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Melinda

San Rafael, CA, United States

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  • Inkspell

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Brendan Fraser
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (304)

    Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past.

    Vanessa says: "Inkspell indeed"
    "Sample before downloading."
    Overall

    I understand the dismay of many listeners. Lynn Redgrave was impeccable. Brendan Fraser is anything but restrained. For some people, this was aggravating but lucky me, I enjoy his performance. While I'm disappointed in the director and producer for not taking the time to correct his missteps, I was able to recover my listening experience each time. In the end, must conclude the whole story would be better served by a full cast (as in GOLDEN COMPASS) vs. the punishing work of all those characters falling to one actor. Worth the listen, for me. And I would gladly hear other Brendan Fraser work. And I am saving up points to get the next volume, which reader sounds terrific too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Doris Lessing
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (83)

    Author Anna Wulf attempts to overcome writer’s block by writing a comprehensive "golden notebook" that draws together the preoccupations of her life, each of which is examined in a different notebook. Anna’s struggle to unify the various strands of her life – emotional, political, and professional – amasses into a fascinating encyclopaedia of female experience in the ‘50s.

    Victoria says: "Transcendent narration of a masterpiece."
    "Really difficult."
    Overall

    Juliet Stevenson is my current favorite reader, and I thought I liked Doris Lessing. This novel is no less difficult now that it was when I first read it 35 years ago. Historical, interesting and terribly close scrutiny of human relationships. And Stevenson never disappoints, but Lessings work is trying.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (570)

    Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. This revised edition draws on recent theoretical work on gender and class.

    Sally says: "Delightful"
    "Spectacular Narration"
    Overall

    The story is a bit like a Jane Austen book, but with more social philosophy which was enlightening. And I have a weak spot for romance these days-- that was in there too, with the steadfast heroine etc. There was also a Christianity motif that would have been unbearable for me (an atheist) to read without being flung out of the story but above all of this, there is Juliet Stevenson who casts it all into perfect balance with astonishing skill. Cannot praise her enough.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Inkdeath

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (220)

    The Adderhead has ordered his henchmen to plunder the villages. The peasants' only defense is a band of outlaws led by the Bluejay - Mo's fictitious double, whose identity he has reluctantly adopted. But the Book of Immortality is unraveling, and the Adderhead again fears the White Women of Death. To bring the renegade Bluejay back to repair the book, the Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom, dooming them to slavery in his silver mines unless Mo surrenders.

    Derek B. says: "My most liked fiction book series ever!"
    "Whole lotta Bad Guys"
    Overall

    The narrator is superb, once he gets comfortable. My only complaint is about the story: an awful lot of torture, darkness and despair. I almost gave up at one point, not sure I could trust Cornelia Funke. But it did turn and the narrator does such a great job with the Adderhead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gramercy Park

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Paula Cohen
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Mario Alfieri, the world's most famous tenor, is preparing to make his debut at the Met. As he rents a house facing Gramercy Park, he discovers a pale young woman hiding in its music room. Her love and secrets soon mesmerize the great man. Set in turn-of-the-century New York, this is a tale of passion, intrigue, and murder.

    I. says: "A romance, not a mystery"
    "Luscious Listening"
    Overall

    This narrator is pure pleasure to listen to and her command of the material is superb. The the writing itself full of compellling characters and exquisite descriptions, and the story holds layer after sumptuous layer all folded together with mystery and drama and an immensely satisfying range of emotions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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