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C.M.

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  • The Diary of a Nobody

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George Grossmith, Weedon Grossmith
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    The Diary of Nobody (1892) created a cultural icon, an English archetype. Anxious, accident-prone, occasionally waspish, Charles Pooter has come to epitomize English suburban life. His diary chronicles encounters with difficult tradesmen, the delights of home improvements, small parties, minor embarrassments, and problems with his troublesome son. The suburban world he inhabits is hilariously and painfully familiar in its small-mindedness and its essential decency.

    Virginia says: "Hilarious and Suprebly Read"
    "Absolutely loved it - my type of satire!"
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    Where does The Diary of a Nobody rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is in the top tier of my library.


    What other book might you compare The Diary of a Nobody to and why?

    I actually think it could be a satire of FB pages although it was written over a century ago! Mr. "Nobody" records his daily life and thoughts, and plans to have them published. He is oblivious to how others view him - somewhat of a sop. And yet, he is a sympathetic character because he always tries to act honorably.


    What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

    The narrator is perfect for the material - his inflections, etc. sound just like the diary author would speak.


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

    It is so humorous in such as understated way that I found it hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    Humor is very individual but if you like absurd, deadpan satire (some Monty python skits come to mind) than you will probably like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Bees: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (516)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won or been nominated for every major award in mystery writing. King's beloved sleuth Mary Russell here attempts to reverse her legendary husband, Sherlock Holmes', greatest failure.

    mike says: "To all Holmes buff's,"
    "Enjoyed this much more"
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    I'm going thru the series and kept wondering how much I actually like it. I rated the last book in the series somewhat harshly - but there seemed to be good reason.
    This book I enjoyed much more. It returned to providing a very sound historical context, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Mary R. seemed human again (instead of superhuman) and Holmes shows a very sensitive side (which is presumably always there, but always in check).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Game: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (366)

    The seventh Mary Russell novel finds her searching for the missing Kimball O'Hara, the famous "Kim" of the Rudyard Kipling novel.

    Kat Coz says: "another very enjoyable trip"
    "And it all falls together so well!"
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    I've read this book series up to this point and this book really makes me question whether to continue. This story seems really too trite. It also starts to become comical how excellently Mary is at everything she puts her hand to (from languages to magician tricks to pig-sticking). And the story all wraps up too nicely in my opinion. The narrator tends to accentuate the pleasant outcomes, and the tone starts to stray too close to the romance genre.

    Also, while this is of course historical fiction, and one must put all kinds of comments and behavior in context, I found hearing the typical Brit's assessments of all things Indian rather painful. Yes, it was typical for the 1920's but it felt a little too raw.

    I still am in question whether I like this series or just keep plugging on. Sorry to the extreme fans - simply my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (213)

    There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time traveler, AND the devastating secret of humankind! Detective Gently's bill for saving the human race from extinction: NO CHARGE.

    George T. Crawford says: "Sadly, it's abridged"
    "This is badly abridged!"
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    Never usually buy abridged but as it was the only recording of this title, I took a chance. I found the end greatly lacking. Wait for the unabridged!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5897)
    Performance
    (5203)
    Story
    (5219)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Story good if predictable; Narration irritating"
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    Liked:
    -I love historical fiction so any novel based on actual stories attracts me.
    -The stories of orphan trains should be told.
    -The parallel of orphan and foster care experiences.
    Not so much:
    -I found the narration highly irritating as it's performed as a young girl's voice. I actually checked back to see if the book was for adolescents. I hold the directors responsible, not the narrators. Narration does not have to match the age of the character -- in my opinion, this often comes out contrived and unpleasant.
    -The story does seem somewhat predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By John Wells
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    While Blandings Castle sleeps in the summer sun, the Hon. Galahad Threepwood, brother of the Earl of Emsworth, is busily engaged in writing his Reminiscences, and they look set to be as warm as the weather, if not warmer. For Galahad has led a thoroughly misspent life, and his acquaintances can all too easily recall their past follies in his company. Reputations are at stake and even the nobility and gentry are beginning to panic.

    Oddsfish says: "Great Book, Poor Sound"
    "The narration was hurting my ears after 5 minutes"
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    Apologies to the narrator, but the director should have asked for voices of people. It sounds like the instruction was for a children's book of forest friends. If you've listened with joy to Wodehouse for years -- do not try this version! Had to stop and get another book of narrated by J. Cecil. I gave the story 4 stars anticipating Wodehouse came through again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (386)

    To the costermongers of Covent Garden Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a gift for working with horses. When Eddie is killed in a violent accident, the grieving costers are skeptical about the cause of his death. Who would want to kill Eddie - and why? Maisie Dobbs' father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, so she had known the men since childhood. She remembers Eddie fondly and is determined to offer her help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death.

    connie says: "listen saved by last quarter of novel but..."
    "Winspear's scores again"
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    I love this series: the depth of the characters, the word pictures -- all set in a historical period of such import and with such detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2032)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (860)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "excellent story of the have and the have-nots"
    Overall

    I'm not from India so can't comment on the narrator although it does seem odd to not have a native speaker (not sure what audiobook directors/producers are thinking of sometimes)
    That said, I found the book captivating. The type of story - the intersection of rich and poor - is not uniquely Indian -- it could be written about any country. But this is the Indian take on it, with comical/pathetic insights and images of the lifestyles of the growing middle/upper-middle class, and their relationships with the service class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (902)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Every reviewer has a point"
    Overall

    I just finished this book and it is one of the most insightful contemporary novels I've read recently.

    That said, I sympathize with the readers who stopped listening after a couple of hours and gave it 1-2 stars as I would have. The beginning does seem like a simple retelling of adolescent banter and escapades that got irritating and old very quickly. I thought I'd misunderstood the description.

    But I kept listening and found the book incredible. Murray's story presents the odd and at times unexplainable elements of human nature in a post-modern age. Who "wins" and who "gets ahead." And how many of us never really see what's truly going on -- even though we're 'good' people.

    So, if you like cultural insights - and can accept the obnoxious, humorous, and tragic antics of both adolescents -- and adults. Then you may enjoy this book.

    41 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Booth Tarkington
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Set in the Midwest in the early 20th century---the dawn of the automobile age---The Magnificent Ambersons begins by introducing the Ambersons, the richest family in town. Exemplifying aristocratic excess, the Ambersons have everything money can buy - and more. But George Amberson Minafer, the spoiled grandson of the family patriarch, is unable to see that great societal changes are taking place.

    C.M. says: "Wonderful, classic story"
    "Wonderful, classic story"
    Overall

    This is a great tale of fortunes one and lost, unchanged love, and personal redemption. Included is the Lorax-like quality of the growth of this midland city, and a glimpse to the building up of America.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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