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colette

PASADENA, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1106)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "interesting"
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    What made the experience of listening to A History of the World in 6 Glasses the most enjoyable?

    it was very informative - got a little dry in spots but over all quite good


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Company of Swans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Eva Ibbotson
    • Narrated By Patricia Conolly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Nineteen-year-old Harriet Morton leads a dreary existence. Her ballet class is her only joy. When Father won't let her travel on a ballet tour to South America, Harriet creates a clever ruse that covers her escape and triggers an experience far beyond her dreams.

    James says: "A Treat"
    "Not as good as I had expected"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No - it was boring not nearly as exciting as other Eva Ibbotson titles. Maybe I just listened to too many of them in a row.


    Would you recommend A Company of Swans to your friends? Why or why not?

    no


    Which character – as performed by Patricia Conolly – was your favorite?

    Harriet


    Do you think A Company of Swans needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The writer has passed away so that is not possible


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Flutes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eva Ibbotson
    • Narrated By Kate Lock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Spring, 1922. Tessa is a beautiful, tiny, dark-eyed princess who’s given up her duties to follow her heart and work backstage at the Viennese opera. She keeps her true identity a well-guarded secret, but when a wealthy, handsome Englishman discovers this bewitching urchin backstage, Tessa’s two lives collide - and in escaping her inheritance, she finds her destiny....

    colette says: "Really enjoyable listen"
    "Really enjoyable listen"
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    What did you love best about Magic Flutes?

    it was a predictable story with a happy ending - that's what I liked about.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tessa - I really admired her grace.


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

    She did a great job with all the voices.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several.


    Any additional comments?

    Good romantic read - especially of you books set in the early twenties

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1467)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (887)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    A User says: "A delightful discovery"
    "Really enjoyable listen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Maisie Dobbs to be better than the print version?

    I love audiobooks. I don't have time to sit and read. With audible I can listen as I go about my day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the historical backgroud - the twists and turns of the plot and the period detail.
    And I liked how Maurice trained Maisie to develop he intuition.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many - its hard to say.


    Any additional comments?

    Really good series - I am almost through the second book in the series.
    I am sure I will listen to all of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (264)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "I love this series."
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    What did you love best about Princess Elizabeth's Spy?

    All the twists and turns - and how real it seemed.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    She did a good job - but was to many pauses - I preferred the narrator in Mr. Churchill's Secretary


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, and others
    • Narrated By Joseph Grenny
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (214)

    A stunning new approach to how individuals can not only change their lives for the better in the workplace, but also their lives away from the office, including (but not limited to) finding ways to improve one's working relationship with others, one's overall health, outlook on life, and so on. For example, why is it that 95% of all diet attempts fail? Why do New Year's Resolutions last no more than a few days? Why can't people with good intentions seem to make consistent and positive strides in the way they want to improve their careers, financial fitness, physical fitness, and so on?

    Amazon Customer says: "Different"
    "good sound method for change"
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    What made the experience of listening to Change Anything the most enjoyable?

    the narration - the content - none of this was new but it was presented in a thoughtful and well organized manner


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

    This was my first listen and I thought he did a great job.


    What did you learn from Change Anything that you would use in your daily life?

    the idea of thinking about a "default future".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Game of Life and How to Play It

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Florence Scovel Shinn
    • Narrated By Dixie Glassman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (78)

    This audiobook has inspired thousands of people around the world to find a sense of purpose and belonging. It asserts that life is not a battle but a game of giving and receiving, and that whatever we send out into the world will eventually be returned to us. This little book will help you discover how your mind and its imaging faculties play leading roles in the game of life.

    Gayle says: "Narrator"
    "If you are a fan of Florence Scovel Shinn..."
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    Where does The Game of Life and How to Play It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    4.5 out of 5 - only because it is different from anything else.
    I have been reading the late Mrs. Shinn's books for years and was thrilled to see that they have been recorded. There was some extra material in the audio version - mostly anecdotes
    but interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing the book made it come alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no - but she really made sense in her approach. This is one of the original self help books and one of the best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt: A World History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (883)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (379)

    So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

    Karen says: "More than SALT"
    "Fascinating"
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    What did you love best about Salt?

    I learned so much. As a chef instructor I am lecturing about salt all the time.
    I had not realized that so much history was hinged on salt.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job - very easy to listen too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it is no long - I listened to it while I was cooking and working around the house.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Attenbury Emeralds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jill Paton Walsh
    • Narrated By Edward Petherbridge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (167)

    The recovery of the magnificent gem in Lord Attenbury's dazzling heirloom launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective in 1921. Thirty years later, a happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Suddenly, the new Lord Attenbury—grandson of Lord Peter’s first client—seeks his help to prove who owns the emeralds.

    Michael says: "Classic Sayers"
    "As good as the originals"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Attenbury Emeralds to be better than the print version?

    yes - because of the excellent narration by Edward Petherbridge - who was to me the most perfect Lord Peter Wimsey


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

    it had as many strange, unexpected twists as the Dorothy L. Sayers originals


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the scene by the pink marble sundial - I love it when people stay in love


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was just time well spent with characters I have loved since early adolescence


    Any additional comments?

    Please get "Gaudy Night" recorded - then the Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane series will be complete.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucia, Lucia

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Mira Sorvino
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Lucia becomes an apprentice to a designer at B. Altman's department store on Fifth Avenue. Engaged to her childhood sweetheart, she is torn when she meets a handsome stranger who promises a life of uptown luxury that girls like her only read about in the society pages. Forced to choose between duty to her family and her own dreams, Lucia finds herself in the midst of a sizzling scandal, her beloved career is jeopardized, and the Sartoris' honor is tested.

    Federica says: "The black sheep's review"
    "Wonderful listen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lucia, Lucia to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a great portrait of 1950s New York. It made me long for the old days of big department stores. I loved the parts about the custom shop and the details about the couture work they did.Lucia's story was well told and Mira did a great job narrating.


    Which character – as performed by Mira Sorvino – was your favorite?

    Lucia, of course.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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