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Claire

buffalo, NY, USA

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  • The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case: A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn't it be nice to be a detective? This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious. When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn't always right. She also learns how to be a detective.

    Jean says: "The first lession of a detective--Prove your case."
    "Story sweet, narrator like nails on a blackboard"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend the paper book. I wouldn't download anything by this narrator again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Another sweet story by McCall Smith.


    What didn’t you like about Adjoa Andoh’s performance?

    When she was narrating the text, she was fine. But when she was narrating the dialog, she got this high-pitched SCREECHY quality to her voice that set my teeth on edge.


    Do you think The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Oh, I expect the prolific McCall Smith with come out with another one.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26984)
    Performance
    (13611)
    Story
    (13657)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "I couldn't stop listening"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful novel. Some of the points are a little heavy-handed, like the bigoted head of the ladies' league raising money for "the poor starving children in Africa."

    But the chilling description of how a white lady kills you by inches if you cross her ... that really sent chills up my spine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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