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Susannah

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  • Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir That Inspired 'Upstairs, Downstairs' and 'Downton Abbey'

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Margaret Powell
    • Narrated By Mary Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (118)

    Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, Margaret Powell’s classic memoir of her time in service, Below Stairs, is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman who, though she served in the great houses of England, never stopped aiming high. Powell first arrived at the servants' entrance of one of those great houses in the 1920s. As a kitchen maid - the lowest of the low - she entered an entirely new world; one of stoves to be blacked, vegetables to be scrubbed, mistresses to be appeased, and bootlaces to be ironed.

    Margaret says: "Less than I was expecting..."
    "A delightful afternoon read"
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    Mary Wells really gives the story a unique character. If you've seen Upstairs Downstairs or Downtown Abbey, you'll be able to detect bits of those characters in Margaret Powell's own experiences. Powell's story, while sometimes grim, is not embittered: she manages to tell the good and the bad all while maintaining a light and warmhearted tone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of the Flies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Golding
    • Narrated By William Golding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (416)

    Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

    Raisa says: "Great story - bad narration"
    "Bad idea to have the author read this book"
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    Story

    In general, I love listening to author's read their work, and William Golding's personal introduction to this audiobook was very interesting, but he was a poor narrator. He doesn't read at an even tempo, and sometimes swallows words, and overall doesn't seem that into reading his book. The story was a disappointment as a long time fan of this genre - doesn't bring much new to the genre fifty years later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3647)
    Performance
    (1982)
    Story
    (2029)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "A fabulous way to hear the whole story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this to anyone I know who likes audiobooks. It's not a great way to start listening to audiobooks since it is so long (it took me about a month of listening to hear it all). The Count of Monte Cristo is a book I had always wanted to read and always been a bit intimidated by the length. The performance of this book in this recording makes it almost episodic - John Lee's voice carries you through even the action-less parts. It makes it easy to pick up and put down and remember exactly where you were. It definitely takes longer than actually reading the book yourself, but it feels a breeze. And the story is amazing, one of my favorite reads ever.


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

    No, as I would have to be either an insomniac or Mr. Smith of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to manage that.


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