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  • The Land of Laughs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (295)

    Thomas Abbey is a man stuck in a rut. To kick-start his life, he takes a sabbatical to work on a biography of his favorite writer, the mysterious Marshall France. Although Abbey has been warned that France's daughter, Anna, has blocked all previous attempts at her father's biography, he is surprised to find her the soul of small-town hospitality and quite excited about Abbey's proposal. Even stranger than Anna's behavior, though, is the town itself. The people seem to know what their future holds - freak accidents and all - down to the hour.

    Daryl says: "It's Not You - It's Me"
    "Definitely a Disappointment"
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    What did you like best about The Land of Laughs? What did you like least?

    The author chose a challenging concept


    What could Jonathan Carroll have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have endowed his characters with a generosity of spirit.


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

    Mr. Ballerini's presentation was excellent. I have not heard anything else by this performer.


    Was The Land of Laughs worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is long on a sense of the inadequacy of the central characters and short on magic. However, some people might enjoy the underlying aura of malevolence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1966)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1333)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "An Instant Favorite"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Still Life the most enjoyable?

    Louise Penny has the rare gift of being able to create rounded personalities in the first book of a series. These characters are immediate favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I most enjoyed the book's strong sense of place.


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

    I have not previously encountered this reader. He is perfect for these characters. He imparts of a sense of wisdom and generous humanity.


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

    The author seems to be a master of bringing out the emotions of the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book at an Audible sale to give it a try. Now I intend to read all the books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life in France

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (277)

    This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia Child embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.

    Sara says: "What a pleasure!"
    "A Delight, Poorly Handled"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up My Life in France in three words, what would they be?

    It's a pleasure, as you can imagine, to hear Julia Child share her experiences and love of France. How sad, then, to have a reader with no understanding of the French language. Her heavy handed pronunciation spoils this story. What a waste.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme ? Why or why not?

    Yes. The story is interesting and enjoyable.


    What didn’t you like about Kimberly Farr’s performance?

    See above. The reader is not up to the task. It is a challenge to even enjoy it. Why was she ever chosen?


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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