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Bonnie

Heliopolis, Egypt | Member Since 2010

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  • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Sheila Mitchell
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    P.D. James masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice, and combines it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly-crafted crime story. The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister, Jane, and her husband, Bingley, live nearby, and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable. But all this is threatened.

    Alexis says: "Extremely disappointing!"
    "A Word Perfect 2012 Jane Austen"
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    If you could sum up Death Comes to Pemberley in three words, what would they be?

    Imitation...Sincere...Flattery


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

    Not that kind of mystery. This is relaxed social commentary. The death is really a sideline.


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

    No. She's good.


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

    Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice II


    Any additional comments?

    Kudos to P.D. James for this excellent follow-up. Please tell us what happens after all Jane Austen's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eric Manheimer
    • Narrated By Eric Manheimer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    In the spirit of Oliver Sacks Awakenings and the TV series House, Dr. Eric Manheimer's Twelve Patients is a memoir from the medical director of Bellevue Hospital that uses the plights of 12 very different patients - from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners from Riker's Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons - to illustrate larger societal issues.

    Lynne says: "Awesome Book"
    "The WORST Narration Possible"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It needs a professional reader.


    What was most disappointing about Eric Manheimer’s story?

    That what could have been interesting stories were made dull and almost incomprehensible by the author's narration.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eric Manheimer’s performances?

    No, never!


    Did Twelve Patients inspire you to do anything?

    Not listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, Audible (and other audiobook producers), convince authors they are not usually the best person to read their own work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warden

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    Anthony Trollope's classic novel centers on Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it was intended. On discovering this, young John Bold turns his reforming zeal toward exposing what he regards as an abuse of privilege, despite the fact that he is in love with Mr. Harding's daughter, Eleanor.

    Larbi says: "Delightful Reading of Trollope"
    "A Specialized Little Treat"
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    Any additional comments?

    Is Trollope an acquired taste? I'm not sure, since I've just started with this, the first in the Barchester Chronicles series. The story line is not complex, nor is there a lot of action, as opposed to interaction among the well-developed characters. These people react to the impact of the times, of society, and of each other's personalities. Overall, I enjoyed it and will listen to it again--but it's not one I'd recommend without these caveats.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2290)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1005)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Fantastic Surprise!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Surprising characters that grow and change in amazing ways.


    What other book might you compare Major Pettigrew's Last Stand to and why?

    An everyperson's Jane Austen, maybe. A close--and sympathetic--look at life and society in our times. Not for women only--the men take the lead in this book.


    What about Peter Altschuler???s performance did you like?

    He simply brought every single character to life.


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

    Can friendship turn to love in time to beat back social prejudices, religious conservatism, AND...ENCROACHING SUBURBIA....?


    Any additional comments?

    Oh, I did enjoy this one the first time, and the second...and the third...and the fourth...and maybe I'll go listen to it again now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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