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  • Courting Catherine

  • The Calhoun Women, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Catherine "C.C." Calhoun is determined to keep her family's estate, known affectionately as the Towers, in the family. She admits the cost of keeping up the crumbling mansion might be quickly exceeding what C.C., her sisters and her aunt can afford, but the only way to save the house can't be to sell it. Especially not to arrogant and handsome hotel magnate Trenton St. James III.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The narration is really annoying

  • By Kate on 04-08-15

Cute story, bad narration

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the overall story here, and I love the way Nora Roberts handles a series so I'll be reading the rest. But this is an example of how a narrator can ruin a book. Trenton St. James III is described as Bostonian and it's inferred that his wealth is inherited, but he sounds more like a thug than Boston Brahmin. Think more Rocky Balboa than Kennedy. She did a great job of the varying female voices and personalities, but lost me on Trent.

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  • Crazy Little Thing

  • By: Tracy Brogan
  • Narrated by: Lori Reyes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,653
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,410

Sadie Turner is not a control freak, just…orderly. When a cheating spouse topples Sadie’s impeccably tidy world, she packs up her kids for a summer vacation at her aunt’s lake house, hoping to relax, reboot, and pick up the pieces away from men. All men. But eccentric Aunt Dody has other plans: she’s determined to see Sadie have a little fun - with Desmond, the sexy new neighbor. Tall, tanned, muscular - and even great with her kids - Desmond is Sadie’s worst nightmare. He must have a flaw - he’s a man, after all - so Sadie vows to keep her distance. But as summer blazes on, their attraction ignites....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Notes for the Narrator

  • By J on 12-01-14

Awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

Would you try another book from Tracy Brogan and/or Lori Reyes?

I would try another book from Tracy Brogan, but NOT Lori Reyes. Really, one of the worst narrators I've ever heard on Audible. I can't even really judge the story (I liked what I heard) because I only made it about 30 minutes before I couldn't stand it any more and quit.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Again, the narrator made it impossible for me to get very far in the story.

How could the performance have been better?

Use a different narrator,

  • Aunt Dimity and the Duke

  • An Aunt Dimity Mystery
  • By: Nancy Atherton
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Emma Porter is 40, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England's glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern with extraordinary powers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite books ruined by the reader.

  • By Linda Mandell on 04-04-13

TERRIBLE Narration!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A decent narrator!

What did you like best about this story?

I adore all the Aunt Dimity stories and was so excited to see them listed here. WAS excited. This narrator is terrible. She's ruined an excellent series.

Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?

Absolutely not. Her cadence and pacing are completely off. She over emphasizes each word and has no expression or emotion in her delivery. I lasted less than nine minutes and had to turn it off. Can't believe I wasted a credit on this.

Any additional comments?

Skip the audio--go buy the book!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful