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A. Dyer

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Santa Cruz, CA | Member Since 2006

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  • 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
    (341)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (303)

    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"
    "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    no. I would recommend reading this book, not listening. Susan Duerdon has too modern a speaking style with her "up speak" ending every phrase with a high note.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Duerden?

    Bring back Wanda McCaddon. Susan Duerdon might be great narrating a modern novel where the characters speak in that irritating modern upspeak (the high rising terminal I just learned from Wiki). No one talked remotely like that until the last decade or so. Having a characters from 1939 speak with such a modern accent is as irritating as any other inaccurate and inappropriate accent. I could not get lost in the story which is why I love to listen to audio books.


    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Death is a Cabaret: Antique Lover's Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Deborah Morgan
    • Narrated By Reed McColm
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (8)

    Since Jeff Talbot left the FBI, he's been investigating yard sales as a professional antiques picker. From furniture to books, from old clothes to broken toys, nothing escapes his keen eye for appraisal. But there is one item that he always keeps his knowing eyes particularly peeled to find: a one-of-a-kind French cabaret set commissioned by Napoleon for his love, Josephine. It is an item any collector would kill for.

    Kate says: "Meh"
    "a delightful series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Death is a Cabaret to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to these books by Deborah Morgan. But with the great reader the stories come to life as audible books. I think I will continue to listen to Morgans books over reading them as page turners.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this series by Deborah Morgan for both the Seattle local color and the insight into the world of antiques collectors.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (133)

    A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating.

    Ella says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Better than the movie"
    Overall

    I listened to this before I went to India a couple years ago. A great audio book with an excellent reader. Captures the feel of India much better than the movie does. I also listened to 'Holy Cow' as part of my going to India prep and recommend that too is you are in the mood for more about India.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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