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Linda

Blairstown, MO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 319 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jon Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    In this staple of classic literature, Charles Dickens tells the tale of fueding classes set at the inception and escalation of the French Revolution. Amidst the upheaval, righteous former aristocrat Charles Darnay becomes wrongly tangled in unfortunate events, endangering his freedom and family. Sidney Carton, a cynical lawyer who squandered his life away, seeks to redress his unhappiness through Darnay's beautiful wife, Lucie.

    Linda says: "A Great Classic Performed With Perfection"
    "A Great Classic Performed With Perfection"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

    The best thing about A Tale of Two Cities is everything -- the characters, the plot, the exceptional writing, and the emotional pull of nearly every sentence.


    Which character – as performed by Jon Smith – was your favorite?

    All the characters came alive. My favorites are Jarvis Lorry and Sydney Carton.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read this story several times and always discover new feelings and images, but Jon Smith has made it far better with this excellent performance. I would recommend any audiobook read by him.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2618)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1082)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Colour of Magic?

    Disappointed is an understatement. The story was absurd, the scenes were impossible to imagine, and the characters were lame. If there was a point to the whole thing, I failed to grasp it. I've read several Discworld (20's and up) and loved them. Now I'm not sure how far back in the series I can safely go without hitting another one like this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Four: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Framed in the doorway of Hercule Poirot's bedroom stands an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man stares for a moment, then he sways and falls. Who is he? Is he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what is the significance of the figure 4, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a worldof international intrigue, risking his life - and that of his twin brother - to uncover the truth.

    Linda says: "Reviewers Must Be Mistaken"
    "Reviewers Must Be Mistaken"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Agatha Christie and/or Hugh Fraser?

    Yes. This book was one odd failure in the Christie collection.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the reviewers who made bad comments about this book must have been mistaken. Not so. Hugh Fraser's performance was excellent, but even the best reader couldn't make the ridiculous plot less ridiculous. It was a James Bond fantasy starring Hercule Poirot, a character that doesn't fit at all. The whole thing was silly without humor. This was my ninth Christie listen, all the rest very good to excellent stories. I still want to hear more Poirot mysteries, and will bet on the fact that Christie didn't repeat the mistake she made with this one.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3092)
    Performance
    (2559)
    Story
    (2574)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "Holiday Gift?"
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    What disappointed you about This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage?

    A Holiday gift, mid-December, about a divorced Buddist? Exactly what holiday were you thinking about?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ann Patchett again?

    No.


    16 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Dangerous Game

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Richard Connell
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    A mysterious island, shrouded in fear, evil, and darkness. Here the amoral General Zaroff hunts. And what, you ask, is the most dangerous game? It is the manner and substance of his nightly killings.

    Linda says: "One Hour of Excellence"
    "One Hour of Excellence"
    Overall

    Once you've begun, you won't want to pause. A great story and excellent production!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2167)
    Performance
    (1218)
    Story
    (1236)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "Chapters and Characters"
    Overall

    Each main character is highlighted in their own chapter, many times experiencing the same events through their own eyes. In this way, the sarcastic humor is repeated over and over, making it even more funny and sad. I first read this book 25 years ago, and loved it. This recording by Jay O. Sanders, is the best performance I have ever heard in an audio book. I would highly recommend it, especially to those who read it long ago or have seen the movie version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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