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James B. Donahue

Long time listener . No dog walk until hooked up.Makes choirs less of a choir. The longer the better.mysteries and biographies are best

Member Since 2002

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  • Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (212)

    Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador Thomas Jefferson to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie's museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and word even arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses....

    Tim says: "Tales from a turbulent time"
    "Couldn't stop listening to this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Madame Tussaud again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to this book again. I loved this book. The main character of this book is in the unique position of being having a talent that appealed to both the royalty and the common people and that talent gave her insight into both sides of the revolution. I have read other books on this time period in France and ended up with knowledge of what happened but never really understood how or why it happened the way it did. Michelle Moran weaves a very absorbing story using the actual people and events of the time. I couldn't stop listening to this book. I was driven to get to the end, but was sad when I reached it. I loved the fact that at the end of the book she reveals what eventually happened to the main characters in their actual lives. It gave the book a kind of closure. I thought that the reader, Rosalyn Landor, was wonderful. I was not put off in the least by her slight British accent because her French pronunciation of names, places and events was flawless and she is very easy to listen to.


    What other book might you compare Madame Tussaud to and why?

    Although the style,situation,and time period is vastly different, I would say that I have not enjoyed a book so much since I read


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

    I have not listened to Rosalyn Landor before but I will certainly look for other books that she has read. She is a wonderful reader with a pleasant voice.


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

    I did want to listen to it all in one sitting but I started to listen to this book on December 21st. I listened while wrapping presents, decorating the tree, and while baking cookies but there were some times that I did have to take the earphones out and pause the book.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3634)
    Performance
    (1127)
    Story
    (1137)

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Audible is the best!"
    Overall

    And this is why Audible is the best. Most companies give special deals to prospective customers only, but Audible chooses to thank its' current customers with this wonderful gift. These are great, classic stories gifted from a great, classy company. This is one of the reasons I will be a Audible customer forever. Thanks to Audible and to all the Audible staff for this truely wonderful surprise.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Learn in Your Car: French, Level 1

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
    • By Henry N. Raymond
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (8)

    The Learn in Your Car language series is the first system ever designed to teach a language in your car...or anywhere...without a textbook. And now with Learn in Your Car from audible.com, you can turn your PC, your Rio, or any mobile device into your own personal language tutor.

    Dionne says: "Good Refresher"
    "Learn in Your Car: French, Level 1"
    Overall

    I got this book because I will be traveling to France soon and wanted to learn a little French. I couldn't wait for it to end. Although it seems logically organized, I found myself wanting to find a way to reach in and strangle the woman speaking French. The man who speaks English has this nice, mellow, normal toned voice and the woman then chimes in with this high pitched, somewhat nasal voice. Perhaps if the differences were not so extreme, it might work better. About half way through I knew 2 things: 1)I will never be able to, nor do I want to, speak French like her and 2)It is embarassing to be seen making fun of a recording while you are driving alone in your car

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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