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  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood

  • Outlander, Book 8
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,655
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,366
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,309

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 DebbieK on 07-21-14

This narrator is absolutely wonderful as is the au

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

What made the experience of listening to Written in My Own Heart's Blood the most enjoyable?

This narrator is the best one I have ever heard in any audiobook. She brings life to the characters and I can actually see them in my mind as she is telling the story. She brings lots of emotion and gives each character their own voice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love both Claire and Jamie.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

See above. She gives an individualistic quality to every character with their own personality as well as accent.

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

Yes I laughed quite a few places but I don't very often cry listening to audiobooks.

Any additional comments?

I will look for books with this narrator in the future. She is wonderful.

  • Bed, Breakfast, and Bones

  • A Ravenwood Cove Cozy Mystery
  • By: Carolyn Dean
  • Narrated by: Gail Hedrick
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

Amanda Graham inherited a rundown bed and breakfast, a starving cat, and some dead guy who's buried in her garden! What should've been a simple remodeling project and a new business in a small Oregon beach town winds up with her uncle named as the number-one murder suspect, a slew of odd neighbors and problematic townspeople, and Amanda wanting to just sit down and eat her weight in chocolate pie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute First Mystery But Reader Was Poor

  • By Valerie L on 01-12-17

Narrator was so terrible I could not finish

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

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

I don't know

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gail Hedrick?

Anyone else. I'm sorry but this reader was so terrible I could not listen to this book. She sounded like someone who was reading a book for the first time in her life. She sounded like someone reading a book or an actor reading from a script as opposed to someone who brings life to characters or has emotion. This narrator was very emotionless.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I cannot review the story because the reader was so annoying.

  • Knit One, Kill Two

  • A Knitting Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Maggie Sefton
  • Narrated by: Jane Jacobs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

Kelly Flynn never picked up a pair of knitting needles she liked—until she strolled into House of Lambspun. Now, in the first in a brand-new series, she learns how to knit one, purl two, and untangle the mystery behind her aunt's murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knit One Kill Two: A Knitting Mystery, Book 1

  • By Kathleen on 08-28-11

Good Story, Terrible Narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

Would you try another book from Maggie Sefton and/or Jane Jacobs?

Maggie Sefton yes, Jane Jacobs, no.

What did you like best about this story?

This was a fun story. I enjoyed the knitting background and that it was a family friendly book without graphic violence.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jane Jacobs?

Not sure. I liked Hillary Huber whom I just listened to on another book.

Did Knit One, Kill Two inspire you to do anything?

Pick up my knitting again. I have put it down for the summer.

Any additional comments?

The reason I did not like Jane Jacobs is because her tone never changed. She always sounded overly pleasant like she was voicing a commercial. She had no different voices for characters and her tone never changed from when a scene was pleasant to when it was serious or suspenseful.

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