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Cindy

Bradenton, FL, United States
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Mildly entertaining but not really scary

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This story had an interesting premise (which was why I bought it) but it left me a little flat in the end. There was a nice mix of crazy & sympathetic in the cast, but they weren't all developed equally or in much depth, so I ended up not caring much about any of the characters. And the scary mystery at the end was never really explained, so I didn't feel a sense of closure. The narrator did a fine job with his male voices being more varied and of a better quality, but even the women's voices were acceptable.

Felt like I was missing something

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

Reviewed: 07-21-13

What would have made Throne of Oak better?

More backstory

What do you think your next listen will be?

Laura Kinsale's Midsummer Moon

Which character – as performed by Aletha George – was your favorite?

The hero

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Throne of Oak?

The repetitions of the heroine's nightmares.

Any additional comments?

Even though I had read, listened to & loved the first in this series, I couldn't get into this one. I felt like there was a portion of the story that was left out. Unfortunately, it was a big part--the backstory of the hero/heroine (how they met, etc.).

Hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 07-21-13

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

The narrator was hard to understand. Her accent slurred several words together so that much of the time, I wasn't sure what she was saying. Her pitch was also a little high, so that could've added to the problem.

I can't comment on the story itself as I really couldn't get past the first 10 minutes.

Would you ever listen to anything by Angela Highland again?

With a different narrator, probably.

What didn’t you like about Gia St. Claire’s performance?

Her accent.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Valor of the Healer?

Couldn't say as I didn't finish listening to it.

Another psychical winner

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

Reviewed: 05-13-12

If you could sum up Crystal Gardens in three words, what would they be?

Psychic historical suspense

What other book might you compare Crystal Gardens to and why?

The Burning Lamp: has the same psychical/crystal/romantic/suspense elements

Have you listened to any of Justine Eyre’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I'll look for some of her others now that I've listened to this one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Lucas defended Evangeline from his Aunt Florence.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book from a narrator I'd never had the joy of listening to and an author that I've long enjoyed. Ms. Eyre's characters were all nicely distinguished. Loved the accents!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Lionsheart audiobook cover art

Just a scene

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

Reviewed: 02-22-12

Would you try another book from Marteeka Karland and/or Renee Nausser?

Karland, yes; Nausser, no. I've read other stories by Karland and she has some good ones. I've also listened to 2 books narrated by Nausser, and I advise you to give them a pass. She enunciates everything and doesn't distinguish her characters very much. She'd probably do much better with nonfiction.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Better narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Renee Nausser?

A male narrator.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lionsheart?

I would've added more plot and shorter sex scenes.

Any additional comments?

This isn't really a story. Just a scene or two.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sorry to hear it end

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

Reviewed: 02-22-12

Where does The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This ranks in my 2nd tier of favorites. It was really good (much better than a lot of others), but not my favorite.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As always, Enola is my favorite character. I enjoy listening to her growth, her humor and her interactions with Sherlock.

Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Katherine is always an excellent narrator. Her accents and voices are always enjoyable, and this is comparable to her others.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it's short enough to listen to all at once, but even if it had been longer, I'd still want to hear it in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this entire series. Although I've heard that this is the last book, I'm hoping that Nancy Springer will write more. I would love to watch Enola grow up and come into her own.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great story, so-so performance

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

Reviewed: 02-12-12

If you could sum up Dangerous Passion in three words, what would they be?

Steamy suspense

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dangerous Passion?

Yacht scene near the end when the villain gets his comeuppance

What didn’t you like about Karen White’s performance?

The hero was an ultra-tough guy but her performance had him sound like a kindly Russian grandfather/politician.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Can a lonely artist find happiness with a dangerous & reclusive arms dealer?

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A helping of boring followed by a wall-banging end

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-11

I adored the 1st in the series, was just meh with the 2nd, and thought I'd just be bored with this. Until I reached the ending. If this were a book, I would have hurled it at the wall in disgust. But since it's a digital audiobook, I just immediately deleted it from my player and then figuratively stomped all over it. I thought the narrator did a great job with the voices--they were all very distinct and enjoyable. There were some enjoyable parts, but for most of it, I just wanted a resolution of the mystery and to get Alexia and Connall back together for his groveling scene. SPOILER ALERT: Alexia acts as if she hadn't been betrayed, humiliated and endangered by Connall's throwing her to the wolves. Err, vamps that is. She forgives him in 2 minutes (even though he doesn't actually apologize) and says he can make it up to her by giving her a bunch of stuff. They exchange some witty barbs and all is forgiven. Can you say shallow? Or maybe the author just wants to show the extent of Alexia's soulless-ness? This is one of those books where you wish you could scour out your brain in order to forget the experience. If you're not invested in the characters and are reading this series just for the steampunk elements, you might still like it. I'd only read/listen to the next in the series if Lord Akeldama were the main character and Alexia was relegated to the far sidelines.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful