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Elizabeth

Portsmouth, RI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 384 titles in library
  • 42 purchased in 2014
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  • Silent in the Sanctuary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (221)

    Fresh from a six-month sojourn in Italy, Lady Julia returns home to Sussex to find her father's estate crowded with family and friends: but dark deeds are afoot at the deconsecrated abbey, and a murderer roams the ancient cloisters.

    Judy says: "Wrong narrator listed"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    MUST listen to Silent in the Grave first. I've loved both of these and look forward to listening to the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (774)

    No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

    Patricia says: "Complex, but worthwhile...."
    "Terrific book, Poor Start"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I ADORE this series and the reader is beyond excellent. However, I hated the beginning of the book -- didn't realize initially it was a Gamache book because it started in the point of view of two really wretched characters. Once I got past the first chapter or so, we moved to Three Pines and settled down with the incredibly appealing characters who live there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2875)
    Performance
    (1679)
    Story
    (1684)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "One of my Top Three EVER!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, compelling, riveting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peekay, because it is his journey, and he pulled us along for the ride. Truly larger-than-life, yet layered and real nevertheless. Lots of other characters to love, particularly Doc.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First Humphrey Bower's book and it's a home run. In the same class as Simon Vance, one of the great voices in audio.


    If you could rename The Power of One, what would you call it?

    Perfect title, actually. But if I had to rename it, maybe .... Echoes of Africa


    Any additional comments?

    I'm 90% through and am dawdling, since I don't want it to end. Full of memorable characters, each of them layered and real. One of the most heartwarming and inspirational books I have ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Advance First Chapter of The Malice of Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Michael Ennis
    • Narrated By Adrian Paul, Carlotta Montanari, John Lee, and others
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (36)

    Against a teeming canvas of Borgia politics, Niccolò Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci come together to unmask an enigmatic serial killer, as we learn the secret history behind one of the most controversial works in the western canon, The Prince. Traveling across an Italy torn apart by war, they will enter a labyrinth of ancient superstition and erotic obsession to discover at its center a new face of evil - and a truth that will shake the foundations of western civilization.

    Robin in Vermont says: "Grabs you by the throat!"
    "Glad it was just a sample"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I loved the concept, but did not find the point-of-view character engaging.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Ennis’s story?

    I didn't like anyone much in the early going. Why, then, would I want to go on their journey?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glory in Death: In Death, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2382)
    Performance
    (1557)
    Story
    (1572)

    The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city.

    Barry says: "Ericksen Steals the Show"
    "Builds on Excellent Book One"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm hooked on this series and strongly recommend it. I read this in hardcopy, but am still thoroughly enjoying the audio version


    What other book might you compare Glory in Death to and why?

    This is part of a series, so read Book One first. All of the series (almost 40 books) are similar to one another, but still unique.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like the reader, but found myself a little taken aback at first. This could be because I'd previously read the books in hardcopy, so already had my own concepts of the voices. After a chapter or so, however, I got used to her interpretation and enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    The first three books in the series are crucial to setting up the Eve-Roarke relationship that is the backdrop of the mysteries. Read these first. I prefer the series in order, but after the first three, you can skip around without an issue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Color Purple

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alice Walker
    • Narrated By Alice Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (771)

    Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolutely Wonderful"
    "Finally read it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Color Purple the most enjoyable?

    The performance was excellent and kept me riveted


    What did you like best about this story?

    Insight into a world I've never known, showing the flaws but also the courage of the characters.


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

    How the characters sound.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Heartwarming. You were rooting for Cele and Nettie throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    I finally

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cruelest Month: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (889)

    It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees, and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil - until one of their party dies of fright.

    Sara says: "Spring in Three Pines"
    "Each Book Gets Better!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Cruelest Month in three words, what would they be?

    Like returning home.


    What other book might you compare The Cruelest Month to and why?

    The other books in the Louise Penny series. Same location and many of the same characters -- always distinct and interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Gamache.


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

    It's a long book, so needs to be done in bits until you're on a long trip. It definitely kept your interest.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE this series! Can't wait to read the next one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wizard Lizard: Lawrence's Journey Begins

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Gerard Richard Labrecque
    • Narrated By Gerard Richard Labrecque
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Lawrence the lizard is in over his head! Lawrence never thought his dreams of adventure would come true, but as an accidental stowaway on a long distance journey, Lawrence must find his own kind of magic in order to find his way home.

    Helene says: "LOVE IT!!"
    "Charming story for kids (and this adult!)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Wizard Lizard in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, quirky, intelligent


    What did you like best about this story?

    The cleverness of the Wizard Lizard, self-interest tempered by kindness.


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Richard Labrecque’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first listen.


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

    It's short and keeps your interest -- you won't be able to stop until you finish it!


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent on all fronts!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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