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  • Off Kilter

  • Scottish Highlands Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Hannah Reed
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 408

After the recent death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, 30-something Eden Elliott is seriously in need of a fresh start. At the urging of her best friend, best-selling author Ami Pederson, Eden decides to embark on an open-ended trip to the picturesque village of Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands, to do some hands-on research for a book of her own. But almost as soon as Eden arrives in the quaint town, she gets caught up in a very real drama....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Start

  • By Beatrice on 04-05-18

meh

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

narrator did a great job with what she had to work with. the story was kind of dull and I would not have cared over much if the heroine had been whacked by the murder in the end. she was oddly overemotiinally attached to strangers, nosey, whiney and honestly kind of dumb. I have no idea why anyone in this town would want to spend time with her. the men in the story were somewhat more interesting but none got much meaningful page time. not worth continuing the series but I would seek out the narrator again.

  • Her Final Breath

  • The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 2
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,212

Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister's killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life. A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful, with an admirable protagonist

  • By The Whole Truth on 10-07-15

3.5

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

I would go for long weeks without listening because I would kind of forget I was in the middle of it. It was moderately interesting and there was a mild twist, but I find the cop genre where the female protagonist is always the focus of the criminals kind of sigh-worthy.

  • Runabout

  • By: Pamela Morsi
  • Narrated by: Stevie Puckett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Spring, 1916. Best friends Tulsa May Bruder and Luther Briggs are on a mission. After a very public jilting, everybody is looking at Tulsa May with such sad, sorrowful eyes. Can a pretend romance turn that pity into gossip? The plain preacher's daughter and the handsome heartthrob with the bad reputation. Would anyone even believe it? Convincing the town requires moonlit walks, stolen kisses, and a brassiere used as a fanbelt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • dreadful narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-18-18

dreadful narration

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

This story is lovely. The narrator is miserable and read far, far too slowly and mispronounced words so regularly that it's impossible not to cringe.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie We're in Trouble!

  • The Toad Witch Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Christiana Miller
  • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

After Gus flips the seasons and manages to bring summer into winter, everything starts going weirdly wrong. Summer refuses to leave. Household electronics start going haywire. When J.J., a local boy, vanishes from Mara's car, Mara begins to suspect he's been turned into a rat. But it's such a crazy idea, who could she possibly talk to about it? Then, her dead Aunt Tillie shows up to warn her that Gus is in trouble, and it's up to Mara to save him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why oh why did you change narrator?

  • By Janine on 07-13-16

juvenile

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I struggled to finish. I suspect the narrator may have made it all worse but she did what she could with sadly childish characters that choose the dumbest course of action avaliable and seem proud of that.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forgiveness

  • Lost Library, Short Story 2
  • By: Kate Baray
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Meet Clara, reluctant spell caster and former member of the Texas Lycan pack. She fled the pack in fear in the 1970s. In the 30 years that pass, she never fully reclaims her life. It takes a loving family and a Christmas visit to give her the courage to open her heart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • kind of bad

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-18-18

kind of bad

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

The narrator was truly awful and though I like the author, this story seemed not well thought out and weak.

  • Forever Charmed

  • The Halloween LaVeau Series, Book 1
  • By: Rose Pressey
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 377

Halloween LaVeau is descended from a long line of witches. Yes, her name is Halloween. The cosmic universe is definitely playing some kind of sick joke on her. She's the ultimate witch cliche, complete with a black cat and spooky house. Thank heavens she's missing the warts and flying broom. When Halloween inherits her great aunt's manor, she decides to put the house to good use as a bed and breakfast. Her first guest is the sinfully good-looking Nicolas Marcos, but he's not here for the continental breakfast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 06-19-16

so-so story made worse by bizarre narration

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

What disappointed you about Forever Charmed?

The heorine is pretty unlikable, largely due to headslapping stupidity most of the time. The entire story would fall apart if she had at any point did the reasonably smart thing.

But the worst of it was the narration. The narrator is cursed without a sense of where the emphasis belongs in a sentence, and clearly believes that there's no such thing as overdramatization. Every sentence is overwrought and the heroine's friend Annabelle sounds like a mental case; every single utterance sounding like she's teetering on the brink of insanity.

Then, the 'hunky' male characters sounded like creepy middle aged bankers so much so that I was at least a quarter way thru when I figured out these old dudes were part of a love triangle. Ick.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Saskia Maarleveld?

Mary Robinette Kowal

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

It is a light read, and maybe teens or people who aren't looking for something marginally sensible will like it, but if they choose reading, not listening.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Aundy

  • Pendleton Petticoats, Volume 1
  • By: Shanna Hatfield
  • Narrated by: Don Sobczak
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Desperate to better her situation, Aundy Thorsen agrees to leave behind her life in Chicago to fulfill a farmer's request for a mail-order bride in Pendleton, Oregon. When a tragic accident leaves her a widow soon after becoming a wife, Aundy takes on the challenge of learning how to manage a farm, even if it means her stubborn determination to succeed upsets a few of the neighbors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Farm, Family, Friends . . . 1899 Oregon

  • By Debbie on 08-31-17

Nice story, weird reader

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

Would you listen to Aundy again? Why?

Probably not. Although I might read it again.

What did you like best about this story?

Characters were fun, developed.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Don Sobczak?

I didn't mind a male reader but often he sounded like he had no idea what he was reading, no appropriate inflection, and horribly rushed at times. Also he said the title character's name wrong a lot. Andy, Audry, Audey...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Sure, but telling would be spoilers.

Any additional comments?

Just needs new narration. Would like to have the other titles in the series available by another narrator.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Aunt Dimity's Death

  • By: Nancy Atherton
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a sizable estate - if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's English country cottage. What begins as a fairy tale becomes a mystery - and a ghost story - in an improbably cozy setting, as Aunt Dimity's indominable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love can conquer all.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • great book, lousy reader

  • By Bill on 04-27-13

Wrecked by the reader

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

Reviewed: 03-14-15

Would you try another book from Nancy Atherton and/or Teri Clark Linden?

Atherton yes, IF and only if not narrated by Linden.

What other book might you compare Aunt Dimity's Death to and why?

any cozy

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Teri Clark Linden?

Literally anyone. Part of narration is knowing how to pronounce words properly and understanding where and how to place emphasis. This narrator does not even understand the basic difference between when one says the word "a" as a long a or a short a.

I'm not quite clear whether she actually understands English because the emphasis is completely wrong in virtually every sentence. Bill sounds as though he has some sort of affliction. awful, horrible terrible.

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

The story is a nice little cozy. Comfort reading. Destroyed entirely by the narration in this case.

Any additional comments?

There are a lot of parents out there with 3rd graders who could use the extra cash - please hire one of their kids to read the next one, It will be a step up.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Hidden Fire

  • Elemental Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Hunter
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 966

No secret stays hidden forever. A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries. Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he expect the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract. Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad.....

  • By Cheri on 02-14-15

Decent story, kind of bad narration

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

Reviewed: 05-08-14

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

I enjoyed the story and went on to listen to the others.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was...I feel like she just didn't have an idea who these characters were. Her voice for Beatrice was just baaaad. She sounded very trashy, and ill-bred. It was horribly jarring. Some of the accents were ok, and others were strange. The Italian was pretty overdone I thought, to the point of being distracting. The villain's voice was goofy rather than menacing and when I went to the kindle copy to read it, the voices in my head made the characters and even the story so much more appealing that even though I love the convenience of the audiobook, I kind of think the narrator wrecked the story a little for me.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Grave Witch

  • Alex Craft Series, Book 1
  • By: Kalayna Price
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 986
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 992

Not even death can save her now. As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead---she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story Narrator needs alot more practice

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-06-11

Like having Redneck Grandma, Former Porn Star read

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

Reviewed: 08-17-13

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

The story is OK, and I'm pretty sure I would like it much better if I had read it myself.

The narrator destroys this entirely. She adopts this voice for the main character that's coarse, old, and ignorant sounding. She seems to have no real idea where to put emphasis. She mispronounces things. She tries to put what I assume she feels is 'drama' into the performance and it's really amateurish and stilted.

The main character is supposed to be a bright younger woman and this read makes you think she's crabby old trash. Other characters, while read poorly, don't all sound so plain old coarse so I don't get it. Maybe she's trying to give her a hard-bitten edge? Baaaaad.

I have not checked but I hope to heaven the other books in the series are read by someone else.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It's maybe a little cliche. However, the narration really gets in the way of fair judgement.

How could the performance have been better?

It just needs someone else entirely. Narration is not for everyone.

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

I think the premise is good, and could develop well over time.