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Roseanna

Lubbock, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Improbable Cause: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    J. P. Beaumont has a dead dentist on his hands. His suspects include a sexually abused dental assistant, a brutalized wife, and her ex-con lover.

    Roseanna says: "Just What I Wanted"
    "Just What I Wanted"
    Overall

    I have been a fan of J.A. Jance and the J. P. Beaumont series since I happened onto the author about 6 months ago. The plot is comfortably predictable [there is no doubt that Beau will solve the crime] but the mystery is interesting and does keep one guessing until all possible suspects have been cleared. The narrator, Gene Engene, is just about perfect as Beau and presents the other characters--including children and women--in a subtle yet distinctive manner. I recommend this book to anyone who likes good stories, good characters, and knowing the good guy will win.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (706)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Tad Davis says: "Delightfully silly"
    "Does Each Sentence Have Multiple Meanings?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Importance of Being Earnest the most enjoyable?

    The actors were able to convey multiple meanings to the words they spoke through intonation, phrasing, etc. I listened to the performance at least 3 times and noticed more details each time. The interview with the director at the end of the book added perspective to the play.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Earnest/Jack because his voicing was very distinctive for each of the charactarizations.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Earnest/Jack was my favorite male character performer and Cecily was my favorite female character.


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

    This book was extremely funny. I laughed while listening to the book, and still smile when I recall some of the dialog.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic on multiple levels--great language, great performances, great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • These Old Shades

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (237)

    Society believes the worst of Justin Alastair, the notorious Duke of Avon who is clearly proud of his Sobriquet, Satanas. It is he who buys Leon body and soul from a scoundrel in a Paris backstreet.

    Sharon says: "The epitome of romance"
    "Justin is an actor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to These Old Shades the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the reader's performance. He was amazingly consistent in his characterizations of the 'cast of thousands.' This book was one that I have listened to many times. Multiple listens have allowed me to create a movie in my mind that is very well paced.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Justin best. He initially was presented as an elegant sissy, but his actions proved he was a formidible foe. He was intensely loyal.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the Abbey when he found Leonie after she ran away was my favorite.


    If you could take any character from These Old Shades out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would like to talk to Justin over dinner to ask him why he adopted such outlandish affectations in social settings.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader/actor was remarkable. I know others found his performance distracting but I think they were wanting a "reader" rather than a "performer." This is one of my favorite Heyer novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Sophy

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (114)

    Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humourless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving. With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

    Carol says: "Can we get it unabridged?"
    "My favorite long Heyer cut too short."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grand Sophy to be better than the print version?

    This abridged version is very good, but I know the excellent, amusing stories that have been omitted because I have heard an unabridged version on cassettes and read the print version. The Grand Sophy without the kittens is like drinking weak tea.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Grand Sophy?

    Sophy's arrival.


    Which character – as performed by Clare Wille – was your favorite?

    Sophy


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to have the unabridged performance by Clare Wille available.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steve Wiegand, Erik Sass
    • Narrated By Johny Heller
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (147)

    About 60,000 years ago, the first Homo sapiens were just beginning their move across the grasslands and up the ladder of civilization. Everything since then, as they say, is history. Just in case you were sleeping in class that day, the geniuses at mental_floss magazine have put together a hilarious (and historically accurate) primer on everything you need to know---and that means the good stuff.

    Batman says: "History can be entertaining."
    "Just the Thing!"
    Overall

    Very entertaining combination of dates and memorable details. I really enjoyed the travel-in-time experiences and listened to some "times" over and over. The authors did a great job of presenting world events sequentially over time and geography.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roseanna: A Martin Beck Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (117)

    On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's Lake Vättern. Three months later, all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of 85 people. As Beck narrows down the list of likely suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for the casual sexual encounter.

    chris says: "Surprisingly Good"
    "Loved the Title"
    Overall

    I chose this book because of the title! The story captured my interest early and held my interest to the end. Although it was published decades ago, the case details hold up. I have added other works by these authors to my Wish List.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hollywood Moon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (56)

    There's a saying at Hollywood station that the full moon brings out the beast--rather than the best--in the precinct's citizens. One moonlit night, LAPD veteran Dana Vaughn and "Hollywood" Nate Weiss, a struggling-actor-turned cop, get a call about a young man who's been attacking women.

    Jeannine says: "A good sequel to Hollywood Crows"
    "Great Fun with Great Characters"
    Overall

    I really like the recurring characters in the "Hollywood" series. The action, dialogue, and situations seem realistic to me--seems like an inside look at contemporary LA. The narrator, Christian Rummel, does a fine job of consistently differentiating the characters without going overboard on dialects or pitch. I would like to be able to hear the early Wambaugh New York police genera publications--should I hold my breath for those to appear in the Audible library?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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