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C. Telfair

Shepherdstown, WV, United States

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  • The Clue in the Diary: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories 7

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Carolyn Keene
    • Narrated By Laura Linney
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    Nancy and her friends witness an explosion and the burning of a beautiful country mansion. Fearing its occupants may be trapped in the blazing building, they rush to the rescue, and unexpectedly find themselves confronted with a mystery that seems insoluble.

    C. Telfair says: "Laura Linney Deserves an Award"
    "Laura Linney Deserves an Award"
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    The Nancy Drew series is not "The Hunger Games," and many young girls today will find it pretty mundane and unexciting. The authors who were Carolyn Keene in their day do not give us great literature here.

    That said, I recommend the Nancy Drew books narrated by Laura Linney. She brings an uncritical freshness and enthusiasm to the old chestnuts! It would be great for a mother or grandmother who was a fan to share this listen with a daughter or granddaughter.

    They also make for great before-bed listening, and I mean that in the best way. Forget your cynicism and the problems of the modern world and curl up with Nancy and Laura.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spider's Web

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (171)

    A classic from the queen of mystery: Agatha Christie.

    Kathi says: "Agatha is always fun!"
    "Deja Vu"
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    I thought I hadn't read this Agatha Christie, and I neglected to fully read the little "cover" provided by Audible, which uses the word "novelization".

    So, early on, I started to get a feeling that I knew this, but differently. Turns out I have seen this as a play. It's a lovely piece - full of humor and nearly-slapstick "where's the body?" action.

    It's also good as a book. With the great Hugh Fraser narrating, Agatha Christie's Audible offers are always a bargain.

    If you like this, try to find the play and see it, as well. The play is a hoot; Mr Fraser saves this slightly less sprightly version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Die but Once: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (369)

    Spring 1940. With Britons facing what has become known as "the Bore War" - nothing much seems to have happened yet - Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a "hush-hush" government contract. As Maisie's inquiry reveals a possible link to the London underworld, another mother is worried about a missing son - but this time the boy in question is one beloved by Maisie.

    Wayne says: "Excellent British historical detective mystery!"
    "The Day Has Come..."
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    ...that all Maisie Dobbs fans have known to be inevitable. It's 1940, WWII has officially been declared, and we now must witness as the characters we have come to love watch another generation (often, including their own children) face loss of innocence and the horrors they faced themselves in the first world war (and in the early books of this series).

    I have been with Maisie and Winspear since the first book, and there have been ups and downs, certainly for the characters, but also for readers. This addition, in my opinion, is definitely in the Up category.

    An awful lot is going on in To Die but Once; some might suggest it's a bit too much. WWII is really getting started for England, and we know Dunkirk is just around the corner. There are justified fears of invasion by Germany. War profiteering is raising its ugly head. Young boys are signing up and longing to get involved in the coming confrontation. Meanwhile, on the civilian side, Maisie is continuing her business and looking into a murder. There's a crime family, fear of spies, and even issues concerning harmful chemicals, adoption rules and gardening! A Lot!

    Personally, I have always had trouble with the very syrupy-sweet delivery of Orlagh Cassidy in the audio versions of the Maisie adventures. These are old-fashioned mysteries, I know, but surely people never really talked that way!

    Still, Winspear definitely delivers on the atmosphere of looming war. As readers and listeners experience the action with both hindsight and foresight, the emotion is raw and real. We ache for those who face another round of unimaginable war, and our hearts are broken by the prospects faced by their children. In this book, sixteen year olds are in very real dangers that they can't possibly understand or expect - both in war and on the Homefront. I finished To Die but Once ready to plunge into the next part of Maisie's journey.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tim Hanley
    • Narrated By Colby Elliott
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (176)

    This close look at Wonder Woman's history portrays a complicated heroine who is more than just a female Superman with a golden lasso and bullet-deflecting bracelets. The original Wonder Woman was ahead of her time, advocating female superiority and the benefits of matriarchy in the 1940s. At the same time, her creator filled the comics with titillating bondage imagery, and Wonder Woman was tied up as often as she saved the world.

    AudioBook Reviewer says: "facts about how Wonder Woman has been portrayed"
    "Missed Opportunity"
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    Where to start?

    There's some interesting stuff here - even for the casual fan. The history, the involvement of women in the writing, the ups and downs of this character are fascinating - a real study in the plight and position of women in our society since the 1930s.

    But, oh, the narrator. Nice enough voice, but Mr. Elliott reads much to fast, and his delivery - well he just reads! Mostly, though, for me, this was a missed opportunity - the narrator should definitely have been a woman! Duh! There are many, many excellent female performers out there who could have given this work a much-needed extra oomph!

    And footnotes? There's a PDF with this, for crying out loud! Why make listening that much more a chore by breaking up the narrative for footnotes!

    Could have been a really good audio.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Decider

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (437)

    Architect and family man Lee Morris never gave much thought to the shares he inherited of the Stratton Park racecourse, the multi-million dollar property owned by the powerful Stratton family. His mother had first received the shares to keep her quiet about the abuse she had suffered at the hands of her first husband, Keith Stratton. Now, much to Lee's chagrin, he is being drawn into the thick of the Stratton family squabbles as they wage a furious debate over the future of the race track.

    R. Pontiflet says: "An Entertaining Story With a Realistic Flavor"
    "Manly Men"
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    You gotta love a Dick Francis hero! Knock him down, kick him, shoot him, set him on fire, break his legs: like one of those rocking clowns, back up he pops! Go to the hospital? Nyah! Rest? What ya talkin' about? Admit you're hurt? You're kidding, right? But one thing's for sure - his English gentleman's code and his stiff-upper-lip will never be in doubt.

    Old-fashioned his values and ways of seeing the world may be, but what else you can say about this author is that he delivers - action, emotion, and crazy, cranky male characters (the women? - well best be glad these stereotypical figures don't get in the way all that much)! With the occasional eye roll, I still enjoy these books immensely.

    Decider is a particularly good example. There's a spitting family feud, a group of irresistible children (all boys), a bit of horse racing - and, oh yes, the usual nearly constant attacks on our hero.

    We are unlikely to see the likes of Dick Francis again. Enjoy him on his own terms.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Keeper: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (266)

    On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this 20th installment of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling series.

    Amazon Customer says: "Charles Todd does it again!!"
    "Rutledge's Progress"
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    Chief Inspector Ian Rutledge is a man trapped in time. He has, like many others, been unable to escape the memories and consequences of service in WWI.

    He wants to leave behind the voices and images of war, and yet he fears that as well: would forgetting mean becoming desensitiized? Would it be disrespectful of those who perished or who still suffer greatly? Can he establish new relationships when his 'ghosts' could realistically destroy him and anyone for whom he might come to care?

    The recent marriage of Ian's sister - a sympathetic confidant - has stirred up these issues again for our hero. He knows her life and priorities will rightly be changing, and, although he is happy for her, he is also a little jealous and unsettled. So, with a few days off, he heads in an unknown direction to mull it all over.

    Of course, he runs right into a murder and a return to policing duties. The mystery he stumbles upon is a good one, with lots of interesting characters and several possible solutions - all keep the reader interested.

    Through the people he meets and the secrets he uncovers, Ian finds that there are those who hold memories and secrets even more painful than his own. Some are stuck in relationships far more destructive and hopeless than his own. In fact, Ian can be grateful for what he has.

    So, this book shows progress for Inspector Rutledge - and hope that, although his wounds will stay with him (in fact, will help him), the future may hold something good.

    I look forward to the journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory Watcher

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Minka Kent
    • Narrated By Sally Vahle, Morgan Laure
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3310)
    Performance
    (3039)
    Story
    (3033)

    When Autumn Carpenter stumbles upon the social media account of the family who adopted her infant daughter years ago, she finds herself instantly drawn into their picture-perfect existence. From behind a computer screen, Autumn watches Grace's every memory, from birthdays to holidays to bedtime snuggles. But what starts as an innocent fascination soon spirals into an addictive obsession that comes to a screeching halt the day the McMullen family closes their Instaface account.

    JK907 says: "Webs within webs, within a large web..."
    "A Warning About Social Media"
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    I was both intrigued and frustrated by this book. Minka Kent presents a real up-to-date thriller for the social media age - it crackles with the menace which constant opportunities for anonymous 'following' has brought upon us.

    There are surprise turns - some of them justified, but one quite important one not at all 'earned' by the writer. The characters are interesting and appropriately flawed - a great example of the unreliable narrator we've become so used to recently.

    Yet, ultimately, I found the book to be unsatisfying. There was a feeling of an author too well schooled on what's popular and selling just now. We've come to expect these shock endings in best sellers, but what good are they really if the author has not given us any (any!) means of anticipating them.

    Surprise simply for the sake of surprise.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (44 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffat, Donald Sinden, Sian Phillips
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    In this delightful tale, an Eastern Prince arrives in England with some family jewels which he’s having reset as a gift for his fiancée. However, the Prince also has a mistress; she asks to wear one particularly enchanting piece that features a huge ruby, and then promptly disappears with it. Poirot discovers a connection with a house party at the home of Colonel and Mrs Lacey, and in order to pursue his investigation an invitation is procured for him to the Laceys’.

    C. Telfair says: "Joy to the (Agatha Christie) World!"
    "Joy to the (Agatha Christie) World!"
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    I admit that I am a sucker for listening to Christmas stories - no matter how silly or sentimental - during December! This little ditty did not at all disappoint. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding is new to me, and it's just perfect for a short, holiday diversion!

    Hercule Poirot is at his most fussy and appealing in this country house tale. The story does not involve murder, and it isn't silly or sentimental, but it is as delicious as the title pudding - delivered by a wonderful cast.

    A lovely little Christmas present!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Express [Movie Tie-in]: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (710)

    Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

    Brian Abel Ragen says: "Best Possible Version of the Classic Whodunit"
    "Still a Cracking Good Story"
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    It's obvious that Kenneth Branagh has been concentrating on this book lately. He has a lot of fun narrating these characters, and we listeners all benefit from his experience directing and starring in the most recent film version of probably the most iconic and familiar classic of Agatha Christie.

    Unlike in his film, Branagh doesn't at all mess with the traditional interpretation of Hercule Poirot or the other characters here. He narrates with gusto, but he sticks to the original text. I loved his accents and the vibrancy of his people - he especially has a great time taking on the train's American passengers.

    Whether or not you have seen (or want to see) his movie, Branagh's interpretation of Murder on the Orient Express is a good reminder of why the book has always been so popular. There are other Audible versions; I also recommend an excellent one narrated by Dan Stevens. But Branagh is a master!

    Perhaps all directors (especially those who act as well) should narrate the books they've adapted for the screen.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • America's Founding Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Allen C. Guelzo
    • Narrated By Professor Allen C. Guelzo Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    Today, the US Constitution is the oldest, continually-operating instrument of government in the world. But to think of the Constitution as a fully-formed, canonical document is to miss out on an honest, well-rounded grasp of American history. Now, more than ever, any well-informed citizen should understand how the Constitution lives, breathes, and endures.

    D. Littman says: "Great lecture series"
    "So Much More"
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    I can't praise this offering from The Great Courses enough! It excels in every way - yes, we get to know the founding fathers better (especially those lesser-known); yes, their stories are described in context, which makes for a wonderful progression from the Declaration of Independence through the Revolutionary War, to the development of first the Articles of Confederation to the improvements of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    Perhaps the most enlightening lessons are in the controversies. How far should the Federal government go to unite and control the individual States? Should there be an individual or a ruling committee at the top of the Executive Branch, and what should he be called? Should small States have as much influence and representation as the larger ones? What about the role, if any, of religion?

    Professor Allen C Guelzo is an excellent organizer and lecturer. Each of the 36 sessions features a Founding Father, yes, but propels the entire story of America forward, with all the rich personalities, rivalries, and events described so well that the listener is surprised at how quickly each lecture comes to an end . There is inevitably some overlap, but very little obvious repetition.

    This is a nearly unequaled lesson in American history, sure, but it is so much more. Looking back, we feel awe at these exceptional (although very human) people, humility at their wisdom and often at their foresight. We also see the difficulties and controversies that come up time and again in a democracy - and that will continue to challenge our form of government.

    I'd like to have the power to make every American from middle school up listen to this course. I'd like to force members of our current government (hello, Congress!!) to hear every word and realize just what we have to lose if we don't heed the lessons of the past.

    But, (hooray and alas!) it's a free country!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Echo

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pam Muñoz Ryan
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, Andrews MacLeod, and others
    Overall
    (1750)
    Performance
    (1614)
    Story
    (1605)

    Audie Award, Middle Grade, 2016. Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each become sinterwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together.

    tru britty says: "One of the best audio productions I have heard"
    "A Magical and Very Special Listen!"
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    Can I please encourage everyone in the world to listen to this?

    Yes, it's a children's book. It's also a fairy tale, well set up in the book's first section. Then, however, it proceeds to three separate stories of three very real and irresistible children. Respectively, the listener is quickly and completely drawn into a different part of the planet in 1933, 1935, and l942.

    There's magic, with a hint of schmaltz and occasional tear-jerkiness. But, make no mistake, sometimes sentiment is genuine, and shouldn't we all be willing to weep occasionally at the injustices and hardship in the world? Suspend disbelief and check cynicism at the door!

    This book is really about love, belonging, resilience, persistence, and tolerance. It's also very much about music and therefore impossible to imagine a better medium than Audible for maximum enjoyment. The narrators are perfect, and music comes when music should throughout.

    It's special. It's magical. An unforgettable listening experience for all ages.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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