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Colby

Tucson, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 150 titles in library
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  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2040)
    Performance
    (1898)
    Story
    (1894)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Excellent Mystery"
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    This is the second book in what, I hope, will be a long series. The protagonists are intelligent and three-dimensional, the stories are well-planned and well-written, and the author never takes the obvious path. Just when I think I know what will happen, it doesn't, and it makes perfect sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (210)

    New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is one of the most popular chroniclers of British and European royal history. In this fascinating book she sheds light on the scheming, backstabbing and brutality that plagued England after Henry VIII’s death. Filled with remarkable and sometimes shocking details, The Children of Henry VIII is an arresting narrative that brings the past to life and infuses it with all the flair of a riveting novel.

    Neil Chisholm says: "A very dysfunctional family!"
    "How to Make History Vibrant"
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    Performance
    Story

    To read a biography is to read about a life in the context of events. Those 'events' are usually taught as history, but when I understand how those events influenced an individual's actions and how their actions then molded what came next, history comes alive.
    This is a biography of all of Henry's children, as well as collateral descendants, so the tumultuous times after Henry VIII's reign became, for me, a coherent whole.
    Simon Prebble has a delightful voice. He sometimes stumbles over words (not surprising given the length of the book) but I'm surprised that these garbled pronunciations weren't edited out, and that's the only reason I've given less than 5 stars to the narration.
    This is extremely well-written and comprehensive and a joy to listen to.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Scales of Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    The New York Times says Marsh writes "better than Christie" and The London Times calls Scales of Justice "a handsome bit of craftsmanship." A must-hear for any mystery fan!

    Lori says: "Ngaio Marsh is always good"
    "Excellent Plot with a sad secondary plot"
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    Would you listen to Scales of Justice again? Why?

    I will listen to this book repeatedly. The narration is terrific and the story unfolds sensibly without ever giving anything away too quickly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pun on 'scales of justice' as the story progresses is just great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book is thought-provoking, because of a secondary plot involving treason and suicide, loyalty and forebearance. I admire the actions of the characters and wonder if I could be as honourable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Appleby's End: An Inspector Appleby Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Innes
    • Narrated By Vincent Brimble
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Available to download for the very first time, the fantastic Inspector Appleby series by celebrated crime writer Michael Innes.Appleby's End was the name of the station where Detective Inspector John Appleby got off the train from Scotland Yard.

    Carol says: "Highly Unusual Happenings"
    "EXCELLENT STORY MARRED BY A GHASTLY NARRATOR"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book with the caveat that the narrator must be forgiven much.


    What other book might you compare Appleby's End to and why?

    This book is complex and sophisticated, on a par with the author's earlier book, Hamlet Revenge. It is a mystery, but more concerned with characters and motivation than with solving a puzzle.


    What didn’t you like about Vincent Brimble’s performance?

    The narrator stumbled over words, mispronounced and garbled words, and made no effort to distinguish voices during conversations between characters. It is a cringe-worthy performance.


    Was Appleby's End worth the listening time?

    The plot, the characters, and the quality of the writing all make this worth listening to.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Light Thickens

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (35)

    Is this a dagger which I see before me...Four murders. Three witches. A fiendish lady. A homicidal husband. A ghost. No wonder Macbeth is considered such bad luck by theatre people that they won't mention its name out loud. But the new London production of "the Scottish play" promises to be a smash until gruesome pranks begin plaguing rehearsals.

    Christina says: "Really great story"
    "World of the theatre"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Light Thickens to be better than the print version?

    The different voices make the audio book great fun.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is intricate but sensible. It takes up with Peregrine Jay, whom we first met in Death at the Dolphin (another fabulous book), who is now middle-aged, married, has three sons, and is still the manager of the Dolphin Theatre. He is staging Macbeth and the descriptions of his ideas, stage management, and direction are illuminating. The actors are the usual bizarre collection of personalities, some delightful, others alarming, and their relationships are made vivid. The reader cares about these people, so the turns of the plot are riveting.


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

    His reading is superb -- each character's voice is distinguished from the others and his narrative tone for the passages that don't involve dialogue is interesting in itself. He has a great voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black as He's Painted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Alleyn performs his mission so successfully that on the night of the Ng'ombwanan Embassy's reception, the house and grounds are stiff with police. However, an assassin does strike, and Alleyn discovers a wealth of suspects in a coterie of ex-colonials residing in the very shadow of the Embassy.

    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe says: "One of my 2 favorite Ngaio Marsh books!"
    "Terrific narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone. Though set in the early 1970s, it is perfectly understandable and its themes of racism, tyranny, and friendship are as much to the point now as then.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Though we usually can count on Ngaio Marsh to limit the body count to unpleasant characters, there were sufficient surprises here for anyone.


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

    She is a fabulous reader, giving each character a distinctive voice, and able to read the narrative with a fine understanding of its meaning.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Service with a Smile

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Nigel Lambert
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    The description of his ancestral seat as an earthly Paradise would, at present, have struck its proprietor as ironical, full as it was with unwanted and troublesome inhabitants. What Lord Elmsworth needed above all was a rugged ally at his side to remove from Blandings its superfluous guests, leaving him in peace to tend to his beloved pig, Empress of Blandings. However, when Lord Ickenham is on a sweetness-and-light-spreading expedition, there's always apt to be trouble.

    Shannon says: "Pair with _Uncle Dynamite_ to double your pleasure"
    "Talented narrator"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Service with a Smile?

    Nigel Lambert is in the upper stratum of narrators. He could rivet his audience while reading aloud a card catalog or a telephone book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This book is beautifully plotted and the ending ties up all the threads in a satisfying manner


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

    His ability to give unique voices to each character.


    If you could take any character from Service with a Smile out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Earl of Emsworth would be a stimulating dinner companion, primarily because of his pig-obsession, but I would also be interested to hear how his sisters got the upper hand in his relationship with them.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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