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Marjorie

Montpelier, VT, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Jack Maggs

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    With scars on his back and silver in his pocket, the huge figure of Jack Maggs strides across the rich landscape of 19th century London. As this enigmatic man moves through its streets and houses, his single-minded quest to find his son will engender love, deceit, and vengeance in the lives around him.

    Kathleen K. Kirkpatrick says: "Jack Maggs"
    "Not Dickens"
    Overall

    Although the blurb for this book likens it to novels by Dickens, this book doesn't measure up to the master. Somehow the characters were not compelling. Audience were supposed to have cried in when Dickens gave public readings of the passage describing the death of Little Nell. I cannot imagine any such response for anything in this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Passion, Betrayal, and Killer Highlights

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1225)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (598)

    The last time Sophie saw sexy P.I. Anatoly Darinsky, he practically danced a jig when she waved goodbye; a normal reaction for a man who'd nearly bought the farm trying to protect her from her own foolishness. What are the chances he'd agree to take incriminating pictures of her sister's philandering husband? Or that he'd let her tag along, you know, for research?

    Jessica says: "Great Chick Lit Mystery"
    "Purile Product Placement"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by Kyra Davis. That's for sure.


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

    This book is awful. I think the author's income must come, not from sales of the book, but from advertisers. It is nothing but one brand name product placement after another.

    In order to keep the book from petering out, the author makes the characters do things that are so stupid that you wonder why they are allowed out by themselves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rogue's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Propelled into society by his ever-hopeful father, Frank is introduced to a variety of professions in order to make his fortune. Not industrious by nature, however, Frank finds working life a challenge, and by his 25th birthday, he has failed medicine, portrait-painting, caricaturing, and even forgery. Disenchanted with life, he despairs of ever finding something to commit to — until he meets Alicia Dulcifer and her inexplicably wealthy father.

    Joseph R says: "One Twisting, Turning, Fun Book!"
    "Funny and Well Read"
    Overall

    A very enjoyable listen. The narrator is great. Not at all your usual Wilkie Collins. Nothing supernatural, or dark. Just a well-writing, funny, romantic, sometimes satirical story of a charming young man with no particular calling making an unconventional beginning in life

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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