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  • A Stolen Season

  • Alex McKnight #7
  • By: Steve Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

On a cold, miserable night in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, an antique wooden boat runs full-speed into a line of old railroad pilings in the shallow waters of Waishkey Bay. When Alex McKnight helps rescue the passengers, he finds three men. The driver is out cold, the other two are dazed but conscious. When they're all finally back on dry land and sent away in an ambulance, Alex figures he'll never see them again. He couldn't be more wrong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story; distracting narration

  • By Nelson on 07-11-10

Good Story; distracting narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-10

While this is the first audiobook of his that I've read, I'm a fan of Steve Hamilton, and have enjoyed his other books. I still have two to read yet.
I was distracted and annoyed by the narrator's strange dialects for Canadian and Indian characters; even stranger-sounding attempts at female voices.
I would have preferred a straight reading, without the voice "acting". In one instance, dramatic whispers were very difficult to understand, even when I replayed that section with increased volume.
There are a couple more Hamilton books I've been looking forward to, but I have serious doubts of buying audio books of they're narrated by the same person.

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  • The Double Eagle

  • By: James Twining
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In Paris, a priest is murdered and dumped into the Seine. But he has taken a secret with him to his death - a secret that reveals itself during his autopsy and reawakens dark memories. Jennifer Browne, a young and ambitious FBI agent, is assigned to the case. This is her last chance to kick start a career that has stalled after one fatal error of judgment three years before. Her investigation uncovers a daring robbery from Fort Knox, and Tom Kirk, the world's greatest art thief, is the prime suspect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another narrator distraction

  • By Nelson on 08-08-08

Another narrator distraction

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-08

I'm only a couple hours into the audiobook, and I'm thinking, "why didn't I listen to a sample before buying it?".
The story so far is quite well-written... but the narrator has a strong English accent and uses frequent English pronunciations. This isn't a problem -- aside from the oddity of much of the story being about the FBI and set in the USA -- until he attempts American accents; the results are distracting to say the least -- often becoming cartoonish. I keep visualizing Yosemite Sam when he voices one of the characters.
More straight reading and less acting would be appreciated.

I should add that there's a spoiler at the beginning of the audiobook; for some reason the outline of the story is read first -- needlessly revealing several plot points. I don't appreciate this in movie 'trailers'; I don't appreciate it here.

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  • Fleet of Worlds

  • 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld
  • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 429

Fleet of Worlds takes a closer look at Human-Puppeteer (Citizen) relations and the events leading up to Niven's first Ringworld novel. Kirsten Quinn-Kovacks is among the best and brightest of her people. She gratefully serves the gentle race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship, gave them a world, and nurtures them still. If only the Citizens knew where Kirsten's people came from.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad...

  • By G. Parish on 05-02-16

Good writing; not-so-good listening

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-08

When I read a book, I visualize the locations and the characters and... their voices. When I'm lucky, the person narrating the book will let me hear and imagine the story without imposing their own personality.
Sadly, this presenter's voice didn't match my expectations. While he has an impressive, "big", deep voice, his tendency to prolong the final word of every other sentence was at first distracting, then just an annoying drawl.
Or, as he might have said it, "...then just an annoying drawwwlll..."
The focus should be on the storytelling, not the storytellerrr.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Bounce

  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Jack Ryan always wanted to play pro ball. But he couldn't hit a curveball, so he turned his attention to less legal pursuits. A tough guy who likes walking the razor's edge, he's just met his match, and more, in Nancy. She's a rich man's plaything, seriously into thrills and risk, and together she and Jack are pure heat ready to explode. But when simple housebreaking and burglary give way to the deadly pursuit of a really big score, the stakes suddenly skyrocket.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average Leonard; average narrator.

  • By Richard Delman on 07-19-12

When was this book written?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-08

Although the audio book is copyright 2004, the dialog, the characters, and the situations all scream "The 60s!".

Elmore Leonard IS a good writer... but this is not an example of his best work.

I found the reader's voice a distraction as well; weird accents abounded, and the female character's "voice" (breathy and high-pitched) was not believable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Quickie

  • By: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
  • Narrated by: Mary Stuart Masterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 425

Lauren Stillwell isn't your average damsel in distress. When the NYPD cop discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Ralph on 12-14-07

Slowest Quickie ever...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-08

It took me several months to get through this audio book. It was a struggle to stay interested in a supposedly smart character who seemed to always make the foolish choices.
Add to that, numerous cliched plot twists and "surprises", and I was glad to finally be done with the book.
It seems to have been written with "Movie Deal" in mind, rather than telling a coherent and believable story.
A disappointment from one of my favorite storytellers.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful