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Victoria

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Among the Missing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Morag Joss
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs, Kate Reading, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A pregnant woman, believed killed in a bridge accident in the Scottish Highlands, seizes her chance to disappear from her uncaring husband. Determined to safeguard her baby’s future and reinvent herself, she befriends illegal immigrant Silva, whose husband Stefan and daughter Anna, as she alone knows, have died in her place. As the bridge is rebuilt, the two women build a precarious existence in a makeshift home by the river.

    E. Golladay says: "The Lamest Ending EVER!!"
    "Transfixing book, superb performances"
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    Morag Joss is new to me. I'm happy to have more of her books in my future! The three main characters are deftly developed and their joint story is unusual and fascinating. I have to disagree with the previous reviewer about the narrators. I'll listen to anything narrated by Robin Sachs (got on to him with the Jo Nesbo books); Kate Reading is an old favorite and Cassandra Campbell a happy new discovery.

    I was late to several appointments because I couldn't stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Good Turn

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Robin Atkin Downes
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    In the brilliant new literary thriller by the award-winning author of Case Histories, Jackson Brodie, adored single-dad detective, is caught in a web of mystery following a grisly attack in the street. Two years after the events of Case Histories, which left him a retired millionaire with an occasional girlfriend in Julia, a former client, Jackson has followed her to Edinburgh for its famous summer festival.

    Carrie says: "Kate Atkinson should never be abridged"
    "The Cliff Notes version"
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    Kate Atkinson is a wonderful writer and I've listened to all her other books. But this abridgement eliminates the richness of the writing, leaving behind only a fast-forward series of plot elements. Not worth the money.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Generally considered to be his masterpiece, Vanity Fair is Thackeray's resplendent social satire that exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars. Subtitled "A Novel Without a Hero", it traces the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women: the scheming opportunist Becky Sharp, one of literature's most resourceful, engaging, and amoral heroines, and her foil, the faithful, naive Amelia Sedley.

    Charles says: "Superb Version --- Highly Recommended"
    "Frederick Davidson is a master!"
    Overall

    It's true that Thackeray sometimes goes on and on; but what fun! Davidson (who also reads as David Case) perfectly captures the tone of Thakeray's gentle and on-the money satire of the social foibles and pretensions of the time. His ability to give a clearly distinct voice to each character makes listening particularly rich and easy to follow. He makes the two main characters -- Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley -- absolutely come alive. My selection of books to buy is highly influenced by my admiration of this superb narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Diamond Dust

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated By Steve Hodson
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Detective Inspector Peter Diamond is keen to get his teeth into a new case. So, when a call comes in that a woman's body has been found in one of Bath's parks, he arrives quickly at the scene - only to discover that the victim is his wife.

    Victoria says: "A lovely read"
    "A lovely read"
    Overall

    Peter Lovesey was a new discovery for me, and I immediately listened to the other books available on Audible. Wish there were more!! The characters are well developed and complex, the plot moves right along, and there's a human quality to the entire enterprise.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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