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Celia

Topanga, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1629)
    Performance
    (1187)
    Story
    (1176)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Rambling"
    Overall

    A good novel is tightly woven; each detail has a purpose. This is not that kind of novel. This is a rambling history of the war in the pacific overlaid with a love story whose events seem both cliched and absurdly impossible. It's not a bad book, in fact it's absorbing at times, it's just way too long and annoyingly repetitive. If you are looking for a well written, tightly plotted novel with a satisfying conclusion, keep looking, this is not the book for you. If you don't mind strange tangents, characters without purpose, and an interesting view of the WW2 Pacific theater, it's OK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4330)
    Performance
    (3696)
    Story
    (3675)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Lovely"
    Overall

    This is a sweet, charming and very entertaining mystery featuring a heroine you can really enjoy. I loved it because it was light and easy and just made me smile.
    The narrator is Katherine Kellgren and I have to admit I picked the book because she was narrating it. She could read me the phone book and I'd probably love it. She is the best narrator by far that I've heard in recent years, and her range and reminds me at times of the great Frank Muller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2914)
    Performance
    (2018)
    Story
    (2013)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Terrible"
    Overall

    Banal, predictable, dull and frankly absurd. The narration is simply awful. I couldn't even get through more than an hour. Don't buy this junk. If you want a thriller like this one buy anything by Lee Child instead, as this is a thin, poorly written copy.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2422)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1134)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Brilliant characters whom you love and don't want to give up living with. Buy it and be happy you did!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Interlude

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Driven by a sense of duty and fear of monotony, Sara Lee leaves her comfortable life and fiance in Philadelphia to serve the Red Cross in Belgium during WWI. The spirited heroine finds a niche for herself helping the wounded soldiers. She meets a mysterious gentleman and falls into a haunting romance.

    M. Chinander says: "Very Lovely"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Beautifully written and narrated, it grabs your heart unexpectedly and you must find out what happens. Listen to this classic but simply told story of war, and the redemptive love of service. It is an amazing story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (647)

    Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

    Kevin says: "Its nice to come Home!"
    "Lazy"
    Overall

    If this is meant for 12 year old boys then it's fine. Otherwise it's lazy, predictable, and unimaginative. If she actually wrote this she should retire, if she passed the project off to an apprentice I want my money back. I used to say I'd read anything with Miles in it; I take it back. This is juvenile junk.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26966)
    Performance
    (13596)
    Story
    (13644)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Thrilling"
    Overall

    I too resisted this book thinking, "oh, it's not my style". It deserves all the rave reviews. It is funny, intelligent, insightful and entertaining all at once. I was so absorbed all I wanted to do was listen to these fantastic narrators. Do yourself a favor and buy this one!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Day of the Jackal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (368)

    One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

    Darwin8u says: "Tight & fantastic political/cat-and-mouse thriller"
    "Dull narrative of events already completed"
    Overall

    I wanted to like it, but just couldn't get involved when I already knew what was going to happen. A bit dated for current thrillers, though very well written.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Out: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton, who explains the price of Ben’s release: Find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator from Ben’s unit who has stolen 92 torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blackmail the U.S. government.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Great book, superb narration"
    "Barry Eisler should stick to writing"
    Overall

    Not a bad thriller but he is either too cheap or too narcissistic to hire a real actor for the narration. What a shame! This book would be so much better narrated by someone who can actually act, or read with skill. However, his books still keep me engrossed so don't let it keep you from buying the book.
    It ends very abruptly though, as if he needed to meet some kind of deadline. If you need the story to be wrapped up wait until the next book comes out.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bone by Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Benjamin Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (200)

    In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until 20 years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact. And it is not the first such object, his father tells him.

    Paige says: "A good, solid listen"
    "Just awful"
    Overall

    I can barely bring myself to listen to this. Poorly written, badly plotted, and just generally terrible. Don't waste your money!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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