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i. Ski

Duluth, Minnesota | Member Since 2005

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  • Old Filth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (288)

    FILTH is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places.

    Michele says: "A Great Read, matched by a Great Reader"
    "A sleeper -- great story telling"
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    Old Filth has been reviewed by writers more accomplished than I, but I have to say that the book touched me deeply. There are few modern novelists who are capable of laying a sympathetic foundation for revelations characters make in later life. I appreciated the patient way Jane Gardam lays out this story of resilience in Edward Feathers, the protagonist, and in minor characters, too. Although I am a modern-ish woman, I could identify with the abandonment experienced by Eddie Feathers (as a Raj child) and the confused understandings associated with his own needs for love. The fact that the character explores the impact that abandonment has had on his life and then works in very late life to reconnect with others is an important lesson. We are never too old to reflect on our past and then work to repair our errors. Any of us who have made a childhood pact can understand the burden the demand for secrecy can have, especially if one feels honor bound to uphold the pact throughout a life time. What amazed me is that betrayal Edward Feathers experienced did not keep him from caring for others or staying true to those who helped him. This is a wonderful character study, rich with description and with just enough plot to hold the listener's interest. The reading is wonderful, as well -- not overly done.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anne Brontë
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah Agliotta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Probably the most shocking of the Brontës' novels, this novel had an instant and phenomenal success and is widely considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels. A mysterious widow, Mrs. Helen Graham, arrives at Wildfell Hall, a nearby old mansion. A source of curiosity for the small community, the reticent Helen and her young son Arthur are slowly drawn into the social circles of the village.

    julia says: "BRONTE CLASSIC"
    "A good story ruined by the narrator"
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    The narration of this classic made the entire experience PAINFUL. Although capable of reading, the narrator was not capable of dialogue -- something experienced Audible listeners have come to rely upon. So what happens is this: is it a man? is it a woman? which character is it, pray tell? Only those who have read the book in the past and are familiar with the plot line are able to tell.

    I hope Audible will avoid these disasters -- I am wondering how it was selected.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5874)
    Performance
    (5318)
    Story
    (5312)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "JOHN GRISHAM IS BAAACK!!!"
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    My prayers have been answered. One of the best legal thriller writers has found his groove! Grisham spent 10 years drifting around the writing landscape and now has a great legal GPS. The story revisits one of his stellar characters and legal teams, telling a tale of holographic wills (didn't know what the term was, but they are handwritten wills -- legal in some states), greedy relatives (we all have those), personal secrets, and bad acts of predecessors. The quirky characters are back and legal tensions are writ through the entire tale. Bravo!

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Emma Messenger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of eponymous Jane Eyre, her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of Thornfield Hall. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel's exploration of sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.

    sam says: "emma messenger makes it all new again"
    "Take time to listen to a classic, well done"
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    Many of us are likely to have read Jane Eyre when we were too young to understand the characters in the context of their era and mores. It was wonderful to listen to Charlotte Bronte's story again, part autobiography and part invention. Having recently read other books by the Bronte sisters and knowing their personal stories, Jane Eyre was especially worthwhile. Of course, the ending is unbelievably sappy for our times, but I imagine how it impacted readers of Bronte's time (1847). Some of the messages are difficult, for instance, the treatment of mentally ill people by confinement, or the impact that strict religious beliefs had on the "humane" treatment of orphans, or the emphasis on class distinctions to the exclusion of true character.

    Almost 22 hours makes this a long listen, but well worth the effort. Emma Messenger was a fine narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (253)

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Ruth Nielsen says: "Not a Fan Anymore!"
    "Is the plot the "Evil Act"?"
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    I am a fan of Elizabeth George, but the telling of this particular mystery is convoluted and self-conscious. It makes me want to ask the author to reread some of her earlier mysteries. I suspect there will be a follow-up to this involving spiriting her Pakistani friends out of danger in some foreign land, but I hope not. That boat has sailed, and did so a few books ago. I found myself saying aloud: "How can Barbara Havers and Thomas Lynley be so stupid and still have 'jobs'?" At least Lynley is getting over the death of his wife (a few books ago), but a roller-derby veterinarian? Really?

    Davina Porter is a wonderful reader. She saves this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2877)
    Performance
    (2105)
    Story
    (2109)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "Awful...enough said"
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    Disjointed, dull, and just plain awful. Don't waste a credit or time with this dog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1317)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1141)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Predictable good lawyer vs. bad lawyer story"
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    This book is well read, but not well written. It was predictable from the early chapters, without subtleties in characters or plot. I was tempted not to finish this, except I had predicted who was "good" and who was ultimately "bad," and wanted to confirm my assumptions. A frustrating listen at times, focused on pubic hairs left on bedding, an incompetent jurist, and a missing baseball bat!
    One sometimes wonders how a protagonist can be so dumb, when the reader is screaming:
    "It's your girlfriend, idiot!"

    4 of 4 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
    (2510)
    Performance
    (2142)
    Story
    (2152)

    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!"
    "We all have secrets, could another discover them?"
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    I am a fan of Kate Morton. This book is a story of a mother, with a secret to hold, that impacts generations of her family. I would like to reveal the secret, but that wouldn't be fair, and would ruin a major twist in the plot. However, I will say there is a murder, WWII bombing, class-warfare, childhood beliefs about causing deaths, and those things that we would just as soon not know but discover inadvertently. It is also a story of letting go of a parent -- first through the loss of intellectual faculties and then through actual death.

    As expected from Morton, the descriptions of characters, places, and experiences is wonderful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (248)

    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Karen says: "Thankfully a happy ending to the nightmare"
    "Compelling and riviting"
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    I ordered this book some time ago, but wanted to wait to listen to it until I could devote more uninterrupted time to such a difficult topic. Sara Tuvel Bernstein survived the holocaust in Eastern Europe. Her autobiography is a richly detailed narrative of her experiences in villages and cities of Bulgaria, Romania, and Germany during the rise of anti-Semitism and the terror of Hitler's armies. Bernstein was able to skirt some of the worst of the era by using her skills as a seamstress to earn money for the support of family and herself. However, even those skills did not save her from the death camps. Through arrests, detention, forced labor and internment, Bernstein's strong voice and will to survive horrible circumstances can be heard.

    In some holocaust memoirs, the focus is often on the brutality of the captors. The difference with Bernstein's memoir is that the brutality is certainly evident, but we experience it through a brave young woman's desire to preserve her humanity.

    If I were able to "command" it, I would make this required reading for everyone. We have to remember what was done in the name of racial supremacy, which is the most cancerous idea ever promulgated by human kind.

    Wanda McCaddon did a fabulous job of reading this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (634)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Not the best Hiassen, but worth the credit"
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    Some of the earliest books by Carl Hiassen were griping as well as hilarious. This has the same aspirations and tone, but isn't as carefully put together. If punchy one-liners are your forte, this is a great book. The plot is a bit absurd, but that is why most of us read or listen to Hiassen. If you have ever watched an advertisement for elderly "scooters" and have wondered who is making money from Medicare, here is an answer. Frankly, I rather like hearing about bad guys being eaten by sharks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Interlude

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Driven by a sense of duty and fear of monotony, Sara Lee leaves her comfortable life and fiance in Philadelphia to serve the Red Cross in Belgium during WWI. The spirited heroine finds a niche for herself helping the wounded soldiers. She meets a mysterious gentleman and falls into a haunting romance.

    M. Chinander says: "Very Lovely"
    "Just a lovely story..."
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    After listening to a number of killer-mysteries, I stumbled upon this book. What a wonderful relief. This is a well written, well read story of a young woman's commitment to help Belgians during WWI. The main character is nicely developed -- a woman of purpose who takes big risks to do what she thinks is morally right. The reader has the right tone and depth -- giving emphasis to truly heart-wrenching experiences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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