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Isabelle

Middlesex, VT, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 40 reviews
  • 89 ratings
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  • Stardust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2508)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1039)

    Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

    Bob says: "Witty and magical"
    "Not for kids or adults"
    Overall

    This book didn't quite work for me. I enjoyed parts of it; some of the ideas. It wasn't quite the sort of book I would recommend for kids, and it was a bit flat for adults.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4753)
    Performance
    (2585)
    Story
    (2617)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Gripping"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this one. I liked the span across generations, and the story unraveled in a way that kept it interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3500)
    Performance
    (3070)
    Story
    (3058)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Dawn says: "THANK YOU!!!"
    "Diana missing inspiration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There's been a fairly steady decline in this series. The first book or two were good guilty pleasures, but it's gotten a bit stale since then, and this book was probably the low point so far. They're too old for the steamy sex now, I guess. Diana seemed so inspired early on, but this story really dragged. It feels like she out of ideas. The pacing is too slow.

    One specific dislike: her writing loses its way when she switches to other character's points of view. When she writes as Claire in the first person, that seems to work. When she writes as Roger, etc., it's much less absorbing, for me at least.

    Davina Porter, however, is still fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6439)
    Performance
    (4447)
    Story
    (4435)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "four stars plus"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A good book. It started being fun about half way through. It's dark, but the story works pretty well. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2971)
    Performance
    (2360)
    Story
    (2349)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice.

    Lulu says: "Very, Very Funny Book, Suffered from My Bad Timing"
    "Five Star Arousel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very sexy. The heroine is a firecat. Great narrator. Great story. I want more. I have a crush on Charley.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beloved

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (176)

    Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but 18 years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

    Maureen H. says: "Perfect!"
    "Dark"
    Overall

    This book is dark magical realism. I almost want to give it only three stars because it's so hyped and the story is disturbing at times; but at other times it's an entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Giants of French Literature: Balzac, Flaubert, Proust, and Camus

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Katherine Elkins
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    In this series of lectures, Professor Katherine Elkins details the lives and works of the premier French writers of the last two centuries. With keen insight into her subject material, Professor Elkins discusses the attributes that made classics of such works as Balzac's Human Comedy, Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Proust's In Search of Lost Time, and Camus' The Stranger.

    Dudley says: "The Modern Scholar: Giants of French Literature"
    "Decent Lectures"
    Overall

    I thought the lecturer did a decent job. She made me curious about the authors. She could have done more to explain why she excluded other authors; how she narrowed it down.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (15947)
    Performance
    (11922)
    Story
    (11853)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Fun book, high energy"
    Overall

    Tina Fey is likable, so listening to her narrate anecdotes was amusing. I recommended this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    Best-selling author Alison Weir turns her masterly storytelling skills to the early life of young Elizabeth Tudor, who would grow up to become England's most intriguing and powerful queen. Sweeping in scope, The Lady Elizabeth is a fascinating portrayal of a woman far ahead of her time - whose dangerous and dramatic path to the throne shapes her future greatness.

    Karen says: "hard to stop listening"
    "Elizabeth the First"
    Overall

    I love reading about Elizabeth the First. This narrator was not not very good, but not terrible. The material of the story is great, and the authors note at the end was really good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Louis XIV

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laurence Bradford Packard
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The seventeenth century was one of the most fascinating and seminal periods in European history, particularly with regard to France. For it was here in France that the fruits of the earlier Renaissance were to be most brilliantly realized. Although the path of "greatness" for Louis XIV was prepared for him by men like Richelieu, Mazarin, Colbert, Turenne, and Louvois, it was during his reign that French preeminence in all facets of civilization emerged.

    Peter says: "Wealth, Women, Death"
    "Obnoxious Narrator"
    Overall

    The narrator was unnecessarily obnoxious. On top of that, the story wasn't really a story. It was a disjointed history book, with a pompously obnoxious narrator.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2569)
    Performance
    (1366)
    Story
    (1365)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Light"
    Overall

    The narrator is really good, and the characters are ok, but there's a campy, Jules Verne quality to the story that makes it feel lightweight, and forgettable. I do not plan on continuing with the series, although I don't rule out the possibility.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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