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Jacqueline

Suisun, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • A Modern Mephistopheles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By C. M. Hébert
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    This chilling tale of greed, lust, and deception opens on a midwinter night when Felix Canaris, a despairing writer about to take his own life, is saved by a knock at the door. The mysterious visitor, a Jasper Helwyze, promises Felix fame and fortune in return for his complete devotion.

    Jacqueline says: "Secrets and Wicked Wealthy People"
    "Secrets and Wicked Wealthy People"
    Overall

    If you enjoy Alcott's A Long Fatal Love Chase, The Inheritance, or any of her stories written under Banard, you'll enjoy A Modern Mephistopheles. Melodramatic, and suspenseful, its charm lies in it being like something Jo March might have written in her blood and thunder days. Solid narration, though at times too soft spoken that the audio must be turned up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Among the Chickens

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge has hit upon a foolproof plan to get rich quick: he's starting a chicken farm. Dragging his adoring wife Millie and his long-suffering friend and novelist Jeremy Garnet with him to Dorset, he begins his enterprise. Complications ensue, involving the taciturn Hired Man and his bumptious dog, supercilious chickens, irascible professors, angry creditors, and divided lovers.

    Amazon Customer says: "Do Not Drive or Operate Heavy Machinery!"
    "My favorite Wodehouse book & recording"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Love Among the Chickens in three words, what would they be?

    hilarious, memorable, silly


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge. A lot of the humor comes from SFU being such an unconventional rascal, ne'er do well.


    What about Jonathan Cecil’s performance did you like?

    He capably voiced different characters. Lively reading with dramatic/comedic emphasis. Cecil's performance is my favorite, I was so glad when audible added to the store. Before I had the CD audiobook and couldn't enjoy it on my iPod.


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

    The truths in the letter from Aunt Elizabeth. It always makes me feel a bit sympathetic towards Millie Ukridge. I mean, Ukridge's rascally behavior is comical, but gosh there is something tragic in Millie being married to such a flake.


    Any additional comments?

    Wodehouse had a way with words, and Love Among the Chickens is one of his stories that is a great pick-me-up when you're in need of a laugh. It stands up to repeat listening too. Just try it old horse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Princess

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (76)

    Jacqueline says: "Credit Worthy Narration"
    "Credit Worthy Narration"
    Overall

    Virginia's Leishman's narration is excellent, as is the audio quality. I already own another recording, but I purchased this one because it was available in a better quality. A wonderful story of a little girl's character tested in the face of adversity. Its one of the select few audiobooks that I always keep on my ipod, so that I may listen to random selections.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    • UNABRIDGED (53 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Roald Dahl
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Fantastic Mr. Fox is as clever as they come. It's a good thing, too, he'll need all his wits about him when he and his fine, furry family find their home threatened by a terrible trio of farmers. Can Mr. Fox muster the cunning necessary to turn the tables on the odious farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean?

    Tina says: "I've loved Roald Dahl"
    "Excellent story & narration"
    Overall

    Captivating. You won't want to pause it even for a moment. Dahl's voice is strong, engaging, and convincing as a variety of characters. Best of all, you'll find none of the cheesy music and sound effects that plague other audio books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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