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Cynthia

My goal is to write a review of everything I've listened to, but I'm woefully behind. Wish I would have kept up. I'm a writer!

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 16 reviews
  • 98 ratings
  • 254 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2390)
    Performance
    (2195)
    Story
    (2187)

    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.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "I could listen to Colin Firth all day!"
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    The best thing about this listen is Colin Firth. He has a very pleasing voice and brings the characters to life. It's a joy of a listen. I hope he does more books.

    However, it is typical Graham Greene. Don't get me wrong, Graham Greene is a great writer. He brings people and places to life in a way no other writer can. But as always with Greene, a character who was raised Catholic, but no longer believes, prays to God and a miracle occurs. The character then goes thru an inner struggle questioning who they are and what they believe. If you like reading struggles of faith, you will love this book.

    I personally find the subject boring. I've read the struggle before in Greene's work and just can't invest in the character's dilemma even though I like them and want them to succeed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1640)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (719)

    At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

    Orita says: "Both the book and the reader were just plain great"
    "Couldn't Stop Listening!"
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    The movie is very good, but so is the book. It's the rare case where both are good because both are done very well. Don't think that because you seen the film, though, you know the story. You don't. Don't listen to this before you go to bed, you'll stay awaking wanting to hear what happens. This is Stephan King at his best.

    Frank Muller's performance is exactly right for this. He takes you on this journey!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow and Her Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tom Keneally
    • Narrated By Beverley Dunn, David Tredinnick
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    When Grace married Captain Leo Waterhouse in Australia in 1943, they were young, in love - and at war. Like many other young men and women, they were ready, willing and able to put the war effort first. They never seriously doubted that they would come through unscathed. But Leo never returned from a commando mission masterminded by his own hero figure, an eccentric and charismatic man who inspired total loyalty from those under his command.

    Jan says: "Summary misleading."
    "Interesting, but the story never gets going"
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    I love books that bring a different perspective to historical events, and this one about a young Australian war widow peeked my interest. I didn't know Australia fought in WWII. This book feels like a retelling of actual events, but it's not. It begins with Grace, the widow, describing what she finds out 40+ years later was how her husband died. It's an interesting way to start the story, the problem is since I know how it ends, it feels like the story never engages. I kept waiting for "the other thing" to emerge, but it never does. It really is about Grace's 40+ year reluctant journey to finding out what happened to her first husband.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocents Abroad: Or, The New Pilgrim’s Progress

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    In June 1867, Mark Twain set out for Europe and the Holy Land on the paddle steamer Quaker City. His enduring, no-nonsense guide for the first-time traveler also served as an antidote to the insufferably romantic travel books of the period.

    Cynthia says: "Twain's Hidden Gem"
    "Twain's Hidden Gem"
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    If you've not read Innocents Abroad, this is a great way to experience it. Many don't read this and it is one of Twain's hidden gems. It is Twain at his best, "Is he dead?" The first time I read it, it made me laugh out loud in public places. If you have travelled at all you will enjoy it. If you travelled to these places you'll get an extra bang out of it. Human nature is timeless and there is no better proof of it than the observations of a master. He gives the straight dope on traveling in Holy Land.

    For a long time the only version of "Innocents Abroad," was narrated by Flo Gipson. The first time I heard it, I thought it was horrible. But I've listened to it more than once, it makes great bed-time listening. I downloaded this version because it was narrated by a man, but I have to say, I think Flo Gipson captured Twain's irreverent tone better than Grover Gardner. Grover Gardner has a more pleasing sounding voice than Flo, though. So it's a toss-up.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Frederica

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clifford Norgate
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (386)

    Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

    connie says: "not run-of-the mill chick lit"
    "A fun listen"
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    The characters are beautifully portrayed and with the love story happening very naturally in the course of life. It's Georgette Heyer at her best. She writes children so beautifully. If you're looking for a light listen that won't set your teeth on edge, this is for you. Clifford Norgate is easy to listen to and does a good job with both male and female characters. The Grand Sophy was my favorite, but this recording has made this one my Heyer favorite. Good bedtime listening.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3385)
    Performance
    (2238)
    Story
    (2242)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "Fascinating Family Listen"
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    When I read this book I liked it, but I like the audio version better because you hear all the Egyptian names pronounced. I have a good understanding of Greek and Roman mythology, but know almost nothing about Egyptian mythology and culture. This book has awakened my curiosity.

    The narrators could be better. Kevin Free does an adequate job, but his accents are hard to listen to. Katherine Kellgren sounds like she is shouting everything. Overall, I could follow the characters no matter who was narrating. This is a good a bedtime listen if you turn the volume down a bit.

    This book would appeal to all ages.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dick Cavett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (146)

    The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family's typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

    Paul says: "Its not the movie but its still good"
    "Make it a Christmas Tradition"
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    This is a great listen. It is not the movie, but the performance by Dick Cavett is destined to be a legend in "kiddom." The subtle sound effects add a dimension to this that will delight both young and old. The book is a group of short stories that cover several types of special occasions; the "dogs stealing the holiday meal" incident is much funny in the book. Jean Shepherd is a superb writer. At 3 hours it makes a great Christmas Eve listen. Turn off the TV and the lights and listen while your own family Holiday magic surrounds you.

    The book is a group of short stories so you don't have to listen to them all and you don't have to listen to them in order. The "Red Rider BB Gun Story," is first.

    I found this gave me a greater appreciation for the film because the essence of each story is wove into one story in the film. I use it when teaching adaptation in my screenwriting classes because it's so well done.

    Listen to a sample and I know you'll want to download it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2939)
    Performance
    (1917)
    Story
    (1946)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Worth the listen even with an imperfect narrator."
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    I've been waiting for several years for Audible to have Gone with the Wind available. I was very excited to finally download it. However, Linda Stephens is disappointing as the narrator. I was hoping for a narrator with a more dynamic voice; a female Jim Dale. I had hoped she would grow on me as I listened, but she always sounds wrong. She is not a bad narrator, she's just wrong for this book. I was hoping for a narrator who could bring GWTW to life Juliet Stevenson does for Jane Austin's work or Gwendoline Yeo does for the Joy Luck Club. I'd even prefer a male narrator if he was able to capture the essence of Scarlet. Still this is worth downloading. Perhaps someone who does not have definite ideas about Scarlet O'Hara would be find with this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darling Jim: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christian Moerk
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    When two sisters and their aunt are found dead in their suburban Dublin home, it seems that the secret behind their untimely demise will never be known. But then Niall, a young mailman, finds a mysterious diary in the post office's dead-letter bin. From beyond the grave, Fiona Walsh shares the most tragic love story he's ever heard---and her tale has only just begun.

    Book Worm says: "Great Story"
    "Story is suspenseful and writing is fresh."
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    Christian Moerk is a true wordsmith. The story pulls you in from the first and is difficult to turn off. The first listen should not be before bed because it will keep you awake.

    The story always surprises you. The characters spring to life and you feel you could pick them out of a crowd. You want to have a pint at the corner pub with them.

    There is music in the prose that it capitalized brilliantly by the narrators Stephen Hoye and Justine Eyre. I liked them both but was always a little sad when one of Justine's sections was over.

    I will listen to this many times over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Untamed Bride: Black Cobra Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens presents a brash, bold new series. They're battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppable - and all male: Four officers of the Crown, fighting against a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra.

    Karen says: "Great New Series"
    "Don't waste your credits or your time."
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    I downloaded this book because I enjoyed listening to the Georgette Heyer novels and thought I'd try other romances--a genre I've always found hard to read. It was on the main page of Audible, and I thought I'd take a chance. I like Simon Prebble. I only wish I had that credit back. The prologue is mildly interesting, but it lacks credibility. It sets you up to believe the female love interest is a different, more interesting character, but she turns out to be an uninteresting, 2D, red-haired English girl left on the shelf too long. There is a certain amount of suspension of disbelief that goes along with this genre, but this book leaps over that line. The female love interest enters the story out of the blue with very flimsy reasoning as to why she is there. It doesn't make sense, and I can't go with it.

    The vapid descriptions and MarySue like thoughts of the main characters resemble no human being I've ever encountered. I just don't don't believe it. The cliches make my skin crawl. I may have been able to go with the story if this were better written, but I can't. Sex scenes are awkward in the hands of the best writers but deadly in the hands of the less gifted, and this book is a great example of that.

    Simon Prebble does an admirable job of trying to bring the text alive, but it was DOA. I can't take his reading of the poorly written sex scenes with so much gusto. It's as if I'm listening to a dramatization of a 13-year-olds idea of a historic romance. I've listened to Simon Prebble's other work and enjoyed it thoroughly. His performance is unintentionally comical because of the writing.

    In a nutshell, the prologue makes a promise the rest of the story doesn't keep.

    This is the first book from Audible I've not finished and don't intend to.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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