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ratings
288
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
    (126)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    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 8 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
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    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.

    CB says: "Good characters but went on too long."
    "Good characters but went on too long."
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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 0 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
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    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
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    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 0 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
    (2212)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1535)

    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
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    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.

    CB says: "Pretty good, but too much food described!"
    "Pretty good, but too much food described!"
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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
    (83)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    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 --"
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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
    (235)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (196)

    "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"
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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
  • A Cold Treachery: Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Called out by Scotland Yard into the teeth of a violent blizzard, Inspector Ian Rutledge finds himself confronted with one of the most savage murders he has ever encountered. Rutledge might have expected such unspeakable carnage on the World War I battlefields, where he’d lost much of his soul - and his sanity - but not in an otherwise peaceful farm kitchen in remote Urskdale. Someone has murdered the Elcott family at their table without the least sign of struggle.

    CB says: "Good book, a little too long"
    "Good book, a little too long"
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    If you could sum up A Cold Treachery in three words, what would they be?

    Seemed to go over the same suspects and same facts over and over.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog, Cybil.


    Which character – as performed by Samuel Gillies – was your favorite?

    Not really sure.


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

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21024)
    Performance
    (18854)
    Story
    (18921)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Not for me"
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    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    I am one of the people who didn't like this book.


    Has Gone Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Just didn't like it.


    What didn’t you like about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance?

    It was OK.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Just didn't enjoy it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Book of Migrations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rebecca Solnit
    • Narrated By Dawn Harvey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In this acclaimed exploration of the culture of others, Rebecca Solnit travels through Ireland, the land of her long-forgotten maternal ancestors. A Book of Migrations portrays in microcosm a history made of great human tides of invasion, colonization, emigration, nomadism, and tourism. Enriched by cross-cultural comparisons with the history of the American West, A Book of Migrations carves a new route through Ireland’s history, literature, and landscape.

    CB says: "I love Rebecca Solnit's writing"
    "I love Rebecca Solnit's writing"
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    What did you love best about A Book of Migrations?

    The narrator was ill chosen. She mispronounced words, which is such a shame when
    one is reading such great, intelligent writer's words. Rebecca Solnit is an exceptional
    writer, and this narrator simply was not up to the task of bringing her words to audio.
    Such a shame, because it is an excellent book. I bought a copy and read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death at the Alma Mater: A St. Just Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    St. Michael's College, Cambridge, is prestigious, stately - and in frightful disrepair. To replenish its dwindling coffers, the College's Master holds a fundraising weekend for wealthy alums. But all goes awry when the glamorous - and despised - Lexy Laurant is found strangled on the grounds. There's a lengthy list of likely suspects: Lexy's debt-ridden Latino lover, her titled ex-husband who left her for another woman, and a garrulous oil-rich Texan with something to hide, among others.

    CB says: "Americans are stereotypes, and not good ones!"
    "Americans are stereotypes, and not good ones!"
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    Would you listen to Death at the Alma Mater again? Why?

    Good story, but the Americans portrayed are such jerks, and such cliched stereotypes, it is laughable. Better to leave them out.


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

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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