LISTENER

myrthasg

  • 43
  • reviews
  • 87
  • helpful votes
  • 488
  • ratings
  • Sparrow

  • By: L.J. Shen
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905

Troy Brennan: Every Southie in Boston knows that name. The son of a dead mobster. The heartthrob with steel-blue eyes. "The Fixer" who can make or break you in this city. Oh, and my new husband. Sparrow Raynes: That's me. No one seemed to remember my name up until he barged into my life. But then he caged me. Kidnapped me. And killed every chance I had to run away from the place where we grew up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly fantastic

  • By Julie Dean on 06-29-16

The Sopranos meet Beauty and the Beast

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

What did you like about this audiobook?

I always fall for retellings in one way or another of Beauty and the Beast. Add to that a bit of mob and it was likable. Also the male protagonist is not so perfect and it made him more realistic, which is good.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Not really.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The female parts. He is good in the male parts, but he could not do a female voice to save his life. I found it awkward and frustrating.

Do you have any additional comments?

For me an audiobook is as much the story as it is the narration. Sometimes a good narrator can sort of save a not so good story. Not the other way around though.

  • The Painter

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Heller
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 420

Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The good, the bad, and the ugly

  • By Kathy on 05-23-14

A STORY AS A HARD DARK BRILLIANT PAINTING

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

As many fellow listeners I fall in love with The Dog's Stars, so when I found The Painter by the same author I bought it.
At first it was a bit to hard and dark for me. Too much from a masculine mind...not easy to connect. But I just couldn't let it go. As time went by, I started to "see" the feelings, strong and powerful. I quoted see, because I believe the magic of this book is how Mr. Heller telling of the story of a trouble hearted painter, "paints" in beautiful, strong sometimes bright, sometimes gloomy colors the emotions, feelings, sensations,and situations. What I mean is you can see the words as if they were a painting. In The Dog's Stars I loved the poetry of the prose.
In The Painter I loved the beauty of the prose shifted into visual art.
When I review, I do not summarized the story, I assumed you have already read it, I much rather share what I loved or not of a book. So, in this one although it has violence, death, and demons is so, so powerfully human, there is so much love and loss and sadness as much as peace, beauty and happiness...All so very graphic and artistic that it touch me deeply.
The narration is impecable. Mr Mark Deakins delivers the story in clear powerful tones. Conveys rage, frustration, despair and all the necessary emotion to the words.
So, the only thing left is to thank profusely the author, the narrator and AUDIBLE !

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Year of Reading Dangerously

  • How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life
  • By: Andy Miller
  • Narrated by: Andy Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 321

An editor and writer's vivaciously entertaining, and often moving, memoir — a true story that reminds us why we should all make time in our lives for books.Nearing his fortieth birthday, author and critic Andy Miller realized he's not nearly as well read as he'd like to be. A devout book lover who somehow fell out of the habit of reading, he began to ponder the power of books to change an individual life—including his own—and to define the sort of person he would like to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a great book, but a good one

  • By Mark on 12-30-14

A BOOKLOVER'S BOOK

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

Reviewed: 12-21-14

Fantastic! One of the best books I've read, Passionate, inspirational and down to earth.
Did not agree with the author about some books, but I did in his view of things, mostly.
He and I are more or less the same generation so many events and names were familiar avenues in my memory,(of course I'm a latin american and he is british.) What I want to say is that I can understand what he's talking about (sort of, I'm not trying to sound pretentious, believe me!)
It is a great book about great books, As A. M. says: Many we have read and many not, and our opinions are different, but that is OK.
Love the analysis of the books although as I said did not agree with some. Wanted to hear his opinion of others I've read that were in his list and he did not comment. I wonder if no opinion is an opinion... Anyway, had some effects on me. Firstly, It kind of killed my pleasure in mere entertainment (I sort of resent that) on the other hand it awoke my interest (long, long ago asleep) for some classics. L. Tolstoy WAR AND PEACE and ANNA KARENINA are my next challenges. I've read them as a teenager and of course don't remember anything but that they were looooong and tedious but I'm looking already for a copy. There are some that I just won't, like MOBY DICK , so you get the gist.
But these comments are absolutely superficial really, What strike me most is how A. M: with raw honesty describes the effects of some of the books in his life, and more importantly to me how it spoke to me in a common, maybe even share language, mind to mind and heart to heart (sorry, sounds corny, I know,but it really did!)
I leave you with the encouragement to read this book.
Being this an Audiobook review, it is crucial the narration, so let me tell you that it is indeed VERY, VERY GOOD

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Unwind

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,085

Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It won me over completely

  • By SoCalBonnie on 02-17-10

A SURPRISE

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

Reviewed: 10-04-14


The book is a dystopia. In some mediate future, there is a civil war between pro-life and pro-choice supporters. No one wins and to end the war THE BILL OF LIFE is issued. So in this imaginary futuristic society, citizens cannot commit abortion but when a kid is 13 years old up to his/her 18 years can be UNWOUND. Which is sent to a harvesting facility where every part is use for transplant. OK here ends my summary, but this is the base for the endless debate on life: Capital punishment, abortion, organ trafficking, and the soul. Is there one? When do we acquire a soul? If my organs are in someone else is a part of my soul there too? Maybe to some of you this questions have obvious answers, however don't be quick to judge, somehow the author amidst a seemingly "one more YA novel" artfully introduces the issues and I could not but felt tossed around in a storm of emotions and "practiced " rationalizations even though I have a big banner for free will and tons of doubts about everything that can not be seen under a microscope. So give it a try and then share your thoughts.
The narrator is just right for the book, I liked very much I would have liked female and male narrators more or even multiple voices.

  • A Knight in Shining Armor

  • By: Jude Deveraux
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049

Once upon a time...as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold tombstone, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: Tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, her knight in shining armor had come to rescue his damsel in distress.... Hailed worldwide as one of the most romantic novels of all time, Jude Deveraux's dazzling best seller "will capture your heart - and hold it" ( Daily Herald, Chicago) with its breathtaking tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Whiny heroine

  • By Kris on 04-22-16

The importance of a narrator.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

The story is good if you like time traveling fantasy and romance. I enjoy this kind of stories. This one is good in the way that presents both sides of a coin. Meaning that you can experience our century through the wondrous eyes of someone from the past and then see Elizabethan Era through our modern eyes with the ambivalence that the portray of those times give us from the 21st. Century. The part I did not like of the story is the weeping maiden...The stereotype of the "DOORMAT WOMAN". Despite that, the story is enjoyable. WHAT IS AWFUL is the NARRATION!
Let me explain myself. As an audiobook fan I respect and appreciate narrators. But I found out that there is the RIGHT & WRONG narrator for each story. So, Mr. S. West does read nicely the descriptive parts of the story, and even the male voices are ok, BUT really, when he does the female voices it isn't pretty to say the least. I kept rolling my eyes and feeling kind of embarrassed, since the part sounded...I don't know, silly, stupid. I believe there are male narrator that can do female voices much better, and/or female narrators that can do male voices not badly. OR...what I like best: BOTH, FEMALE AND MALE NARRATOR.
Alas, a good story down because of a wrong choice of narrator.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,953

After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!

  • By Suzn F on 10-27-13

ONE OF THE BEST LISTENS EVER...

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

Reviewed: 05-11-14

Many listeners before me have review this book in detail, So, just let me express my delight in a story so true to human nature in all its aspects. A story that is engaging, gripping, heartbreaking, and uplifting at the same time. A story where the characters are very real.
Maybe not the best but certainly one of the most enjoyable things for an audiobook lover is a good narration. And believe me the narration is GREAT.
As they say "DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND LISTEN TO THIS BOOK"

  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

  • Mara Dyer, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Hodkin
  • Narrated by: Christy Romano
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 663

Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is. She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Sure About Mara Dyer

  • By C. Betts on 07-30-14

Disappointed...

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

The book has a good start, And the narrator has a clear, brisk voice that kind of pulls you on.
So, you have the typical high school crowd, the cute-most coveted boy (with the plus of an english accent) with his entourage of beautiful but empty-headed and-of course- mean girls and here comes our heroine who is-of course again- not that kind of beautiful,but sooo very special. And thus the clichés begin and the adventure begins...Except that if you want to follow this adventure you must forget all kind of logic and common sense. I'm very aware that if you embark on a YA fantasy, normalcy doesn't apply, which it is as it should be. In this case though let's just say that contradiction is the key word...Alas the idea is not bad,but is so full of clichés and not real behavior like THE DIALOGS: OMG! I really don't want to be mean, but it is a mixture of Yoda and Shakespearian speech, which in itself is not disagreeable if sparingly used considering our speakers are 21th Century teens. But use it too frequently and you will start sighing and shaking your head.
So, although I finished the book, I won't buy the sequel and in good conscience I can't recommend it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Vampire State of Mind

  • By: Jane Lovering
  • Narrated by: Rachael Louise Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Jessica Grant knows vampires only too well as she runs the York Council tracker programme. To Jess, vampires are arrogant and far too sexy for their own good, particularly her ex-colleague Sil. But when a demon turns up and threatens the whole world order, the stakes are high. They are also very, very pointy and Jess isn't afraid to use them, even on the vampire that she's afraid she’s falling in love with....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • MORE BUFFY THAN BELLA

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 03-12-13

Unexpected fun

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

Reviewed: 06-30-13

It is a fun story, in a world with an alternate history in which "otherworlders" (different species) came to share the planet with us in relative peace after violent times....Anyway, the protagonist, female, with a quirky sense of humor and not the perfect heroine but endearing non the less is faced with an upcoming war, an intense but not wanted love with a "drop dead gorgeous and sexy" vamp, and family secrets...All wrapped up in a delicious performance.

Fantasy Chick-Lit, yes, but FUN!

  • Apocalipstick

  • By: Sue Margolis
  • Narrated by: Sue Margolis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

From the No1 Bestselling author who brought you Gucci Gucci Co, Neurotica and A Catered Affair comes a hilarious new novel about falling in love, hating your job, and getting what you want out of life - without ever smudging your lipstick! When it comes to men, beauty columnist Rebecca Fine always seems to be on the scruffy end of the mascara wand. But all that changes the morning she meets Max Stoddart, her new colleague at the Daily Vanguard.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful Performance!

  • By myrthasg on 04-07-13

Awful Performance!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-13

The story is less than average. I gave it 2 stars because maybe somehow somewhere it becomes interesting enough to listen. But what is really terrible is the narrator. The tone is flat. The voice is disagreeable! It makes it impossible to fallow the thread of the plot.
I could not finish the book, I did try like 3 times but I just could not.
So I am very sorry to say but it was an overall 0 star.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

  • By: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
  • Narrated by: Ryan Gesell, Tara Sands
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Missed the Mark

  • By Arwen on 07-04-11

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-13

This little book is gold!
The story is simple but captivating. Fresh, funny. At the beginning I LOL, which I don't often do.
It is told from two different points of view (female-male) both young teenagers with different life experiences. Both are sensitive, smart, and kind.
The characters are real, And all of them are adorable!
The situations are possible. And they are not quite predictable.
The performance is GREAT! The exact voice for each of the two main characters: PERFECT MATCH.
And one more thing: It has poetry in one form or other in the midst.
Do listen to it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful