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Miss Belgravia

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Painful

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

Reviewed: 05-11-19

I have a hard time giving up on books, so I saw this one through to the end, but this was a waste of 9 hours of my life. I really found the narrator just over-the-top melodramatic and annoying. He made the protagonist sound like a pathetic weakling, although the writing also contributed to that. I knew almost immediately who the culprit(s) were, and just stuck around to see how it unfolded. I can't say much more without spoilers, but don't waste your time or money on this one. There are too many really great books out there.

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  • I Will Find You
  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda

As Good As I Had Hoped

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

As a big fan of Homicide Hunter, I expected a lot from this book. And I got it. I really enjoyed the background about Joe's life, family and career. His narration was wonderful. His ability to maintain his humanity and compassion after all he experienced is an inspiration. Highly recommended whether or not you are familiar with the TV show.

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Not Great

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

This book seemed to be a long advertisement for Inn BoonsBoro (owned by Nora Roberts), the book store owned by her husband, and Vesta Pizza, owned by her son. All the adults seemed to have the maturity level of junior high students, and the supernatural element went over the top in the end. The narrator was great with men's voices, not great with women's, and a disaster with the children's. It might have been better as a book rather than an audiobook, but I am not at all tempted to continue with this series or read anything else by Nora Roberts.

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Hard Review to Write

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

I have very mixed reactions to this book. The narration was very distracting, and not well done, as others have mentioned. The story itself was compelling and led me to do some research of my own of Ravensbruck and the hideous things that happened there. This is one book I wish I had read instead of listened to. The narration was so grating and amateurish that it trivialized what should have been a compelling story. I also think the author was so concerned with including every awful fact that she ceased to construct a compelling narrative. I found the true story so shocking that I intend to read some non-fiction about the events in the book, particularly some of the first-hand accounts by survivors. Overall, I cannot recommend the audiobook, but suggest that the book itself would be well worth reading.

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  • The Poisoner's Handbook
  • Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
  • By: Deborah Blum
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo

Agree With Others Regarding the Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-28-12

What made the experience of listening to The Poisoner's Handbook the most enjoyable?

It was fascinating to learn how much more toxic the world was in the early 20th century than it is now.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dr. Norris.

What aspect of Coleen Marlo???s performance would you have changed?

All of it! I thought at first the narrator was a computer-generated voice. She seemed to have little understanding of the content, and made many mistakes. I think the most glaring mistake was when she said one of the characters wrote a "one-letter sentence." It then became apparent that it should have been a "one-sentence letter." Does no one "proof listen" to audiobooks?

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

I found it very interesting, but it wasn't a particularly emotional book.

Any additional comments?

Re-record this book with a different narrator!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I Loved It!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-10

I agree that the production values are a little unprofessional, but I love Gabriel Woolf. He is a brilliant actor, and he brings the characters to life. Yes, once in awhile you hear a car horn honking, or occasionally the faint sound of an airplane flying overhead, neither of which belong in a book set in the 19th Century. And Woolf does occasionally stumble over a word here and there. But it just makes me smile when those things happen. It's rather like having someone read you a bedtime story, albeit someone incredibly talented and erudite.

And Middlemarch itself is brilliant. The characters are so fully drawn, the subtle nuances of their emotions and actions are so skillfully rendered -- little wonder this novel ranks at or near the top of every list of "bests."

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Better Than Ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-09

Yes, there is a sameness to Burke's Robicheaux novels. But that's what I like about them. Over the years, I have come to know and care for Dave, Clete, Alifair, and all the other regulars, and the new and intricately-drawn characters that populate Dave's world. Why would one want to skip Dave's ruminations, reflections, and insights? Those are the things that make these novels more than just chase scenes, gun battles, and easily-solved mysteries. Every character, from victim to perpetrator, innocent or guilty, is much more than a one-dimensional "good guy" or "bad guy." And Burke's insights about the Katrina disaster, its aftermath, and the long-range effects were interesting and heart-breaking to anyone who has a love for New Orleans and its unique culture and people. I was sorry to have this one end, and look forward to my next visit to New Iberia.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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You Need a Sense of Humour

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-09

I can understand why this might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's exactly what it says it is -- Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Surely it's obvious that it's going to be both the original comedy of manners, along with the zombie element. What I found extraordinary was how funny it was. I found myself laughing aloud as I drove to and from work every day, and could hardly wait to get back into the car and hear what was next. It was very well done, the narration was exquisite, and now I want to re-read the original as soon as possible. I'm sure that's the reaction many people will have, so Miss Austen's original work will probably be more popular than ever. I hope there will be more similar works to come.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Short Story Material

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-03

This was torture. The first three hours of the book could have been condensed into about 30 minutes, and nothing would have been lost. The final two hours were mildly interesting, and the ending was less than satisfying. Don't waste your money on this drivel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful