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Helen

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  • The Obituary Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ann Hood
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (293)

    A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras.... On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover, who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

    Kathi says: "Parallel stories of love and loss"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the ending, although I knew what was happening. A few chapters before the end, a name was introduced that brought it all together. It is a lovely story to read (listen to) when you can curl up on the sofa and bring the characters into your mind.


    What aspect of Tavia Gilbert’s performance would you have changed?

    I found her to be a bit whiney and she didn't differentiate the various characters very well. I found her portrayal of Claire as someone who lacked a personality.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The story was a sad story and one that made me reminisce of times gone by


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story about love, loss and finding your way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1746)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1144)

    The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

    V. Sharol says: "Another outstanding book from Johnson"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story. A little different than other Walt Longmire stories, but interesting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending had a surprising twist. Very enjoyable.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performance of george Guidall was excellent, as always. I love his interpretation of "The Cheyenne Nation" Love the way the author depicts this character. Walt, as always, is a very restful character to imagine.


    Any additional comments?

    The inclusion of an interview with the author disappointed me. The time allotted to the iterview was very long. I listen to these audio books while taking my daily walk and was not at all iterested i listening to an iterview. I prefer the entertainment of listening to George Guidall tell the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call for the Dead: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    George Smiley is no one's idea of a spy - which is perhaps why he's such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he? The heart-stopping tale of intrigue that launched both novelist and spy, Call for the Dead is an essential introduction to le Carre's chillingly amoral universe.

    Darwin8u says: "Subtle story of friendship, espionage, guilt, etc"
    "Smiley is the best spy every created."
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    Would you listen to Call for the Dead again? Why?

    Absolutely. I loved the story and do intend to read it again.


    What does Michael Jayston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I am an avid reader, but this narrator had me as much in the story as if I was reading a physical book. Very well done. Bravo


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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