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Maryann

Mableton, GA, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 171 ratings
  • 605 titles in library
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  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (346)

    Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

    Jackson says: "An Amazingly Perfect Story"
    "One of my favorites."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul again? Why?

    Douglas Adams has such a unique point of view, I wish there were more Dirk Gently tales.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't choose my favorite character, I love them all. Kate is a great protagonist and Toe Rag is the perfect little troll.


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing deep about this book, but very entertaining, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it more than once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (270)

    On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever....On a dark night 30 years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound.

    Richard says: "Kate Atkinson pleases again."
    "What a wonderful combination of story and reader!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What about Ellen Archer’s performance did you like?

    She has a wonderful voice and seemed to nail each character with regional variations and tone.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't expect to enjoy this audio book as much as I did. We've been watching the series "Case Histories" on PBS and enjoyed that, but the audio book is much better! Ellen Archer's reading is just delightful, she brings the characters to life. I think seeing the series actually helped; the characters were well cast and meshed with the reading but the increased depth and the changes from the books to the series kept things fresh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Started Early, Took My Dog: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (378)

    Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective - a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.

    Beverly says: "For the Love of Children and Dogs"
    "Kept putting me to sleep"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Case Histories show on PBS the last two years so decided on a whim to download When Will There Be Good News and was surprised at the depth the show had to leave out. I thoroughly enjoyed that book and was very impressed with that reader, so I downloaded the other two available titles in the series. I was really looking forward to this as it's the only one that would be completely new as the others were dramatized in the TV series. I don't know if this book is that much duller or if I don't react as well to the reader, but it was quite a let down. I'll probably try again soon to see if I was just not in the right mood or was too tired when I tried to listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5458)
    Performance
    (3197)
    Story
    (3244)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    Robert says: "Six stars if I could"
    "Excellent story well read."
    Overall

    Four generations are linked in this engrossing tale, and I enjoyed all of the characters and places. The movement between times and places was disconcerting at first, but I shortly got used to the jumps. I was totally drawn into the story, it drove me to exercise more in order to listen more. I expect to listen again soon, I think even my husband will like this one so we'll listen on our next trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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