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Jessica

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  • Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated By Cynthia Wallace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide, and to pay off a debt, one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns. Annie also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco's most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of her clients has died. The police believe his death was suicide, but Annie believes he was murdered.

    KarenB says: "Enjoyable story, annoying narration"
    "Meh"
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    What did you like best about Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery? What did you like least?

    I ordered this book thinking "how bad can the narration be?" I have to say it was pretty bad. That said, it was a fun little story and the narrator did fine enough when not narrating the female characters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from M. Louisa Locke? Why or why not?

    I would be willing to try another of her books. The story wasn't the most amazing but it was definitely fun and absorbing.


    Was Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery worth the listening time?

    I would say it was worth the listening time. You get used to the narrator after a while.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Emma Messenger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of eponymous Jane Eyre, her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of Thornfield Hall. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel's exploration of sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.

    sam says: "emma messenger makes it all new again"
    "Perfection"
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    What's not to love? Jane Eyre has been one of my favorite books since I was 13 years old and Emma Messenger is possibly my favorite narrator. Her voice is so soothing I wish she could personally read me to sleep every night, even during the exciting parts of the book. This audiobook is like listening to poetry. Simply perfection.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Emma Messenger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (161)

    Famous, all-encompassing, passionate, but ultimately doomed love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and the people around them. Today considered a classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights was met with mixed reviews when it first appeared, mainly because of the narrative's stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty.

    Christoph Marti says: "Five stars for the wonderful Emma Messenger"
    "Twisted Tale, Amazing Narrator"
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    Wuthering Heights is a classic because of its beautiful language and spellbinding story-telling, not because the story itself is very wonderful. It's primarily about really, really warped characters, most of whom I could hardly even care what happened to them. It was so well-written, though, that I became completely absorbed nonetheless. Not only was it well-written but I just LOVED the narrator. She was almost whiny when voicing the Catherine characters, and yet it fit them so well that it was just perfect. She was half the reason why I was so drawn into the book; I would highly recommend any book read by Emma Messenger. In the end, the book had a much happier ending than I had hoped for so I was pretty satisfied. Enjoyed it much better than I thought I would.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2291)
    Performance
    (2088)
    Story
    (2113)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "AMAZING"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book got me hooked on audiobooks and I still haven't found another to quite compare. The spellbinding story is nicely complimented by the flawless narration. I found myself looking for opportunities to keep listening to it so I started listening while I cleaned house. Never had such a clean house than I did the week or two I was playing this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gauntlgrym: Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (445)

    Drizzt joins Bruenor on his quest for the fabled dwarven kingdom of Gauntlgrym: ruins said to be rich with ancient treasure and arcane lore. But before they even get close, another drow and dwarf pair stumbles across it first: Jarlaxle and Athrogate. In their search for treasure and magic, Jarlaxle and Athrogate inadvertently set into motion a catastrophe that could spell disaster for the unsuspecting people of the city of Neverwinter - a catastrophe big enough to lure even Jarlaxle into risking his own coin and skin to stop it.

    K. McDowell says: "Pleasantly Surprised."
    "Not that into it"
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    What disappointed you about Gauntlgrym?

    Perhaps the story picked up but it was not quick to draw me in. Didn't get more than a few hours into it before I was bored enough to switch to something else.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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