For #JIAM16 I am going to spotlight some of my favorite narrators. I plan on doing one a day until the end of June. I hope you will give them a listen and if you have favorite narrators use this month to thank them for bringing such rich layers to stories we love! About As an actor Jim has performed in the NY premiere of several of David Mamet’s plays, including The Old Neighborhood, Oleanna and most recently in Romance, at the Atlantic Theater Company. Also with Atlantic: The Night Heron, Hobson’s Choice, Edmond, Sea of Tranquility, and Hellhound on My Trail. Regional credits include: Long Wharf Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theater, Berkshire Theater Festival, Alley Theater and Mark Taper Forum. Jim directed Romance at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater and Seriously Funny, An Evening of Mamet, Pinter and Shel Silverstein at the American Repertory Theater. He founded The Stage Company of Boston, where he directed his plays; Rubber Men and Driving Morality and produced Sketches of War, a benefit for the Vietnam Veteran’s Workshop directed by David Mamet starring Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Walken, William H. Macy and many others. On TV; Brotherhood, The Unit, Law & Order (original, SVU, & CI). Film appearances include; Transamerica, Spartan, Heist, State and Main, The Spanish Prisoner, Homicide, Suits, Claire Dolan, Maryam, Frozen Impact and The Last Days of May. Follow IMDB Audible Next Few Releases/Current Releases The Beast: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood By J. R. Ward Narrated By Jim Frangione Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 14 Whispersync for Voice-ready Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins Release Date: 04-05-16 The Watson Brothers By Lori Foster Narrated By Jim Frangione Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins Release Date: 04-25-16 Dark Carousel: A Carpathian Novel, Book 30 By Christine Feehan Narrated By Jim Frangione Series: Dark, Book 29 Length: 13 hrs Scheduled Release Date: 08-02-16 Samples My Reviews Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy Lover at Last by J.R. Ward The King by J.R. Ward The Shadows by J.R. Ward Dash of Peril by Lori Foster Why I Like Him First I need to add that I have also listened to him narrate thrillers by Dennis Lehane and those are oddly my favorite performances by him. He has a gritty texture to his voice that I think is perfect for darker types of stories. I really enjoyed his performance in Born in Blood too. Again because the story is a bit dark. What he is best known for in the romance world is the BDB series. I do think he nails the narration but that brings a lot of JR’s writing quirks front and center. So those do not always work for me on audio because I skim a lot of her name-dropping/gangsta speak sections. That being said, if you love her stories you may want to try them on audio–I think he has a smoldering […]
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Read for Fun/Listened for Review (Kindle/Penguin)
Overall Rating: 1.00
Story Rating: 1.00
Character Rating: 1.00
Audio Rating: —– (didn’t listen to enough on audio so not rating)
First Thought when Finished: The Shadows by J.R. Ward will be loved by many but just not me. To be fair, the last 3 books have been rated 3, 2, 3 (with both 3’s being barely) so it is fair to say that I should probably break up with the series (which is sad because 13 books investment is no small thing).
Blogger: That’s What I’m Talking About
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Read for Review/Listened for Fun (Blog Tour/Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.00
Story Rating: 2.75
Character Rating: 3.25
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
Read It File It Review: Dash of Peril by Lori Foster was not my favorite in the series but seeing all my favorite characters made me smile!
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 2.75
Story Rating: 2.50
Character Rating: 3.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
I listened in Audio so I am marking times not pages.
Here are my 5 main thoughts (this book has been reviewed enough that I don’t feel the need to say what other people have said already):