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Alana

Middletown, CA, United States
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Narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-19

The narration did not work for me, as the accent made listening difficult. Not much else to say, as I didn't listen long enough.

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May be a good book?

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I almost quit listening because of the narration of this book, which was quite over-the-top, and unfortunately may have spoiled the book for me. The "voice" is shrill and whiney, and I'm not sure the tone is necessary to the plot. I hung in there because I did want to hear the end of the story.

I'm not convinced suspenseful novels need to be read apprehensively; they may come across just as well read in a calm manner.

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I cried out "no" when book ended

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

This is a stunningly well-written novel with characters so clearly delineated that one feels they are friends known for years. A coming of age story that will resonate with you no matter your age. I know I will listen again.

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Too much goes wrong

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

This is one of those stories where 2 people are pitted against each other, the good and the evil, and the good suffers setback after setback, like the first 99, but then prevails.
Really?

I thought the narrators were "over the top" in their narrations of the 2 principle characters.

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Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

What a tedious listen. Although the concept was intriguing, the author repeated it too many times, which I found irritating.. And the heroine said "I don't understand" so many times I was beginning to think she was somewhat dim.

The narrator had one bad guy voice, unfortunate because there were many of them. At times her voice was too emotive and shrill.

I find the overall rating of 4.2 perplexing. The author does not have a well-developed writing style either. The pacing was too slow for this type of book, at least it was for me.

On a positive note, there is a trend toward women who are able to defend themselves, a nice change from the helpless female type. Although she did ask for help several times, she could totally wipe people out without any help.

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Wow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Here's what I thought when its book ended: no! I don't want you to be over. A second listen will be a requirement.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Funny

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

An enchanting story about a curmudgeonly old guy who is not, but prefers to think he is. While not the best book I've ever read, it is entertaining and humorous. I thought the narrator did a fine job, and I feel the quality of the reading can make or break an audible book, whether or not it's a book I enjoy or not. A poor narrator who can't capture the voices of the characters properly can destroy a book. it's not easy for a man to read in a woman's voice or vice-versa. Many of the scenes from the novel remain fresh in my mind.

I would recommend this book to my reader friends.

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Narrator sort of killed it

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

I've been reading Goodkind for many years and have enjoyed his writing. I couldn't decide if this book was as well-written as his other books, because the narrator's voice quality irritated me. In these fantasies where the plot line is usually good vs. evil, the tone of her reading made all the characters seem to be on the dark side. I wish I could express the undercurrent in her voice more accurately. It was like a constant whine that made all the characters appear suspicious, even when they weren't..

Also, I thought the gore was a bit overdone, as brains, blood, and ripped-out entrails were frequently a part of the story.

I am not sure I would listen to another book by this reader.

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Young adult book?

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

Reviewed: 03-08-14

As my title suggests, this novel (?) may be intended for a younger audience than myself. I do wish Audible would clarify classifications, although overall it is becoming difficult to tell what type of book I'm going to get: romance, fiction, young adult, fantasy?

As for this particular book, I disliked the narration quite a bit as it was rather overblown in an attempt, I guess, to sound like a prince or bear or giant. The storyline was lacking and lackluster.

Why did I purchase it, you ask? The concept was intriguing, while the execution was not.
Harsh, I know, but it seems like publishers aren't very discriminating these days.

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Keillor's novels

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

Reviewed: 01-08-14

Garrison Keillor is a great storyteller, but this skill doesn't a novel make. I thought because this novel took place in Lake Wobegon it would be as entertaining as his short stories, but this concept turned out to be simply not the case.

After awhile, Garrison's narration sounds whiny and I didn't want to hear him drone on.

I couldn't finish the book.

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