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  • A Conspiracy of Friends: A Corduroy Mansions Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    It seems the universe itself is conspiring against the residents of Corduroy Mansions, as they all find themselves struggling with their nearest and dearest. Oedipus Snark’s mother, Berthea, is still at work on her scathing biography of her son—the only loathsome Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament; literary agents Rupert Porter and Barbara Ragg are still battling each other for first crack at the manuscript of Autobiography of a Yeti; and fine arts graduate Caroline Jarvis is busy exploring the blurry line between friendship and romance....

    Tricia Robertson says: "New Adventures for Favorite CM Characters"
    "Love McCall Smith and his world"
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    Loved Scotland street series and love this one--Corduroy Mansions. Freddie De La Hay is the dog here who has wonderful adventures, like Cyril the pooch with the gold tooth in the Scotland Street series. Alexander McCall Smith makes wry observations about our world. He is always a gentleman and jabs without vengeance though. This installment in the Corduroy Mansions series ended pretty abruptly. I hope Audible can get ALL the installments for both of these series in time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fatherless: Fatherless, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Dobson, Kurt Bruner
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    The year is 2042, and a long-predicted tipping point has arrived. For the first time in human history, the economic pyramid has flipped: The feeble old now outnumber the vigorous young, and this untenable situation is intensifying a battle between competing cultural agendas. Reporter Julia Davidson - a formerly award-winning journalist seeking to revive a flagging career - is investigating the growing crisis, unaware that her activity makes her a pawn in an ominous conspiracy. Plagued by nightmares about her absent father, Julia finds herself drawn to the quiet strength of a man she meets at a friend's church.

    Cindy says: "Beware! Just Stops"
    "Beware! Just Stops"
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    I double checked looking for the 3rd file for this book, but there is none. It just stops! You get that "the book has been broken into parts to make the download faster" stuff, but there is no 3rd file to download???? There should be 3 of them. I am supposing three. But only 2 show up when I look for the book in my library.

    Interesting although you have a nagging suspicion that someone is trying to make a point throughout. Also VERY drawn out. VERY.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (1641)
    Performance
    (1495)
    Story
    (1506)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "okay"
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    Moderately funny. She is no David Sedaris. I am pretty sure I got the book because someone said if you like Sedaris, you will like this one. Not true. I did laugh out loud on a few occasions but Jenny Lawson is no David Sedaris. A bit too self conscious perhaps. Hard to put my finger on. But he is a genius. She is not. So enjoy but do not expect too much. I think I am disappointed because she did not live up to the Sedaris bar. That is unfair, alas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4536)
    Performance
    (1442)
    Story
    (1450)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Held my interest"
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    Not much happens in this one yet I must say it nonetheless held my interest.
    Generally well done and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2267)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (531)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Another win for Hiassen!"
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    This book is every bit as good as the others in this "series" of madcap happenings in Florida. Well written and always wryly funny, I can't get enough!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5304)
    Performance
    (4594)
    Story
    (4590)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Wow! What fun!"
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    I loved this book. It never failed to keep my interest. It was a wonderful love story and a sad one. I felt the titillation of looking behind the curtain into lives both public and private. What a good writer Jess Walter is! I am impressed.

    The book jumps from character to character and from time period to time period and yet it all fit together. I was never lost. Loved it. If you were around in the 60s, I think you will remember and love it even more. I can't say more without giving away plot. If you love Italy or romance (I do not mean so-called "chick lit") or old time movies or the 60s, you will like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (283)

    In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

    Rebecca says: "A more mature Michael..."
    "So much better than the 1st in this series!"
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    This book was relentless and exciting. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the last book in the series. This book was the 2nd of 3 in the series. The first book in the series was, frankly, much too much internal dialog and I panned it. This one was like it was written by a different author. It was interesting and came to a logical, if bloody, end. I am thinking the author was "getting his feet wet" in the first installment. Something like that. My recommendation is to skip the 1st book and start the 3 book series here with the 2nd one. You do not need the 1st book to understand this one, so why bother with it? I wish that I had done just that.

    A word to others. The violent parts--and there are several--are very bloody. If this sort of explicit description turns you off, you had better avoid this author.

    I look forward to reading more McKinty and I never thought I would say such a thing after reading the first novel in this series, Dead I Well May Be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sam Brower, Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jonah Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (183)

    Despite considerable press coverage and a lengthy trial, the full story of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints has remained largely untold. Only one man can reveal the whole, astounding truth: Sam Brower, the private investigator who devoted years of his life to breaking open the secret practices of the FLDS and bringing Warren Jeffs and his inner circle to justice.

    Steve says: "Incredible Story of the FLDS"
    "Interesting book, very poor narrator"
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    This book is interesting. Sam Brower did his homework and with help from Krakauer tells a compelling true story about a depraved religious leader, Warren Jeffs.

    The problem here is the narrator. He is bad. I normally can put up with a lot and that includes a wide variety of narrators. Not this one, though. It was as though he went to Elocution School for the first session, then quit. He heard them say, "Be sure to enunciate every word." But then he misunderstood every other thing they said. He sure does enunciate. He would say the word enunciate like this: EEE-nun--see-ate. I am not kidding about the long EEEs or the emphasis on the first syllable. He says every single article A as long A, never, ever the short a, as in uh. Never. Try it sometime when you have to present to others for an hour. After 15 minutes I am thinking people will start to look at you funny and wonder why you are talking so weird. So, while listening to this narration, I would find myself counting the As instead of listening to the book. He would pronounce other words oddly as well. For instance, "hor-OAR" for "horror," emphasizing and lingering over the second, emphasized syllable. To say that his narration ruined an interesting book is an understatement. I would give him zero stars if I could. Sadly, a decent book and compelling story which many of us could learn from was spoiled by the exceedingly poor narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tempest-tost: The Salterton Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    An amateur production of The Tempest provides a colorful backdrop for a hilarious look at unrequited love. Mathematics teacher Hector Mackilwraith, stirred and troubled by Shakespeare's play, falls in love with the beautiful Griselda Webster. When Griselda shows she has plans of her own, Hector despairs on the play's opening night.

    Mary says: "First of the first (and shows it)"
    "I agree--weakest of the 3"
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    I agree with the other reviewers who wrote that this book is the weakest of the 3 in the trilogy. It is. However, it is still worth your time. Davies is a good writer. Here he seems, however, to float along without a strong plot. A Mixture of Frialties, 3rd, in the series was probably the best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Mixture of Frailties: The Salterton Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    A Mixture of Frailties is so much more than the story of Monica Gall's life in London and her education as a singer. It is an account of her education as a human being, and the result is an absorbing novel, comic in the true sense, vivid and frequently moving.

    Mary says: "even better than on paper, and that's saying a lot"
    "A good read"
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    I enjoyed this book and recommend it. It is the 3rd book in a trilogy but you do not have to read the 2 that came before to enjoy this one. Love the narrator. Sad to hear he had died. Great voice. In some ways, (Canadians might be offended) this work is English-like. Perhaps that is the narrator. But I mean it as praise, nothing less. It is essentially a book of manners, so if you do not like that sort of thing you will need to pass. However, the story of Monica, the main character, is always interesting. The write-up says something to the effect that Davies is "comic". Do not be misled. No belly laughs here. Comic in the sense of high motives and sometimes flawed achievement. Good writer, a good way to use a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 'Tis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (265)

    Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances.

    Stanley says: "A second delightful helping"
    "Oh, my. What talent."
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    Frank McCourt is a fabulous writer--and narrator. That accent is so wonderful. This book starts where Angela's Ashes ended. It is the story of Frank's coming to the US, Manhattan,at age 18. He is breathtakingly good. He made me cry and laugh out loud in the car by myself. He made me laugh a lot. I could listen to that accent read the New York phone book. But you do not have to hear that--he tells a good story of relationships and his always interesting and fresh reflections. Wow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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