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Barbara

Newton, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Caught in the Light

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    On assignment in Vienna, photographer Ian Jarrett falls suddenly and desperately in love with a woman he meets by pure chance, Marian Esguard. Back in England, he separates from his wife and goes to meet Marian at an agreed rendezvous, only to hear her tell him on the telephone that she will not, after all, be coming. Then she vanishes from his life as mysteriously as she entered it. Who and where is the woman he met and fell in love with in Vienna?

    Janice says: "Three rules when reading Goddard . . ."
    "Great Listen!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Caught in the Light to be better than the print version?

    I will not describe the plot - as any description would act as a spoiler - but this is Robert Goddard and Michael Kitchen at their best. I listen to books while walking each morning - and listening to this one pushed me an extra mile or two each day. Couldn't wait to get going - and hated setting the headset aside.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2872)
    Performance
    (2642)
    Story
    (2624)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "Good Book - Great Reader"
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    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Colin Firth stands, with Simon Vance, at the top of my narrators' queue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wednesday's Child: An Inspector Banks Novel #6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Wednesday's child is full of woe.... It was a crime of staggering inhumanity: a seven-year-old girl taken from her home right in front of her desperate working-class mother. With each passing moment, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks realizes that the child's death becomes more and more likely. But there are worse fates than death in a nightmare world of human monsters and their twisted games.

    Snoodely says: "Chief Inspector Banks cracks another case."
    "Great Listen!!!"
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    Would you listen to Wednesday's Child again? Why?

    I'm listening to the Inspector Banks series while walking six miles each morning, and I find this a fantastic incentive to get me out the door. This one pushed me an extra mile as I neared the finish. Would definitely listen again on some future walk.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Banks is the all time favorite.


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

    Good voice - nothing overdone or dramatic, and clearly spoken.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    That would be a spoiler.....


    Any additional comments?

    The series is great for the genre and, so far, consistently good. I definitely recommend it for creative listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Warden

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    Anthony Trollope's classic novel centers on Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it was intended. On discovering this, young John Bold turns his reforming zeal toward exposing what he regards as an abuse of privilege, despite the fact that he is in love with Mr. Harding's daughter, Eleanor.

    Larbi says: "Delightful Reading of Trollope"
    "Simon Vance reading the Chronicles: Perfection"
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    Would you listen to The Warden again? Why?

    I love the Chronicles of Barsetshire, and Simon Vance is the perfect reader for them. I have listened to The Warden (a very good book), Barchester Towers (one of the best books of all time), and I am currently about half way through Dr. Thorne.
    In The Warden, it was great listening again to Trollope's description of the press - and the politicians - as his insights are all still relevant today. It is, perhaps, a pity that they sound so fresh, but at the same time - it makes one ponder the fact that we are more often led by reporters, rather than educated by them.
    What a great book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Warden Harding is a man of incredible ethics, and in today's world of ethical rationalizations, he sounds weak.


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

    No one is better to take you on a visit back to through Trollope's classics than Simon Vance. This reading is everything I would expect from Simon - in fact, I decided to re-visit this series when I discovered that Simon Vance was reading it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Middlemarch is considered one of the masterpieces of English fiction. Published in 1874, it is the seventh and penultimate novel by George Eliot. It pursues a number of underlying themes, including the status of women, the nature of marriage, idealism and self-interest, religion and hypocrisy, political reform, and education.

    Miss Belgravia says: "I Loved It!"
    "I felt like I was being read to"
    Overall

    Middlemarch is among my top ten novels, and Gabriel Woolf is among my top ten narrators. It is like being read to by a man sitting next to you, a man who can subtly change his voice to as characters enter and leave the stage. Loved it!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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