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We have no more room for a new bookcase, and I won't discard any books, so audible is great for me.

Nanaimo, BC, Canada | Member Since 2006

  • 6 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 652 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014

  • The Mission Song

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By David Oyelowo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Abandoned by his parents, Bruno Salvador has long looked for guidance. He found it in Mr. Anderson of British Intelligence. Working for Anderson in a clandestine facility, Salvo (as he's known) translates intercepted phone calls, bugged recordings, and snatched voice-mail messages. When Anderson sends him to a mysterious island to interpret during a secret conference, Bruno thinks he is helping Britain--but then he hears something he should not have.

    Peter says: "Audio Triumph"
    "Superb book with brilliant reader"

    Set against an African background but with the action in the UK, this is a rather unusual story about a secret summit of African leaders which is bugged by MI5 and an Afro-British interpreter who is in deeper than he appears to the delegates. The cultured voice of the reader still carries his racial background in its tenor, and he is able to give dicrete voices to each speaker so the listener is never in doubt as to who is speaking. Le Carre as always gives a twisting tale, and with the end of the cold war he has found other forums for his stories. This one is excellent and believable (alas!) but it is the superb reading which makes this audiobook so engrossing and plausible.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Unusual courtroom drama brilliantly read."

    John Grisham had lost me for a while with his deviation into sport, which I have no interest in. Here he returns with a very unusual story concerning a will. Not until the very end could one guess the history behind the strange provisions in the will. It is an investigation which keeps the listener puzzled and intrigued throughout. The reader imbues each character with a separate voice, many accents, the timbres of men and women, different racial and educational backgrounds. In one voice we have an entire cast of characters and I offer praise to both writer and reader and thanks for hours of engrossing listening. John, drop the ball and get back in the courtroom where you belong. This book shows where you excell like no other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Hal Vaughan
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker, Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Coco Chanel created the look of the modern woman and was the high priestess of couture. But this book also pieces together how Coco Chanel became a German intelligence operative; how and why she was enlisted in a number of spy missions; how she escaped arrest in France after the war, despite her activities being known to the Gaullist intelligence network; and how she fled to Switzerland for a nine-year exile with her lover, Dincklage.

    Renata says: "If we all knew how things went..."
    "Wandering account, errors in French"
    Would you try another book from Hal Vaughan and/or Susan Denaker and Mark Deakins ?

    The story of Coco Chanel's flirtation with the Nazis should surely make a great read, but this is not it. The narrative jumps from one time to another in a confusing way. A better editor was needed. One egregious error was referring to the duke of Windsor as Prince Edward VIII - was that the error of writer or reader? A number of mispronunciations hit my ear; the word "ingenuous" was read as "ingenious" (I am assuming that WAS the word as the other made no sense). The reader has a pleasant voice but falls often when mentioning the names of German and French places and people. I did not find her professional enough in this respect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lynne Olson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here is the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and a reluctant American public to support the British at a critical time.

    Susan says: "If we are together nothing is impossible"
    "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

    This is a remarkable book which describes how some insightful, influential and forward thinking Americans came to the aid of Britain during WWII. It also exposes those whose aim was to bring Britain to her knees by taking advantage of the precarious situation Britain was in to bankrupt her and set the stage for a post-war takeover of her trade. "Lend-lease" which meant that the US sold the UK old and decrepit ships for wickedly inflated prices and kept Britain poor following the war when the US helped Germany and Japan rebuild and left Britain starving was only finally repaid a few years ago; this was a deliberate policy of Americans who hated Britain and envied her pre-war status. The skulduggery and malicious intentions of the US are laid bare in this book, and serve to heighten and illuminate the goodwill and precious help that these three men gave to Britain. Had Britain capitulated to Germany as the French had done, with no place in Europe to base an opposition to the Nazis, America would have been in no position to fight them and would (with the delighted collaboration of people like Joe Kennedy, Charles Lindberg and other American heroes) have been forced to get into bed with Hitler. This book should be read by all Americans, especially Hollywood which likes to portray the Americans riding in heroically to save the day, and steals the stories of other nations' heroes with their historically incorrect portrayal of the Great Escape, the Enigma rescue etc., which were due to the British, Poles, etc.. Considering what an important figure in all this the American ambassador was (no! not THAT self-serving despicable person!) - the name of John Gilbert Winant ought to be better known. This good man was an essential element in winning the war and should be more famous. If Britain owes a debt of gratitude to anyone, it is to this man. A statue in London to John Gilbert Winant, anyone?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pardonable Lies: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlaugh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the third novel of this best-selling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful WWI memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot's death.

    mary says: "please find someone else to narrate."
    "Good voice but problems with accent."

    I decided to buy this audiobok after hearing the sample. A cultured voice. However I was disconcerted during the reading to hear many mispronounciations of commonly known words. When it came to French words I became very irritated indeed. If the reader does not speak French, she should be aware enough of her ignorance to seek advice on speaking the French words correctly. Surely this is the minimum one can expect from the reader? This lady is either Irish or American, and her good English accent is very acceptable and her voice pleasant. Also her ability to differentiate between the various voices of the protagonists is excellent, but more care should be taken.
    I do wish more breaks would be inserted. When the listener is interrupted a vital part of narrative can be missed. Having to go back and listen again to half an hour already heard, just to hear the few lost sentences, is very annoying.
    The book is interesting, with several strains to the story and an unusual period in which to set a mystery. It gives an interesting view of a decade little known by today's readers. I enjoyed it very much.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Short Tales of Joseph Conrad

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Wolfram Kandinsky

    The author of Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim also wrote brilliant works of short fiction. His stories, ironic and penetrating, expose the dark recesses of the human character that make us squirm, for we recognize them in ourselves.

    skee a. Goedhart says: "What a Shame"
    "Poor choice of reader"

    The voice used to read the words of Joseph Conrad is totally inappropriate. It is an American voice, but this could have been acceptable if some effort had een made to select a good voice. This one is thin, nasal and very irritating. I can barely manage to continue listening.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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