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Linda

Bay Shore, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

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30
REVIEWS
6
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
27

  • Without a Backward Glance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kate Veitch
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    On Christmas Eve in 1967, a London woman unhappily transplanted to the Australian suburbs makes a decision that will change forever the lives of her four young children. Forty years on, those children are adept at concealing their shared pain. Deborah has a demanding political career, James is a successful artist, Robert a respected school principal. Only Meredith, the baby of the family seems struck. But as their father begins to lose his grip on reality, they find themselves floundering in an unfamiliar sea.

    R. CASEY says: "great read"
    "no no no"
    Overall

    skip it

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Sleeping Life: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    The body found under the hedge was that of a middle-aged woman. The grey eyes were wide and staring, and in them DI Wexford thought he saw a sardonic gleam. But that must have been his imagination. However, he didn't have much more to go on.

    Linda says: "chapters are repeated"
    "chapters are repeated"
    Overall

    This is a good book, but each chapter has been put on twice, 1, 1, 2, 2, etc. This is annoying

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (141)

    The Little Stranger follows the strange adventures of Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline - its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at 20 to nine.

    Barbara says: "Riding a local train"
    "An Excellent, Scary, Thought-Provoking Thriller"
    Overall

    This is a great book. People who say it "isn't much" and who didn't like the ending were I'm afraid not too perceptive.

    Perhaps they didn't notice that the narrator was unreliable, or didn't perceive the theme of class in the UK, they just thought it was a ghost story where the ghost isn't identified finally.

    I loved it! Get it! great narration too from Simon Vance, as usual.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Heart and Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (63)

    With the insight, humor, and compassion we have come to expect from her, Maeve Binchy tells a story of family, friends, patients, and staff who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old and the new Ireland.

    Brenda says: "Sorry Meave"
    "Terrible narration choices were made!!"
    Overall

    this should have been an easy and charming book to listen to. Sile Bermingham, however, ruined it for me.

    First of all, puzzlingly, she reads in an American accent for all the Irish characters.

    Much worse than that is her "Polish" accent which is so stilted, incorrect and just UGLY that I found it impossible to listen to. Also a pair of twins show up that talk exactly like robots! Why???

    I turned it off after a few hours. I couldn't keep on having my ears assaulted. it's too bad...

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Small House at Allington

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (49)

    The Small House at Allington introduces Trollope's charming heroine, Lily Dale, to the Barsetshire scene. Lily is the niece of Squire Dale, an embittered old bachelor living in the main house on his property at Allington. He has loaned an adjacent small house rent free to his widowed sister-in-law and her daughters, Lily and Bell. But the relations between the two houses are strained, affecting the romantic entanglements of the girls.

    Kathleen says: "Ahhh!"
    "If you love Pride and Prejudice"
    Overall

    Get this book now. It's pure pleasure from beginning to end, with one of the best narrators I've ever heard. Engaging, suspenseful and full of humor and tenderness, "The Small House at Allington" is GREAT.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sudden Rain

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Maritta Wolff
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Tom and Nedith have been married for 30 years, but their marriage is one of convenience and finances. Their 22-year-old son, Peter, has recently split from his wife after less than a year. Three more couples are experiencing the throes of middle-class disaffection. Times are changing, the generation gap is widening, and the stage is set for a stormy weekend for these five couples.

    Linda says: "the word"
    "the word"
    Overall

    this is amusing for a little while, but not for long. it's disturbingly sexist and the unlikeable characters aren't worth following..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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