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janet

smiths falls on. k7a-4h7 | Member Since 2009

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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
    Overall
    (3001)
    Performance
    (2675)
    Story
    (2678)

    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"
    "so beautifully written"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    jim broadbents' narration suits this book to a tee.


    What did you like best about this story?

    well written. well read can't beat this combo


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bridges of Madison County

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robert James Waller
    • Narrated By Mitch Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    If you've ever experienced the one true love of your life, a love that for some reason could never be, you will understand why readers all over the world were so moved by this small, unknown first novel that they made it a publishing phenomenon and best seller.

    Marv says: "a wonderful listen!"
    "such a sweet story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bridges of Madison County to be better than the print version?

    no


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bridges of Madison County?

    the last parting. so emotional


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    idunno. he is a great narriator although a femaje narriator would be better for this book


    Any additional comments?

    this is what i call "my comfort" book, when i feel down or just want to curl up on my bed & it is raining or snowing outside. i always frrl better when reading this novel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Certain Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (65)

    When Venetia Aldridge QC defends young Gary Ashe, accused of the brutal murder of his aunt, this for her is just one more case, one more opportunity to triumph in a distinguished career as a criminal lawyer. But Regina v. Ashe sets in motion a chain of events as terrifying as they are unpredictable.

    James Gordon says: "A CERTAIN SOMETHING WONDERFUL"
    "jayson and p d what a combo"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    a gr8 mystery writer read by one of the greatest narrators of all time


    What did you like best about this story?

    A PLUS


    What about Michael Jayston’s performance did you like?

    A PLUSgr8 mystery


    Any additional comments?

    i love jameses writing style i read her books again & again, with michael jaysons reading. its just soooooooo good

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9274)
    Performance
    (5921)
    Story
    (5941)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Daniel says: "Finally! The unabridged version is here!"
    "great great great"
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    Where does Dragonfly in Amber rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything


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

    oh yes


    Any additional comments?

    my second time listening & once manual read when it first came out I LOVE THIS SERIES ANY MORE MS. GABALDON?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7804)
    Performance
    (5000)
    Story
    (4968)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    Kathy says: "Hurry up! I want them all!"
    "best writer. best narrator ever!"
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    Where does Voyager rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is my 2nd listen to all the outlander series. i also read the books when they first came out.the outlander series is at the top of my list. one of my favourites of all time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything. another adventure that just keeps you wanting more


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    whats not to like about this narrator. i love her


    Any additional comments?

    i hope mrs gabledon has another boor in this series!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4648)
    Performance
    (2705)
    Story
    (2706)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "wow!"
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    Would you listen to In the Woods again? Why?

    what a gr8 story. welldone. loved it to bits. i will probably read it again. what more can i say?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Three Junes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (278)

    Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. Three Junes "almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains...extraordinary," says Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours.

    Dagmar says: "Beautiful Narration of a Wonderful Story!"
    "fantastic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i keep going back to listen to this book . every time i do, i enjoy it more.the narrator does the author proud. such a great combonation


    What did you like best about this story?

    going from time frame to time frame, keeps you alert.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    one of the best

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8205)
    Performance
    (6368)
    Story
    (6394)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "great story well written"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    oh yes. i find it interesting to hear about how the other side dealt with the war


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    it has opened my mind to all aspects of life & to have a more tolerant attitude to those of the "other side" of ww 2


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    that is the authors genuis. the way with the written word to keep our interest. what a great talent


    Who was the most memorable character of The Book Thief and why?

    not a thing he was perfect


    Any additional comments?

    nope. just bring on more gr8 books with a gr8 narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15081)
    Performance
    (12424)
    Story
    (13062)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "YUK! YUK! YUK!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    some 15 year old girl


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    YES


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the prose was terrible. the narratir was worse.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    author should go to harliquin romance type of publisher & stay there. i can't imagine what the other 2 books are like. maybe its my age talking but terrible writing is terrible writing

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (522)

    It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

    Kathy says: "Great book, bad ending"
    "EXCELLENT !"
    Overall

    One of the greatest I have read in A while. the narrator was soooo good. david nicholls w ords were made all the more real by the excellent narration. I want more david nicholls janet sparks

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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