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  • Hatteras Blue: A Tiller Galloway Underwater Adventure

  • The Tiller Galloway Novels, Book 1
  • By: David Poyer
  • Narrated by: Edison McDaniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

On a moonless night in 1945, a destroyer sinks a U-Boat, 50 miles off Hatteras Island, the graveyard of the Atlantic. Over a half-century later, the mummified corpses of three crewmen, wrapped in a decaying rubber raft, come to light during excavation for a new shopping development. Their reappearance unleashes neo-Nazis, drug smugglers, and a shadowy "historian" with an ominous plan.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By Jan on 10-02-18

Monotone narration

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Couldn't get past 3rd chapter, narrator is monotone. does voices well, but makes it difficult to get into story.

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  • Bigfoot Hunters

  • Volume 1
  • By: Rick Gualtieri
  • Narrated by: Charlie Romanelli
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

Evolution is about to be kicked in the teeth by some very large feet. It started with a few missing hikers, a not uncommon occurrence for the remote town of Bonanza Creek. Now it's about to get a lot worse. The legendary creatures known as Sasquatch are emerging from the woods, and they're hell-bent on slaughtering everything in their path. The only ones standing in their way are a group of wayward campers, a few scared survivors, and the crew of a cable TV show.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stand the narrator

  • By Richard Bigsby on 10-14-14

However...

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Writer needs Thesaurus. 'However' and 'never the less' begin just about every fifth or sixth sentence.

  • Tastes Like Murder

  • Cookies & Chance Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Catherine Bruns
  • Narrated by: Karen Rose Richter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Sally Muccio's had her crosses to bear: a cheating ex-boyfriend, crazy Italian parents, and an unfaithful husband, just to name a few. After her divorce, she returns to her hometown to start a novelty cookie shop whose specialties include original fortune cookies, served with a sprinkle of foreshadowing. But there's no warning when her ex-husband's mistress drops dead on Sal's porch, and police confirm it's a homicide. Determined to stop her life from becoming a recipe for disaster, Sal takes matters into her own hands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where's My Fortune Cookie?

  • By Betababe on 01-17-18

narrator needs some coffee

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

Read in such a languid tone, the story suffers. It sounds like narrator is about to fall asleep.

  • The Book of Speculation

  • A Novel
  • By: Erika Swyler
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,401

Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home - a house, perched on the edge of a bluff, that is slowly crumbling toward the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, works for a traveling carnival reading tarot cards and seldom calls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I lost myself in this book

  • By Barb Freman on 07-30-15

poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

The book sounds like a great read, but narrator puts you to sleep. Better suited for a Kindle or print version... or better narrator.

  • Body Movers

  • A Body Movers Novel, Book 1
  • By: Stephanie Bond
  • Narrated by: Maureen Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

So Carlotta Wren's life hasn't turned out as she'd planned. She didn't plan for her parents to skip bail for a white-collar crime, leaving her to raise her brother. She didn't plan on having the silver spoon ripped from her mouth and forgoing college to work retail. She didn't plan on her blue-blood fiancé dumping her. And she didn't plan on still being single 10 years later, working at Neiman Marcus, with no idea where her fugitive parents are. But she's coping.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a mystery for adults

  • By Jhbdesign on 12-22-15

It is pronounced 'gah-raj' not 'graj'.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

The narrator annoyingly mispronounces the word 'garage', and does a poir job with men' s voices.

  • Lightning Rods

  • By: Helen DeWitt
  • Narrated by: Dushko Petrovich
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

"All I want is to be a success.That's all I ask." Joe fails to sell a single set of the Encyclopedia Britannica in six months. Then he fails to sell a single Electrolux and must eat hundreds of pieces of homemade pie, served up by his would-be customers who feel so sorry for him. Holed up in his trailer, Joe finds an outlet his for frustrations in a series of ingenious sexual fantasies, and at last strikes gold. His brain storm, Lightning Rods, Inc., will take Joe to the very top - and to the very heart of corporate insanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wild tale, enveloping reader

  • By Josh on 11-11-11

Saleman Seeks Buyer For His Sexual Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 03-03-12

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

The story of a frustrated salesman who fantasizes of having anonymous sex with women through a wall, yet yearning to see their unaffected faces. He manages to sell the idea to a business, calling the women 'lightning rods' in order to provide top salesmen relationship-free, faceless sex through the wall of a handicap bathroom stall in order to reward their success with sexual release. What could make this a 4 or 5-star listening experience? A better story and an interested narrator.

What was most disappointing about Helen DeWitt’s story?

Most disappointing is the entire premise of Helen DeWitt's story. She misses the mark by miles if she intended this as a satire.

How could the performance have been better?

The narration is delivered in a monotone manner which not only helps illustrate the characters and storyline as flat and uninteresting, but also gives the listener the impression not even the narrator is interested in the story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lightning Rods?

If I could play editor, I would not have wasted resources on recording this book when there are thousands of better stories that would be far more entertaining and better written. I would have also not hired the narrator, or at least given him intravenous espresso to make him sound awake.

Any additional comments?

Lightning Rods is not an enjoyable read. At best, it is not even a satire. Sophomoric storyline that could only appeal to immature college frats, and a narration that makes one question the selection process of book narrators, are the main reasons I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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