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NMProf

Albuquerque, NM USA | Member Since 2002

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  • An Absolute Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Penny Vincenzi
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Set during the boom-and-bust years of the 1980s, An Absolute Scandal follows the lives of a group of people drawn together by their mutual monetary woes when the great financial institution Lloyd's undergoes a devastating downturn. For Nigel Cowper, this means the destruction of his family business. His wife, Lucinda, is willing to do everything she can to help him - except give up her irresistible lover.

    NMProf says: "A virtuoso performance!"
    "A virtuoso performance!"
    Overall

    The narrator, Roslyn Landow, does an amazing job with the voices of the numerous characters--men and women, all ages, all walks of life, with various regional British accents. The characters lives are intertwined in surprising and exciting ways in this novel of financial and romantic adventure. The novel's long, but I didn't want it to end!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3705)
    Performance
    (3289)
    Story
    (3283)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Not up to Picault's standard"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story


    Not one of Picault's best. The story was reasonably engaging, but large parts were devoted to droning on about elephants and their behavior. Would like to have had more detail and action about the main characters. Weird ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael and Natasha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rosemary Crawford, Donald Crawford
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    He was Grand Duke Michael, handsome brother of Tsar Nicholas II. She was the beautiful twice-divorced daughter of a Moscow lawyer. Their scandalous love affair and their runaway marriage to Vienna in 1912, trailed by the Tsar's secret police, caused uproar in Russia and was the talk of all Europe.

    Filmguy says: "More than a Love Story"
    "Riviting!"
    Overall

    This work of history reads like a novel. It provides a very personal inside look at European history in the early 20th. century. The narrator is superb, providing very believable accents

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Wedding in December: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    At an inn in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, seven former schoolmates gather for a wedding. Nora, the owner of the inn, has recently had to reinvent her life following the death of her husband. Avery, who still hears echoes from a horrific event at Kidd Academy 26 years ago, has made a life for himself in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

    Judith says: "A Story Without Substance"
    "One of Shreve's Best!"
    Overall

    The characters really come alive in this wonderful novel. The historical scenes of the Halifax disaster--a novel within a novel--are particularly vivid.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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