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Fortunee

Maryland, United States

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  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (278)

    No, the "Moonstone" isn't a celestial relic, it's a gigantic yellow diamond of unearthly beauty that was given to Rachel Verinder as a present on her 18th birthday - and stolen that very night! Betteredge, one of the most beloved butlers in English literature, is the focus of this seminal detective novel, which examines how one family's life is turned upside-down by the theft. And find out why the answers to all of life's problems can be found in the pages of Robinson Crusoe.

    Catherine says: "One of the best readings ever"
    "Vastly Victorian"
    Overall

    I was sick in a Mexican hotel for a week while I listened. This audio book makes that week a treasured gift. The voices of the characters living different class roles in English town and country was mesmerizing. This is a medley of perspectives on values and the nuanced relationships between people. The narration is so good it seems almost impossible.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9452)
    Performance
    (6958)
    Story
    (7000)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "For Romance Fans"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the Twilight series through Audible. I enjoyed Olivia Joule through Audible. This is very much that kind of enjoyment. The male vampire is described as radiating cloves and cinnamon. This is a sensual novel at its most basic without being erotic. The ideas and the allusions of history are not the real hooks. The ideas and history presented aren't accurate. This book is for listeners who find a male vampire with a scent of cloves and cinnamon alluring, irresistible. The book is as silly and as profound as that. And his home is a French castle. And he has gray eyes. But he hangs out at Oxford. Too many buttons pressed. This is for those meta-listeners, who can enjoy fantasy as fantasy, and truly accept that this is entertainment different than any history or possibility of our time stream.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (544)

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    Carl says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "For those of us who love technology"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Narration was wonderful. The seriousness of the main character is captured with full respect. Because it is about the mind and a mind that is unsound, the earnest steadiness of the narrator's voice is admirable. I read this in the 70's. The landscape is a retro experience as well as a literary force. The story breathes technology. I found poignant listening to the story now because his celebratory trip would have had a completely different texture today, more of the unknowns would now be easily knowable. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trollope: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Anthony Trollope is most famous for his portrait of the professional and landed classes of Victorian England, especially in his Palliser and Barsetshire novels. But he was also the author of one of the most fascinating autobiographies of the nineteenth century. Trollope was born in 1815, the product of a formidable mother and a tragically unsuccessful father who was socially ambitious for his sons. He was the victim of vicious bullying at Harrow and Winchester. But he had inherited his mother's determination, and managed later to carve out a successful career in the General Post Office while devoting every spare moment to writing. How he paid his groom to wake him every morning at 5:30 a.m. and disciplined himself to write 250 words every fifteen minutes has become part of literary legend. His efforts resulted in over sixty books, a sizable fortune, and fame, and his autobiography. Trollope looks back on his life with satisfaction. Perhaps as interesting as the facts he reveals and the opinions he records about Dickens and George Eliot, politics and the civil service are the judgments he passes on his own character.

    Fortunee says: "the meaning of work"
    "the meaning of work"
    Overall

    Trollope gives direct instruction on virtuous work. In his case, he followed his bliss of novel writing while working for a steady income in government service innovating efficient mail delivery guidelines for Ireland. I am changed by Trollope's moral strength. For him, all action follows from character. The narrator is a 19th century elderly voice. The narrator was brilliant.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Restless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (261)

    It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

    Susianna says: "Favorite Book of 2007"
    "immersion"
    Overall

    The narrator had elegant delivery which made the story luxurious and visual. The novel's ending was a bit of a let down but until the easy roll-up, it was compelling as hidden history.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Thing About Jane Spring

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sharon Krum
    • Narrated By Pamela Dillman
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    The thing about Jane Spring is...at 31, she has everything a woman could ask for and seemingly everything a man could long for - great legs, brains, rising star status in the Manhattan D.A.'s office - but she just can't find a man who'll fall madly in love with her. Men are always asking her out, but for some reason no one wants a second date.

    Jody says: "A very silly book"
    "fun and silly"
    Overall

    This isn't as funny as kinsela or fielding but it surprised me in how good it made me feel. But I grew up admiring doris day on tv so I guess this was not a stretch . It was well done and captured the doris day joy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Secret of the Temple

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Sussman
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    When the body of hotel owner Piet Jansen is discovered amid the ruins of an archaeological site by the Nile, it looks like a routine investigation for Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police. But the more he learns about Jansen, the more he is reminded of the brutal murder, some years earlier, of an Israeli woman at Karnak for which he always suspected the wrong man was convicted.

    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker says: "wonderful book"
    "Not as advertised"
    Overall

    This seems to be using the historical mystery as a ruse to lure in the buyer. The story seems to be actually a hit-over-the-head message that every one in the Palestenian/Jewish conflict are people. Of course, message books are legal but that is not how the book is being sold. If you want a thriller, a mystery that is compelling, this is not the book. If you want multiple sad stories about how awful the whole history is but how every one has a legitimate right and there are no real villains, then this is for you. For me the story doesn't stick to one story line enough to be interesting and the characters are cartoons. The da vinci code can be criticized but it did have a chase. Here the chase is rarely mentioned much less happening and seems to be dressing for the author to feel good about trying to look at the conflict as filled with sympathetic individuals who all have valid points of view. The whole thing is not what expected and as a picture of the Middle East doesn't ring true. The reader does a good job except with female voices which are patronizing in their wheedling delivery so that even women sound like they are 11 years old.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2279)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (460)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "weak"
    Overall

    The first half was suspenseful, dramatic, full of promise. Then it was down hill with sophmoric pontifications. There were fillers of repetitive flashbacks and trippy dream sequences. The fantastic elements that motivated the story made less and less sense the more detail provided. (And I am a fan of Heinlein, Baum, Tepper, and Vinge, as well as Orwell.) The author despises celebrityhood but begins and ends the book with a theatrically disguised first person on how he has a hidden identity. The narration, however, was well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Christopher Kennedy Lawford
    • Narrated By Christopher Kennedy Lawford
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    With compelling realism mixed with equal doses of self-deprecating wit, youthful bravado, and hard-earned humility, Symptoms of Withdrawal chronicles Lawford's deep and long descent into near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction, and his subsequent formidable path back to the sobriety he has preserved for the past 20 years.

    Fortunee says: "Discovery of Real Freedom"
    "Discovery of Real Freedom"
    Overall

    A surprising tale of profound achievement and authentic charm -- being narrated by Lawford added wonderful texture. Another side of the memoir is how it reminds me of Andrew Morton's life of Diana. Different in the sense that the Diana story was never finished with stable discovery of self, but similar in telling a frank account against a major publicity machine -- the Kennedys in this case. Bravo, Christopher Lawford.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (461)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"
    "Absolute Delight"
    Overall

    I am new to this sort of chick lit. But I am addicted after Olivia Joules and then this. The premise is wildly improbable. I couldn't stop listening. Laugh out loud funny. The novel makes a corporate office delightful in its absurdity.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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