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Long time LibraryThing member. Love to read a variety of books, usually more than one at a time.


  • The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own. Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Most exciting by Todd Yet"
    "A New Author for Me!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Confession the most enjoyable?

    Simon Prebble is one of my favorite narrators. He never jars me out of the world of the story, and in fact, I forget that I'm being read to and simply fall into the story.

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

    I was impressed with the plot/mystery of this book. It has been a long while since I have been stumped in a murder mystery, and this one had me. Also, I didn't feel I had been cheated out of the solution at the end of the book. Two very important factors in a mystery. The main character, Inspector Rutledge is a broken man trying to go on. One of my very favorite types of characters. The way the War was presented, and its aftereffects was well done and realistic.

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

    Yes, I believe he read The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie. Loved that one, too. I will seek out books read by Simon Prebble, because a good reader is a treasure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "A Good Story, but a Miss on Audio"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Worth and/or Nicola Barber?

    Jennifer Worth, yes. Her story was engaging, interesting and informative.

    What other book might you compare Call the Midwife to and why?

    This reminded me of James Herriot novels, only the patients were people and the setting was the city.

    What didn’t you like about Nicola Barber’s performance?

    She has a lovely voice, well suited to a cozy mystery or a children's tale, but the sing-song delivery was very unsuited to this story. It made me grind my teeth and I had to listen hard to get past that to the story which was there. I almost quit it altogether.

    Did Call the Midwife inspire you to do anything?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Newland Archer is about to announce his engagement to the docile May Welland when he meets her cousin, the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska. Edith Wharton's elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York earned her the first Pulitzer Prize for literature ever awarded to a woman.

    Frederick R. says: "The Best of Its or Any Day"
    "Manners in America's Golden Age"
    What made the experience of listening to The Age of Innocence the most enjoyable?

    This story is set in the 1890's, New York city. It follows the inner thoughts and workings of Newland Archer, a well to do young man in the upper society, during that precarious stage of life before he has committed himself to what sort of life he will live. Will he settle, for better or worse with May Welland? Or will he fling caution and standards to the wind to be with Ellen Olenska?
    The real delight of this story, is the peek at the inner workings and mores of the upper crust, a narrow society with very strict rules. I love the way Edith Wharton describes the characters, there subtle dialog and the manners of the times. To be honest, Newland Archer drove me crazy, and I didn't care what choice he made, but the very careful way that Wharton laid out the choices and the consequences was a treat.

    Also, the narrator, Lorna Raver, was masterful.

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

    Yes, it did, both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Daryl says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Perfect Listen for Halloween Eve"
    What did you love best about Click-Clack the Rattlebag?

    What I loved best was Neil Gaiman's incomparable voice lulling me into the story, sending shivers down my spine and setting me up for the ending.

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

    It made me say, loud enough for the whole family to hear, "Ahhhhhrrrggggaaa!"

    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for the gift of this tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "An Interesting Introduction, one Hopes"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Certain friends, yes, I would. The main character is fascinating, and all of the characters in his head are as well formed and shaped as he is. Some of the story itself felt rushed and incomplete, but it was good as far as it went.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Well now, that would just be rude and arrogant, don't you think? It isn't my creation.

    Was Legion worth the listening time?

    Very much so, in fact, I hope Mr. Sanderson will come back to this character.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem for a Mezzo: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Carola Dunn
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With dashing Scotland Yard Inspector Alec Fletcher at her side, Daisy is enjoying a delightful performance of Verdi's Requiem, featuring her neighbor Muriel Westlea's celebrated sister, Bettina. But when all that emerges from the doomed diva's vocal chords is a dying gasp, Daisy soon discovers that the notoriously difficult opera star had her share of adversaries.

    Julia L. Scott says: "Pleasant Listen"
    "A fun experience"
    Where does Requiem for a Mezzo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this audio book very much. The reader was delightful and the setting of the Twenties is one I like to read about.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Daisey and her policeman set just the right tone for me. Not sappy, not antagonistic to each other, simply enjoying their relationship blooming.

    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing the characters with an accent helps to put me in the story. Some of her voices are odd, but not enough to take me out of the story.

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

    No, it made me smile for the most part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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