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Emma

emma5690

Canberra, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Regency Etiquette: The Mirror of Graces (1811); or The English Lady's Costume

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By A Lady of Distinction
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This book, written by a woman who wished to remain anonymous, covers the social customs and manners of her time, the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the times of Jane Austen and of Napoleon. It is devoted in large part to the "English lady's costume" but also covers deportment, movement, the correct dances, propriety, and aids to beauty and health.

    Kestrel says: "A treasure for scholars and writers"
    "For History or Regency Novel Enthusiasts"
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    Story
    Would you listen to Regency Etiquette again? Why?

    I very much enjoyed this book and would listen to it again. It was interesting to listen to when keeping in mind Jane Austen's novels and the history of the period. I'm fond of history, Jane Austen and etiquette manuals encompassed two of the genres and helped my enjoyment of the third so I was very happy!


    What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

    Nadia May read the book exactly as I would imagine a lady of the period reading it. Very prim and proper but still enjoyable to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Coping with (the Crappy Parts of) Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Conner Browne
    • Narrated By Jill Conner Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    The Sweet Potato Queens are back and bawdier than ever in Southern belle extraordinaire Jill Conner Browne’s ninth edition of the hysterical series. Having experienced pretty much ALL of the crappy parts of life, Browne feels it is her duty to render whatever assistance she can to her fellow sufferers - and she does so in her own inimitable fashion.

    Her father taught her there are very few situations in life that we really and truly cannot change, and it is up to us to figure out how to either make fun OUT of them - or make fun OF them.

    Kathy says: "A cure for what ails ya"
    "Just didn't find it funny"
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    Would you try another book from Jill Conner Browne and/or Jill Conner Browne?

    Sometimes you need to be a part of a culture to understand certain parts of it's humour. I think this is one of those times. Either that or it's just not funny. I'm Australian and it didn't even make me smile. So no, I wouldn't try another book by Jill Conner Browne. Her brand of humour escapes me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jill Conner Browne again?

    No


    What does Jill Conner Browne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Jill Conner Browne's accent is lovely to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?: A Modern Guide to Manners

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Henry Alford
    • Narrated By Henry Alford
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    "We all know bad manners when we see them," Henry Alford observes at the beginning of his new book. But what, he asks, do good manners look like in our day and age? When someone answers their cell phone in the middle of dining with you, or runs you off the sidewalk with their doublewide stroller, or you enter a postapocalyptic public restroom, the long-revered wisdom of Emily Post can seem downright prehistoric. Alford embarks on a journey to find out how things might look if people were on their best behavior a tad more often.

    Gazit says: "Glad I read it, do not like the sarcasm"
    "Very Interesting Book"
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    If you could sum up Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That? in three words, what would they be?

    I enjoy etiquette books and this one described various pitfalls with interesting examples of what to do and what not to do in a humorous manner. His examples of his own wrongdoings were amusing and kept him from ever becoming preachy.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I found the author's somewhat nasal voice rather distracting at first but when I became used to it I found his narration lively and sympathetic.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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