LISTENER

Barb

  • 12
  • reviews
  • 5
  • helpful votes
  • 118
  • ratings
  • Heaven and Hell

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Felicity Munroe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924

After making a bad decision when she was very young, Kia Clementine finds herself in hell. Then, suddenly, within the time it takes for a shotgun to blast, her hell changes. Completely. Then, out of the blue, she sees Sampson Cooper, her celebrity crush. A man the whole world knows is decent. A man the world knows is loyal. A man the world knows is good. All of these very unlike her now dead husband. He's sitting at a table right next to hers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best KA book ever!

  • By Julie on 02-11-16

Pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Hiccough =hiccup. Editing available?
Really wish those endeavoring to produce audio books would like to what they produce.

  • Battleground

  • The Corps Series, Book 4
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

The story of one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Pacific, the epic struggle for Guadalcanal. Daredevil pilot Charles Galloway learns the hard way to command a fighter squadron. Lieutenant Joe Howard teams up with the Coastwatchers. Jack 'No Middle Initial' Stecker leads his infantry battalion into the thickest of the fighting, at a terrible price. And Navy Captain Pickering grabs a helmet and a rifle to join the ranks at Guadalcanal....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rehash of previous book

  • By JR on 07-04-17

Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

This was an interesting continuation of the story, although not quite as riveting as others in the series. Dick Hill has amazed me with the variation in the voices of the characters in this book. Usually I can “hear” Hill in each of the voices, but several times I asked myself if someone else had taken over the narration. While I may not have always agreed with the regional choices he made for the voices, it added texture to the narrative. It also brought home to me how in the early forties, speech patterns were less homogenized by travel, TV, and other cultural influences.

I appreciate the characters I have learned to love or hate from reading the books, as the Audio rendition brings them more to life.

  • Semper Fi

  • Book One in The Corps Series
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638

From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Cannot Believe I Passed Up Griffin For Years!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 04-02-12

Another Amazing Beginning To A Series

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

Griffin has done it again. He entwines an absorbing story with historical events and people and makes history come alive.

Dick Hill does a masterful job of narrating this story. There are so many characters that it is hard to have a different voice for each of them, but Hill does a credible job.

Now I have to wait almost a month until I have a credit to get the next book in the series. I may have to borrow the book from the E-Library to hold me until then.

  • Behind the Lines

  • Corps, Book 7
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794

World War II. On the island of Mindanao, the Philippines, a man calling himself "General" Fertig has set himself up as a guerrilla leader to harass the Japanese. Army records show that the only officer named Fertig in the Philippines is a reserve lieutenant colonel of the Corps of Engineers, reported MIA on Luzon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but the sound engineer needs to be fired

  • By Banyan on 12-31-15

Intriguing Story

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

I had listened to the Men at War series book about Wendel Fertig, and the afterward enticed me to listen to this earlier story about the submarine insertion of help. The slight differences between a Marine rescuer and an Army rescuer, differing perceptions of the OSS, Gen. McArthur and FDR, and even Fertig himself in the two books was interesting.

When I started listening, it was fun to see old friends from earlier Corps books. Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators, and comparing his gruffer, gravelier voices to Scott Brick’s smoother voices for the same characters was an interesting contrast. I’m going to have to relisten to both books soon to fully appreciate the differences.

Hill’s interpretation of Fertig’s voice, which to me sounded like Jack Nicholson, painted a mental picture that was intriguing. Fertig was a very interesting person, and I hope Griffin does another book pursuing the revelation of the person who actually lead the effort to resupply and support Fertig’s guerrilla resistance of the Japanese in the Philippines.

  • The Last Camel Died at Noon

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107

Amelia and Emerson leave the calm of Victorian England in search of an estranged father's son and a lost kingdom buried deep in Sudan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Perfect Combination does it again

  • By Nancy J on 03-22-13

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

We started reading the Amelia Peabody stories about 40 years ago. They were the first boooks that my wife and I read to each other. When the books came out on audio, We fell in love with Barbara Rosenblat’s performances. We own all of the books and all the audios of this wonderful series. They have drama, adventure, romance, and humor.

  • Secret Honor

  • Honor Bound 3
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

A crackling new novel in the best-selling Honor Bound series by the master of the military thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another smashing book

  • By Hill on 11-23-15

Outstanding book, Outstanding narration

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

After groaning through two awful narrators for the first two books, it was refreshing to have Scott Brick do the narration. They couldn’t even correctly pronounce the main characters names.

This is a fantastic series, and so I put up with horrible narration to hear the story at least once a year. Scott Brick does a credible job with Spanish and German, and he gets better with each book. He doesn’t resort to cartoonish voices or demeaning ethnic stereotypes. God bless Scott Brick, and God bless W.E.B. Griffin!

  • Blood and Honor

  • Honor Bound, Book 2
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Michael Russotto
  • Length: 26 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

The characters introduced in the best-selling Honor Bound - Marine aviator Cletus Frade, Army demolitions expert Anthony Pelosi, and communications genius David Ettinger - encounter intrigue in Buenos Aires in April 1943.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely awful

  • By Tombstone Luke on 03-20-11

Outstanding Book, Mediocre Narration!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

My wife and I love this series, and we read it and listen to it at least once a year. Great action, marvelous characters, and witty dialogue. Unfortunately, Russotto’s narration leaves much to desired. His Spanish is very weak, and his German just about as bad. His voices for some of the characters, most notably the Argentinians, and most of the Germans, are high and cartoonish. The main character, Clete Frade is more like a backwoods Arkansas hillbilly than a Texan/New Orleanian. His grandfather’s voice reminds me of Foghorn Leghorn, although to an extent that works. His pronunciation of Frade’ is Fra-day, not Fra-deh, and he fails to make the distinction between Frade the American and Frade’ the Argentinian, which is clear in the book.

  • Death at Nuremberg

  • By: W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Assigned to the Nuremberg war trials, special agent James Cronley, Jr., finds himself fighting several wars at once, in the dramatic new Clandestine Operations novel about the birth of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Cold War.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor substitute for W.E.B. Griffin.

  • By Rick S J on 02-22-18

Disappointing Narration

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

This is a great story, hampered by poor narration. I almost stopped listening and asked for my money back. Fortunately, it got better after the first few chapters.

The first few chapters sounded like they were speeded up and the narrator was using cartoon voices. Maj. Wallace sounds like a chipmunk, and the women’s voices sound like an effeminate man. It got reasonably bearable in later chapters, but I still cringed when he did a woman’s voice. The voices and accents were inconsistent, so it was hard to tell who was talking.

Being nit picky, he pronounced SIGABA differently than in the 10 previous books that used that radio transmitter/ receiver. The editor should have caught that.

I’m anxiously awaiting the digital copy from the library so I can get the bad taste out my ears!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Victory and Honor

  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Wars come to an end. But then new ones begin. Just weeks after Hitler's suicide, Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS find themselves up to their necks in battles every bit as fierce as the ones just ended. The first is political-the very survival of the OSS, with every department from Treasury to War to the FBI grabbing for its covert agents and assets. The second is on a much grander scale-the possible next world war, against Joe Stalin and his voracious ambitions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic W.E.B. and Brick's narration wins big.

  • By Richard on 08-12-11

Is That All There Is?

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

This was a great story, but did I miss something? Clete has two kids, Peter has one, all sorts of things have happened and we only know about them because of brief mentions in passing. Why is this only 10 hours when all the other books are over 20 hours. I gave this a good rating, but I feel like I've been shorted.

  • The Honor of Spies

  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

August 6, 1943: In his brief career in the Office of Strategic Services, 24-year-old Cletus Frade has already been involved in a lot of unusual situations, but nothing like the one he's in now, standing with a German lieutenant colonel named Wilhelm Frogger in a Mississippi prisoner-of-war detention facility.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slooooow start

  • By John Lark on 01-03-10

A little too much background

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

This was another good story, only slightly marred by too much retelling of the background story. While it is important for those who haven't read the previous books in the series, there was too much and it was so randomly inserted that it was hard to keep oriented.

As always, Scott Brick did a masterful narration. He does a great job of delineating the characters and a credible job with the accents.

All in all a great story, lots of action as well as a lot of emotional drama for the Frade family. I can't wait to download the next book in the series.