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ratings
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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Children's Book

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Taking us from the cliff-lined shores of England to Paris, Munich, and the trenches of the Somme, The Children's Book is a deeply affecting story of a singular family, played out against the great, rippling tides of the day. It is a masterly literary achievement by one of our most essential writers.

    Sara says: "A wandering story that goes on forever."
    "Wanted to like it, but didn't"
    Overall

    Listening to this book was a little like walking through hip-deep water. It is well written, but so dense. I felt as though I were trying to enjoy it and get into it, but the story wouldn't meet me half way.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11561)
    Performance
    (10490)
    Story
    (10517)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Where are the editors -- WAY too long!"
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    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

    I did not like this book. I did not like the characters. I don't know why so many did like it,
    I found it boring and way too long.


    Do you think The Goldfinch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch Hunter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sam Thomas
    • Narrated By Leila Birch
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Winter has come to the city of York, and with it the threat of witchcraft. As women and children sicken and die, midwife Bridget Hodgson is pulled against her will into a full-scale witch-hunt that threatens to devour all in its path, guilty and innocent alike. Bridget - accompanied once again by her deputy Martha Hawkins and her nephew Will Hodgson - finds herself playing a lethal game of cat and mouse against the most dangerous men in York, as well as her sworn enemy Rebecca Hooke.

    CB says: "I enjoyed it."
    "I enjoyed it."
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    Where does The Witch Hunter's Tale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Enjoyable book. Fairly well developed characters and good plot. Interesting historical period.


    What about Leila Birch’s performance did you like?

    Narrator was very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Test of Wills

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War. Unknown to his colleagues he is still suffering from shell shock, and is burdened with the guilt of having had executed a young soldier on the battlefield for refusing to fight. A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult case which could spell disaster for Rutledge whatever the outcome. A retired officer has been murdered, and Rutledge goes to investigate.

    Carol says: "Difficult to follow the narrator"
    "Heard the same ideas over and over"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This could have been about half as long. Not enough plot, not enough of the story
    moving, just the same thoughts and ideas and people saying the same things over
    and over. No where near as good as the first in this series.


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

    Good narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    In utter disbelief, Miss Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr. Rafiel...an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels. He had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death. The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intriguing. Soon she is faced with a new crime...the ultimate crime...murder. It seems someone is adamant that past evils remained buried....

    RueRue says: "Not Prime Time Miss Marple"
    "Excellent performance of a great Christie."
    Overall
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    Excellent performance by Emilia Fox. Classic Christie murder mystery. I very much enjoyed listening. One of her better stories, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Blunt Instrument: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Ulli Birvé
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    When Ernest Fletcher is found bludgeoned to death in his study, everyone is shocked and mystified: Ernest was well liked and respected, so who would have a motive for killing him? Enter Superintendent Hannasyde who, with consummate skill, begins to uncover the complexities of Fletcher's life. It seems the real Fletcher was far from the gentleman he pretended to be. There is, in fact, no shortage of people who wanted him dead.

    Barbara says: "My Favorite Heyer Mystery!"
    "Good characters but went on too long."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about A Blunt Instrument? What did you like least?

    The narrator seemed to have an Australian accent which was a bit odd but not too distracting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sayers Swindle: A Book Collector Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Victoria Abbott
    • Narrated By Carla Mercer-Meyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    When Jordan manages to locate her boss' missing books, they are in the possession of Randolph Adams, an elderly man in a nearby town. Offering a valuable Hemingway first edition as an incentive, Jordan thinks she's about to seal the deal - but some of Randolph's relatives think he should hold out for more.Then the entire family disappears - and a dead body shows up. It's up to Jordan to collect the clues - and make sure a killer gets booked.

    Kathi says: "Turning into a really fun series!"
    "Really very, very lightweight"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Victoria Abbott and/or Carla Mercer-Meyer?

    No, this one was so frustrating for me because the characters were so unbelievable.


    What could Victoria Abbott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Made the plot interesting and the characters believable.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I hadn't wasted a credit on this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2392)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1696)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Excellent time travel novel, loved it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really liked this book. The British characters were all interesting and quite well done by the narrator and the author. I am interested in the Middle Ages and it was very interestingto me.However: Why, of why, must they make all Americans obnoxious and rude and demanding in so many British novels? One can only conclude that this is how they perceive us. And while this is true for some Americans, it is just not true for all of us. Couldn't we occasionally see a polite American? I guess that would be boring.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    Excellent job with all the voices and accents. She overdid the horrible American voices, but she did a good job of making all the Amercians totally obnoxious, so if that is what she was trying to do, she did it well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but it is way too long for that anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    I am definitely going to listen to the rest of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patterns in the Sand: A Seaside Knitters Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sally Goldenbaum
    • Narrated By Julie McKay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    When young fiber artist Willow Adams visits Izzy Chambers' knitting studio, she's immediately embraced by the Seaside knitters, and they see the monthly arts event at Canary Cove as a perfect place to showcase Willow's work. But the idyllic summer in Sea Harbor turns somber when the body of Nick Peabody - owner of a popular gallery - is found in a garden. Soon Nick's secrets begin to surface, and the residents of Sea Harbor realize they didn't know him at all.

    Madonna says: "Fantastic!!"
    "Pretty good, but too much food described!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Patterns in the Sand again? Why?

    No. OK light story, but probably not for a second listen. Still, passed the time for me.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, but that's ok.


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

    Haven't listened to any others.


    Any additional comments?

    They describe eating and drinking way too much for my taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shifting Tide: A William Monk Novel #14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    William Monk knows London's streets like the back of his hand; after all, they are where he earns his living. But the river Thames and its teeming docks - where towering schooners and clipper ships unload their fabulous cargoes and wharf rats and night plunderers ply their trades - is unknown territory.

    Brenda says: "The Shifting Tide"
    "Narrator uses a Maine accent instead of British --"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I. Couldn't get past the awful narration, done by an American trying to do a British accent, and failing, and I just couldn't listen to it, and will return for my credit. What a shame!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Capture the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dodie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Agutter
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (289)

    "I write this sitting at the kitchen sink" is the first line of a novel about love, sibling rivalry, and a bohemian existence in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Cassandra Mortmin's journal records her fadingly glamorous stepmother, her beautiful, wistful older sister, and the man to whom they owe both their isolation and poverty: Father. The author of one experimental novel, and a minor cause celebre, he has since suffered from writer's block and is determined to drag his family down with him.

    Matthew says: "Well, that was a surprise"
    "I liked it very much"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about I Capture the Castle?

    I found this book easy listening and engaging, with interesting characters and wonderful scenery descriptions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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