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Renea

Pittsburgh, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1951)
    Performance
    (1729)
    Story
    (1720)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Fun Mystery with Exceptional Narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Twelve Clues of Christmas to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version of this book, but Katherine Kellgren's performance is absolutely exceptional in this work. She managed to differentiate between at least 15 characters with ease. Kellgren's narration definitely enhanced my listening experience!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the main character Lady Georgiana for her wit and spunk.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    It would be impossible to choose a favorite as Kellgren performed each character with such finesse. She is a master.


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

    This is a rather light mystery, so there wasn't much to cause an extreme reaction either way. I chose it as something easy to listen to during the holidays, and this fit the bill perfectly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1078)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "A Wonderful Series"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Beautiful Mystery?

    It was intriguing to find out more about the inner workings of a monastery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was nice to take a break from Three Pines, but I hope to return there in the next novel. The books that take place away from Three Pines provide more insight into Armand Gamache and his team as individuals. They are more character driven than plot driven, which is a nice change.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Ralph Cosham captures Armand Gamache perfectly. I actually prefer to listen to these novels than read them, because Cosham brings Louise Penny's novels to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Walter Matthau
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

    Glenn says: "Pop pop Smith"
    "A Christmas Classic"
    Overall

    While no one could tell this story quite like Boris Karloff, Walter Matthau does a nice job bringing the Grinch to life. My son loves listening to this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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