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Louise Ricci

Midwest
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Not a Fan of Narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

It's probably because I've listened to all the other books with Amy Rubinate, but I'm not a fan of this narrator. She gives Stacy a hard personality and I wasn't a fan. Otherwise, the story was great and shed some insight into Stacy's beginnings.

An Unbelievably Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

I fell in love with the show a great ago and decided to listen to them. The narrator's voice sounds a lot like Claire's on the show, which fascinated me. But she also does a good job distinguishing all the voices. A good narrator always makes me have to remember it's one person doing the voices.

The book is long but it's so good you never notice it.

Producers and Sound Engineers Read!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

I really enjoy this series but the biggest detractor was hearing the spit being moved around and swallowing of the narrator. It amazes me these things aren't removed. It's so bad in this book it was all I could do to finish it. It's not present in all of the books so it's possible it was removed or the narrator had it under control. It made me shudder every single time I heard it and it detracts from the listening experience.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Listener Beware!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator! This would be the one time I would welcome a change in narrators. The first book was just as annoying, but I've experienced changes in how a narrator reads, so I hoped that would happen here. It didn't. I wish I wouldn't have wasted a credit.

What didn’t you like about Hollis McCarthy’s performance?

Ms. McCarthy has a nice voice, but the incorrect grammatical pauses and weird, drawn out words, then quickly speeding up the rest of the sentence that made it annoying. I think Ms. McCarthy learned to read at the School for Bad William Shatner Impressions. An example: "He was only a feeeww minutes behind me, and in a waaay, IwasgladIhadgottentherefirst." "I hope I'm noooot... interrupting anything." Even speeding up the rate to 1.5 times normal didn't do enough to remove odd narrations. I will make sure to avoid anything narrated by Hollis McCarthy in the future.

Did Miss Frost Ices the Imp: A Nocturne Falls Mystery inspire you to do anything?

This is a weird question for this type of book.

Any additional comments?

It's unfortunate the narrator wasn't better. I'd love to continue listening to these stories because they're a refreshing take on the supernatural.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Unique Take on Vampires and Werewolves

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

What made the experience of listening to Soulless the most enjoyable?

The narrator is excellent. The story line is unique and it's a new and excellent take on vampires and werewolves. Combined with steampunk, but not to excess, it makes for one of the most original stories I've listened to in a long time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like all the characters, which seems like a cop-out, but they are all well written.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Alexia is caught with Lord Maccon.

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

Yes! I never have enough time to do so, but this was a story that made me look forward to listening any chance I could.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great Story, Different Pronunciations

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

I love the Parasol Protectorate series, which are about Prudence's mom, and I enjoyed this story too. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as I should have because the narrator changed things that changed my ideas and beliefs in some of the characters.

While I understand why a new narrator would be used for Custard Protocol series, nothing should change with characters carried over. This is my biggest complaint with this narrator. She has changed the personalities of characters which have carried over from the Parasol Protectorate series.

A couple examples:
1. Lord Akeldama now speaks with a foppish lisp and doesn't draw out words as he did in the Parasol Protectorate series.
2. Biffy has gone from a British dandy to a straight Italian.
3. Lord Maccon barely has a Scottish accent.

Pronunciations has also changed. For example, instead of Maccon being pronounced as Ma-con (as in con artist), it's pronounced as Ma-cone. There are a couple others that I can't remember right now.

Every narrator should be required to meet with the author to learn the pronunciations and personalities of the characters, especially when characters carry over into different series with different narrators. I'm sure creative license is given to narrators, but the listeners suffer as a result in situations like this or when narrators change in the middle of a series. Requiring narrators to meet with the author would provide consistency and many listeners wouldn't be turned off by the changes.

Changes such as these really throws off stories and, believe it or not, changes the believability of the characters and storyline.

So it comes down to warning all listeners of the Alexia Tarabotti series: There are changes by this narrator that will likely irritate you and change what you've come to know about some of the characters and whether or not you'll find them viable and believable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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It's Good

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

I've enjoyed the Toad Witch series and I love the Stacey Justice series.

My biggest complaint is with the Toad Witch series. There have been three, including this one and just as many narrators. It's ridiculous! For the regular series, the first narrator was good but couldn't really do different voices, but it was easy to tell who was talking. The second narrator was nasally and did a better job doing voices, but she changed Gus' personality, and not just a little either. He went from being somewhat of a queen with an accent to a NJ mechanic (he really want but that's the impression the listener gets) who happens to be gay. At least this narrator did Gus the way he should've been done.

This narrator did something similar but with the Garrity girls. This story really should've been read by one of the narrators of the original series. it would've been MUCH more enjoyable and I probably would've given it give stars all around.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Narrator Needs A Lot More Practice

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

I liked the story but the narrator is doing just that narrating, like she's reading the story to a group. She doesn't become the character at all, which leaves the story very flat. She MUST learn to become the character, not just do a voice change. And her interpretation of Gus seems way off. He's just not as funny and charismatic as the first story.

Barbara Benjamin-Creel sounds 20 to 30 years too old for the character of Mara.

While Barbara Benjamin-Creel does a smidge better job with the voices, I'll take Marie Rose any day. At least Marie Rose becomes the character and the mood of Mara comes through in her voice and it allows the listener to be immersed in the story rather than feel like he/she is being read to.

Bring back Marie Rose or get a different narrator, one who doesn't just read the story to you but becomes Mara.

Also, I strongly urge the narrators to talk to the author and learn Gus' personality. It's poor form for two narrators to have two different visions of him.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

Fabulous Story

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

Reviewed: 11-20-15

I absolutely loved this story! The title caught my attention because it's obviously a modern day take on Cinderella. I was very curious to see how the author was going to take the age old fairy tale and modernize it. She didn't disappoint. All the necessary parts of the traditional story are still in play, but with some new twists. It was fun to watch it unfold. I didn't want to stop listening, even though it's predictable.

The one downfall of the narrator is she doesn't change voices for different characters, especially males. But that's not a big deal because it's written in such a way that the listener can tell who's who.

If the next one is anything like this, I can't wait for it to come out!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great Plot, Not so Great Production

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

Reviewed: 11-20-15

I enjoyed the story and the narrator, but the production value of this book was unbelievably bad. It was as though a couple of middle school kids got their hands on editing equipment. There are a couple places where the speaks as if she's a robot. There are too frequently places where they redid the narrating and plopped it in the middle. You can tell because the sound quality changes as well as the narrator's voice. There are many places where the it sounds like I changed the audio speed to +1.

There is one negative thing about this narrator. She doesn't do a good job changing her voice for different characters. It's barely enough to tell the difference, but frequently I have to hit the back button to find out who's actually talking.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful