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Jim

Lewiston, ME, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Countess of Carnarvon
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (249)

    Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes's Emmy Award-winning PBS series, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants: Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.

    connie says: "the lowdown on Downton times"
    "The background Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey the most enjoyable?

    If you are a Downton Fan you will find the background informative and fun.


    What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

    Good job!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Upstairs Downstairs: Secrets of an Edwardian Household

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Hawkesworth
    • Narrated By Jean Marsh
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Jean Marsh, who played Rose in the TV series 'Upstairs Downstairs', reads John Hawkesworth’s classic novelisation. It is 1905, and the Bellamys reside in Eaton Place, in the heart of London’s Belgravia. Above stairs, Lady Marjorie runs the house and plans her husband’s future in the government. Below stairs, Rose and Sarah, the maids, pursue their duties beneath the ever-watchful eye of Mr Hudson, the butler....

    Barbara says: "Just wonderful -- except it's not edited!"
    "Before Downton Abby."
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    What did you love best about Upstairs Downstairs?

    If you are a Jullian Fellows- Downton Abbey fan you will love this book that is essentially the same story..


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

    First time for me


    Any additional comments?

    Wish it was longer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2493)
    Performance
    (2242)
    Story
    (2228)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Not your Usual Bookstore"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robin Sloan? Why or why not?

    Yes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Inside the book store and at Google


    Do you think Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It would be fun but I can't imagine it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3105)
    Performance
    (2065)
    Story
    (2100)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Always Fun to hear it again."
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    Would you listen to Gone with the Wind again? Why?

    Yes. It is always fun to read the book and revisit all of the story that the movie didn't include.


    What other book might you compare Gone with the Wind to and why?

    .


    Which character – as performed by Linda Stephens – was your favorite?

    She did a great job!


    Any additional comments?

    If it has been awhile since you have read this classic then visit it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heading Out to Wonderful

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Goolrick
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    In 1948, a mysterious and charismatic man arrives in a small Virginia town carrying two suitcases - one contains his worldly possessions, the other is full of money. He soon inserts himself into the town's daily life, taking a job in the local butcher shop and befriending the owner and his wife and their son. But the passion that develops between the man and the wife of the town's wealthiest citizen sets in motion a series of events that not only upset the quiet town but threaten to destroy both him and the woman.

    MissSusie66 says: "Not an easy read but beautifully written"
    "Way less than Wonderful!"
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    What disappointed you about Heading Out to Wonderful?

    The storyline was horrible, disturbing, sick and twisted. It left me wondering why the author, who can definitely write, would choose to tell a story that was so dark and then name it Heading Out to Wonderful. None of the characters, with the possible exception of the little boy, were likable nor were they fully developed. The ending was graphic and gruesome and I don't think I will ever look at a Meat Butcher the same again.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Goolrick’s story?

    Involving a little boy in the sick and twisted tale of the main characters' affair with a dim-witted married woman. None of the characters in the story were likable and therefore why read about them?


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was fine, it was the story that was awful.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Steer clear!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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