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Little Rock, AR, United States
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I almost returned this one. Glad I kept it.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

If you are a regular audiobooks listener you know that the quality of the narration can greatly affect your listening experience. When I began listening to this book I struggled to settle into this narrator’s voice and style. His voice has a rugged quality that I think would be better suited to a western epic or military story. But it just seemed out of sync with the sensitive storylines and tender and emotional experiences of the characters. However, once I decided to push through, I was introduced fo a charming story about friendships and coming of age focused on a group of friends through the decades. The production is also surprisingly rough. There are several times throughout the recording that you can actually hear the readers break character to say that they want to start over. And you hear them re-read the passage. If you can get through these challenges you will be rewarded with the payoff of a good and meaningful story with a recurring Thanksgiving theme.

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Compelling and informative!

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

I was a very young child when Bobby was assassinated, but I remember the coverage very well. Larry Tye does an incredible job of supplying a fascinating backstory and introducing the audience to the RFK with whom most of us were likely not acquainted. A real "page turner" regardless of your political leanings or pro- or con-Kennedy stance.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Dark Christmas Tales

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

Reviewed: 12-17-15

The performances on this selection were fine. However, I found the stories to be less than engaging and not very festive. These are not uplifting, spirited stories of the joys of Christmastime. If you're searching for that, I highly recommend "Favorite Stories of Christmas Past."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not as Good as Volume 1

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

Reviewed: 10-15-13

I have had Volume 1 of this collection for some time and enjoy listening to it each Halloween. I was very much looking forward to adding this book to my October listening tradition, however, I'm not sure that I will keep it in my Halloween book rotation. I have to admit that I am a little disappointed in the production value of Volume 2. In Volume 1 each story was separated by an appropriately spooky and brief musical interlude which allowed an opportunity to reflect on the previous story and prepare for the mystery and suspense of the upcoming piece. Unfortunately, the stories in Volume 2 jump awkwardly from one into the other without even a momentary pause. This is very disconcerting and detracts from the listening enjoyment. If you're trying to decide between the two volumes, spend your money or credits on Volume 1.

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Great stories...awful audio

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

Reviewed: 12-09-11

I first owned this title several years ago on cassette. I loved listening to it every holiday season, but no longer had a cassette player in my car. I was thrilled to find it on Audible.com and immediately downloaded it. Unfortunately, the beautifully written and read stories suffer from the terrible audio quality. The voices of the readers, among them...Linda Purl, Efram Zimbalist, Jamie Farr and the wonderful singer Melissa Manchester, sound muffled and murky, really distracting from what should be a fun listening experience.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Downright Frothy

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

Reviewed: 11-12-11

To describe this book as light reading is inadequate...it's so light it's downright frothy. I purchased this title 3 years ago because I enjoy reading seasonal books and was looking for something Thanksgiving-themed. As a previous reviewer wrote, the dialogue is definitely cheesy. It's also filled with tired clichés and characters speaking to each other in a manner found only in a high school writing course. Still, I've listened to it for 3 Thanksgiving seasons in a row...why? Because when Evanovich writes as the narrator rather than her characters, she provides vivid and inviting descriptions of Colonial Williamsburg, so charming and appealing you feel as if you were there, or at least you wish you were. It makes wading through all the cheese worth it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful