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Deborah

I am a former language arts teacher who likes to read and listen to audiobooks. I love a well-told story whether it is fiction or biography. I have a book on my iPod, iPad, and by my bed at all times!

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  • Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    A portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid-19th century, Cranford relates the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances.

    Carl Smith says: "throughly enjoyed this"
    "Wonderful narration!"
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    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Gaskell and/or Prunella Scales?

    Prunella Scales is a fabulous narrator.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was a classic that had a very slow pace with little action. I enjoyed the characters, but this is not my cup of tea.


    Which character ??? as performed by Prunella Scales ??? was your favorite?

    Miss Smith, the narrator, was perfect, and, of course, Miss Mattie. I liked the maid, too, but she spoke so quickly that I could not understand all of what she said.


    Did Cranford inspire you to do anything?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Tricks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (446)

    Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara.

    John says: "New Tricks"
    "Teaching an Old Lawyer New Tricks"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of New Tricks to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters in the book and the unexpected events.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I will either read or listen to more books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Track of the Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (311)

    From the vivid opening vista, high in craggy mountains, to the final haunting glimpse of a moonlit canyon, Nevada Barr's first mystery, Track of the Cat, instantly caught the attention of readers and reviewers. Its popularity gained it both an Agatha and an Anthony Award.

    Ilze says: "A Trek through the Guadalupes"
    "Another Anna Pigeon mystery entertains"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A friend suggested Anna Pigeon mysteries and I have listened to several of them. I enjoy the settings of the National Parks and would recommend them to others who do.


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

    I rarely figure out whodunit before Anna does. It keeps me thinking just like Anna throughout the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Barr's description of the lion cubs.


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

    No -- I like to take my time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was set in my home state of Texas, and that made it more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1817)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1141)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "Sherlock's new challenge"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Beekeeper's Apprentice again? Why?

    I enjoyed this creation of a younger but equally talented apprentice to Sherlock Holmes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary Russell is quite a unique character in that she is a young woman who can hold her own with the master detective.


    What about Jenny Sterlin???s performance did you like?

    I love the voice she gave to Russell.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The author created several suspenseful situations that kept me riveted.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not care for the way Sterling read Holmes's voice, but I truly enjoyed the story. I have listened to one other Mary Russell book and will listen to more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1557)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (750)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "For Lovers of Language"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Professor and the Madman?

    The most shocking moment was when Dr. Minor operated on himself. I audibly gasped.


    Which character ??? as performed by Simon Winchester ??? was your favorite?

    All characters interpreted by the author/narrator were memorable.


    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    The whole story of the birth of the OED and the unlikely relationship of Drs. Murray and Minor is fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    I also enjoyed the interview with the author/narrator and the editor of the OED.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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