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  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,327

Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration changed my interpretation

  • By jaspersu on 10-28-12

Amazing interpretation

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

To simply read a story like this, one could miss out on emotion and intent both from the time period but from the perspective of people who have lost touch with society. Shirley Jackson was an influencer in her story telling but the voice of this story will be difficult for modern readers. Bernadette Dunne is simply amazing at telling this story. She puts plausibility in Marycats estrangements and magical wishes. Emphasis on words such as “our house” and “Charles” and “Mother’s Drawing Room” help you see the importance of Jackson’s use of words. There are many monsters in this story and its difficult to know where to place your empathy. Dunne just brings the whole story to the top. Amazing!

  • The New Bad Ass in Town

  • By: Mark A. Roeder
  • Narrated by: Joe DiNozzi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Brayden has a bad attitude and a temper to match. Caspian has his own rep to protect and can't decide if Brayden is friend or foe. The decision is made for him when Brayden attacks Dylan, a stereotypically gay boy who is known for being too aggressive in his pursuit of young men. Caspian steps in to save Dylan and so begins a mutual distrust between Caspian and Brayden that repeatedly threatens to come to blows. Despite being nearly bashed by Brayden, Dylan won't back off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly remarkable

  • By Anonymous User on 03-23-19

Voice and Story should align

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

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

The characters were too old to be teens. Too much rationalization, too many fully developed characters. May have been better as college age group. The narrator was very out of touch and did not convey voicing in a realistic manner. Very straight, bland, and uninterested in what he was providing.

Would you recommend The New Bad Ass in Town to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend the story as a self read rather than an audible.

How could the performance have been better?

Voice and storyline in agreement with each other

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

None

  • Fair Game

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Sawyer Allerde
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him, but it seems his old life isn't finished with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen

  • By T.W. Spencer on 11-17-10

Non-performance

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

Reviewed: 05-02-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Josh Lanyon's stories are very good. Really enjoyed the English mysteries up until the last one. Fair Game is a good story but the performer is terrible. Lets be honest - not a single voice inflection, no distinguishing between characters, not a penny put into production. Those of us who like audio books have gotten really spoiled with great actors reading the books. This one does not cut it.

What did you like best about this story?

Location, mystery

Would you be willing to try another one of Ray Ramano’s performances?

No

If you could take any character from Fair Game out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Fedder

Any additional comments?

No

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