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Patricia Marino

Buffalo, NY USA | Listener Since 2009

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  • 16 ratings
  • 114 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015
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  • Uncle Fred in the Springtime

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (107)

    Uncle Fred, or to give him his full title: Fredrick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, fifth Earl of Ickenham, is considered by some as a "splendid gentleman, a sportsman to his fingertips". Mr Twistleton, nephew to Earl, and otherwise known as "Pongo" to his friends, has a differing view. He simply describes his uncle as "being loopy to the tonsils".

    Patricia Marino says: "Perfection"
    "Perfection"
    Overall

    Hilarious book, wonderful reading, great sound quality.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Baroness Emmuska Orczy
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In the year 1792, Sir Percy and Lady Marguerite Blakeney are the darlings of British society---he is known as one of the wealthiest men in England and a dimwit; she is French, a stunning former actress, and "the cleverest woman in Europe"---and they find themselves at the center of a deadly political intrigue.

    Carolyn Hoefer says: "A Classic Reading of a Classic Tale"
    "Cute and fun but a little light"
    Overall

    The reading is wonderful. The book is cute and fun but, to me, a little on the repetitive and superficial side. The story takes place around 1792 which you wouldn't know from looking at the cover art.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Aspern Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Jonathan Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The Aspern Papers, one of Henry James best-known shorter works, is based on a story he heard about a collector of Shelley's manuscripts who attempted to acquire valuable letters from a mysterious old woman living in Florence. Set in beautiful Venice, James' elegant tale of suspense and romance takes the reader down the canals and inner chambers of a bygone era.

    Lois says: "A Little Gem"
    "Nice reading"
    Overall

    The reader of this book has a slightly slow and drawling style that, in my opinion, perfectly fits the story. Beautifully done.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Portrait of a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    When Isabel Archer, a young American woman with looks, wit, and imagination, arrives in Europe, she sees the world as "a place of brightness, of free expression, of irresistible action". She turns aside from suitors who offer her their wealth and devotion to follow her own path.

    Karen says: "Bleak and believable"
    "Complex and absorbing"
    Overall

    Listening to this audio book was one of the great literary experiences of my life. Like most of James's novels it is complex; but once I got absorbed in the story I was completely hooked. Wanda McCadden's reading is phenomenal.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Stephanie Beacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    In this classic, romantic ghost story, a governess on a remote country estate begins to believe her charges are possessed by the spirits of 2 dead former servants. Are her perceptions simply the fruit of her neuroses - or could they possibly be valid? A foray into the very heart of evil, Henry James's masterful novel is also remarkable for its psychological acuity and evocation of mood.

    Patricia Marino says: "Great book; wonderful reading"
    "Great book; wonderful reading"
    Overall

    Turn of the Screw is a wonderful book -- a kind of complicated ghost story that showcases the complexities of the interactions between adults and children. This particular reading is wonderful, and the sound quality is excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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