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  • The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Catherine Bailey
    • Narrated By Stephen Rashbrook
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    In April 1940, the ninth Duke of Rutland died in mysterious circumstances in one of the rooms of his family estate, Belvoir Castle. The mystery surrounding these rooms holds the key to a tragic story that is played out on the brutal battlefields of the Western Front and in the exclusive salons of Mayfair and Belgravia in the dying years of la belle époque. Uncovered is a dark and disturbing period in the history of the Rutland family, and one which they were determined to keep hidden for over 60 years. Sixty years on, The Secret Rooms is the true story of family secrets and one man’s determination to keep the past hidden at any cost.

    EJJ says: "Well Worth A Listen"
    "Well Worth A Listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A riveting book. I am not entirely certain that I agree with all of the author's conclusions, but she has done a fabulous job of detective work (a major part of the story), and this is particularly fascinating for anyone who is familiar with the era or the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one comes out looking very admirable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The boxes of old letters the duke did not manage to destroy.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent and absorbing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    bernadette says: "Wow!"
    "Don't get complaisant when you listen...."
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    If you could sum up Watching You in three words, what would they be?

    Don't get complaisant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Watching You?

    The very, very end.


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

    Excellent narrator, though he really can't sound like a four-year-old boy and shouldn't try.


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

    The final lines gave me chills.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going right back for another book by this author!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Daughter of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is bored. To divert his attention from his pain, a friend brings him pictures of faces. He becomes engrossed with the portrait of Richard III. How is it possible that such a sensitive-appearing soul could have been portrayed as the odious villain, the Wicked Uncle of history, responsible for the murder of his young nephews, heirs to the British throne, in order to secure the line of succession for himself?

    Sheila says: "very interesting"
    "Entertaining book but wrong reader"
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    If you could sum up The Daughter of Time in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining and re-readable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Derek Jacobi is an excellent actor but not really the best for this sort of task. His English accent is too high-brow for the main character, and his "American" accent is just weird.


    Any additional comments?

    A good story, based upon solid history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (623)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "Tedious"
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    Would you try another book from Wally Lamb and/or the narrators?

    No. Absolutely not.


    What was most disappointing about Wally Lamb’s story?

    The narration was overwrought and overacted. There wasn't a single character who was likable or sympathetic.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    There really wasn't any pace to match. The characters spend half of every segment reflecting and asking themselves rhetorical questions about the same old events, and the other half is spent in meaningless detail and answering questions with "uh huh."


    Was We Are Water worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished this because I'm one of those readers, but I can't think of a single redeeming quality about the book. Each character was damaged, bitter, self-pitying, and poisonous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (594)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    L. O. Pardue says: "A Dinner To Remember!"
    "Stunning and Surprising"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The subtle shifts in this book drew me in, entirely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dinner?

    When I began to realize that things were not as they seemed.


    If you could take any character from The Dinner out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None--I would not want to be near any of these people.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2501)
    Performance
    (2134)
    Story
    (2144)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Pot-Boiler"
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    What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

    The narrator was very good and could change accents seamlessly.


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

    It would have made an excellent short story.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Morton can take the seed of a good story and flog it into a shapeless mess.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wordy Shipmates

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Eric Bogosian, T. Bone Burnett, Jill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (298)

    Sarah Vowell's special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun. She takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where "righteousness" is rhymed with "wilderness," to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America's most celebrated voices.

    Mari says: "Vowell Nailed It Again"
    "Interesting and Witty"
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    Would you listen to The Wordy Shipmates again? Why?

    I might.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wordy Shipmates?

    The Pequot Wars.


    What about Sarah Vowell, Eric Bogosian, T. Bone Burnett, Jill’s performance did you like?

    I like Sarah Vowell. The others were a nice touch, but they were not absolutely essential to the work.


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

    Not necessarily.


    Any additional comments?

    Sarah Vowell's delivery is so much a part of the experience that this is one instance in which merely reading the book would have been a lesser experience than listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (125)

    The fateful quarter-century leading up to World War I was a time when the world of privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.

    Doug says: "Fascinating history"
    "A Classic"
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    Would you listen to The Proud Tower again? Why?

    I read it or listen to it every few years. It's absolutely riveting, either for a general reader or an expert in the field.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Proud Tower?

    The death of Jaures.


    Which character – as performed by Nadia May – was your favorite?

    "Czar" Reed.


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

    Many.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent work, all round.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain: How a Nation Grew into an Empire and the Birth of a Modern Society: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Paterson
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    The Victorian era has dominated the popular imagination like no other period, but these myths and stories also give a very distorted view of the 19th century. The early Victorians were much stranger than we usually imagine, and their world would have felt very different from our own. It was only during the long reign of the Queen that a modern society emerged in unexpected ways.

    Troy says: "Brief, But Insightful"
    "Riveting!"
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    Where does A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent! So far, one of my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Paterson has done some outstanding research, and Meadows was a very good narrator.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Meadows – was your favorite?

    The book had a sizable population of Victorians, and he did an impressive job with them all.


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

    Victorian Britain.


    Any additional comments?

    I wholeheartedly recommend this work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alison Light
    • Narrated By Gale Van Cott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Virginia Woolf wrote A Room of One’s Own in 1929, she established her reputation as a feminist, and an advocate for unheard voices. But like thousands of other upper-class British women, Woolf relied on live-in domestic servants for the most intimate of daily tasks. That room of Woolf’s own was kept clean by a series of cooks and maids throughout her life. In the much-praised Mrs. Woolf and the Servants, Alison Light probes the unspoken inequality of Bloomsbury homes with insight and grace.

    EJJ says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is primarily suitable for the general reader, but the narration is terrible, so listening is a painful experience. The narrator mispronounces so many words and names that it's obvious she hasn't the vaguest understanding of the material. In addition, her voice is bland, and her inflections are annoyingly repetitive. A robotic performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mrs. Woolf and the Servants?

    Sorry--I listened for four hours and then couldn't take it any longer.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gale Van Cott?

    Siri would have done a better job.


    Did Mrs. Woolf and the Servants inspire you to do anything?

    Avoid anything with this narrator in the future.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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