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  • The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

  • A Novel
  • By: Mitch Albom
  • Narrated by: Mitch Albom, Paul Stanley, George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671

Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable fictional character - Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist ever to walk the Earth - in this magical novel about the bands we join in life and the power of talent to change our lives. It's an epic story of the greatest guitar player ever to live and the six lives he changed with his magical blue strings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fiction interwoven with REAL people, places,events

  • By Cynthia on 12-02-15

Dull and Dry

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

Would you try another book from Mitch Albom and/or the narrators?

No more Mitch Albom for me. The story was just not interesting which I do not blame on the narrators.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, I just don't understand all of the glowing reviews. I was unable to get into the story. All the interactions with famous folks was really hokey. I found it contrived and artificial.

Any additional comments?

My suggestion? Pass on this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,905

Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother's tragic, premature death - and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea's ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She'll find you, I think, but if she doesn't, you find her. Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reconnect with her estranged, ailing father.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • over-dramatic & awful

  • By "lfind" on 09-07-16

Don't Bother

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

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

The story was just bad. Sappy, crappy, ick. I really wonder how this could get good reviews. Maybe if it was listed as a romance? You can't always trust what the reviewers say or the "star" count. Still, I tried to like it but it was just not good.

  • Deadly Ties

  • Waterside Kennels Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Susan Holmes
  • Narrated by: Robin Rowan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Come to the hills of the Ozarks and meet Maggie Porter and her dogs - a champion Labrador Retriever, an aging Cocker Spaniel, and a Beagle retired from federal service. Maggie has returned home to reopen the family dog kennel business, where she's plagued by problems from the start. Serious trouble arises when a gossip-loving employee turns up dead holding an heirloom locket belonging to Maggie's mother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Look Forward to this Series

  • By Sparkle on 11-03-14

Mindless Story - Poor Narration

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I get angry when I spend time and money on an audiobook which falls this flat. The story is one of those light, easy to follow books which I like now and again (especially after listening to a heavy drama) but the narrator made this one tedious and boring. With virtually no inflection or spark in her voice, she took away most of the redeeming qualities in the plot. At times I couldn't tell which character was speaking and they all seemed so dull with her lack luster and slow moving voice droning on and on. Don't waste your money and time on this like I did.

Any additional comments?

After listening to this book and then reading the positive comments I am 100% convinced they are bogus. There is just no way this audiobook could receive such glowing comments. Someone is lying and it isn't me!

  • Treachery In Death

  • In Death, Book 32
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465

In a New York City fifty years in the future, Detective Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law - including the ones sworn to uphold it. Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime - an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve. But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Treachery in Death

  • By Jean on 03-10-11

Really Bad. Disappointed...

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

Reviewed: 11-23-13

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

If tghe story was more interesting without the goofy lingo and patronizing story line.

What was most disappointing about J. D. Robb’s story?

I felt like the main character was helping her mentally challenged partner throughout the story!!!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Ericksen?

I did not like her voice characterization for the partner at all. Maybe if the partner would have sounded less like a country bumpkin I wouldn't have felt so let down by this purchase.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I've read other JD Robb books which I liked. This is not one of them.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful