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Meri

meripixie

WA state | Member Since 2008

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  • 7 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Very Good Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (217)

    Jonathan Cecil, described as having “one of the best-loved voices in audiobooks” by the P. G. Wodehouse Society, narrates this collection of brilliantly entertaining stories featuring Jeeves and Wooster, including: "Jeeves and the Impending Doom", "Jeeves and the Kid Clementina", "The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy", "The Love That Purifies", "Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit", "Jeeves and the Old School Chum", "Jeeves and the Song of Songs", "Indian Summer of an Uncle", "Episode of the Dog McIntosh", "The Ordeal of Young Tuppy", and "The Spot of Art."

    C. Telfair says: "Very, Very Good Jeeves"
    "My 5th & 6th Graders loved it!"
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    Where does Very Good Jeeves rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    We read the three stories which go with the A&E's Jeeves and Wooster


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's Wodehouse. What else do you want? It's very, very funny.


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

    N/A


    If you could rename Very Good Jeeves, what would you call it?

    I think Wodehouse used them all.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blackberry Wine

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Disillusioned by adulthood, and longing for the past, Jay Mackintosh's memories are revived by the mysterious delivery of a home-brewed bottle of wine, from long-vanished friends.

    Amazon Customer says: "Read the book instead"
    "A Pleasant Surprise."
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    What did you love best about Blackberry Wine?

    The narrator


    If you’ve listened to books by Joanne Harris before, how does this one compare?

    It's almost as if she's afraid to really take a risk. I've read several of her books. This one feels like Harris-lite. Still, it's worth the time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the boy realizes his friend is missing.


    Who was the most memorable character of Blackberry Wine and why?

    the wine


    Any additional comments?

    I love the conceit that the story could be told from the point of view of a bottle of wine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wyrd Sisters: Discworld #6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Celia Imrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (414)

    Chris says: "Which Discworld?"
    "Unlistenable"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better mixing of sounds. It's clunky. The timing is all off. Speeding up the timing makes it sound worse. Let the narrator do DEATH, having another person come in to do him is jarring.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is the wrong question.


    What didn’t you like about Celia Imrie’s performance?

    Her timing. The feel that she is working too hard. Her weird ability to make all of the characters sound unreal. I'd rather have her just read the darn thing (excuse my Klachian) than have her create voices that are the equivalent to hearing kittens slide down a chalkboard.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Sure. The story. I read this in book form on an airplane. I was laughing so hard, I was crying. People were stopping me to see if I was okay. This narrator makes it so hard to listen to that I turned it off.


    Any additional comments?

    As much as I don't care for Nigel Planner's reading of the witches, it's preferable to Ms. Imrie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Lovely Bad Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mary Downing Hahn
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Travis and his sister, Corey, can’t resist a good trick. When they learn that their grandmother’s quiet Vermont inn, where they’re spending the summer, has a history of ghost sightings, they decide to do a little “haunting” of their own. Before long, their supernatural pranks have tourists flocking to the inn, and business booms. But Travis and Corey soon find out that they aren’t the only ghosts at Fox Hill Inn. Their thoughtless games have awakened something dangerous, something that should have stayed asleep. Restless, spiteful spirits swarm the inn....

    Meri says: "Good Suspense"
    "Good Suspense"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of All the Lovely Bad Ones to be better than the print version?

    It depends on whether or not I'm knitting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the narrator


    What does Jeffrey Cummings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The ability to knit or cook while still hearing a great story.


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

    No. Especially not right before bed.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1921)
    Performance
    (1760)
    Story
    (1762)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Take the Time"
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    If you could sum up Click-Clack the Rattlebag in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense Done Well


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Yes.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    the narrator


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great platform for learning about suspense writing.

    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
    (1129)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (578)

    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"
    "What a Lovely Story"
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    Would you listen to Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day again? Why?

    Yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day?

    When she stands up to 'the boyfriend'.


    Which character – as performed by Frances McDormand – was your favorite?

    Hard to say.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I spent the whole time worrying that it would be sordid, and a huge disappointment, but it wasn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know anything about the story so it was a risk for me. A great treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elusive Pimpernel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Baroness Orczy
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In this sequel to The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sir Percy Blakeney's arch-enemy travels to England in pursuit of the impudent enemy of the French Republic. Monsieur Chauvelin devises a dastardly plot to annihilate, once and for all, both Sir Percy and his beautiful wife, Marguerite. Lured to France, where the entire town of Boulogne is held hostage on their behalf, they seem to be hopelessly trapped. Will the Scarlet Pimpernel prevail?

    Julie Ann Koehler says: "Witty, funny and well read."
    "Bodice Ripping"
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    Would you listen to The Elusive Pimpernel again? Why?

    Maybe not.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Margo


    What about Johanna Ward’s performance did you like?

    timing


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot of bodice ripping and hand ringing, but it's a good ride nonetheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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