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  • The Story of India

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michael Wood
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past.

    Susan says: "Fabulous, sweeping journey through India's history"
    "Superb!"
    Overall

    I agree with the previous reviewer, this is a wonderful piece of work for someone interested in the history of India. The DVD is also exceptionally well done. It is colorful and very interesting and engaging, covering spiritual and political aspects. India is a fascinating country and this is a great overview. It is educational without being boring -- Michael Wood does such a good job. I've listened to it several times and enjoyed it each time.
    All in all, an listening excellent choice for non-fiction.

    11 of 11 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
    (34)
    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!"
    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
    (79)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    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
    (189)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    "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
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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
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
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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
    (20095)
    Performance
    (17993)
    Story
    (18056)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (59)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    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
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (692)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    David Walker says: "Back in 3 Pines"
    "Sad to say, this one went on too long"
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    Where does The Long Way Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There was not enough story, not enough of interest, not a lot thatwe didn't already know. The plot was thin, and it was stretched out toolong. Granted I love the characters, Ruth, Clara, Marla, Gamache, Jean Guy,Reine Marie, but we know them pretty well now. How many time can it be interestingto hear Ruth insult everyone? It needed more of a story.


    Would you recommend The Long Way Home to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the description of the culture and art of Canada, the beautiful historical village descriptions, the love the author has for Canada.


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

    Sadly, no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Pain is the Doorway: Awakening in the Most Difficult Circumstances

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Pema Chödrön
    • Narrated By Pema Chödrön
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    What if the full sense of our aliveness were only to be found amidst our most challenging times and difficult experiences? In pain and crisis, teaches Pema Chödrön, there lies a hidden doorway to freedom that appears to us only when we're sure that there is no way out. In these intimate audio learning sessions, Pema Chödrön helps us distinguish the triggers or external events that we blame for our suffering from the deeper habitual patterns that feed our anger, fear, or sadness.

    sigrun says: "Beautiful on pain"
    "Pema not at her best here..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    When someone asked her about depression, Pema suggested they try singing
    and dancing. I found it very surprising as she is usually sensitive to people's
    pain, not this time.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have other books of hers that are useful, this one is not good. Her advice for the person whose friend is dying and is terrified was useless, too. Not at her best this day for sure.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Pema Chödrön?

    Maybe Pema was very tired and needed a break, I know she must have to help
    a lot of people in pain, and maybe she was burned out.


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

    I hope she had a chance to take a vacation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach: A Jimm Juree Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    How do you respond when you wake up to find a severed head on your resort-front beach in the morning? If you're frustrated ex-crime reporter Jimm Juree, you take action. With her former cop grandfather as back up, she sets out to discover how the poor fellow ended up where he did - and why. On their journey, with the rest of their disjointed family in tow, they uncover gruesome tales of piracy and slavery, violence and murder in the Gulf of Thailand.

    Hannah says: "Lively, charming and unexpected"
    "No way is this the same author as Dr. Siri books!"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach?

    This absolutely could not have been written by the same author
    who wrote the Dr Siri Paiboun books. They appear to be written
    by a child.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Colin Cotterill again?

    Maybe Colin Cotterill let one of his grandchildren write these Jimm books.


    What didn’t you like about Kim Mai Guest’s performance?

    Stupid, uninteresting, boring, insulting, really.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not a single one. I will return it for my credit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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