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Benedict

Benedict

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  • The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    One afternoon over coffee at Cat’s delicatessen, a friend of Isabel’s shares a call for help from Duncan Munrowe. Crafty thieves have stolen a prized painting from his collection, a work by the celebrated French artist Nicolas Poussin that was earmarked for donation to the Scottish National Gallery. Munrowe has been approached by the thieves and hopes that Isabel will assist him in recovering the painting. Never one to refuse an appeal, she agrees, and discovers that the thieves may be closer to the owner than he ever would have expected.

    Benedict says: "Great story, simply gorgeous narration..."
    "Great story, simply gorgeous narration..."
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    Oftentimes the first thing I do when I log onto Audible is check if there is a new story by Alexander McCall Smith. If there is, I always immediately download and by the next two days I have listened to the whole story.

    I really love this series because of the delightful characters and the main character's concern on how to live an ethical life with the situations that come up in front of her, rather than a theoretical situation. I think the author, Smith, does this intentionally.

    Not to worry if you are not "down" for ethics in good stories! But if you do decide to get this book, I would suggest starting with the first of the series and moving forward.

    The narration by Davina Porter is just so gorgeous!

    As an aside, it is simply amazing how the author can invent a three-dimensional, new character and bring the reader along to "get it" on the spot.

    I hope you do listen to this book and enjoy it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Emma: A Modern Retelling

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
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    Emma Woodhouse's widowed father is an anxious man, obsessed with nutrition and the latest vitamins. He lives the life of a country gentleman in contemporary England, protectively raising his young daughters, Isabella and Emma. While Isabella grows into a young woman, marries a society photographer for Vogue at the age of 19, and gets down to the business of reproducing herself, Emma pursues a degree in interior design at university in Bath and then returns to set up shop in her home village.

    Benedict says: "Great!"
    "Great!"
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    The first half-hour to hour of this modern update of Jane Austen's great work may be amongst (if I may use that word) the very best writing and reading there is on audible.com. Be prepared for the author's huge charm offensive!

    Otherwise, this book's main thrust is for us to better consider our dealings with others and urges us to press forward our lives with kindness born of seeing the other person's point of view, and refraining from judging the *apparent* meaning in the conduct of others. (I suppose this could well be done in our respective countries' world relations.)

    Emma's last day of school leaving her friends for the last time bursting into tears and her silver Mercedes...

    Emma's friend lives in Darnwell Abbey...

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Matilda

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (257)
    Story
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    "The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

    Sister Christian says: "Could have been PERFECT"
    "Edgy"
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    I was surprised at first how this could be a "children's book" but have acquiesced. I came to admire Ms Winslett's acting/ narrative skills!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sense and Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
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    When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

    Jo says: "Superb - Justice to Jane Austen and Emma Thompson"
    "So wonderful!"
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    I had always loved Jane Austen but for some reason had not gotten round to listening to Sense and Sensibility. I was nervous at first about it becoming a mere trivial commentary on women's affections and affectations but came to love this book. I became emotionally involved and even tearful at times.

    A most pleasant surprise was finding the narrator, Juliet Stevenson. I had not heard of her before but find her one of the great readers at Audible. I was amazed at how she could create the characters, both men and women, with such clarity and charm that was so equal to the greatness of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Influence: Science and Practice, ePub, 5th Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert B. Cialdini
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
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    Widely used in classes, as well as sold to people operating successfully in the business world, the eagerly awaited revision of Influence reminds the listener of the power of persuasion. Cialdini organizes compliance techniques into six categories based on psychological principles that direct human behavior: reciprocation, consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity.

    Dubito Ergo Sum says: "This book will change the way you see the world."
    "What about influence in politics"
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    This is an interesting book, and reading it could save you thousands of dollars and a lot of heartache. So read it just for that alone.

    My other thought is there was very little mention of "influence" in politics: how we are "trained" to concur and to obey to a greater or lesser degree.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anita Loos, Jenny McPhee (introduction)
    • Narrated By Patrice O’Neill
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    If any American fictional character of the 20th century seems likely to be immortal, it is Lorelei Lee of Little Rock, Arkansas, the not-so-dumb blonde who knew that diamonds are a girl's best friend. Outrageous, charming, and unforgettable, she's been portrayed on stage and screen by Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe, and has become the archetype of the footloose, good-hearted gold digger, with an insatiable appetite for orchids, champagne, and precious stones.

    Benedict says: "Great story"
    "Great story"
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    This was an exciting discovery for me. Anita Loos, the author, has put into words something about men that remains true and funny to this day, over 80 years after first being published.

    It tells stories on men and is also a great little history of the 1920's.

    It is very funny and highly recommended.

    The narrator is absolutely perfect for this book and I hope she does a lot more work for us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
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    Amanda and her husband, David, feel fortunate to be raising their son and daughter in the close-knit community of ex-pats on Grand Cayman Island, an idyllic place for children to grow up. Their firstborn, Sally, has always listened to her heart, deciding at age four that she would rather be called Clover and then, a few years later, falling in love with her best friend, James. But the comforting embrace of island life can become claustrophobic for adults, especially when they are faced with difficult situations.

    Rio Delta Wild says: "Comic relief? Too much tension."
    "So, so remarkable!"
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    How on earth does A M McCall do it?

    He starts the book on the Cayman Islands and goes on from there. I suppose he visited the Islands for a vacation for three or four weeks and from that was able to weave another fabulous story of insights into human nature. He picked up the flavor of the Islands and the humanity that lives there.

    The bonus is that the book is longer than Mr. Smith's other books so there is that much pleasure in listening to it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Benedict says: "What we have forgotten!"
    "What we have forgotten!"
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    I remember reading this brief pamphlet in college and having to go for a drive in my car several times before I could finish it.

    I shall not try to improve on Thoreau by recounting the text, but highly recommend this book for "How to be an actual American."

    The price is right, the time to listen to it is right!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit of Kaizen: Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bob Maurer, Leigh Ann Hirschman
    • Narrated By Bob Maurer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
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    (74)
    Story
    (71)

    UCLA psychologist and organizational consultant Dr. Robert Maurer provides a simple and proven effective technique for making major changes with minimal disruption. Applying the operational concept of kaizen - small, continual improvements - to common management challenges, managers can drive major improvements with a series of well-planned techniques for boosting quality, innovation, sales, and morale.

    Patrick says: "A must for anyone that wants to achieve."
    "Financially valuable book..."
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    This is a brief book. It tells the story of how great success can be had simply by making a small, completely inexpensive, change in things to improve the fortunes of your life or your company (or Country?).

    I barely was able to finish the book because I was bored, but somewhere along the way I realized I, too, could make a small change in my life and thus save $1,000 to $2,000 per year in after-tax savings/expenses in my own budget.

    So a short book, but quite valuable. I recommend it to everyone just to have the principle in mind, for life. One day great dividends can be reaped. This is for CEOs and the rest of us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Hitler: New Scientific Evidence That Hitler Escaped Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jerome Corsi
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    Overall
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    In 2009, three US professors with access to Adolf Hitler’s alleged remains startled the world with scientific DNA proof that the skull and bones that Russia had claimed since the end of World War II were Hitler’s actually belonged to a middle-aged woman whose identity remains unknown.

    Benedict says: "I was taken aback ..."
    "I was taken aback ..."
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    I thought this was the most preposterous thing I have ever heard of in the public discourse.

    Now, it turns out the only "proof" (meaning something absolute) about Hitler's body being taken to Russia after the war is false: the body was determined by *American* forensic experts, in an investigation conducted *in* America, to be that of a woman less than 40 years old.

    So Hitler did not die in the bunker.

    Now what?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
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    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Benedict says: "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
    "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
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    I had not heard of this story until this week. It is part of a series of Christmas stories told by Charles Dickens that includes A Christmas Carol. It is very well read by Jim Dale, of lasting Harry Potter fame.

    The Cricket on the Hearth is very moving and quite touching.

    Some women of the modern era wonder how their counterparts of earlier days were able to be "traditional" housewives looking after hearth and home. I believe this story provides some great insight into the relationships of wives and husbands that is worth attending to, if only for the understanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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