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Marion

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8
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Lady Windermere's Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson, Samuel West
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Oscar Wilde's first play confronts the hypocrisy of public "morality" compared with genuine, private kindness. The reasons for its continued popularity are not difficult to identify: the play's witty dialogue contains many of Wilde's most quoted aphorisms, its stylish setting provides opportunities for elegant presentation, and its cast of memorable characters play out a story which is genuinely moving. This new audio production brings together a full cast worthy of Wilde's creative genius.

    Julian says: "Captivating Pleasure"
    "I'm a fan"
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    Juliet Stevenson and Samuel West do a fine job of bringing Oscar Wilde's social commentary to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (708)

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs do it again"
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    Would you listen to Dodger again? Why?

    Yes. Well plotted. Interesting characters. Love the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Shh... the good guys win and the bad guys get it and there is grace and compassion along the way.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I love his narration of Nation. This was quite reminiscent of that.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (364)

    On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

    A User says: "This is the definitive reading!"
    "A Classic"
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    Any additional comments?

    This had been my mother's favorite book and I thought it was high time I "read" it. Listening to Bill Homewood voice these characters for over 50 hours has been nothing short of heaven. Thank you Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (679)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Disappointing"
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    What would have made Calico Joe better?

    A better story. A better narration.


    What could John Grisham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write it the way he writes his other books. With joy and subtlety.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Singer???s performances?

    not so sure


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Calico Joe?

    All the "I" words. Maybe tell the story from someone else's p.o.v.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed his other books. This was a big disappointment. Even the redemptive act at the end was shallow and obvious and forced...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (323)

    When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of "Gothic novels" by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn.

    Johnny says: "Awesome"
    "Not Jane's best"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if you are committed to


    What was most disappointing about Jane Austen???s story?

    Facile. Unsympathetic stupid characters.


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

    She's wonderful. I met her when listening to The Magician's Elephant. A delight.


    Was Northanger Abbey worth the listening time?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice and my favorite Persuasion are a much better use of your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of Eden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall, Susan Denaker, Rebecca Lowman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    "There," says Alice Hayward to Reverend Stephen Drew, just after her baptism, and just before going home to the husband who will kill her that evening and then shoot himself. Drew, tortured by the cryptic finality of that short utterance, feels his faith in God slipping away and is saved from despair only by a meeting with Heather Laurent, the author of wildly successful, inspirational books about ...angels.

    A User says: "Good beginning Good end. Stupid Middle.."
    "Not worth it"
    Overall

    I've read or listened to other books by Chris Bohjalian and have enjoyed them. I didn't like any of the characters in this book and found its structure contrived and its narration annoying. I stopped listening about half way through. (I admit I grabbed a copy from the shelf at the Big National Book Store in my neighborhood and read the ending just to confirm it was going where I suspected. It was.) I don't recommend this book. Save your money and your credits and your ears.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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