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Danielle

Carbondale, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (138)

    The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is closely modelled on the 18h-century novels that Charles Dickens loved as a child, such as Robinson Crusoe, in which the fortunes of a hero shape the plot. The likeable young Nicholas, left penniless on the death of his father, sets off in search of better prospects.

    Blue Ridge Book Lover says: "loved it much more than expected!"
    "This classic just goes on and on and on and on...."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would not recommend this book to a friend. As embarrassing as it is to admit that a classic by Dickens is tedious, it was true for me. Perhaps because it was first published as a serial, it is separated into separate "adventures" that have little connection to each other. At different times, I began to feel like, "what is the point of this story line?" The story is clever and funny, but it just wanders along. Finally, despite an excellent narrator, I stopped listening to this novel. The narration is excellent. I did listen to this novel for a long time because the narrator made the story come alive.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (5019)
    Performance
    (4323)
    Story
    (4301)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Well narrated, fluffy, cute story"
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    Would you listen to Her Royal Spyness again? Why?

    Maybe for a break. If I want something light hearted and a story that is easy to follow while being distracted.


    Would you recommend Her Royal Spyness to your friends? Why or why not?

    No.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The snarky descriptions of the sister-in-law were funny.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Cute and silly story, well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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