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  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (818)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Four Fires to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    If you’ve listened to books by Bryce Courtenay before, how does this one compare?

    I liked this the least of the several I have read, maybe because his writing style has become more predictable to me. This could have been a wonderful book had the usual war stories taken up less of the story. Sarah, Bozo and Mike were all great characters that I would have liked to follow. And Murray Templeton who is mentioned only in passing, deserved more words.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    I always enjoy Humphrey Bower's performances and this was no exception.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I think I have to take a break from Bryce Courtenay for a while.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2080)
    Performance
    (1833)
    Story
    (1803)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

    Lindsay says: "Lots of good fun"
    "The Best Yet"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's the funniest "Royal Spyness" book I've read.


    What other book might you compare Naughty in Nice to and why?

    It can be compared only to the other "Royal Spyness" books.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Georgie's mother, or maybe Coco Chanel (yes, that one) or maybe Noel Coward (yes, that one too).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh a lot. The interaction between Georgie and her mother is priceless, and one-upping her snobby sister-in-law, Fig, is delightful. Georgie's maid continues to be totally incompetent, and her grandfather comes running when he thinks his beloved granddaughter is in trouble - which she is, most of the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Katherine Kellgren does a fine job of narrating the book, except for those characters with a French accent. Some of her pronounciations really reminded me of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau. (If you know the movies, you'll recognize "rheum".)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of Yesterday

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (116)

    When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he doesn't begin to worry. She had been out drinking, after all, and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman. But when her body is discovered, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness - now dead - had forgotten.

    Sharron says: "Like visiting an old friend"
    "Death of My Interest"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No.


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

    The whole story would have to be scrapped and started over. Hamish was more boring than I ever knew him to be, and the lack of participation by Loch Dubh citizens was very noticeable.


    Which character – as performed by Graeme Malcolm – was your favorite?

    Hamish's assistant, Dick. His furnishing of the station, his cooking and cleaning, made me chuckle. He's not much of an assistant, but he's a heck of a wife. Graeme Malcolm is the real bright spot in this book. He is an awesome reader. He makes a good book better and a less than good book readable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Heavens no! This is the first time I haven't read a Marion Chesney book in one sitting. But having a cranky Hamish as the central character really changed the tone of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to read the Hamish Macbeth books because this is the first I have not liked. Ms. Chesney has so many series going, I don't know how she keeps the characters straight, much less tell a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highgate Rise

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    The Victorian mystery series starring Inspector Thomas Pitt and Charlotte Pitt reaches new heights. When Dr. Stephen Shaw's fancy Highgate Rise home is burned to the ground with his wife inside, the Inspector and his wife must solve a baffling mystery.

    Jennie says: "Incredible Reader!"
    "Another Good Anne Perry Story"
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    What did you love best about Highgate Rise?

    I enjoy Anne Perry's description of London in an earlier time, and I love her detective couple Thomas and Charlotte Pitt.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked all the characters, especially some of the people who are only in this story. Charlotte tends to get on my nerves a bit, but I still like her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't have a favorite


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Although this is a good story, Ms. Perry is a bit long-winded. By the time I got to the last chapters, I was honestly thinking about fast-forwarding to get to the solution. I was also surprised that Thomas wasn't more prominent. He's there, but just. Charlotte and Dr. Shaw eventually made me want to scream, "Stop it or run away together!"

    I will continue to read Anne Perry books because this is the first I've had any complaint with, and the stories are always wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New York Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    The year is 1904. Twenty-three-year-old Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas Pitt, head of Britain's Special Branch, is crossing the Atlantic. She is traveling with an acquaintance, Delphinia Cardew, who is to marry the aristocratic Brent Albright in a high-society New York wedding - a grand affair that will join together two fabulously wealthy families, titans of the international financial world. But Jemima senses a mysterious shadow darkening the occasion.

    Julie Garcia says: "Pitts' Kid Carries on Tradition"
    "Anne Perry Light"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Anne Perry is always worthwhile reading, even in a shorter book like this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jemima Pitt


    Which character – as performed by Saskia Maarleveld – was your favorite?

    Jemima Pitt


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This was less Christmasy than I expected, but it still was a good read. Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, visits New York and almost instantly becomes involved in a murder. As good as any other Anne Perry book, just more compact.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Miser of Mayfair

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    Is Number 67 Clarges Steet the unluckiest house in Mayfair? Every season the beau mondes of the Regency would hire a house in the heart of London’s fashionable West End at disproportionately high rent for often inferior accommodation and yet Number 67 Clarges Street, a town house complete with staff, remains vacant from year to year. Could it be that it is associated with ill luck and even death? Something must be done so that the servants of this house don’t lose their livelihood.

    Patricia says: "Love this series!"
    "A Favorite Author/A Different Series"
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    If you could sum up The Miser of Mayfair in three words, what would they be?

    What a surprise!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rainbird


    What about Lindy Nettleton’s performance did you like?

    A very good narrator. I'll look for more books she's narrated.


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

    No, but there were a few that made me laugh, particularly the carriage chase. It was a perfect vehicle (no pun intended) for the cast of characters to once again remind you of their parts in the tale.


    Any additional comments?

    I started with Hamish Macbeth and progresed to Agatha Raisin, loving every book of both series. I just found the "House" series and can't believe I actually read and liked a romance! Mysteries are my favorites, but Beaton/Chesney captured my attention once again. I don't know if I'll continue with the series, since I found so many others that she's written, but I'm really glad I read "The Miser of Mayfair". I met some delightful new characters and found myself enjoying a genre I have shied away from for many years. It must be the writer, right?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Liberty

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (182)

    Lake Wobegon is in a frenzy of preparations for the Fourth of July. The town is dizzy with anticipation - until they hear of Clint's ambition to run for Congress. They know about his episodes with vodka sours, his rocky marriage, and his friendship with the 24-year-old who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty for the parade and may be buck naked beneath her robes. In Keillor's words, "It is Lake Wobegon as you imagined it - good loving people who drive each other crazy."

    Christopher says: "Great for a long country drive."
    "Funny + intelligent = Keillor"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Liberty to be better than the print version?

    I don't read printed books and I wish this question would go away..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clint Bunsen, of course. He is the perfect person on which to build this story. He is put upon by most of the town, but suffers in silence and always gets at least a bit of revenge. I especially liked the reactionis of the usual participants in the parade when Clint outsted them. Mr. Berge and the bachelor farmers are priceless.


    Which character – as performed by Garrison Keillor – was your favorite?

    See above answer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course. All Keillor books keep you engrossed. I not only read it in one sitting, I read it twice. And I laughed just as hard the second time.


    Any additional comments?

    "Liberty" is the story of the 4th of July parade in Lake Wobegon. Clint Bunsen has had the job of putting the parade (and the living flag) together for many years, but this year may be his last. His ideas for updating the parade are not welcomed, but without his help, the committee finds itself in trouble quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (703)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "A Nice Surprise"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of On What Grounds to be better than the print version?

    I've never seen a review here from a reader of the book. Maybe it's time to replace this question.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not on the edge of my seat, but I did happilly finish it.


    What three words best describe Rebecca Gibel’s performance?

    Flexible, pleasing, erratic


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Be sure you stock up on coffee first.


    Any additional comments?

    I was pleasanty surprised by this book. I thought it would be one of those summer reads that I could fall asleep during without missing much. It was actualy a story that engaged me pretty much from the beginning. The narrator is more good than bad, the characters are nicely drawn and the mystery is better than I had hoped, I don't really know why I bought it, but I'm glad I did and I will read following stories as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2388)
    Performance
    (2135)
    Story
    (2139)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Disappointed"
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    Would you listen to Edge of Eternity again? Why?

    No - listening to it once took all my patience. It is definitely last on my list of Follett books.


    Would you recommend Edge of Eternity to your friends? Why or why not?

    No - Besides being a very long book, it's a disappointing offering from Ken Follett.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think John Lee is one of the best narrators I have listened to.


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

    Perhaps only the end of the Epilogue, when I realized some of the old characters were not going to be mentioned and the ones who were got only a few lines. They deserved better.


    Any additional comments?

    An overall disappointment after waiting so long for the book. The first two books are so good, as are most of Follett's books, but this one let us down.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stoner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Williams
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (468)

    William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

    Anton says: "A story of sadness and serenity"
    "A Surprise"
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    Would you listen to Stoner again? Why?

    I don't usually listen to books more than once, so I don't think so.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stoner, of course. I couldn't believe I was so taken with a lonely, plodding, accepting man's daily life.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Field’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    In the first few sentences, I didn't think I was going to like Mr. Fields narration, but after the first minute, I was totally immersed. He doesn't try to do extreme voices but rather just tells the story.


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

    The interactions Stoner has with his parents after he leaves home are so stiff and stilted and yet very touching. His parents are wonderfully drawn characters and yet they have only a very small part in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the most wonderful books I've read come to me through the Daily Deal, as did this one. I so enjoyed the book that I have had a hard time getting interested in another. That doesn't happen to me often.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4985)
    Performance
    (4296)
    Story
    (4272)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "A Perfect Summer Read"
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    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Light, fun, interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    When Georgiana goes to the wedding with Darcy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved Georgiana's meetings with the Queen. Courtly comedy and brown bread with tea. A lovely combination.


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

    No, although the first meeting with her grandfather was sweet.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a terrific mystery, but it is a fun book and perfectly suited to summer. I won't read the rest of the series quickly, but it will definitely stay on my "to be read" list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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