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  • The Light Between Oceans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By M L Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The crying persisted. The door of the lighthouse clanged in the distance, and Tom's tall frame appeared on the gallery as he scanned the island with the binoculars. 'Izzy!' he yelled, 'a boat!' He vanished and re-emerged at ground level. 'It's a boat all right,' Tom declared. 'And – oh cripes! There's a bloke, but –' The figure was motionless, yet the cries still rang out. He hoisted out a woollen bundle: a woman's soft lavender cardigan wrapped around a tiny, screaming infant.

    Amazon Customer says: "Falls between 2 oceans"
    "Falls between 2 oceans"
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    I don't know this author, and though I read the reviews about the difficulty hearing the audible reader, it looked good. However, it missed me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife Nancy’s death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of nosy village women, his grasping, ambitious son, and the ever spreading suburbanisation of the English countryside, preferring to lead a quiet life upholding the values that people have lived by for generations - respectability, duty, and a properly brewed cup of tea.

    Cynthea Wellings says: "Excellent little book"
    "A Briton's eye view of Britain now."
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    A British Major, all the stereotypes well set, keeps his honour by keeping his old, well-formed ethics in action. A warm and wise and witty read that kept me listening when I should have been working, and listening again to take it all in, again. Delicious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (1198)
    Story
    (1199)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Robert says: "My favorite book this year."
    "Might for right, and light"
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    This takes us right into the 3G of medieval living - families, forests, beasts and beliefs. T.H.White gives us layers of perspective and wisdom and fantasy. Beautifully written and harmoniously read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Thorne

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    Doctor Thorne adopts his niece Mary, keeping secret her illegitimate birth as he introduces her to the best local social circles. There she meets and falls in love with Frank Gresham - the heir to a vastly mortgaged estate and obliged to find a wealthy wife. Only Doctor Thorne knows that Mary is to inherit a large legacy that will make her acceptable to the otherwise disapproving middle-class society to which Frank belongs.

    Connie says: "balm for the soul"
    "Delicious listening."
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    Simon Vance reads the humour between the lines of Trollope's classics in a way that keeps me wanting more. Many threads come together in this 3rd volume, and many also begin here. The rich smorgasbord of characters also offer a great listen, and re-listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1142)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "Something old, something new, borrowed and blue"
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    What fun! A young blue stocking standing up to Sherlock Holmes and engaging his, and my, interest!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beekeeping for Beginners

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Award-winning author Laurie R. King writes mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell. In this short story, King explores their very first meeting... Sherlock Holmes is fending off a particularly dark mood as he roams the Sussex Downs, in search of wild bees.

    Amazon Customer says: "A human Holmes!"
    "A human Holmes!"
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    The dour, oh so confident Sherlock Holmes excited, challenged, even caring! Delicious. And by 'the child' Mary, for who's life and being he demands respect "Do NOT use her name!" These are character who draw me in! Loved this vignette, and am starting this series with confidence and delight. The wisdom of bees and the overlapping rules of bee keeping and investigation are fun and thought provoking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (296)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    Jennifer says: "A Masterpiece on All Counts"
    "Irritating intellingence"
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    I would be so glad to dive into this series, it is covers a central part of my history and includes social and emotional and political understanding. I'm aware of the people who lived this season of our history slipping over the horizon with all they lived and knew, as the decades pass. And they lived it without self pity or over-analysis, so a considered and nuanced understanding of life and it's meanings then is valuable to us now.

    Why I stopped listening was from a sense of irritation, it felt arrogant and pointless. This is a clever book, intelligently written; for me, though, truly good reading and intelligent writing naturally include a dimension which adds value to the reader.Cynicism without the leaven of love for the protagonists, as I see it, undervalues the human condition which I love.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (883)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (445)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "Succulent, fecund, life!"
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    Although I've read this book through several times, listening to it was a novel (sorry) experience. Each word entered my mind more clearly, each word chosen with care, and built the sensory drama of life all around me.

    I enjoyed the author's reading of her own work very much. I remembered having read her essay "taming the two-humped beast,' if I remember right, about writing this book. She generated for me a lavish sense of summer and of the inter-connectedness of all life; deeply refreshing from my arid plot in the now cold, grey Karoo winter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Richard Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    A comic novel, first published in December 1815, Emma tells of the perils of misconstrued romance. The main character Emma Woodhouse is a well-to-do young woman in a small English town who is a self-appointed matchmaker. The story explores the nature of these orchestrated matches coming to life through the hilarious characters including arguably Austen's two greatest comic creations - the eccentric Mr. Woodhouse and the quintessential bore, Miss Bates.

    Amazon Customer says: "Classic reading!"
    "Classic reading!"
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    Emma is my favourite Jane Austen, and Richard Baker is classical BBC. Combined they make a restful and humurous listening experience. From the copyright information at the start I imagine this was read for the Wrens to listen to during WWI; a very connecting experience. I'm glad I chose this version to hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (301)

    You are cordially invited to the wedding of Miss Heather Cynster... but not before she encounters kidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the hands of Viscount Breckenridge. Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who will sweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairing of finding him in London’s staid ballrooms, Heather Cynster steps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree. But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremely interfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her out of scandal....

    L. Reiner says: "Simon Prebble - come back!!"
    "Oh dear"
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    Oh this so-called historical romance is to be avoided at all costs. It is neither historical nor romantic, but literally a bodice ripper. I ripped my bodice in desperation at the lack of historical research, the silliness of the story and the hilarious mistakes in language, such as:that will take him down "a peg or three!"

    No, I didn't finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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