, when the new client mentions the bullet hole in the door, and John says dryly, "Moths." It's tongue-in-cheek and atmospheric. I enjoyed it.

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Morrigan's Cross

  • Circle Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322

Standing on the cliffs of 12th-century Ireland following the disappearance of his twin, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is visited by the goddess Morrigan and is charged with the ultimate of tasks: saving his and all future worlds. His enemy, the beautiful but deadly vampire queen Lilith, has had over 2,000 years of experience in cruelly killing and changing humans into one of her own - including Hoyt's brother, Cian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Have worn my iPod all day!

  • By Sharon on 01-30-11

I can't finish it.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-09

I hate to waste money by not finishing a book, but there are too many great books out there for me to spend time on ones I don't enjoy. I thought I'd try this one for $4.95, but the narrator is so irritating that the story is lost. I can't get more than halfway through, and the same narrator does the other two books in the series. Too bad.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful