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Gary

Cary, New Caledonia | Member Since 2000

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  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Peter Jeffrey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (232)

    T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as "the first and the greatest English detective novel". The stone of the title is an enormous diamond plundered from an Indian shrine after the Siege of Seringapatam. Given to Miss Verinder on her 18th birthday, it mysteriously disappears that very night. Suspicion falls on three Indian jugglers who have been seen in the neighbourhood.

    Lucie says: "An engrossing detective novel"
    "Good - if you are not in a hurry"
    Overall

    When I first started listening to the book I had to keep restarting it to get used to the accents and sentence structure. Even though this is written in English I felt challenged to understand the train of thought of the writer.

    At about one third into the book the perspective changed. The story narration was taken over by another character and I realized that the first narrative was intentionally written in a "wandering" style to reflect the personality of that character.

    Subsequent narratives were much easier to understand and to the point of the story. It is easy to see why one might stop listening to the first wordy and tedious narrative.

    If you like stories to proceed at quick pace I would recommend the abridged version which I would expect to be more concise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16453)
    Performance
    (10723)
    Story
    (10605)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "Braveheart meets I Love Lucy"
    Overall

    If that sounds good to you - you will love this book.

    Otherwise, keep looking for your next pick.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Raveling

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Peter Moore Smith
    • Narrated By Eric Stoltz
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Twenty years ago, Fiona May Airie, pilot James Airie's little sister, disappeared. You might say it caused his family to unravel. It would happen to any family. But now James, a diagnosed schizophrenic, thinks all the unraveling is finally over, and it's time to try and ravel everything back...

    Andrea says: "Not bad at all"
    "Keeps you guessing"
    Overall

    The author does a very good job of character development and plot design. I agree that the actions of the psycologist were atypical but beyond that I found the story very captivating. The plot twists and turns and like a good mystery it keeps you guessing all the way. I would like to see more of this author at Audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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