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Audio junkie, caffiene addict, anglophile & a bit of a wino.

DC Suburbs (MD) | Member Since 2010

  • 5 reviews
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  • 20 purchased in 2014

  • Past Imperfect

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Julian Fellowes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Damian Baxter is hugely wealthy and dying. He lives alone in a big house in Surrey, England, looked after by a chauffeur, butler, cook and housemaid. He has but one concern--his fortune in excess of 500 million and who should inherit it on his death.

    connie says: "strangely absorbing"
    "A Glittering Journey through Ballrooms & Decades"
    If you could sum up Past Imperfect in three words, what would they be?

    Glittering, Tempestuous, Sad

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    OH probably the main character. He was so hapless. He couldn't catch a break. Made my heart break for him a bit.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dinner scene in Portugal - because you'd be hearing about it all book and it finally came out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "A lot of work - not a lot of payoff."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not very exciting - and not very dramatic. I suppose there's a twist at the end but its so long in coming and so drawn out that its hardly worth the 20+ hours of listening it took to get there.

    Has The Distant Hours turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Oh heavens no! I still love historical fiction - just not this book.

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

    No this is my first - she was a good narrator - I'd listen to her again.

    Was The Distant Hours worth the listening time?

    Absolutely not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Red Tsar: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sam Eastland
    • Narrated By Paul Michael

    Shortly after midnight on July 17, 1918, the imprisoned family of Tsar Nicholas Romanov was awakened and led down to the basement of the Ipatiev house. There they were summarily executed. A decade later, one man lives in purgatory, banished to a forest on the outskirts of humanity. Pekkala was once the most trusted secret agent of the Romanovs, the right-hand man of the Tsar himself. Now he is Prisoner 4745-P. But the state needs Pekkala one last time.

    Meggin says: "Buy This Book Today & Start Listening"
    "Great Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Good historical detail. Plot kept moving - good momentum. Killer ending. Great naration.

    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    Stallin I think.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A mystery, inside a riddle wrapped up in an enigma.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Utterly predictible!"
    What would have made Relic better?

    Less predictibility...more complex story line....

    What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written for readers older than 10 years of age.

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

    Intense eye rolling and thoughts of "I'm listening to this why exactly?"

    Any additional comments?

    Save your credi!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "X-Men Meets Harry Potter"
    What made the experience of listening to The Rook the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was fantastic! The story flowed, and was hillarious, smart - well writen. Since listening I have both read the book, recommended it...ok... INSISTED that my friends read/listen to it immediately, assigned it for book club and listened to it....AGAIN! Its that good and fresh, dramatic, creative and funny.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rook?

    So many memorable moments that made me laugh out loud in the car...on the the some weird looks.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mi-6, meet the X-men. I DO hope and pray they make a movie of this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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