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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Audio dynamic range

Great story. Performance of speakers is excellent, but, as is so often the case, the mixing engineer has failed to consider that the listener is not in an audio booth --not even in a living room usually -- not even able to use noise cancelling headphones in most cases.

If the level overall is not compressed, the listener gets the job of riding the gain or they will either miss much of the quiet parts or be blasted by the loud ones. An experienced actor can control the apparent level with the tone, making a whisper understandable across a large room, but still sound like a whisper. Screaming can be transmitted at an actual level that is not much higher.

When the performers files coming in don't have that control, the engineer needs to take into account the listener when adjusting the gain or use an app such as Audacity's Normalize.

We're not talking Beethoven here. I can't ride the gain when I'm driving. Or vacuuming. Normalizing the level is YOUR job.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Superb

Every part of this audiobook is perfect. I am at a loss to describe the experience. Please hurry with the next one.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-17

Voices

Male character's voices too hard to tell apart in some cases. One even sounds like Reacher.

Story does not leave much hope for Rose.

Otherwise it's a great Reacher tale.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Great Historical Novel of Actual Trek into Unknown

Fascinating tale of exploration team searching for a passage to the North Pole from the West. I enjoyed the descriptions of the machinery on the ship. You can tell this was written by an engineer. He captures well the interactions between officers and crew and their diverse personalities. Their impossible journey could have been a noir setting, but Admiral Ellsberg shows the faith, heroism and dignity in the struggle for survival.

If you read it in the winter, be sure to dress warmly. A blanket would help.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-17

reader whispers for narration

Hard to keep adjusting volume. Should be run through normalize program. Also has vocal fry.

Book itself it excellent.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-17

Romance, Intrigue, and Adventure


Classic story of devotion between men facing threats on the battlefield and secretly from evil men and women who plot against them.  Much humor, but also wisdom offsets the intense conflicts.  Here can be found the most seductive, conniving, and evil female spy in all literature.


Plot seems to drag at times, but Mr. John Lee keeps it going with realistic voices and believable dialects -- even the French.  He gets 5 stars, bringing new life into this old novel.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Good story. Ho hum reader.

Reader was monotone on narration. Most characters were believable. Story was good, but drug in the middle. Mr. Galdi got carried away on the epilogue -- long enough for another book. I won't call it YA but might appeal more to the late teens / early twenties set -- esp. of the female persuasion.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-17

Has all the best of SciFi suspense

The most enthralling and entertaining book I've read in months. I seldom give 5 stars. but this deserves them. Tense plot, but the threat is so strange your imagination can run wild. Not one to read / listen to in a quiet waiting room unless you have solid control. Very real, believable characters and most are likeable. At least the flesh ones.

Reader is quite likeable. Keep him.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-17

Until it ended I thought I might die

Best thing about this book is its brevity. But no concise narritive in individual scenes, which drag on forever with sappy drama. Then the big surprise at the end is never explained. Why did he do it?

Reader borders on vocal fry and definitely contributes to the sappy spoken and thought text with her cutsie voice. I see Amber Patrick specializes in books where that voicing would be a better fit. Not for what was intended to be a serious novel like this.

I would not even recommend this as a YA novel.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-16

Dumb people. Story drug out.

Depressing. Not just the story, but the characters. Only one, Wes, is someone you'd like to know -- and maybe Skye, the 4yo daughter of the main character. Story has no depth and has the vocabulary of a 6th grader, but profanity of a gang-banger.
Reader was good but for one thing. Southern accent of teacher was way overdone -- especially since the text had said she only had a trace of an accent. She sounded like Dukes of Hazzard or Ellie May from Beverly Hillbillies. All characters had distinctive and consistent voices.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful