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Michael

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  • What the Nanny Saw

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Fiona Neill
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    It's the summer of 2008. For the past decade, Nick and Bryony Skinner and their four children have ridden high on the economic boom, but their luck is about to run out. Suddenly, the privileged family finds itself at the center of a financial scandal: their Central London house is besieged by the press, Nick disappears, and Bryony and the children become virtual prisoners in their own home. And Ali, their trusted nanny, watches it all. As the babysitter, she brings a unique insider-outsider perspective to the family, seeing far more than even the family itself is capable of.

    Michael says: "Dramatic, irresistible narration of scandal"
    "Dramatic, irresistible narration of scandal"
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    Would you listen to What the Nanny Saw again? Why?

    Alison Larkin brings a range of accents and personalities to life in a unique way that makes you want to keep all the characters interacting forever so of course I would listen again.

    Larkin is especially good at giving you a sense of the Nanny as she tries to figure out what is going on as the financial world collapses around her, and her own heart leads her astray.

    Listening to this story you don't want anyone that Larkin has so beautifully brought to life to go away!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What the Nanny Saw?

    Larkin by her performance leads the listener into the heart of the Nanny, and the moment when the Nanny reaches deep to help out her employer--despite the fact that she recently fired her--is such a memorable moment is this audio book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Larkin is able to make interesting even the most complex financial dealings, but my favorite scene was when the Nanny kisses someone she shouldn't. Larkin brings that rare gift of making such a transformative and passionate scene ring true.


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

    Larkin gave me a powerful feeling for the struggle of the Nanny to be true to her own ideals as she tried to figure out the best way forward in the dangerous world of money, sex, family and job.


    Any additional comments?

    Only Larkin could have handled all the accents and personalities and given each their own inidividual and pwerful characters that gave them such a hold on me.

    I was hooked from her first word she spoke as I listened, and never wanted to let go!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice - the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Jane Austen's most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, is brought to sparkling life in this new unabridged recording by AudioFile earphones award winning narrator Alison Larkin. A witty and always original voice, Alison Larkin is the perfect vessel to bring Jane Austen's classically satirical second novel to a new audience. This fresh and hugely entertaining listen from 'the English American' joined with Austen's deft satire, results in pure, boundless FUN.

    Michael says: "Jane Austen as she was meant to be heard!"
    "Jane Austen as she was meant to be heard!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Jane Austen would be delighted that Alison Larkin brings out all the wit, deep love, and iconic characters in her great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Because Alison Larkin has a similar background to Jane Austen she is able to capture the authentic accents and attitudes of all characters.


    Which character – as performed by Alison Larkin – was your favorite?

    Elizabeth Bennet, and Mrs. Bennet have never been more beautifully brought to life.
    Mr. Darcy is also given a new dimension of attraction and interest.


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

    I laughed with happiness for while I had always loved Jane Austen, I had never heard Pride & Prejudice delivered with such passion, wit, and authenticity.


    Any additional comments?

    With Jane Austen's Birthdaty coming up in December, as well as Christmas, the 200th Anniversary Addition makes a great gift. I am buying many!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ann Ward Radcliffe
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    This was the most popular novel of Radcliffe's time; Radcliffe's portrayal of her heroine's inner life raised the Gothic romance to a new level. The atmosphere of fear and the gripping plot continue to thrill today. This is the story of the orphaned Emily St Aubert, who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the Castle of Udolpho by her aunt's new husband Montoni. Here she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni's threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors which threaten to overwhelm her.

    Joyce says: "Thank You, Audible"
    "Only Alison Larkin Could have Narrated This Story"
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    If you could sum up The Mysteries of Udolpho in three words, what would they be?

    Love.
    Loss.
    Surprise.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mysteries of Udolpho?

    One of the most memorable moments was the heroine was reunited with her lover.


    What does Alison Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This book has sentences that seem to go on like arias in an opera. Only Alison Larkin could give the listener every subtle sense of meaning behind every word. Alison Larkin helped carry me along an experience that was like riding a great wave of powerful prose. I could only ride the wave because she gave me the support--through her clear evocation of every emotion and through every description--that we were moving towards an exciting shore.

    I have never heard a story with such deep descriptions of every mental, and emotional experience. Only Alison Larkin has the range of tone and wit and sympathetic and sometimes passionate delivery to have made such a story a great and moving work of art.


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

    This book and Alison Larkin's brilliant interpretation of every line was much too grand an experience to try to absorb in one sitting.

    I decided early on to let this remarkable experience--like listening to the greatest symphony of life and loves--continue over time. I would listen to it in the evenings.

    All day I would look forward to hearing Alison Larkin's melodic voice give powerful meaning to a story that seemed to have almost every possible emotion in it.


    Any additional comments?

    I am grateful that Alison Larkin narrated this story for us. Without her remarkably sensitive and powerful reading of this material it might not have come alive in such a dramatic way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bee Wilson
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (182)

    Since prehistory, humans have braved the business ends of knives, scrapers, and mashers, all in the name of creating something delicious - or at least edible. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer and historian Bee Wilson traces the ancient lineage of our modern culinary tools, revealing the startling history of objects we often take for granted. Charting the evolution of technologies from the knife and fork to the gas range and the sous-vide cooker, Wilson offers unprecedented insights.

    Catherine says: "Intriguing history of everyday utensils"
    "Alison Larkin creates a powerful interest"
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    Would you listen to Consider the Fork again? Why?

    I was surprised by what a powerful interest in this subject the narrator Alison Larkin was able to create. I had never thought I would be so interested in forks or other ways we eat before! Alison Larkin brought a clarity and engaging tone to this information that made me want to hear every word!

    I believe I would like to hear this book again, and will certainly suggest that my friends listen to it. It is a rare example of sharing facts in a way that the talented narrator makes you eager to hear.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think my favorite part of the story was discussing breakfast, and how all the different ways of preparing coffee had changed over the years. Once again, Alison Larkin delivered this information in a way that gave it wit and life and made me smile as I learned.


    What does Alison Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Alison Larkin brings a tone of excitement to even the smallest facts so that I found myself eagerly listening for more. She also brings a voice that is both melodic and clear, and she is able to strike a variety of notes that keeps one interested in the writing.

    Most of all Alison Larkin seems to be enjoying the book and the information she shares so that I as a listener was also caught up in her enthusiasm for the subject.


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

    There were several places that I laughed out loud. I never cried, but was almost always smiling at the wit with which the narrator read.


    Any additional comments?

    To me, this information packed book was enhanced by having a narrator in Alison Larkin who could bring it alive in a most enjoyable way.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne: Fairbourne Quartet Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Madeline Hunter
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    A woman running a prestigious London auction house? Preposterous! But that is exactly what Emma Fairbourne intends to do when her father dies, leaving her the reins of this fabulous enterprise. Of course, she is not addlepated enough to do this openly and scare away her wealthy collectors. So she and her friend concoct a deception, hiring a handsome and charming front man who will do her bidding.... All would have proceeded smoothly - if it weren't for the maddening interference of Darius, the arrogant Earl of Southwaite....

    Michael says: "Suprisingly Modern Story Brilliantly Narrated"
    "Suprisingly Modern Story Brilliantly Narrated"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story though set in the past surprised me with its modern relevance about a young woman who through her intelligence and independent will triumphs over life's greatest challenges while also giving herself the chance to fall deeply and passionately in love.

    The narrator Alison Larkin manages to give each word its own power and makes you feel that you are listening to a great mystery that unfolds with such sensuous and revelatory twists you never want it to stop.

    Larkin reveals a complete range of emotion for the heroine from an intelligent management of a challenging business, to the description of romantic scenes that have a special erotic charge.

    This is the kind of writing and narrating that lift these recorded books unto a new kind of art form that offeres an extra dimension of emotion and involvement.


    What other book might you compare The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne to and why?

    It reminds me of many best sellers that describe the challenges facing young women who must find a way to balance great love while also creating their own unique and independent lives.
    Alison Larkin's own book The English American also deals with that very profound and universal subject.


    What does Alison Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't think anyone could have captured the various accents and styles and emotions of the various characters as well as Larkin. She manages to give the major personalities a whole range of powerful emotions. And I feel that the romantic and even erotic scenes could not have been conveyed with more persuasive artistry.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A woman of wit and passion conquers all


    Any additional comments?

    Bravo to Alison Larkin from bringing this original heroine to life in such a dramatic way in this narration!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Bird in Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    It was an accident. It was dark, it was raining, Alison had only had two drinks. And the other car ran the stop sign. But Alison finds herself trapped under the crushing weight of grief and guilt, feeling increasingly estranged from her husband, Charlie, who has his own burdens. He's in a job he doesn't love so that Alison can stay at home with the kids (and why isn't she more grateful for that?); he has a house in the suburbs and a long commute to and from the city.

    Michael says: "Excellent narration helps difficult text"
    "Excellent narration helps difficult text"
    Overall

    I love Alison Larkin as a narrator - The English American and Swallows and Amazons are among my all time favorites audio books - which was the reason I ordered Bird in Hand. This is a disturbing, densely written literary novel about modern marriage and its failures that is made accessible because of Larkin’s first class narration. But sometimes even the best narrator can’t make a book something you want to listen to all the way through. Although it will appeal to some, the subject matter of this book didn't appeal to me nearly as much as other books Larkin has narrated.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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