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cmlmcmillan

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  • Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sally Bedell Smith
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II.

    Lauren says: "3.5 stars- fascinating"
    "A Personal Look at a Great Queen"
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    Would you listen to Elizabeth the Queen again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to this book again. I felt like I came to know her as much more than a figure-head for the British people. I was continually intrigued by the story and I found myself admiring the queen for much more than just her role as a queen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have adored Queen Elizabeth II since I was 3 1/2. She continued to be my favorite queen as I listened to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, this book is both amazingly crafted and wonderfully narrated. The narrator did voices both consistently and believably. Sally Bedell Smith did her research for real and although it could have been easy to be biased, I felt the presentation was very fair. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a closer look at Her Majesty, the Queen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1749)
    Performance
    (1550)
    Story
    (1560)

    Sam Vimes is on a well-deserved holiday. But for the commander of the City Watch, a vacation in the country is anything but relaxing. The balls, the teas, the muck - not to mention all that fresh air and birdsong - are more than a bit taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper. Yet a policeman will find a crime anywhere if he decides to look hard enough, and it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam - out of his jurisdiction, out of his element, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife) - must rely on his instincts, guile, and street smarts to see justice done.

    Tim says: "Perfect Pratchett"
    "What a Ride!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Snuff the most enjoyable?

    Terry Pratchett really does know how to spin a story well. Some characters were unexpected (as per usual), some were hilarious (as always), and some were just as they always are (Sam Vimes!). The narrator's voices were superbly done and I couldn't have asked for a better vacation listen!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snuff?

    I think one of the most memorable moments is when Vimes and his son go to visit the children's book writer. She's so unexpected and wonderfully "Pratchett-esque." It's funny, totally spot on, and builds suspension in the overall plot marvelously.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to both "Going Postal" and "Making Money" (also by Terry Pratchett) and the performance is on par with excellence every time. One thing I love about Stephen Briggs is that I don't hear repeat voices (i.e. voices he used for other characters in the other performances he does coming back as "new" characters). The world is the same, but the characters are different and he does them true justice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unseen Academicals: Discworld #32

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (955)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (478)

    Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old-fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Punch-in-the-arm fun"
    "Not His Best"
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    I hate to say this because it's so heartbreaking, but this is NOT Terry Pratchett at his best. At times, the book feels confused and the plot wanders off into places that don't make sense for the overall story. This is not critique coming from an uninitiated fan, I've got just about every Terry Pratchett book there is and I've listened to them all multiple times. Unseen Academicals is just not his best. That said, I don't think this book isn't worth a listen. You've got to give the man props for writing a book as he's slowly losing his memory (which has got to be more than a little irksome for a great author who knows it). Overall, while not his best, I'd definitely recommend this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beka Cooper Book 1: Terrier

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (210)

    Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy by introducing Beka Cooper, an amazing young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character. For the first time, Pierce employs first-person narration in a novel, bringing readers even closer to a character they will love for her unusual talents and tough personality.

    Clara says: "love it"
    "Tammy Pierce Has Done It Again"
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    Tamora Pierce really has done it again with the Beka Cooper series. I have just about every single one of her books and I'm of the 21 and over variety of fan. She has a way of spinning a tale that totally sucks you in every time. Be warned that because Pierce is writing within the constructs of a historically accurate "medieval time period" there will be violence, killing, and more adult situations for characters younger than you might think appropriate, but she keeps it clean for the most part. I keep coming back to the Beka Cooper series and Tamora Pierce's other work over and over again simply because I enjoy it. It's good Young Adult fiction and you can't underestimate it. I highly recommend this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Chivalry

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christina Pickles
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (312)

    "A delicious tale of an elderly British matron who buys the Holy Grail at a rummage sale. Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide."

    Teresa says: "A delightful story!"
    "Quietly Hysterical"
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    I got this short because it was free and friends and family who have listened to it with me constantly beg me to replay it. It's just hysterical the whole way through. The narrator is perfect. The story is perfection itself. Neil Gaiman outdid himself with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (2734)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1252)

    Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

    R. BREEN says: "Witty and magical"
    "Neil Gaiman Knows What He's Doing"
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    Neil Gaiman knew what he was doing when he narrated his own book. He's got the voice, the intonation, and the perfect presentation of the story. For an author, this is sometimes an elusive mix, but Gaiman's got it. This is a fun adult fairytale with all the trimmings of sex, intrigue, adventure, and romance. It couldn't get more fun if you tried. I don't regret getting this book on audio even though I have a hard copy of the book. Highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monk's Hood

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    At the Bendictine monastery in Shrewsbury in 1138, the gardens are flourishing under the expert tending of Brother Cadfael. His shelves boast all sorts of medication for every kind of ailment. But then a local landowner is poisoned with Cadfael's own concoction intended for aching joints. As the monk investigates he finds a web of family intrigue, where suspicion has fallen on someone he is certain is innocent.

    Christopher says: "Excellent Story, Excellent Reader"
    "Thought Provoking Every Time"
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    I love this book and continue to find it intriguing and fun every time I listen to it. The narrator is good and the story is both clever and perfectly paced. It requires careful listening due to the author's use of sometimes antiquated language or unusual sentence structure, but that's part of what makes this book fun. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a good mystery and history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6629)
    Performance
    (3044)
    Story
    (3097)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "Terrible book, boring narrator"
    Overall

    I should have known I would tire of these books quickly, and of course I did. By the time I bought this book, my adoration of the whole series was on its last legs and this book just killed it (thank goodness). The writing is bad, the narration worse and the book itself should end hundreds of pages before it does. Don't bother with this book. If you really want to read it, get it from the library or the half-price bookstore so that you don't feel bad about wasting your money when you start to hate the whole series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David C. Heymann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    From the New York Times best-selling author of American Legacy, RFK, and A Woman Named Jackie comes an in-depth look at the much talked-about - but never fully revealed - relationship between Jackie Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.

    Richard says: "Could have been better"
    "Utterly Terrible"
    Overall

    I bought this book for "ear fluff" (i.e. the kind of book you only half listen to anyway because you don't really care) and it wasn't even worth it. I stopped listening half-way through. I should have heeded the reviews I read that said it was terrible and gotten something else. It wasted time and money. DON'T BUY THIS BOOK, NOT EVEN ON A LARK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (594)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Refreshingly Fun"
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    This book was a hit when it came out and it should still be a hit. Way too much fun to simply listen to only once, Frances McDormand does it justice.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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