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World's WORST Jamaican accent

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-19

The narrator's reading of the story was okay, and the story itself was good, but my goodness, try rehearsing the accent you need to do before recording the narration. Overall though I prefer the original narrator.

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Loved the new characters....

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I hope this is isn't the one and only time we see Agent Cold Moon. I liked the mix of personalities and perspectives, it adds a new dimension to the Pendergast series. I thought the story was a good one. A bit confusing in the end with the explanation, but still a very intriguing story. And as always, Rene Auberjonois is the perfect narrator!

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Nerdy Fun!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I really, really enjoyed this series, enhanced further by good narration. I've had a long career in IT so for me the use of technology was perfect, albeit a bit simpler sounding that it actually would be I suspect. I enjoyed the technical details, but a few friends who also read it (part of a book club) found it hard to understand. I very much enjoyed all the key characters, including their evolution through the series, and really hope the author decides to bring them back in future books.

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Fascinating Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I though this was a fascinating story pretty well laid out. The true story of a murder is often not as 'interesting' as it might appear in fiction but this story unfolded in a well thought out manner, as a series of broadcasts, that kept me interested to hear more. At times some of the interviews were a bit difficult to hear well but overall it was a very good listen.

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Too much of the same thing

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I like Matthew and Brother Michael, but it seems like the books reuse far too many common threads. Okay, I think we get it, all the universities are in competition with each other, the religious hate the laypeople, and the towns people hate the university people. They are getting repetitive.

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Very compelling story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-18

I thought the story was really intriguing, an audio page turner. I found Arthur's methodologies fascinating, and a bit scary! It was entirely plausible than an 'altered' Arthur would be able to do what he did. I'm looking forward to continuing on to the next books to see how this story continues to unfold.

My only complaint, and it is minor, is that at times it was hard to tell female characters from male, or more specifically Natsumi vs. Arthur. Other than that I thought Donald Corren's voicing of Arthur was perfect.

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Lady Julia in another guise???

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-17

I just finished listening to this book and I'm somewhat on the fence. I thought the story plot a good one, and it kept me interested. I like the slightly over the top Veronica Speedwell and enjoy the dialogue between her and Stoker, her partner "in crime" who is forever being thrown off balance by her frank & headstrong personality.

All that being said, I would probably give a higher overall rating if not for two things. One, I have listened to or read all of the Lady Julia Grey series which is absolutely great, but it also makes me feel like Veronica Speedwell is modeled after Julia and Stoker after Brisbane, and with very similar beginnings to their relationship. If I had my choice I think I'd rather see more Lady Julia books instead.

The second point is the narrator. Some narrators are particularly good at voicing the opposite sex, such as the woman who narrates the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries by C.S. Harris (sorry her name is escaping me at the moment!) or George Guidall who reads Craig Johnson's Longmire series. You never feel like either one's voicing are forced. Unfortunately Angele Masters' male voices sound like a woman trying to sound like a man and it can be distracting.

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Honestly I can't rate the story...

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-17

The narration was so awful, so amateurish that I couldn't finish the book. I got through 2 hrs while I was driving and when I finally got home I decided I didn't want to hear any more. I can't say whether the story was going to be a good one or not, the narrator was just too much of a distraction.

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Amateurish narration made a so-so book even worse

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-16

I had read (book not audiobook) a previous Alex McKnight book and found it entertaining so I thought I'd try the next in the series on audiobook. What a mistake. I cannot decide if the writing was poor or the narration made it sound poor but this audiobook is a dud. The narration was just horrible. It sounded like a grade schooler reading out loud to a class and trying to 'act' as he read. It made the character's incessant overthinking that much more painful and poor Leon sounded like the village idiot.

Never again will I listen to a book with this narrator.

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At last, Sister Fidelma is on audio!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-15

I have read many of the Sister Fidelma books over the years and tried, using the author's pronunciation guide in the earlier books, to pronounce the names and places while reading. It's not easy! I really enjoy the books but it's a real treat now to listen to them and hear the names and places spoken.

The historical details are fascinating. The political and religious tides that pass through the time period are amazingly complicated, and learning about them, while listening to a great mystery, really keeps my interest fired up.

The one thing that I feel is missing are the historical notes that are found in the book. I would have liked to have that as part of the audio book as well, even at the end, because it gives a great deal of context. The legal system in Ireland in the 7th century was amazingly progressive.

That being said I'm just very happy the series has been brought to Audible. Kudos to Caroline Lennon for her narration!