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  • Stalker on the Fens

  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

Detective Inspector Nikki Galena's close friend Helen Brook is involved in a serious accident where she is trapped in a collapsed cellar. After her hard-won recovery, Helen is still getting flashbacks to a man she says was down there with her and who confessed to a murder. But no trace of this man can be found. Then Helen tells Nikki that someone is watching her. But is all this in her friend's imagination and part of her post-traumatic stress?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this English police procedural series!

  • By Wayne on 08-29-17

The narrator can be super annoying!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

Chose this book at random to leave a review, but this could apply to any of the series.

I really like all of the books in this series (currently on number 7), and Joy Ellis in general - but often in spite of the narrator, I'm afraid. In fact, so often in spite of the narrator that I had to stop and start a number of times throughout the books.

The voices for the main characters are okay, but she chooses a very strange, monotone start-stop cadence for many a sentence, and seems to disregard punctuation, and in particular the voices of some of the supporting characters are just plain annoying (Rory!). Similarly, some of the female side characters speak in very girlish sopranos that I found very distracting.

I"m not very familiar with Lincolnshire accents, so I can't comment on the quality of those, though.

This narrator issue would have stood out to me anyway, but it is especially true in comparison with the Jackman and Evans series, where Rory is one of my favourites because he actually sounds credible.

  • Ready for You

  • By: J. L. Berg
  • Narrated by: Eva Christensen, Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Eight years ago, Garrett Finnegan’s world shattered the day Mia vanished from his life. He’s been struggling to pick up the pieces ever since. Haunted by memories and ghosts of the past, he chooses a solitary existence rather than risk his heart again. Mia Emerson has made one wrong decision after another but none worse than walking away from the boy who stole her heart so long ago. When her new life is turned upside down, she finds herself returning to her roots and the hometown she left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking, Heartwarming Second Chance Romance

  • By Karen on 06-14-14

What an awful character.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

The narration is fine, both the female and the male voice.

However, Mia, the female main character, to me, came across as deeply unsympathetic, because she felt fundamentally dishonest. Yes, she has gone through terrible things, but the continuous trickle-truthing, withholding, secret keeping she engages in made her almost unbearable to me. This is only compounded by her constant self-recrimination - she knows better, still does it and then beats herself up over it. A bit of therapy could do wonders for her, I imagine.

And while Garrett, the male main character was significantly more sympathetic, his love for her seems to have been rooted in their history and her looks. I kept hoping that he would find away to get his life on the track he wanted it to be on, but his tactic of emotional avoidance is not particularly helpful either.

I am not quite done yet, but I am not sure how much longer I can stand these two.

  • Archer's Voice

  • By: Mia Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Kris Koscheski, Emily Durante
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,200

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreakingly Beautiful Love Story

  • By bookbruin on 02-24-18

An editor would have helped

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

Nice enough story, but the writing could have done with some serious editing.
The narration was so-so, especially the female narrator was too breathy for my taste and often sounded a bit too perky in the wrong places.
Listened as part of the Romance Package, so stopping after about 3/4 wasn't as annoying as it could have been.

  • Beloved

  • Belonging, Book 1
  • By: Corinne Michaels
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192

Not enough. Catherine Pope has never been enough. Every man she has ever loved abandoned her - from her father to her fiancé. She finally accepted the fact she would never be enough to hold any man's heart and soul. Then Catherine met Jackson Cole.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cheated - To Be Continued???

  • By D. B. Smith on 12-04-15

Voices are annoying to the point of distraction.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator, whilst in possession of a pleasant voice overall, made very dubious choices for both the tones as well as the inflections particularly for most of the female "supporting cast". They sound superficial, artificial and annoying to the point of distraction. It's a shame, because the characterisations mostly don't warrant these choices in my view - and I have yet to meet women who speak like this when they're not trying to be unpleasant.

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  • Public Secrets

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,696

Emma McAvoy may have grown up in the limelight, but some secrets are hidden in a darkness no light can reach. Now on the verge of a successful career, and having fallen in love with the man of her dreams, Emma is looking to the future. Yet it’s the past that is about to catch up with her. For Emma, her childhood had been almost like a rags-to-riches fairy tale - until the tragic night that changed her family forever. But what Emma thinks she knows about that terrible night and the man she’s about to marry is only half the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Long, Dark, Depressing, Boring & Disappointing

  • By Lisa on 08-14-14

Terrible, terrible accents! Such a shame.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-14

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Renee Raudman?

I like Nora Roberts, it's "easy reading" and this is a good story - quite different from many of her others. Ms Raudman's voice is very pleasant, but her efforts at British/Irish accents in this are so terrible, it distracted me from the story itself - I almost gave up listening because of it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Raudman’s performances?

not if there is any hint of non-American accents