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Isobel H.

Guelph, Ontario Canada
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Truth and Lies audiobook cover art

Interesting plot, dreadful narrator!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

I bought this title as an Audible Daily Deal and probably should have returned it. However, I listened to it long enough that I felt I should finish it. What a slog! The story is reasonably well written and well plotted with some interesting twists, but there are a great many cliches and excessive use of certain words and phrases. Someone's mouth (or jaw) drops open about every ten pages, and about every 20 pages there is some kind of "frisson". But two things were especially irritating about this book. The first is the author's use of present participles (the "ing" form of a verb) at the start of many, many sentences - often several on a page: "Pulling the door shut, Amy...", "Turning up her collar, Amy...", Reaching for her..., Amy...", "Pushing up her sleeves, Amy...". Once I noticed it, it grated every time I heard it again. But what really spoiled the book for me was the DREADFUL breathy narration, almost whispering much of the time. Why did the narrator do that??? Other reviewers have commented on this and I should have paid attention. The delivery would have had much more impact if the book had been narrated in a normal voice, saving the whispers for, well, whispers. Not recommended!

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Speaks the Nightbird audiobook cover art

A good story, a little overinflated

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

Reviewed: 09-12-12

Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

No. For me, the book was spoiled by excessive length, overinflated dialogue, and a great many errors of grammar, emphasis and mispronunciation.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was telegraphed from early on and did not come as a surprise.

What three words best describe Edoardo Ballerini’s performance?

Excellent voices and accents (sorry, that was four words).

Was Speaks the Nightbird worth the listening time?

No.

Any additional comments?

The book was tiresome in its length and while Mr. Ballerini's voices and accents were excellent, and easily distinguished one from another, the very large number of mispronounced words (even quite common words) was distracting and irritating.

1222: The Hanne Wilhelmsen Novels, Book 8 audiobook cover art

Disappointing story and performance

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

Reviewed: 07-12-12

Maybe it's the cold Norwegian climate, but I found this book dull and the performance so dry as to be seriously annoying. The narrator has a quirky delivery with odd pauses and rising inflections that detract from the story's emotional impact. The main character is a bad tempered misanthrope - very hard to warm up to. I know this is book 8 of a series, so perhaps earlier books were more compelling, but I found this one very disappointing.

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The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart audiobook cover art

An entertaining listen

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

Reviewed: 06-25-12

These days I find myself a bit tired of vampires and gritty crime drama. The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart was a much needed departure from those genres - a fun, easy listen. The story was fun, but it was really the narrator who made it come to life for me, with his droll, urban voice. Highly recommended.

Hell Is Empty audiobook cover art

Another engaging Walt Longmire story

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

Reviewed: 05-21-12

I'm a longtime fan of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series, and Hell is Empty was a good addition to that list. I was a little disappointed that most of my favorite recurring characters appear only briefly in this book, but it was still a good read. Great atmosphere, especially in the mountain scenes.

A Game of Thrones audiobook cover art

Great story, dreadful narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-11

This is a terrific story with interesting characters and locations, but the choice of narrator entirely spoiled it for me. I eventually gave up well before the mid-point of the book. While the narrator does a good job of adult male voices with (various) regional accents, his inconsistent pronunciation of personal and location names, his odd pauses in the middle of sentences, and his flat, often monotonic narration, punctuated with sighs, made this an extremely irritating listen. I think I will buy the hard copy book.

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