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Colorado Springs CO United States
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  • The Body Reader

  • By: Anne Frasier
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,924

For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive. After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice - and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Go Jude!

  • By AudioAddict on 01-21-17

Pandering

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I found the heroine unexceptional. Female/dog riding a bicycle - why? The story was smaller than life.

  • The Human Factor

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

When a leak is traced back to a small sub-section of SIS, it sparks off security checks, tensions and suspicions - the sort of atmosphere where mistakes could be made. This novel opens up the lonely, isolated, neurotic world of the Secret Service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Non-traditional Espionage Novel that Subverts ALL

  • By Darwin8u on 06-25-12

Superb Narration - acted, not read

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Very satisfying. Well drawn characters. Tim Pigott-Smith was outstanding! I knew exactly which individual was speaking thanks to Tim's drawing of each voice; I could see the people and settings. The female characters were well done - I didn't have that jolt that frequently comes when a male narrator gives women a high pitched whine. Pigott-Smith really delivered a masterful performance, not merely a reading. Thank you for bringing this novel alive for me.

  • The Child Thief

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618

A troubled World War I veteran races across the frozen steppe of 1930's Ukraine to save a child from a shadowy killer with unthinkable plans. Luka is a war veteran who now wants nothing more than to have a quiet life with his family. His village has, so far, remained hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality. But everything changes the day a stranger arrives, pulling a sled bearing a terrible cargo. In the chaos, a little girl has vanished, and Luka is the only man with the skills to find the stolen child and her kidnapper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cold, Subtle, and Full of Suspense

  • By Julie on 04-23-14

Sustained Tension

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

What did you love best about The Child Thief?

I purchased the kindle edition and added the whispersync. After hearing Bronson Pinchot's reading, I listened to the audio version with the exception of two read chapters. The snow, the cold, the near silence - Mr. Pinchot's narration imbued the tale with subtle nuance which I don't believe I would have read into the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I do not do extreme, but I found myself being very conscious of keeping my breath quiet and shallow - sitting very still because I was fully engaged.

Any additional comments?

Intelligent suspense with the best possible narrator, combined to make The Child Thief an encompassing experience.

  • Lady Macbeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Fraser King
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Lady Macbeth takes listeners into the heart of 11th-century Scotland, painting a vivid picture of Gruadh, the last female descendent of the country's most royal line. Married, pregnant, then quickly widowed, she is forced to wed her husband's murderer, the warlord Macbeth. Determined to protect her interests and those of her infant son, she vows to preserve her family's legacy at any cost.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • boring

  • By Lanlady on 11-27-09

Predictible, derivative, politically correct.

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. King's Lady Macbeth is the formulaic spoiled and spunky heroine, blustering her way through difficulties with swordcraft and her pride in her lineage. Atavastic psychic premonitions and lack of reasoning coupled with scant knowledge of her times or the obligations of her rank are unbelievable. Here, Macbeth is merely a cardboard prop to a young woman of stubborn stupidity. I cannot help but compare it to the excellent novel, King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett. For complex characterization, historical detail, and richness of plot, Dunnett's King Hereafter has no equal.

What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pronunciation of more difficult names and Gaelic accents.

Could you see Lady Macbeth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

Waste of a credit. Read the Dorothy Dunnett novel, King Hereafter. It isn't on audible, but the author doesn't write down to an ignorant audience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Tudor Princess

  • The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

From New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir comes the first biography of Mary Douglas, the beautiful, cunning niece of Henry VIII of England who used her sharp intelligence and covert power to influence the succession after the death of Elizabeth I.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting piece of history; but, Dull & Tedious.

  • By Kelly on 03-08-16

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Although the subject is of interest to me, the constant change of voice (a querulous old man?) to indicate extant quotations was too much for me. I couldn't continue the listening experience..

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • And Only to Deceive

  • Lady Emily, Book 1
  • By: Tasha Alexander
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily's dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tiresome

  • By nkevinsc on 03-05-15

Tiresome

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. Tiresome heroine spends far too much time rationalizing her willful blindness. We are told that the hero worshiped her peerless beauty, intelligence and spirit, but Lady Emily shows herself to be narcissistic, stubborn, and not open to reason.

What could Tasha Alexander have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

See above.

What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice is easy on the ears.

Could you see And Only to Deceive being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, but I do hope not.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful