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Deirdre

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  • Dubliners (Harper Audio Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt, Patrick McCabe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    James Joyce revolutionized twentieth-century writing with his "stream of consciousness" technique. While ingeniously innovative and experimental, he was also a keenly precise chronicler of the people, places, and sounds of his native Dublin. In Dubliners, a cast of 15 internationally famous stage and screen actors perform stories that make up a brilliant journey over a human landscape that captures the bleakest of despair to the most blinding of epiphanies.

    Deirdre says: "Great Stories, Poor Performance"
    "Great Stories, Poor Performance"
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    I have read the Dubliners before and loved them, so I thought it would be fun to listen to them. The stories do not translate that well to an audio format. The stories are difficult to follow when read aloud, and the narration did not help at all. The reading is not done by professional audio book readers, and it makes such a difference. I had such a hard time, especially with some of the narrators as each story has a different narrator. It was especially difficult when there was dialogue because most of the narrators did not even really attempt distinct voices. I would definitely recommend reading these lovely stories; just avoid the audio book version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Links

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    An urgent cry for help brings Hercule Poirot to France, but he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face down in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impressioned love letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.

    Elizabeth skoglund says: "A GOOD READ"
    "Classic Poirot Mystery with a Little Love Story"
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    What did you love best about Murder on the Links?

    I loved how Agatha Christie pitted Poirot's classic detective work against a more


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder on the Links?

    I think Christie's description of Poirot's competing detective, Giraud, were very memorable. She described him as a human blood hound and always has him crawling all over the ground. The scenes where he and Poirot fail to see eye to eye are very entertaining.


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    I think Fraser always does a top notch performance. He is an excellent narrator, and is really very believable in his performances. He always does an enchanting job bringing the story to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Five Little Pigs: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    Amyas Crale's passion for painting and women made him famous. His murder made him infamous. Sixteen years earlier, his jealous wife was tried, convicted, and sentenced to life for a notorious slaying. Now their daughter, Carla, a young woman convinced her mother is innocent, has presented Hercule Poirot with a brilliant challenge: to clear her mother's name by returning to the scene of the murder and finding the fatal flaw in the perfect crime.

    Malia says: "Very Good!"
    "Intriguing Mystery, Great Storytelling"
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    This was a great Poirot mystery, and Hugh Fraser narrates it wonderfully as usual. The murder in question took place 16 years prior to Poirot's intervention. As a result, the bulk of the story is Poirot going around asking questions of the various people involved with the trial and all of the eyewitnesses present on the day of the murder. As a result, the story is a poignant examination of the mind and memory as Poirot uses the differing accounts of the events and people involved in order to reconstruct the events and solve the mystery. Overall, a very satisfying listen that will get you thinking right along with Hercule Poirot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Third Girl: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Three single girls share a London flat. The first works as a secretary; the second is an artist; the third, who comes to Poirot for help, disappears believing she is a murderer. There are rumours of revolvers, flick-knives, and blood stains. But, without hard evidence, it will take all of Poirot's tenacity to establish whether the third girl is guilty, innocent - or insane.

    C. Schmidt says: "It's all there now, and it's great"
    "Decent Mystery, Slow Story"
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    I wanted to like this story a lot more than I really did. It started out in a very interesting way, and I think the ending was interesting and very classic Poirot. The narration done by Hugh Fraser was, as usual, impeccable. The middle of the story floundered a bit. It felt contrived and silly, and in some ways, the end, while clever, didn't seem to follow. This was the only Poirot story that I have listened to so far wherein I was not really eager to listen to the whole thing from start to finish in one sitting. That being said, it is still a good listen, just not as great as some of the earlier Poirot stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (875)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "Great Book But Better to Read in Print"
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    I read the print version in addition to listening to the audio book. I liked reading the book much better than listening to it. I think the narration was really good, but the story does not translate that well to the audio in my opinion. If I had to do it over, I would not have chosen the audio version to listen to. This book is not really a traditional narrative at all. The style is not so plot-centric. Some of the chapters were really very good to listen to, while others were difficult because of stylistic choices, such as a chapter with many footnotes and a chapter written entirely in Power Point. If I had not read the book previously, I am sure these would have been confusing. Further, there are a lot of characters that fade in and out, and I think they were far easier to keep straight in print. I loved this book. It definitely deserved all of the accolades it won. I would just recommend it in print, as opposed to the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10167)
    Performance
    (7619)
    Story
    (7663)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Great Beginning"
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    What did you love best about A Discovery of Witches?

    This book is a very interesting take on the supernatural world that has been so popular of late in much popular culture. Harkness elaborately weaves a complex and interesting tale populated with many interesting characters.


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

    Ikeda's narration is very lovely, and really brings the world to life. It is such a long story. I am not sure if I would have been as enthralled just by reading the book. Ikeda made it so that the 3 parts went by very quickly, and her interpretation kept me interested.


    Any additional comments?

    Be forewarned that the book is part one of a trilogy. I was not aware of this when I began listening. When there was only an hour left and nothing had even begun to resolve, I caught on. That was a little disappointing to not know when I began listening, especially since then next book has not come out yet, so you will be left in the middle of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen at Dinner: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Bewitching actress Jane Wilkinson wants a divorce, but her husband, Lord Edgware, refuses. She implores Hercule Poirot to use his famed tact and logic to make her case. Laughing, she tells Poirot if he fails she may have to bump off her husband herself. But it is no laughing matter when Lord Edgware is murdered, a well-placed knife wound at the base of his neck. It will take the precise Poirot to sort out the lies from the alibis and find the criminal before another victim dies.

    Ann says: "LOVE AGATHA!!"
    "Clever Mystery Full of Twists"
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    Where does Thirteen at Dinner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think this was one of my favorite audio books. Hugh Fraser is an excellent narrator, and the story kept me fascinated. Christie's books seem to translate very well to an audio format. I think it was so easy to really imagine everything that was going on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoy mysteries and I am a big Christie fan. This story just kept me guessing the whole time. All the clues were interesting and somewhat opaque. I really did not get what was going on til the very end, which is unusual for me. The story was intricate, but not confusingly so.


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

    I think Fraser really brought the characters to life. He seems to be such a convincing Poirot. On the page, I don't think the narrative would have quite the vibrancy that Fraser's performance gives it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and it made me want to listen to other Christie stories narrated by Fraser.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated By Nancy Travis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    From the town’s founder, a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or bears, to the young man who runs away to New York City, the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid: a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a neighbor, a woman who meets a fiercely human historical character, a poet who falls in love with a blind man, a mysterious traveler who comes to town in the year when summer never arrives.

    Carol says: "pleasant but unfulfilled"
    "Magical History of a Town"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I really enjoyed both the story and performance of this book. I think that the stories were really each very interesting and well told. I loved the magical realism, and I loved how the stories moved in time to cover the history of the town and some of its families. It was really interesting to trace an evolution of place names and folk lore. I though that Hoffman's use of the idea of tracing the evolution of town lore was so interesting, and I thought it really worked in this book. I think it was also a perfect type of audio book because it could be listened to very easily in parts.


    What about Nancy Travis’s performance did you like?

    I greatly enjoyed her ability to convincingly narrate as a character in the 1600s and as a character in the 1970s.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5239)
    Performance
    (3006)
    Story
    (3048)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Magical and Captivating Though a Bit Contrived"
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    Where does The Forgotten Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a very good audio book. The performance was well done. The only difficulty was that it skips around a bit, which made it more difficult to follow in audio form sometimes, but the narrator helped with that.


    If you could rename The Forgotten Garden, what would you call it?

    A Series of Unlikely Coincidences


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I vastly enjoyed the book. I think it was an interesting story, and Morton did a good job of telling an epic tale that spanned generations. In the end, I thought everything wrapped up a bit too neatly, and I am not sure that I every really ended up liking any of the characters though their actions and motivations were understandable. I would listen to or read other books by this author or read by this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Labours of Hercules

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    A dinner party guest compares Hercule Poirot to the Greek hero Hercules. Proving his skill, Poirot takes on 12 monumental cases corresponding to the 12 labors of Hercules. Includes The Nemean Lion, The Lernean Hydra, The Arcadian Deer, The Erymanthian Boar, The Augean Stables, The Stymphalean Birds, The Cretan Bull, The Horses of Diomedes, The Girdle of Hyppolita, The Flock of Geryon, The Apples of the Hesperides, and The Capture of Cerberus.

    C. Schmidt says: "Must not miss"
    "Very Clever"
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    If you could sum up The Labours of Hercules in three words, what would they be?

    clever fun classic


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

    Equally excellent


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

    I was very interested in it and just wanted to sit through the whole 8+ hours in one go, even though I couldn't.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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