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Bebe

El Dorado, AR, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Out to Canaan: The Mitford Years, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (152)

    Millions of readers and listeners have come home to Mitford, the little town with the big heart. But now change is coming to the village. Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his wife Cynthia are pondering the murky uncertainties of retirement; a brash new mayoral candidate is calling for aggressive development; a shady realtor with plans for a health spa is eyeing the beloved house on the hill; and, worst of all, the Sweet Stuff Bakery may be closing.

    Sara says: "Another visit to Mitford"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    Does anything ever happen? This is too much like my life in a small town.

    The narrator reads so slowly and sounds so old. I find myself saying, "Hurry up!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Wives' Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated By David Haig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    First published in 1908, The Old Wives' Tale tells the story of the Baines sisters shy, retiring Constance and defiant, romantic Sophia over the course of nearly half a century. Bennett traces the sisters' lives from childhood in their father's drapery shop in provincial Bursley during the mid-Victorian era, through their married lives, to the modern industrial age, when they are reunited as old women.

    Virginia says: "Loved Every Word"
    "A charming, funny book"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book more than any I've listened to in a long time. It has some really funny sections. I especially enjoyed the birthday party for the 4-year-old boy. If you have ever had workmen at your home, you'll enjoy that description.
    If you like Trollope, give this a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (192)

    A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson.

    A. Millard says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Great narrator"
    Overall

    This is a really long, complicated book with multiple plot lines and many, many characters.. I was thinking, "Will this ever end?" before it was over. It helped to download a list of characters to figure out who was who.
    The narrator does a GREAT job with different voices, always staying in character. He brings out the comedy in many scenes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2768)
    Performance
    (1768)
    Story
    (1794)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Still wonderful"
    Overall

    I read this book over 40 years ago as a teenager and have seen the movie several times. It was great to listen to it with my "older ears." Even though I knew everything that was going to happen before it did, and I haven't cried at a movie or book in decades, I cried at this one.

    Some of the politics now have their roots in the politics of that time. One reviewer talked of the racism and sexism in the book. Those were the times, and the book wouldn't have been true to life without them. It's a shame that some people are still stuck in those times.

    I've lived in the South all my life and hate fake Southern drawls. The narrator did not offend me. She did a great job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • River God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (313)

    Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold. A legend shattered by greed. Now the Valley of Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood, as weak men inherit the cherished crown. On the eve of the festival of Osiris, the loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather in Thebes to pay tribute to their leader.

    Exploding with all the passion and rage of a bygone time, River God is a masterpiece of historical writing.

    Jillian says: "Highly recommended"
    "Silly, silly book"
    Overall

    This is the last time I buy a book without checking the one-star review at Amazon. This is a silly, silly book. It is told in first-person by a slave who is the fastest runner, the best artist, the most talented architect, a doctor, a fortune teller, a boat designer, etc., etc.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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