I've been so happy with most of the Audible books that it is hard to rank them. But I would give this book a high ranking, because I enjoyed both the story and the narration style. The narration flowed without any aggravating affectations--just very comfortably told the story.
I've read all the Pollifax books in the past; Mrs. Pollifax is always fun, full of gumption, has a unique way of looking at life and her part-time job as CIA courier; gets into trouble and danger, finds a way out, and often saves the day. This book is typical Mrs. Pollifax and definitely worth the listen. Just remember that it was written long enough ago that the world situation has undergone changes since her time.
I've listened to her on Amelia Peabody Emerson series (by Elizabeth Peters). She does a great job on those also.
Just because a book was written a few decades ago does not lessen the story. Mrs. Pollifax stories aren't deep literary works. They are lively, fun, suspenseful, and well told. Relax a bit and go adventuring with Mrs. Pollifax. Her adventures always start out with such a simple assignment. . . .
I have this book in both Kindle and Audible forms. I highly recommend it in either format.
I don't know how to classify this book, except that is so very worth reading. It will touch your heart. You will ache for Jenny, the Nothing Girl, cheer for her, laugh with her, and be so very gratified with how things work out. It has pathos, mystery, humor, great characters, surprises, love, and a Golden Horse named Thomas that only Jenny can see. Is Thomas imaginary? A guardian angel in horse form? A mystical but real creature?
Russell is the most important character next to Jenny. The development and growth of his character is no less fraught and important than the growth and development of Jenny. Two great characters you will come to treasure.
This story would work as a mystery, romance, character driven plot even without Thomas. But what Thomas does for Jenny is very important in how everything else develops.
Jodi Taylor has a wonderful imagination and way with words. If she writes it, I'll read it. The narration is perfect.
I was aware of the short story for a while before I bought it. My first impression from the cover and short description was that it was a story for young -or very young-people. Finally, after I had read everything else by Jodi Taylor, I broke down and bought "The Nothing Girl" and "The Little Donkey."
I am so glad I did!
This charming short story is a lovely addition to the story of Russell and Jenny from "The Nothing Girl." It is perhaps best understood if you read "The Nothing Girl" first. Otherwise you might just be a bit confused by the references to and, finally, the brief appearance of Thomas.
Love this story and the narrator does a terrific job.
This is the first book in a series, and the first I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator's warm, laid-back style perfectly suits the story and the character of Sheriff Bud. A chewed on corpse, a missing boot, a vandalized café, a rock collection, missing paintings--and Bigfoot. Can't beat that.
I thoroughly enjoy all Patricia Briggs' books, and have a special liking for the Alpha and Omega series. This story moves to Arizona and, in addition to the evil fae plot, we learn more about Charles' background and meet his Navajo friends. Horses, Navajos, evil fae, children in peril, Arizona, Charles and Anna, and a look into Anna's heart's desire (in addition to Charles and his heart's desire)--what more can you ask from a book?
I gave the narration only three stars. The narrator reads well, but there was a rather nasal, breathy, flatness to much of it. I had a harder time "feeling" the characters in this one.
This book starts approximately one month after the events in The Cold Dish, the first Walt Longmire tale. It is still winter in Absaroka County, Wyoming, and the weather plays a significant part in this adventure. Walt is still trying to recover from things that happened in the prior month, but when his old mentor, former sheriff, and friend suspects another resident in the assisted living home has been murdered, Walt undertakes the investigation. What had seemed to be a natural death of an old woman blossoms into a wild ride of murder, attempted murder, 50-year-old events that are bearing deadly fruit, near drowning, gunshot wounds, and more.
And much of the action is complicated by a Wyoming blizzard. BRRRR! I live near the area where this story is set, and Craig Johnson can really write a great blizzard. I find myself expecting to see snow when I look out the window--and I listened to this in July.
It is a great read/listen.
I believe that when Elizabeth Peters wrote this book, she was not planning for it to be a series. But that it did become, and a great series it is. As the series developed a few things were changed from the appearance of Amelia as established in this book. She went from tall to short! However, that is a small quibble. The characters of Amelia, Evelyn, and the Emerson brothers are carried through the series, though Walter and Evelyn in somewhat lesser roles. I've always felt this was perhaps the weakest book in the series, having been written more in the style of the romantic suspense genre. But smart, independent, outspoken Amelia just won't really fit into that mold, and the Egyptian settings and archaeological tidbits add an extra depth.
I've always liked this story, but listening to it gave it a new dimension, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I listened to the Susan O'Malley narrated version. I also have some of the Amelia books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, who does an excellent job. But I enjoyed the O'Malley version also. I actually prefer her reading of Emerson's lines. Rosenblat's Emerson sounds like an elderly asthmatic, rather than the brilliant, high-energy, hot tempered, emotional, passionate man of the stories. His energy and intensity come through better in O'Malley's reading.
Whichever, version you listen to, you'll find a story that has interesting characters, mystery, love stories, and humor--a most enjoyable book.
Years ago I tried to get my daughter to read the Amelias. She just couldn't get interested in the beginning of this first book. Several years later, she tried it again and went on to read all the Amelias. She became as big a fan of the series as I am. I have the entire series in book form, but with increasing vision problems I have begun collecting some of my favorite books in audio. I find that I enjoy them all over again, but differently, while listening. Reading aloud, or being read aloud to, is still a great way to enjoy a story.
Certainly. I was a young woman when I first read this book. I am now a senior citizen. Emily Pollifax is a testament to living life with zest no matter what your age. It is a fun ride--humor, mystery, suspense, adventure, and travel to distant places all enter into the story.
Mrs. Pollifax herself is the driving force of the story. Without her unique character it would be just another spy story.
Hard to say; some parts were amusing, others suspenseful, all good escapist fun.
Some parts definitely made me chuckle.
The reader/listener needs to remember when this story was written. The Berlin Wall was still in force and our big enemy was the USSR, with Red China looming on our horizons. The espionage situations have nothing to do with Islamic terrorists, etc. It was a different time. But the world political situation is not the important thing in the story. It is the personality, courage, grit, kindness, savvy, and even innocence of Mrs. Pollifax that make the story worthwhile, fun, and a joy to listen to. The narration is outstanding.
You Are There.
Although it was discussed in the news and in magazine articles many, many times during Kennedy's presidency (and a movie was made about the incident), there were parts of the PT 109 story that I don't recall ever having heard before. (Although I may have just forgotten--it was a good many years ago.)
Also, I found myself reacting with the tension of suspense as the president's car neared the Texas Book Depository, even though knowing what would (did) happen there and that it could not be changed. That is a mark of a well-told story.
And then there was something at the end of the book that I won't talk about, as it would be a Spoiler.
Bill O'Reilly is a professional speaker. Who else could better read his book? He does an excellent job and I enjoyed hearing him narrate the words he wrote (or co-wrote--I don't know just how his partnership with Martin Dugard works).
Not necessarily. While it was very interesting, very well-written, and gave a sense of immediacy to historical events, the fact that I'd lived through those times meant I did not have to keep listening to find out what happened next. So I listened to it in several sessions.
I think Mr. O'Reilly and Mr. Dugard have done a great service in showing that history is neither boring nor irrelevant. It is just usually so poorly presented that people lose interest.
I can't really rate the books this way. Overall, I have been extremely satisfied with all the audiobooks I have listened to so far. Some narrators are better in one way, others in another way, but quality is good.
Ramses Emerson is my favorite in this particular episode in the adventures of the Emerson family. Amelia Peabody Emerson is, of course, the main character and always a hoot. This first appearance of Ramses as a primary character is a lot of fun. He is a young genius whose escapades, while always completely logical to him, cause a lot of trouble--but eventually save the day.
This book also marks the first appearance of the "Master Criminal," who comes to play a great part in the ongoing Emerson family adventures.
Ms. Rosenblat has a very pleasant voice to listen to, has good expression in bringing out the meaning and tone of each passage, and does a mostly excellent job in voicing the individual characters. My only reservation is with her voice for Emerson. He comes out sounding like an 80-year-old heavy smoker nearly on his last gasp. Though this portrayal of Emerson is disappointing to me, the rest is so good that I manage to overlook it in the overall experience of the story.
Adventure, suspense, and humor amongst the relics of ancient Egypt!
I have the entire Amelia Peabody Emerson saga in book form. I enjoyed experiencing it in a new way through the audio book. I have some vision problems which make it increasingly difficult to read fine print, so I am now "collecting" an audio library as well as the print library I have.
I would recommend it because it is a reliably interesting Diana Gabaldon book, which means that the story pulls you in, the historical setting is so well-drawn you feel you are there, and the reader gains insight into what was happening to one of the lesser characters (Lord John) in the Outlander series between his appearances in the "Big Books."
Lord John is voiced so very well by Jeff Woodman that his voice is the one I will hear in my head when I read other Lord John episodes in the Outlander series as well as the Lord John novels and novellas.
Of course it would have to be Lord John. These are his stories, and he has led a very interesting and adventurous life.
If you like Diana Gabaldon's books, you will like the Lord John stories. Just don't expect this book to be about the Fraser's. It is not.
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