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  • The Romanov Cross

  • By: Robert Masello
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

Army epidemiologist Frank Slater is facing a court-martial, but after his punishment is mysteriously lifted, he is offered a job no one else wants - to travel to a small island off the coast of Alaska and investigate a potentially lethal phenomenon. The permafrost has begun to melt, exposing bodies from a colony that was wiped out by the dreaded Spanish flu of 1918. Frank must determine if the thawed remains still carry the deadly virus in their frozen flesh and, if so, ensure that it doesn't come back to life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Anne on 01-09-16

Plot what I expected - TERRIBLE narration

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I survived this book simply because I wanted to get to the end. I really like this author, so I knew the issue was not the plot or the characters.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

Anyone. A nice voice does not a narrator make. His terrible timing almost made me curse.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Insect Farm

  • By: Stuart Prebble
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Each of the Maguire brothers has his own driving, single-minded obsession. For Jonathan it is his magnificent, talented, and desirable wife, Harriet. For Roger it is the elaborate universe he has constructed in a shed in their parents' garden, populated by millions of tiny insects. While Jonathan's pursuit of Harriet leads him to feelings of jealousy and anguish, Roger's immersion in the world he has created reveals a capability and talent that are absent from his everyday life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darkly Heartbreaking

  • By Janice on 12-05-15

O'Nan or Dostoyevsky?

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

If you could sum up The Insect Farm in three words, what would they be?

Eloquent, poetic, dark

What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

He did a wonderful job of portraying the completely different characters with his tone of voice without sounding contrived or silly.

Any additional comments?

I simply could not decide if I thought this was more like Crime and Punishment or A Prayer for the Dying. I wasn't even sure I liked it, but I sure did listen attentively to every moment.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Constant Princess

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,964

Best-selling author Philippa Gregory introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines: Katherine of Aragon. Daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Katherine has been fated her whole life to marry Prince Arthur of England. When they meet and are married, the match becomes as passionate as it is politically expedient. But tragically, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his young bride a deathbed promise to marry his brother Henry, become Queen, and fulfill their dreams and her destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Story...

  • By Theodore on 12-06-11

Out of step

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

Reviewed: 02-03-14

Any additional comments?

I found this book to be a bit of a let down from the Cousins War series. There are some phrases used much too often, making it repetitive enough to be a distraction. I did not find the use of Ms. Tanner as a narrator to satisfactorily replace Bianca Amato.

This one is boring... I hope the rest of the Tudors picks up a bit.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil Will Come

  • By: Glenn Cooper
  • Narrated by: Maria Elena Infantino
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58

A terrifying secret. A shocking discovery has been made deep within Rome's ancient catacombs. One that the Vatican is determined must never be made public - for the sake of all mankind. A deadly conspiracy. But there are others who want to keep the truth hidden for far more sinister reasons, others who believe that not only are the church and the faith of a billion at threat, but life as we know it is about to be destroyed - forever. And only one woman - a young Italian nun - can save us.... The nightmare is about to begin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bad narrator. I have never listened to worse.

  • By Numa on 07-23-13

Narrator ruined the book

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

Reviewed: 09-17-13

Would you try another book from Glenn Cooper and/or Maria Elena Infantino?

I have listened to other Glenn Cooper books and enjoyed them, but Ms. Infantino's narration of this book is just terrible. She simply has no idea about the rhythm of reading in English and reads in one breath sentences from 2 different paragraphs which entail a change in scene and characters, making it all very confusing.

Would you be willing to try another one of Maria Elena Infantino’s performances?

NO