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laura

Eugene, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Very Good Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (199)

    Jonathan Cecil, described as having “one of the best-loved voices in audiobooks” by the P. G. Wodehouse Society, narrates this collection of brilliantly entertaining stories featuring Jeeves and Wooster, including: "Jeeves and the Impending Doom", "Jeeves and the Kid Clementina", "The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy", "The Love That Purifies", "Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit", "Jeeves and the Old School Chum", "Jeeves and the Song of Songs", "Indian Summer of an Uncle", "Episode of the Dog McIntosh", "The Ordeal of Young Tuppy", and "The Spot of Art."

    C. Telfair says: "Very, Very Good Jeeves"
    "Spot on narration"
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    Having always loved the Wooster and Jeeves BBC television adaptation, I thought, "Ho!" Why not give the audio book a try? It is even funnier because you get inside Wooster's rather addled head. The narration of this one was hysterical. My husband and I were listening on an airplane and pretty much had to stuff our fists in our mouths to avoid guffawing out loud repeatedly.

    I just downloaded an earlier Wooster and Jeeves (My Man, Jeeves) and am not so far impressed with the narration. Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Cecil (narrator here) have apparently spoiled me.

    All the stories are basically the same theme, so It's not like one really needs to listen to every single book, I suppose. Hence, I am off, forthwith, to check on more narrated by Jonathan Cecil.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (586)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "I Loved It So Much I Bought It AFTER I Heard It"
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    So I got this out of the Oregon audio book library originally. After borrowing the first 3 books in the series, I had to join audible to get them as the library didn't have them. After listening to one after another, I realized I needed to OWN them all, so I bought the early ones as well. For the first time in my life I just Re-Listened to a book (this one) and am now starting on #2.

    Why? Jackie makes me realize you can keep on keeping on no matter what the circumstances if you take stock of your situation, make the best of it, and occasionally throw in a little heartfelt prayer for your mates. If you are a complete square, you won't like these books, but if you appreciate all kinds of people from all walks of life, you and Jackie, will have a lot in common. She does try to be as good a girl as she can, but sometimes circumstances require a slight loosening of standards. These are best not read to children under 13, I would say--as that is Jackie's age more or less by the end of book 1, but she manages to squeak through one situation after another with "her immortal soul" more or less intact.

    Katherine Kellgren, the narrator, is AMAZING. Book after book she keeps the characters lively and her voices consistent. Her voice is clear, no popping ps, no spittle-y tongue smacking, and always beautifully accented and articulated, and as heartfelt as Jackie herself could ever desire.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2290)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1005)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Traditional British Style with a modern twist"
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    Simonson does an excellent job slowly revealing her wide range of characters, so that you slowly build empathy, even with the ones whom you don't care for at first, and come to understand their motivations through their experiences, rather than being hit over the head with them. An excellent, believable portrayal of the staid, well ordered Britain of the past coming to terms with the very diverse, modern society of today.

    Lovely narration. I am picky about that.

    A lovely novel, with just enough joy, heartache and thought, without taxing one's mind overly much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (15857)
    Performance
    (11836)
    Story
    (11768)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Real Woman, Real World, Real Life, but Funny!"
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    It's Tina Fey telling you about her own life. She has had to work extra hard to make it so successfully in a (previously?) male dominated industry ( comedy is an industry?), but she recounts it with humor and (mostly) fairness.

    I have liked her for years, now I truly admire her.

    Just buy it and listen already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thank You, Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    Bertie Wooster's newfound enthusiasm for the banjolele results in his eviction from his apartment and, to his outrage, having to take notice from his hitherto devoted manservant, Jeeves. Repairing to the country with his banjolele and new valet, Brinkley, Bertie soon finds himself in no shortage of trouble. A visit to an American yacht ends with him locked in a stateroom by a prospective father-in-law.

    Andrew says: "I laughed so hard I missed my exit."
    "novel not Quite as fun as earlier episodic style"
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    The earlier Wooster and Jeeves books seemed a little faster paced with the fun and action than this one. However, the language is still irrevocably Wodehouse, and certainly passes the time pleasantly enough!

    Jonathan Cecil strikes the perfect tones for Wooster and Jeeves themselves, but struggles very occassionally with voices of other characters. His young American northern woman accent is hysterically bad, but I'm a young American northern woman, so it may not strike others so poorly. In general I am impressed with Cecil's vibrancy when reading.

    Recommended for a light listen, but not the gut buster laughs of The Inimitable Jeeves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5302)
    Performance
    (4592)
    Story
    (4588)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "A little pretentious, but fun enough"
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    I enjoyed this because it was set in Cinque Terre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (both of which I have been lucky enough to visit), Portland (near where I live), Sand Point (friend from there), Seattle (sister lives there) and Hollywood (whatever).

    I truly liked one of the characters and the others were fairly interesting. The narration was great at first, but after awhile his speech patterns became a little too predictable to my ear. I think if you were really into movies this might be more interesting. Maybe it just tried to cover too much ground for me, though I did enjoy the historical flashbacks interspersed throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26032)
    Performance
    (12687)
    Story
    (12728)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Couldn't do these voices in my head"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Help to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version, but as a northern white woman, I think it would have been very hard to hear the characters' voices so clearly in my imagination. Trying to read the southern sounds into it would have gotten in the way of the story both technically and psychologically I think. All the narrators did a fabulous job in this group effort.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a good, honest, attempt to look into a difficult issue and time in our history.


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

    I haven't heard other books by these narrators, but I look forward to hearing more.


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

    Plenty of moving moments. Listen yourself.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated Kathryn Stockett's personal note at the end. Some may say this novel doesn't delve deeply enough-- it definitely seems to still be trying to not cross same invisible line-- but one author cannot be held responsible for expressing every emotion and possibility and tragedy of an entire movement/era. I will be looking for more novels in this setting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Bloody Jack #8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (251)

    Jacky Faber, rich from her exploits diving for Spanish gold, has purchased the Lorelei Lee to carry passengers across the Atlantic. Believing she has been absolved of past sins against the Crown, Jacky docks in London to take on her crew, but is instead arrested and sentenced to life in the newly formed penal colony in Australia. To add insult to injury, the Lorelei Lee is confiscated to carry Jacky and more than 200 female convicts to populate New South Wales.

    Eileen says: "I decided to write one review...."
    "the reason I joined audible..."
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    What did you love best about The Wake of the Lorelei Lee?

    I loved best what I have loved about all the other Bloody Jack audio books (2 things actually). First, Jackie, the heroine. Just go meet her; you'll see what I mean, Second, Katherine Kellgren's performance--it's like a one woman radio play. Amazing. Third, (Ok, so I lied when I said 2) L.A. Meyer is just a great writer. Even in the later books when you are pretty sure Jackie really isn't going to really die this time, listening to Meyer's imaginative ways to get her out of things and his accessible-yet-not-insipid-in-any-way style keep you hanging on to every word.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wake of the Lorelei Lee?

    Well, If I told you, it wouldn't be very sporting of me. Trust that there are the usual complement of more-or-less trustworthy navel officers, good friends, fiendish scalawags and pirates to keep you interested.


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

    Brilliant. I cannot believe how consistent she is with her voicing from one character to the next, as well as one book to the next. Lovely singing as well.


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

    Well, it's really more fun than moving, but, even so, it has it's moments.


    Any additional comments?

    This really is the reason I joined audible. Our state's digital library only had books 1-7 available, and they said they couldn't get this one (though I notice they have it now), and, man, these are addictive, I NEEDED #8. I see #9 is now available. Off to download it right now. Oh, yes, I am.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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