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Emily

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  • 8 reviews
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  • Total Recall

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    In Total Recall, Sara Paretsky brings together several disparate plots in one gripping story. This powerfully suspenseful novel confronts the machinations of a vast and corrupt industry that trades on the victims of Nazi terrorism; the strange and dubious phenomenon of "recovered memory;" and a personal story that brings V. I. Warshawski into the long-buried past of her dearest friend and mentor, Dr. Lotty Herschel.

    Amazon Customer says: "My favorite Sara Paretsky"
    "My favorite Sara Paretsky"
    Overall

    I found this story to be emotionally satisfying, believable and gripping to the end. I have listened to it many times. This seems to me to be a deeper character study of the people who fans of Sara Paretsky have come to know.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dorchester Terrace: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel, Book 27

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    Anne Perry’s acclaimed Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels have made London’s exclusive world of wealth and power an addictive literary destination for listeners everywhere. This masterpiece, a haunting story of love and treason, invites us not only into the secret places of Britain’s power but also into the innermost sanctums of the fin de siècle Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    Judith M Haines says: "Anne Perry is a master at the Victorian mystery"
    "Lots of twists and turns"
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    Performance
    Story

    I am almost done with this series of books. These last few have been the best of the bunch. They always leave me wanting more. In this book Thomas PItt is adjusting to a new position as head of the Special Branch. It was very gripping.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buckingham Palace Gardens: Thomas Pitt Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    The Prince of Wales has asked four wealthy entrepreneurs and their elegant wives to the palace to discuss a fantastic idea: the construction of a 6,000-mile railroad that would stretch the full length of Africa. But alas, the prince's gathering proves disastrous when the mutilated body of a prostitute hired for a late-night frolic (after the wives have retired to bed) turns up among the queen's monogrammed sheets in a palace linen closet.

    connie says: "a shouting match"
    "Better and Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think these later Perry books are better than those in the beginning of the series. This book had twists and turns right to the end- and I appreciate that the readers are given clues all along and lead to part of the finale, but then the story still has a surprise ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Everything Most Loved: Maisie Dobbs, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (326)

    The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie's personal life.

    C. Telfair says: "Mixed Feelings about Maisie"
    "It is over too soon."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Maisie Dobbs is back-- and with her, we are carried back in time, and we see into the motivations of others in a way that is not possible in every day life, and we delve into the lives of her friends, family, and workmates. This book is perhaps the most uplifting of the series. Maisie is in a good place, and she is still motivated to learn, to grow, to help others. She explores a mystery around an Indian woman's death, and so while trying to learn about this one woman, we explore Indian women in England. I am looking forward to the next book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Princess Bride

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By William Goldman
    • Narrated By Rob Reiner
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (173)

    This adventure story has everything you could want: the good guy, some bad guys, the girl, sword fighting, revenge, romance, of course a happy ending, and rodents of unusual size. Join Westley the plucky farm boy, Buttercup the beautiful young maiden, Inigo Montoya the driven, embittered swordsman, and many other strange and unusual characters in this swashbuckling tale of good-natured silliness. It is read by Rob Reiner, who directed the motion picture based on this classic tale.

    Allison says: "Abridged = buy the whole book instead"
    "I wish this was unabridged"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is one of the funniest books. I read it years ago-- and the abridged story is like watching the movie-- still very funny, but so much is missing. The quality of the recording is bad, but the reading was good, and the story is fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1047)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "very interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really liked the glimpse into a time period and culture I was not familiar with. The characters are interesting-- although sometimes it is sad. Mostly I was so interested in the work of a midwife. I will listen to it again. I admire the author of this book-- for telling of short cases, yet making the stories hold together-- but mostly for the work she did as a midwife. The PBS series was well done, but as always a book is more satisfying.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (994)
    Story
    (985)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "engrossing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like the character development in the series. The attention to detail makes me feel like I am learning something about people and a different culture-- which is always interesting. I appreciate that this book is not horribly violent- although it is gripping right to the end. I have been following these books from the beginning, and they have become more complex. The characters show more weakness, more flaws-- and are affected by circumstances beyond their control- so the characters are becoming more real. There are many little giggles throughout this series, and the last two have also made me cry. I appreciate also that we get to continue the story. While I want everything tied up in a happy ending, I am always anxiously awaiting the next book. We want things to turn out well for these people, and we want Chief Inspector Gamache to continue to love his wife and show integrity and reach out to help people and solve mysteries by listening and drawing people out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    Beloved author Alexander McCall Smith’s seventh Isabel Dalhousie tale finds the ethical philosopher doing background checks on several candidates for the same job. In the process, Isabel learns quite a bit about herself, as well.

    Amazon Customer says: "Love it"
    "Love it"
    Overall

    I don't really know which of the Alexander McCall Smith series I love most, but I love Isabel Dalhousie, Jamie, and Mr Fox. By now they are old friends, and we enjoy Isabel's thoughts and curiosity and moral quandaries. I also like feeling like we see into another culture. Perhaps those people could exist anywhere, but they fit perfectly where they are. I am so happy that Alexander McCall Smith is able write so prolifically. I enjoy each book as it comes out and have to wait just a little time until the next one arrives. This book is delightful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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