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nyog

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (421)

    Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

    Donald says: "the best Flavia yet!!"
    "Entwistle and Bradley BOTH better this time"
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    Entwistle's annoying habit of punching up the "slyly humorous" bits of internal monologue are not nearly as evident here, allowing her otherwise lovely evocation of Flavia to shine. Bradley, too, while still tending to over-express the obvious in Flavia's analysis, has written a tighter, more affecting book than the last two in the series.

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  • The Way We Live Now

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (198)

    In this world of bribes, vendettas and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'.

    Nardia says: "Long, but well worth it."
    "Bleak but not Unredeemed"
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    Timothy West is always amazing, so we'll focus on the rest. This surely must be one of Trollope's bleakest novels. No character goes completely unscathed. But on the other hand, not one is left completely undeserving of our sympathy or at least some respect. But it is, for precisely those reasons, one of the most satisfying. There are at least two amazing characters in Winifred Hurtle and Augustus Melmotte. Well worth the listen!!

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  • The Eustace Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (114)

    Who owns the Eustace Diamonds? Lizzie Eustace claims that Sir Florian Eustace, her late husband, gave them to her. But Mr Camperdown, the family solicitor, insists that they are an heirloom, to be passed down from generation to generation. Lizzie is both beautiful and clever, yet Mr Camperdown believes her to be a scheming liar. And Mr Camperdown is right! The battle for the diamonds rages until a robbery intervenes and they disappear. Or do they...?

    Natalie says: "Becky Sharp Revisited"
    "She's a Scoundrel!!"
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    Wonderful book in the Palliser series. The heroine is a brilliantly sketched woman of deep skulduggery, and her shenanigans play out beautifully here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prime Minister

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    Plantaganet Palliser, Prime Minister of England - a man of power and prestige, with all the breeding and inherited wealth that goes with it - is appalled at the inexorable rise of Ferdinand Lopez. An exotic impostor, seemingly from nowhere, Lopez has society at his feet, while well-connected ladies vie with each other to exert influence on his behalf - even Palliser’s own wife, Lady Glencora.

    Liz says: "Wonderful!"
    "Trollope + West = Unbeatable prose"
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    Whithout a doubt Timothy West is the BEST reader of Trollope on Audible. And this story, the next to last in the Palliser series, is one of the most affecting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phineas Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    In Phineas Finn, the second of the Palliser novels, Trollope balances the rival demands of public and private life, entangling political ambitions with the experiences of love. Phineas Finn, an irresistible but penniless young Irish barrister enters Parliament and comes to London leaving behind him an Irish sweetheart, Mary Flood-Jones. In London, Phineas wins friends on all sides and is admitted to high society.

    Leni Ramberg says: "The entire book is in the 3 parts of download."
    "One of Trollope's best"
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    This novel succeeds in detailing, and almost exuding, sympathy for a young, ambitious man. But even more, it provides an astonishingly empathic reaction to the limitations inherent on the lives of three stunning femaie characters. Of the many Trollope novels I've read (at least a dozen), this ranks with the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Forgive Her?

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    Trollope inextricably binds together the issues of parliamentary election and marriage, of politics and privacy. The values and aspirations of the governing stratum of Victorian society are ruthlessly examined and none remains unscathed. But it is above all on the predicament of women that Trollope focuses. ‘What should a woman do with her life?’ asks Alice Vavasor of herself, and this theme is echoed by every other woman in the novel.

    David says: "Superb performance and sound"
    "I LOVE Trollope, but not this one"
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    The first and only Trollope I've been unable to finish. Got 3/4 of the way through, but this book is TOOOO much about the same things--marriage, marriage, marriage--with too little of anything else, such as character development. Too bad!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Half Empty

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (299)

    In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff’s reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences....

    Maeghan says: "Even better heard than read"
    "Read it, don't listen to it"
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    David Rakoff as a narrator can only be taken in small doses; he is lugubrious, monotonous, boring. His writing, on the other hand, is lovely, challenging, and well worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moll Flanders

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    One of the earliest novels in English, Moll Flanders is the purported autobiography of a heroine who is undoubtedly one of the most lively, convincing, and delightful rogues in literature. Born in Newgate Prison and orphaned soon after, Moll is provided with no opportunities in life, yet she is propelled by an unrelenting drive to overcome her background of impoverishment.

    Adrienne says: "Love the accent"
    "Great novel, beautifully read"
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    First, Nadia May does a fantastic job reading this novel. She brings out the satire, where appropriate, but without laying it on too thick. She animates the characters, but especially Moll herself. The pathos of some of their stories comes through as well, and the HORROR of Newgate Prison.
    The story itself is full of sympathy for its main character, almost, it seems, despite Defoe's stated Whig tendencies. I would definitely listen again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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