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Kristin

BEND, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (97)

    One afternoon over coffee at Cat’s delicatessen, a friend of Isabel’s shares a call for help from Duncan Munrowe. Crafty thieves have stolen a prized painting from his collection, a work by the celebrated French artist Nicolas Poussin that was earmarked for donation to the Scottish National Gallery. Munrowe has been approached by the thieves and hopes that Isabel will assist him in recovering the painting. Never one to refuse an appeal, she agrees, and discovers that the thieves may be closer to the owner than he ever would have expected.

    Benedict says: "Great story, simply gorgeous narration..."
    "Enjoyable"
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    I love the author's clear and concise style. It is always fun to catch up with Isabel's life. I highly recommend the whole series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1526)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (783)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Excellent Narration!"
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    This is not the sort of book I would have picked on my own, but I am so glad I gave it a try after the rave reviews on Audible. Fantastic narration, compelling story despite its brutal nature. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6210)
    Performance
    (5377)
    Story
    (5371)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Masterfully woven tale"
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    What did you love best about Beautiful Ruins?

    Wonderfully woven story lines all come together in a remarkable tale. The narrator is fantastic!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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