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J. Quigley

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Manchester, MD United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2877)
    Performance
    (2557)
    Story
    (2559)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Horribly Depressing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Rachel Joyce and/or Jim Broadbent?

    I was under the impression that this was an uplifting book about someone journeying within, as well as on foot, who meets interesting people along the way that provide insight for him (not so much) along his path. In reality it is the most depressing story with a horrible twist. As someone who escapes into books to feel better, this was a disaster.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rachel Joyce again?

    No


    What three words best describe Jim Broadbent’s performance?

    versatile, realistic, good timing


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    As a mother of a troubled child, this upset me quite a lot. I think there should be a warning of some sort.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (265)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "Horrible Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Princess Elizabeth's Spy? What did you like least?

    I'm not sure I can finish listening to this book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator sounds like a hysterical 9 year old, not like a woman who would be working as a spy. You can never tell when she finishes a sentence. There is little intonation, unless she is squealing.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the first book in this series very much. I am extremely disappointed in the seconds narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brownies and Broomsticks: A Magical Bakery Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bailey Cates
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (297)

    Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees. While working at the Honeybee Bakery - named after Lucy's cat - Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty - Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

    Kathryn says: "A Little Mystery with your Magic"
    "Should be marked for Young Adults"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'd say pre-teens to teens. I was looking for something light and easy to take my mind off life for a few hours during a long drive. I wasn't looking for a silly heroine or a novel written for teens. The narrator channeled her 13 year old self, frequently using vocal expression not suitable for the dialogue. The story itself was riddled with cliches.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bailey Cates again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Johanna Parker’s performances?

    NO


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I was a seriously poor performance. It's hard to know if the book would have been better had I read it myself, instead of listening to it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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