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  • Amaryllis

  • St. Helen’s Series, Book 1
  • By: Jayne Castle
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Amaryllis Lark is one of the best psychic detectives on St. Helen's, the Earth colony recently cut off from the mother planet, yet not so very different from home. Lucas Trent, the rugged head of Lodestar Exploration, isn't keen on the prim type - and from her crisp business suit to her cool evaluation of his request to bust a corporate thief, beautiful Amaryllis is excruciatingly proper. But when a bold hunch heats up into a twisting murder investigation, by-the-book Amaryllis must let her guard down and break some rules.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • WORST NARRATOR EVER

  • By Kim on 11-27-18

WORST NARRATOR EVER

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I love this book and really liked the original recording. I was absolutely looking forward to this release until I actually had to listen to it. I couldn't get more than 5 minutes into the recording. I had to stop it. The narration was horrible. The narrator used a nasal whine for the lead female and randomly sped up and slowed down the narration - meaning it was impossible to change the setting to try to fix the issue. I am not sure who let this actually get into production but, frankly, they should be demoted or fired. I can honestly say that there has not been a narrated book I have disliked more than the one narrated by Tanya Eby. I am hoping to God that if Zinnia and Orchid get revamped, it is with someone else narrating them or I will absolutely avoid them like the plague they would be!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Corinthian

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Georgina Sutton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814

The accomplished Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham is wealthy, sophisticated, handsome ,and supremely bored. Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope - literally - falls into his life late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house - she too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun on the Run

  • By Carol on 08-21-14

NOT Even Matheson.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

So, Audible is exchanging my audiobooks that I have already bought for updated versions that I do NOT want. If I had wanted someone other than Eve Matheson, I would have bought that one to begin with. This USED to be one of my favorite books to listen to...now, it's just so much noise.

  • The Masqueraders

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ruth Sillers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 585

After participating in the Jacobite Rising of 1745, Robin and Prudence, brother and sister, become engaged in a swashbuckling, romantic adventure. Our hero and heroine must cross-dress and switch genders if they are to escape prosecution a humorous move that allows Heyer to explore the manners and language affectations of the period as the two romp through the elite saloons and clubs of London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intrigue, romance, loyalty and wit!

  • By Patricia on 05-14-14

This is NOT Rosemary Leach!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

When I originally bought this audiobook from Audible, it was the one I wanted - read by Leach. Then, I redownloaded it onto a new device and suddenly it is NOT Rosemary Leach. Definitely. Not.
While I am sure Ruth Sillers is not terrible, she is not what I expected nor even close to what I wanted.
Now, I have to worry that the audiobooks I have bought will be summarily exchanged for those I did NOT purchase. In fact, I had better go check my others right now.

  • The Fifth Elephant

  • Discworld #24
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,862
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,156
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,155

Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday he was a duke, a chief of police, and ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vines is out of time and already out of breath...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Discworld: Worth Visiting Again and Again

  • By Michael on 08-01-03

I love TP. I just STILL prefer Nigel.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

While TP never goes wrong in story line and characterization, he really should have stuck with Nigel Planer. I find Briggs to be flat and lacking the depth of tone Nigel always brought to the audio.

  • Grim

  • Tornians Book 1
  • By: M.K. Eidem
  • Narrated by: Commodore James, Laura Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,371

King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire. He is the King of Luda, blood brother to the Emperor, and his line will die with him. He will have no offspring for no female would join with him for once he was scarred he was considered "unfit". The Tornian Empire has been dying ever since the great infection caused the birth of females to become a rarity. Since then they have been searching the known universes for compatible females.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO DANG GOOD!!!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 02-08-15

Two Issues

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

I love the story. However, it makes me nuts to have an author randomly go in and out of past tense and present tense. Especially in the same sentence!

As for the performance... I am still trying to figure this out. Except for the two main male characters, the other male characters either sounded like they had terrible head colds, had been born hearing impaired or had speech impediments. I have worked with both hearing impaired individuals and children with special needs so, I am very aware of the typical vocalizations associated with them. I would suggest that if you are using two performers that you utilize someone who can either do a solid read or can pull off a variety of voices without resorting to lisps and head cold voices... or just have more performers.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Slayer

  • Dark Series, Book 20
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Jane Brown
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

A rumor has persisted in the vampire world of a dark slayer - a woman - who travels with a wolf pack and who destroys any vampire who crosses her path. Mysterious, elusive and seemingly impossible to kill, she is the one hunter who strikes terror into the hearts of the undead. She is Ivory Malinov. Her only brethren, the wolves. Long ago betrayed by her people, abandoned by her family, and cast out by everyone she held dear, Ivory has lived centuries without companionship or love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By Mary on 10-07-09

Book - 5 stars Narration - 5 stars

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-10

If I could give this more stars, I would. Again - LOVE LOVE LOVE Phil Gigante! Jane Brown does a great job!
Combining Phil Gigante and Jane Brown with C.Feehan? A total hit out of the park!

This is a definite MUST for your library!

Book - as usual, great characters and amazing romance scenes. Vividly written fight scenes! This is a great book!

Narration - Intense and sexy. Gigante and Brown work *very* well together. They both 'read' the characters with such emotion and intensity. And, unlike too many I have listened to, they seem to have actually read the book prior to narrating it!!

GREAT BOOK AND GREAT NARRATION!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Curse

  • Dark Series, Book 19
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Jane Brown
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

Lara Calladine is haunted by childhood memories of being held prisoner in an ice cave and kept sane by the whispered stories told to her by her imprisoned aunts. They instilled mage and Carpathian magic deep within her and then helped her escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It

  • By Dana on 12-11-08

Book - 4 Narration - 5

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-10

I love C.Feehan books but for some reason did not like this one as much. I really like having both a male and female narrator! And Phil Gigante is, without a doubt, the best there is. Period. I like Jane Brown as well (but P. Gigante is just amazing). So, I know the narrating was great and not the reason for my lack of feeling this one like the others. Characterizations were good and the story was solid. I can't put my finger on it.

But, this book is a good addition to a library! And if you like C.Feehan, you will like this one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Reckless

  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

At 16, Phoebe Layton had imagined that Gabriel Banner was a brave and valiant knight, a noble-hearted hero born to rescue ladies in distress. Which was why, eight years later, when she desperately needed help to carry out a vital quest, she could think of no one more suited to the job than Gabriel. But when she lures her shining knight to a lonely midnight rendezvous, Phoebe finds herself sparring with a dangerously desirable man who is nothing like the hero of her dreams.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Amanda Quick

  • By Shirley Spillman on 04-12-10

Book - 5 stars Narration - 2 stars

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-10

As in other AQ reviews I have done, I love her books and have read and reread them. I however, am very saddened that I have this in my library. Anne Flosnik's narration made this too painful to actually listen to for very long. I didn't finish Ravished and I could barely get through the first few chapters of this one. I would not have even tried had I not already bought this at the same time as Ravished (meaning I did not know how terrible it would be).
Reasons I do not like Anne Flosnik's narration. Her voice is thready and has a tendency to wobble. Although I do appreciate the British accent! Her attempts at a masculine voice is a disaster. And there is just something very annoying about the way she measures her phrases. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and trudged my way through some horrible 'reads', but I am tired of doing that.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Ravished

  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

There was no doubt about it. What Miss Harriet Pomeroy needed was a man. Someone powerful and clever who could help her rout the unscrupulous thieves who were using her beloved caves to hide their loot. But when Harriet summoned Gideon Westbrook Viscount St. Justin to her aid, she could not know that she was summoning the devil himself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anne Flosnik

  • By Wendy on 05-24-10

Book - 5 stars...Narration - 2 stars

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-10

I truly love Amanda Quick. And I am truly saddened by the fact that almost all of her books seem to be narrated by Anne Flosnik. The other disaster is Josephine Bailey (who narrates other AQ books)...*sigh*

The book - Great characters, fun predicaments, great romance!

The narration - almost painful to listen to (although I appreciate the British accent) because the voice was thready and her attempt at a masculine voice was a disaster. I actually could not finish listening to this book (although I have read it several times) due to the narration.

So, while I love Amanda Quick in hard copy, I will not be spending anymore money on her audiobooks.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Chill of Fear

  • A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel
  • By: Kay Hooper
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

FBI agent Quentin Hayes always knew he had an unusual talent, even before he was recruited by Noah Bishop for the controversial Special Crimes Unit. But, as gifted as he is, for 20 years he's been haunted by a heartbreaking unsolved murder that took place at The Lodge, a secluded Victorian-era resort in Tennessee. Now he's returned one final time, determined to put the mystery to rest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and narration!

  • By Kim on 05-26-10

Great book and narration!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-10

Kay Hooper's Bishop series is awesome. This is another hit! Great characters and twisted plot. I do so love her plot lines. Narration was solid and well done. Dick Hill does a very good job! Even if you have never read or heard a Bishop's novel before, you can read/listen to this without getting lost - a good stand alone!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful