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Amy W. Boucher

Independence, Virginia | Member Since 2007

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  • The Return of the Native

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Alan Rickman
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (127)

    Eustacia Vye is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different from hers, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness.

    Doggy Bird says: "Might Be My Favorite Audiobook of All Time!"
    "Dark and beautiful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fro the writing, and the incredible narration by Alan Rickman.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Diggory Venn, of course, because he takes things to heart in an honest way, works things out in his mind, and persists in his beliefs and his love.


    What does Alan Rickman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He can drip with irony, and this is a book where such ironic depth brings out the author's intent.


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

    A fire that kindles hotly burns out quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    Egdon Heath is a full character in The Return of the Native, which is a dark and brooding book. From page one, Hardy draws us in: "A Saturday afternoon in November was approaching the time of twilight, and the vast tract of unenclosed wild known as Edgon Heath embrowned itself moment by moment. Overhead the hollow stretch of whitish cloud shutting out the sky was as a tent which had the whole heath for its floor.The heaven being spread with this pallid screen and the earth with the darkest vegetation, their meeting-line at the horizon was clearly marked. In such contrast the heath wore the appearance of an installment of night which had taken up its place before its astronomical hour was come: darkness had to a great extent arrived hereon, while day stood distinct in the sky….The somber stretch of rounds and hollows seemed to rise and meet the evening gloom in pure sympathy, the heath exhaling darkness as rapidly as the heavens precipitated it. And so the obscurity in the air and the obscurity in the land closed together in a black fraternization towards which each advanced half-way."Just wait till you hear Alan Rickman read that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1369)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1137)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "As good as the usual Silva/Guidall fare"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yet another in the Gabriel Allon series with plot twists and turns and world terrorism thrown in. For someone who likes the Allon books, this is one they would like.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Guidall is great.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1362)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1017)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "enjoyable summer Sherlock Holmes read"
    Overall

    Faye does a great job of taking the Jack the Ripper facts and blending them into a plausible Sherlock Holmes tale. Even a plausible explanation of the Ripper phenomenon. Makes a long car ride go by in no time and you want to listen to the end when you get where you're going. And of course Simon Vance is an excellent reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Life after Death: The Evidence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dinesh D’Souza
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Is there life beyond the grave? Is it reasonable to believe in the afterlife? If so, how should we act on those beliefs? Best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza undertakes an unprecedented voyage of intellectual discovery to reveal the truth about life, death and beyond.

    Darrell says: "My Favorite of the Year"
    "Not evidence, but argument"
    Overall

    D'Souza claims to present "evidence" for life after death but almost nothing in this book could be considered evidence, apart from a few interesting forays into science. The bulk of the book is an attack on atheism. I was aware that the book would have a Christian bias but was not prepared for the relentless attacks on the currently in vogue atheists. D'Souza considers that once he has argued his position, the result of the argument is "proof." I found the arguments (or proofs) specious and sophistic. Don't waste your time or money.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Angelology

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Danielle Trussoni
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now, at 23, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans.

    Angela says: "Very Pleasant Divine Suprise"
    "Pale imitation of Dan Brown"
    Overall

    This is a Dan Brown sort of action book. It's well read but there's not a lot of there there. I find Dan Brown thin at best and this is even thinner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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