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Beverly

Naples, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (642)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "Phew"
    Overall

    This is the only way to go to "read" this novel. It's amazingly intricate and a little tough to learn the characters but soon the listener becomes comfortable with who and what each character is about. I admit to being somewhat bored by the author's sermonizing in between the story parts but otherwise enjoyed this long tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Valentine: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, may actually marry at last. The entire village of Lochdubh adores Macbeth's bride-to-be. Josie McSween is Hamish's new constable, and she is a pretty little thing, with glossy brown hair and big brown eyes. The local folk think that Josie is quite a catch, but Hamish couldn't be more miserable.

    susan e. says: "reliable Hamish Macbeth"
    "Brilliant as usual"
    Overall

    I truly enjoy M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series. I've read all of them over and over and this was my first audio book and it was delightfully done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1554)
    Performance
    (1011)
    Story
    (1033)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "They're still whining"
    Overall

    I had hoped that in this second installment that the main characters would not still be frantically whining about their plight...but they are.

    The author could have told this story in one book. I just want her to get to the point. If this was a printed book I would have skipped to the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (1239)
    Story
    (1244)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "A little long and whingy"
    Overall

    I'm afraid that I thought the characters whiney and was unsympathetic to their "plight".

    The glimpses of WWII life are interesting and I'd hoped that there would be more of that and less dwelling on the plight of the main characters.

    0 of 1 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
    Overall
    (26954)
    Performance
    (13585)
    Story
    (13633)

    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!"
    "Superb!"
    Overall

    I have read the novel, "The Help", but was glad to listen to it, after receiving a recommendation from a friend who had enjoyed this production very much. It is simply wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House On Tradd Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (335)

    Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An Old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog - and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

    Joanna says: "Pleasantly surprised"
    "Shallow main character"
    Overall

    Although the story description seemed interesting I was hoping for something more. The main character, Melanie, is so annoyingly shallow and stuck up that I didn't enjoy much of anything she said or did. She was just too concerned about her hair and nails, her makeup, her clothes and her "rightness" in all situations that I was just plain in a hurry for the story to end.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Barefoot in the Park (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Neil Simon
    • Narrated By Norman Aronovic, Laura Linney
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    A brand new lawyer and his young bride have returned from their honeymoon and are moving into their new high-rent apartment. In order to reach this "charming" dwelling, they must first climb six creaking flights of stairs. Once there, they find the place is absolutely bare of furniture, the paint job is all wrong, the skylight leaks, there is room for only one twin bed, and the wacky neighbors pop up at the worst times.

    Fabio says: "A nice treat"
    "Fun!"
    Overall

    A change from my normal listening selection and very fun. Well done. I will listen to this one repeatedly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Anne

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    Mary Anne knew the grinding heel of poverty, and determined it would never grind her again. With beauty, brains, ambition, and the glittering decadence of Regency London to sustain her, she chose the only route that could take a cockney girl to the top, as mistress to the Royal Duke of York. But soon she provoked a scandal that rocked the country, placed the Duke on trial before Parliament, and risked losing Mary Anne everything.

    Diane says: "daphne du maurier is great - but not her best work"
    "Superior"
    Overall

    This is a grand tale, full of intrigue and mystery and interesting characters. Well read and enjoyable to the last word.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Vanessa Maroney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    This is the story of Mary and her friends and a garden which had been locked away for 10 years.

    Penny says: "Magical Storytelling"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    This is a very endearing story and I would highly recommend it. The only flaw in this audio book is that there is very little time, if any, between the close of a chapter and the beginning of the next.

    One doesn't have time to process or realise that a chapter has ended and the narrator is speaking....almost over the top of the last sentence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1334)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (810)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Barbara says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Intriguing story...very well read."
    Overall

    I have enjoyed this story first through film and then through this book, which is very well done. Some of the racist terms used in the story are somewhat disturbing for this day and age. I refer to the term "Boong" and "Abo" and other remarks concerning Malaysians, Aborigines and other non-caucasian people. The story is still interesting and enjoyable.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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