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  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (393)

    The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

    carl801 says: "Le Carre remains the gold standard"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you listen to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy again? Why?

    Yes, would definately listen again because I enjoyed the story and would probably pick up more details know that I know the main characters. The narration strikes the right balance, not beening too theatrical but keeping the story moving.


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

    Yes, but due to the time, it was stretched out over a delightful weekend.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4360)
    Performance
    (3918)
    Story
    (3997)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Love Toliken"
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    If you could sum up The Fellowship of the Ring in three words, what would they be?

    complex, wonderful story. I love this story and would listen to it again when I need to be distracted but cannot read a book.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this story, the complexity of the story, the detailed character development and clean movement to the conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unnatural Death: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By Ian Carmichael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (163)

    The wealthy Agatha Dawson is dead and there are no apparent signs of foul play. Lord Peter Wimsey, however, senses that something is amiss and he refuses to let the case rest - even without any clues or leads. Suddenly, he is faced with another murder - Agatha's maid. Can super-sleuth Wimsey find the murderer and solve the case before he becomes the killer's next victim?

    Alicia says: "At last! Sayers read by Ian Charmichael"
    "Love this story and preformance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unnatural Death to be better than the print version?

    I still prefer the print version, but the audio version is a good way to revisit the story


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8476)
    Performance
    (7618)
    Story
    (7742)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "a favorite, still"
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    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Yes, this is a wonderful story that I find new elements in each time I listen or read it.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favorite?

    Gandalf.


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

    No, I have read this and listen too it at times when I am looking for a quiet and reflective mood.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (621)

    London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

    Katherine says: "Lovely"
    "interesting historical fiction"
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    Where does Mr. Churchill's Secretary rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is a good read for a light afternoon. Not too deep, not too obvious.


    What three words best describe Wanda McCaddon’s voice?

    easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    interesting story, with a good twist. some slightly jarring notes when modern social issues are over represented, but overall can move past those episodes.

    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
    (306)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (270)

    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"
    "unfortunately missed the mark"
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    Would you try another book from Susan Elia MacNeal and/or Susan Duerden?

    No, I would not try another one. she is imposing modern behaviors on historically differnt times. Too militant feminist, not subtle at all.


    What three words best describe Susan Duerden’s performance?

    clear, good story voice, sometimes mixes up character voices.


    Do you think Princess Elizabeth's Spy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no, the author has lost the time and era. she has spent too much effort on modern values and how they were not probably present in the time the story was set. Makes a bad jarring story note. very dissappointing


    Any additional comments?

    too preachy. unfortunate she missed the mark. the story basis would have been interesting if handled more adroitly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder Must Advertise (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By Ian Carmichael, Full Cast
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    When copywriter Victor Dean falls to his death on the stairs of Pym's Advertising Agency, everyone assumes it was an unfortunate accident. His replacement doesn't think so and begins asking a lot of questions. The new man is something of a mystery to his colleagues, and he certainly dresses well considering his meagre writer's salary.

    Ellen says: "Abridging books is like amputation."
    "Classic mystery in an English landscape"
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    What did you love best about Murder Must Advertise (Dramatized)?

    Love Ian Carmicheal's performance. All the actors did a supurb job and was a delightful audio play.


    What does Ian Carmichael and Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the English accents make the dialog live. You can practically smell the office and feel the English fog.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Only You Can Save Mankind

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Richard Mitchley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    As the mighty alien fleet from the very latest computer game thunders across the computer screen, Johnny prepares to blow them into the usual million pieces. And they send him a message: We surrender. They're not supposed to do that! They're supposed to die. And computer joysticks don't have 'Don't Fire' buttons. But it's only a game... isn't it?

    Altotenor says: "Another Terry Pratchett delight"
    "Toy story for the digital age!"
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    What did you love best about Only You Can Save Mankind?

    This story does for digital gaming what Woody and Buzz Lightyear did for toys. It is a real mind bender to think that the things that are killed in video games are really dying some where. Do we take killing too much for granted in the electronic age???.


    What about Richard Mitchley’s performance did you like?

    His voice made listening easy and did not detract from the story.


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

    yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By Ian Carmichael, Peter Jones, Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    The elegant, intelligent amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey is one of detective literature's most popular creations. Ian Carmichael is the personification of Dorothy L. Sayers' charming investigator in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. The dignified calm of the Bellona Club is shattered when Lord Wimsey finds General Fentiman dead in his favourite chair. A straighforward death by natural causes? Perhaps... but why can no one remember seeing the general the day he died?

    kristina says: "Long live Lord Peter Wimsey!"
    "Long live Lord Peter Wimsey!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

    I loved the characters and narration. Was very easy to


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dorothy Sayers's books are wonderful. Her Lord Peter character is very charming and I love to follow his mysteries.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    Overall
    (1035)
    Performance
    (880)
    Story
    (882)

    Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a free story, “With Morning Comes Mistfall”, from his compendium of shorter works. Collected into three stunning volumes, his Dreamsongs collection offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

    David says: "Something you might find in Analog or Asimov's mag"
    "fun little story"
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    What did you love best about With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story?

    It is a short story that is a fresh take on how science methodically kills the romance and mystery of so many wonderful things.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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