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  • 9 reviews
  • 357 ratings
  • 663 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

    Emily - Audible says: "Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing"
    "Need no Persuasion to listen"

    Juliet Stevenson has a perfect voice to interpret the characters of Persuasion, especially those of the haughty Lord Elliot and his eldest daughter. Having watched her performance as the arrogant vicar's wife in the recent filming of "Emma", I felt that she would provide exactly the right tone. Watching other of her performances in more sympathetic roles also assured me that she would give a strong character to Anne. Very enjoyable.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The High King of Montival: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival.

    Shopper1844 says: "Artos goes home"
    "Artos goes home"

    There is a definite problem with the recording in Part 2 at the point when the group returns home. There is a need to correct this and offer a replacement recording to purchasers.
    I am less and less satisfied with the series as it moves from a gripping story of diverse and well drawn characters coping with a world that has suddenly changed into a ho hum oft told tale of a quest for the magic thingie that will defeat the evil ... so on and so forth, etc.
    This particular episode reads as if the author decided he needed to get the main character home ASAP and finally married to his soulmate. Disappointing

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Another Hamlet?"

    Why do some authors feel the need to rewrite Shakespeare? I thought Will did a pretty good job with Hamlet--though he had some very good lines, he wasn't my favorite Shakespearean character. I've trained dogs and raised puppies in my time but that whole thread was overwrought and overdone. The author proved that he could use a dictionary and, occasionally, write a good scenic description. Overall, I found it a dissatisfying read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.

    Jeanie says: "Over 21 Hours of Bliss..."
    "Loved it or Hated it"

    This is either a "loved it/hated it" novel. Personally, I hated it. But I listened to the whole book because I am basically an optimist and I paid for it.

    I was unaware of the controvery regarding the size of Ms. Pessl's advance or of her pleasing physical attributes so I was spared starting off with any prejudice. I formed my opinions before I searched for reviews and photos.

    If one wants to drown in a sea, no, vast ocean of analogies, this is the book for you. I love a good simile or metaphor, figures of speech that stimulate the imagination and create the picture that is "worth a thousand words." They don't have to be beautiful, soothing, comfortable. Just check out Annie Proulx, "Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories." I found hers to be masterful and illuminating. I rate Ms. Pessl's about 50%.

    I could write another 500 words on Ms. Pessl's conceit of constructing this novel as a thesis(a dissertation embodying results of original research and especially substantiating a specific view. Merriam-Webster)complete with a final exam. I won't. If I had purchased this book in printed form, I would have skipped over them after the first 50 pages.

    I found the novel, its plot, its characters, its "celebrated" twists and turns pretentious, tedious, annoying AND predictable.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Memoirs of Cleopatra

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By Donada Peters

    This novel allows the unscrupulous and proud Queen of the Nile to recount her own tale. A masterful recreation of history.

    Michael A. Vasquez says: "I felt like I was there"
    "History come alive"

    Ms. George has crafted a vibrant telling of the familiar history of Caesar, Cleopatra, Antony, & Octavian. Her careful research of fact, relaible accounts and her fiction combine in an utterly believeable historical novel. Her powers of description carry the listener back in time--close your eyes and you can almost see the characters moving about in Rome and Egypt shaping the events that created Western Civilization.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    "Excellent Historical Fiction"

    I have had a fascination with this period in English history for many, many years. I found this account of Lady Jane Grey's life both historically accurate (as far as my limited research allows...I do not claim to be an expert) and entertaining. As with all historical fiction, the author has to create incidents, motivations,dialogues and innermost thoughts to create a believeable framework for historical facts. For me, this author does the job admirably.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Breathing Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Kate Fleming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sometimes in life you need a little breathing room, especially when your life has just fallen apart. Dr. Isabel Favor, America's diva of self help, knows this all too well. She's lost her fiancé to an earth mother, her accountant has absconded with her money, and her self-help empire is in shambles. She flees the country to Tuscany, waiting for life to settle down, but the biggest disaster lies just ahead. On one unforgettable night, she's about to meet Lorenzo Gage, Hollywood's favorite villain.

    Brenda says: "An enjoyable read."
    "Summer Entertainment"

    I found this audiobook very enjoyable entertainment. The story was somewhat predictable but the dialog was zippy, the hero a suitably gorgeous bad boy with a soft center, and the heroine flawed but plucky. Combined with the romantic setting of Tuscany and mouthwatering descriptions of Tuscan cuisine, it was almost like taking a holiday there. Since I have had the fortunate experience of living in Italy for 2 years and visiting Tuscany often, I could close my eyes while listening and imagine the scene unfold.

    The reading wasn't bad but some of the Italian accents were odd. Overall it exceeded my expectations.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lean Mean Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From coast to coast and around the world, Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels continue to make best-selling history each summer. In the 13th book in the series, the stakes are raised even higher as Stephanie Plum finds herself in her most dangerous, hilarious, hottest, chase yet.

    Kelly says: "Same flavor, different package"
    "Too high expectations?"

    Having created my own voices for the characters in this series after 12 books, my expectations may have been too high for any reader to achieve. Though a credible job I was disappointed with Morelli and Ranger. I felt the reader lost the characters at times. Lula and Connie were on target for me and Stephanie was OK, Grandma was better than average. As for the storyline, I think Evanovich has gotten back on track after some disappointing episodes in the series. The interview at the end was a bonus and provided some insight into evolution of the series. How long can Stephanie walk the tightrope between Morelli & Ranger without becoming slutty? Being Italian and surrounded by the men in the family, I can't imagine Morelli standing by much longer before leaving Stephanie. Cute and ditsy gets pretty old after awhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sense & Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Susannah Harker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, and their mother are left to the financial mercies of John Dashwood and his wife, they find themselves in drastically reduced circumstances.

    Shopper1844 says: "A good listen"
    "A good listen"

    Except for some overlong pauses between chapters, I thoroughly enjoyed the quality of Susannah Harker's reading and interpretation of the characters. I remember her from the 1995 production of Pride & Prejudice and enjoyed her performance then.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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