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Miss Belgravia

Kathleen

Fort Worth, TX | Member Since 2002

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  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    Middlemarch is considered one of the masterpieces of English fiction. Published in 1874, it is the seventh and penultimate novel by George Eliot. It pursues a number of underlying themes, including the status of women, the nature of marriage, idealism and self-interest, religion and hypocrisy, political reform, and education.

    Miss Belgravia says: "I Loved It!"
    "I Loved It!"
    Overall

    I agree that the production values are a little unprofessional, but I love Gabriel Woolf. He is a brilliant actor, and he brings the characters to life. Yes, once in awhile you hear a car horn honking, or occasionally the faint sound of an airplane flying overhead, neither of which belong in a book set in the 19th Century. And Woolf does occasionally stumble over a word here and there. But it just makes me smile when those things happen. It's rather like having someone read you a bedtime story, albeit someone incredibly talented and erudite.

    And Middlemarch itself is brilliant. The characters are so fully drawn, the subtle nuances of their emotions and actions are so skillfully rendered -- little wonder this novel ranks at or near the top of every list of "bests."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1245)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (772)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Reagan says: "Fascinating book marred by production errors"
    "Agree With Others Regarding the Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Poisoner's Handbook the most enjoyable?

    It was fascinating to learn how much more toxic the world was in the early 20th century than it is now.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Norris.


    What aspect of Coleen Marlo???s performance would you have changed?

    All of it! I thought at first the narrator was a computer-generated voice. She seemed to have little understanding of the content, and made many mistakes. I think the most glaring mistake was when she said one of the characters wrote a "one-letter sentence." It then became apparent that it should have been a "one-sentence letter." Does no one "proof listen" to audiobooks?


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

    I found it very interesting, but it wasn't a particularly emotional book.


    Any additional comments?

    Re-record this book with a different narrator!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2438)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (595)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Better Than Ever"
    Overall

    Yes, there is a sameness to Burke's Robicheaux novels. But that's what I like about them. Over the years, I have come to know and care for Dave, Clete, Alifair, and all the other regulars, and the new and intricately-drawn characters that populate Dave's world. Why would one want to skip Dave's ruminations, reflections, and insights? Those are the things that make these novels more than just chase scenes, gun battles, and easily-solved mysteries. Every character, from victim to perpetrator, innocent or guilty, is much more than a one-dimensional "good guy" or "bad guy." And Burke's insights about the Katrina disaster, its aftermath, and the long-range effects were interesting and heart-breaking to anyone who has a love for New Orleans and its unique culture and people. I was sorry to have this one end, and look forward to my next visit to New Iberia.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2025)
    Performance
    (1033)
    Story
    (1037)

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

    Katelyn says: "One word - Awesome!"
    "You Need a Sense of Humour"
    Overall

    I can understand why this might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's exactly what it says it is -- Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Surely it's obvious that it's going to be both the original comedy of manners, along with the zombie element. What I found extraordinary was how funny it was. I found myself laughing aloud as I drove to and from work every day, and could hardly wait to get back into the car and hear what was next. It was very well done, the narration was exquisite, and now I want to re-read the original as soon as possible. I'm sure that's the reaction many people will have, so Miss Austen's original work will probably be more popular than ever. I hope there will be more similar works to come.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    "Masterfully crafted." (Publishers Weekly)
    "An instantly addictive story line...
    polished and entrancing."
    (Booklist)
    "It is rare for a critic to feel justified in using the word 'masterpiece,' but Atonement deserves it." (The Economist)

    Kristin says: "Beautifully Written"
    "Short Story Material"
    Overall

    This was torture. The first three hours of the book could have been condensed into about 30 minutes, and nothing would have been lost. The final two hours were mildly interesting, and the ending was less than satisfying. Don't waste your money on this drivel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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