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Madeleine

New Westminster, BC | Member Since 2009

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  • Barchester Towers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (130)

    Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. Trollope continues the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr Harding and his daughter Eleanor.

    Janet says: "Read The Warden first"
    "Very Nice Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Incredibly entertaining. I felt he gave away a bit of the plot mid-novel but all in all a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Prime Minister

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (101)

    Plantaganet Palliser, Prime Minister of England - a man of power and prestige, with all the breeding and inherited wealth that goes with it - is appalled at the inexorable rise of Ferdinand Lopez. An exotic impostor, seemingly from nowhere, Lopez has society at his feet, while well-connected ladies vie with each other to exert influence on his behalf - even Palliser’s own wife, Lady Glencora.

    Liz says: "Wonderful!"
    "Enjoy your Job not the Prestige"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the Plantagenet Palliser storyline in that people today must deal with decisions regarding life quality versus job prestige.
    I was a bit disappointed with the Ferdinand Lopez storyline. I really did not feel that it was characteristic of that type of character to choose that way of ending life. I think that he would more convincingly have taken some others with him.
    Nevertheless, as always, a very entertaining book! Well read by Timothy West.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Phineas Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    In Phineas Finn, the second of the Palliser novels, Trollope balances the rival demands of public and private life, entangling political ambitions with the experiences of love. Phineas Finn, an irresistible but penniless young Irish barrister enters Parliament and comes to London leaving behind him an Irish sweetheart, Mary Flood-Jones. In London, Phineas wins friends on all sides and is admitted to high society.

    Leni Ramberg says: "The entire book is in the 3 parts of download."
    "The luck of the Irish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book validates that well worn phrase "the luck of the Irish". The great metropolis, London, is Phineas' oyster. This poor, son of an Irish doctor, has prime ministers, beautiful wealthy women at his feet. What a guy, what a story. I just loved listening to it. Thank you Mr West for the great narration and thank you Mr Trollope for the great and so witty story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (222)

    A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson.

    A. Millard says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Wow!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just such a wonderful story.
    As always: when in doubt listen to a Dickens novel!
    Thank you Mr Timson for your wonderful performance!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4219)
    Performance
    (3682)
    Story
    (3733)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Bitter-sweet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great ending to a great series!
    The narrator did have quite a chalenge: so many characters and so many dragons to give voices to.
    I was very happy with the way Paolini painted out the aftermath of the final battle...but I would have liked a different ending for the Nasuada/Mortag story line.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Forgive Her?

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    Trollope inextricably binds together the issues of parliamentary election and marriage, of politics and privacy. The values and aspirations of the governing stratum of Victorian society are ruthlessly examined and none remains unscathed. But it is above all on the predicament of women that Trollope focuses. ‘What should a woman do with her life?’ asks Alice Vavasor of herself, and this theme is echoed by every other woman in the novel.

    David says: "Superb performance and sound"
    "Fabulous Listen!"
    Overall

    As usual, I was completely entertained with the narrator as well as the story of this Anthony Trollope novel. The characters are so alive. I usually listen to books-on-ipod when I am sewing: I found myself stopping just to really listen to the action of this novel!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [RNIB Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Lucy Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (168)

    Jane Eyre remains a classic of 19th-century English literature and is the most famous and influential novel by Charlotte Bronte. Published in 1847, one of the most popular of all English novels, the story tells of the rise of a poor orphan girl against overwhelming odds. It is a work of fiction with memorable characters and vivid scenes exploring themes that have as much relevance today as in the time it was written.

    Tad Davis says: "Magnificent"
    "Not able to download!"
    Overall

    I can only download Part 1 of this book. I've tried over and over again to download the second and third part but they refuse to import! What to do?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity Fair [AudioGo]

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By John Castle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    Set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this classic gives a satirical picture of a worldly society. The novel revolves around the exploits of the impoverished but beautiful and devious Becky Sharp.

    Constance says: "A book that was meant to be read aloud!"
    "Becky Sharp, the woman we love to hate"
    Overall

    Great story; much better than the movie.
    Had Becky Sharp been born in 1975, she would have been congratulated and esteemed!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eustace Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (114)

    Who owns the Eustace Diamonds? Lizzie Eustace claims that Sir Florian Eustace, her late husband, gave them to her. But Mr Camperdown, the family solicitor, insists that they are an heirloom, to be passed down from generation to generation. Lizzie is both beautiful and clever, yet Mr Camperdown believes her to be a scheming liar. And Mr Camperdown is right! The battle for the diamonds rages until a robbery intervenes and they disappear. Or do they...?

    Natalie says: "Becky Sharp Revisited"
    "Great Fun"
    Overall

    What a fantastic listen! Lizzie Eustace is a woman that you learn to hate and also to love. All the characters of this novel are well drawn and delightful.
    We listened to this while driving across the country (Canada). It made the trip fly by!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Thorne

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (95)

    Frank Gresham, son of the impoverished squire of Greshambury, has fallen in love with penniless Mary Thorne. Despite the promptings of his family to consider a Miss Dunstable, heiress to a fortune, Frank's affections persist, and the humane Doctor Thorne, as Mary's protector, must confront the prejudices of the mid-Victorian society.

    Joseph R says: "An Adult Cinderella Story"
    "What a great story!"
    Overall

    I just love this book. Absolutely delightful! Masterpiece Theater should adapt this story for the screen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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