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  • In Shining Whatever

  • Three Magic Words, Book 2
  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Hart Ducaine was the love of Kate Miller's life, but he hadn't been interested in a long-term relationship with her 15 years before. So why should she trust him now? There is no way he will ever be her knight in shining...she can't remember the word...knight in shining whatever! A professional bull rider turned rancher, Hart only has eyes for Kate, but she is one sassy piece of baggage - even more so than back when she was a teenager and she'd first caught his eye.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Selfish Whiny Heroine

  • By M.L.L. on 09-24-18

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Got stuck with this as the only audiobook downloaded to my phone on an island with no cell service and not enough bandwidth to download anything else. That’s the only way I would’ve gotten through half of this book. It was full of cliches and ridiculous southern stereotypes. I know the author may be from Texas, but the portions of this book set in Louisiana felt like someone had whispered Cajun in the next room to give her the level of understanding she demonstrated of that culture. It was just ... bad. Downloaded it on the recommendation of a friend when it was on sale. If I paid a dollar it was wasted. Couldn’t rate it any lower than 1 Star all around. Narration was filled with ridiculous attempts at a southern accent. 0 out of 10; wouldn’t recommend to a friend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Paris Architect

  • By: Charles Belfoure
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150

Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By C. B. Schindel on 08-23-15

Good story and performance, but writing just not there.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

I really love this idea and the general concept of everyday heroes during WWII, but I wish the author had spent a little more time honing his craft before he put pen to paper. The story deserved more—architectural details, character development, and natural dialogue. The author has talent, but it doesn’t rise to meet the great potential of this tale.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Wilde in Love

  • The Wildes of Lindow Castle
  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 260

Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father's castle, but just as he grasps that he's not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty Miss Willa Fynche.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Light entertainment.

  • By Ms. Terry Lunney on 11-02-17

Not my favorite narrator but an entertaining read

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

I’m an Eloisa James fan, and this first installment of her newest series leaves me looking forward to the next story. I liked the male and female protagonists fairly well. They had good chemistry and were believable. An entertaining read for a rainy afternoon.

My only complaint would be that Susan Duerden has one of the most irritating voices on the planet. I can usually get into a story enough that I don’t notice the sing-song quality of her voice, but it was a challenge with this book. I finally stopped listening and switched to reading.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Last Train to Istanbul

  • A Novel
  • By: Ayse Kulin, John W Baker (translator)
  • Narrated by: Sanjiv Jhaveri
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 474

Born into privilege to one of the last Ottoman pashas, beautiful, spirited Selva is the brightest jewel in her father’s household - until she falls in love with Rafael Alfandari. Though Turkey has long been a safe haven for Jews, marriage between a high-ranking Muslim girl and a Jewish boy is strictly forbidden. Yet young love will not be denied, and Selva and Rafael defy their parents and marry, fleeing to Paris in hopes of a better life - only to find themselves trapped in the path of the invading Nazis.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3-Stars

  • By Anna at a Wondrous Bookshelf on 05-21-15

Moving story

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

This is a very moving if myopic account of the flight of Turkish Jews from Paris to Istanbul and what led them to join the train. It poses some very interesting questions, asking its readers to examine and apply the lessons learned in World War II to their own modern culture. The translation is a bit too precise, losing some of the narrative in exchange for accuracy. It can be distracting at times. Overall good performance of a good story.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,466

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Beautiful Story. Masterful performance.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

This is a beautiful story of a horrific chapter in our world's history. It highlights those atrocities while telling a moving story of triumph, survival, and perseverance. The quality of the narrator's performance matches the masterfully written prose, offering an equally moving framework for this stirring narrative. Highly recommend.

  • Devoted in Death

  • In Death, Book 41
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,867
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,479

Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don't ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo's got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else's. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone - an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eve & Roarke face the worst yet

  • By Indydog on 09-19-15

Not my favorite performance.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

I love the In Death series by JD Robb. I've read them all and can't wait to get my hands on the newest one as soon as it is released. I usually alternate between reading and listening to fit it into my busy schedule. This performance had me cringing a little. Most of the "voices" are dead on the money, but the portrayal of one of the major characters is so annoying it almost prevents me from listening to it every time. This isn't the first time I've reviewed a performance of an In Death book and have always said the same. The "voice" of Detective Peabody is so off the mark that it sounds like the character should be an eight-year old little boy. I'm afraid that if it doesn't change, this will be my last In Death on Audible. I can barely read the book now without hearing that ridiculous voice in my head.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Montana Sky

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Erika Leigh
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,608

When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies...and a ranch worth nearly $20 million. Now his three daughters - each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others - are gathered to hear the reading of the will. The women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC READ

  • By Heidi on 08-10-09

Recording quality not as good as most

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

I listen to a lot of audiobooks and have read Montana Sky before, but the recording is starting to show its age. The performance is worthy of Nora Roberts and the story is a classic. My only complaint is the static that is present through most of the recording.

  • Festive in Death

  • In Death, Book 39
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,231

Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who'd been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list - plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Feast for In Death devotees

  • By BG853 on 09-10-14

Narration extremely distracting

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

Reviewed: 09-21-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I enjoyed the book itself--JD Robb always entertains, and I love these characters--but the narration, voices in particular, distracted from the story.

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

Classic JD Robb

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I frequently enjoy listening to audiobooks while I drive or work in the yard, whenever it isn't convenient to be still and read. However, the narration on this particular book was horrible. The voices the narrator used to distinguish between each character's dialogue was, in some cases, way off the mark, making me wonder if the narrator was at all familiar with the author's characterizations. For example, the character Detective Peabody sounded like Bullwinkle--no lie-- and as she is a main character I wanted to scream every time her dialogue rolled around. The hairstylist Trina sounded like she was from Jersey Shore, which was completely different from Robb's description of her character. If I hadn't been stuck on the road without the ability to read the kindle version, I would never have made it through this title.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I enjoyed the book but hated the narration.

Any additional comments?

I purchase a fair number of audiobooks. This was the first one that made me want to tear my hair out. Ended up reading the print version as soon as I was able to safely read (ie not stuck in a vehicle driving for 8 hours).