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  • Nancy Drew Girl Detective: Framed

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Carolyn Keene
    • Narrated By Rebecca Rogers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A prince is in River Heights. A prince! Granted, he's from a relatively minor royal family, but still. This is big news. The headlines get even bigger once the prince is found toting a painting for his family's good friend, Mrs. Mahoney - because within hours of his arrival, the federal authorities arrest him. They suspect he stole the painting from his family.

    LadyShopper says: "These newer Nancy Drew stories are not at all bad"
    "These newer Nancy Drew stories are not at all bad"
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    Where does Nancy Drew Girl Detective rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Makes it just fine!

    Nancy Drew was NEVER about literary or artistic perfection - numerous changes, and a succession of authors would certainly make a literary patchwork quilt of it all.

    But we love a patchwork quilt and it is still an enrichment and delight to love Nancy Drew Mysteries.

    Nancy Drew stories, books, movies, games and merchandise sell significantly worldwide, and this one continues the triumph and as one who ran to the library to get the next in the series, more than 50 years ago, I have, from time to time, picked up the followups to be sure Nancy is still the winning light she is meant to be. She is still "good to go".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nancy Drew Girl Detective?

    I liked the scenes in Italy - they inspire a desire to visit.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The discovery of the data that solved the crime.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Happy ending


    Any additional comments?

    Nancy Drew stories remain triumphant, and since "The Secret of the Old Clock" in 1930 Nancy Drew has been about a lot of things we need to preserve in America - and in the world.

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  • Delicious!: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (190)

    In her best-selling memoirs, Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us, and never more so than in her dazzling fiction debut about sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must finally let go of guilt and grief to embrace her own true gifts.

    Jill says: "a great story"
    "Delicious ! tasty but mellow by today's measure"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would I recommend to a friend ? Answer: Depends on the friend. If the world of cooking and the values inherent thereof is the friend's idea of keen, then YES - otherwise, I am not sure. Some books make a major motion picture overnight because of the topic, but if this became a hit it would be because of the wonderful humane and not-perfect touches. Dearness. The heroine is starting adult life and finding her way, while , we learn, recuperating from a major loss. So the people she meets and their impact on her life can be really special - she looks for, and finds the best of what she needs to win thru and does.It may be a bit like shopping for ingredients for a favorite recipe, but it works!


    If you’ve listened to books by Ruth Reichl before, how does this one compare?

    I am unfamiliar with the author, but may go and read more - if it is easy and offered here. My days right now are unusually demanding and I got this book for relief - thank you thank you - it did that.


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Being an reader is not that easy - the right amount of objectivity or it is theater and not a book at all - and yet a certain amount of expression that clarifies the words - optimizes is a better word. FUN! To have a book read to one is fun. Thanksomuch


    If you could take any character from Delicious! out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'd like to be at table with the company- the ensemble is the thing - a fine Salamagundi - what a privilege!


    Any additional comments?

    It is nice that the book makes a statement on the gay topic, including a main character who is gay and most loved and treated with kindness; he is generous and good to others. I think this is important because cooking icon James Beard is referenced a lot in the book, and he suffered a number of times for his preferences. It makes a person think and see how the world has changed since Mr. Beard was expelled from college in 1922 for his romantic choices.

    On a final topic:
    I do not like books that do not support weddings, but in this story it is a temporary logic.
    On this point the author or Billie or both are exulting in grief - celebrating it and riding on it, rather than healing it.

    We leave the book hoping that our hero and heroine "get over it" and into weddings and wedding cakes before too long.

    Other than that, the story was told with grand compassion, kindness, innovation , fun, brightness and warmth and pleasure pleasure pleasure.

    Thanksomuch!

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  • Sacre Coeur: Travel Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By iMinds
    • Narrated By Margot Knight
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Learn about the history of the Louvre in Paris with iMinds Travel's insightful audio-knowledge series. The Louvre is situated in the centre of France's capital city, Paris, on the northern banks of the river Seine. Although it is based in France, it contains masterpieces from most time periods and cultures throughout the world. In fact, the building that houses this incredible collection of art has an interesting history all of its own.

    LadyShopper says: "Sacre Coeur - fine help for tourist review or prep"
    "Sacre Coeur - fine help for tourist review or prep"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sacre Coeur to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is wonderful because if one is planning to visit, there is plenty to do and so it saves a lot of time listening to general information and history on the topic...you'll see it when you get there, and you can Google spellings that confuse, so YES better than print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Clear, easy, pleasant, brief


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Notes about the history


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Not really but a nice recommendation for a fine travel tool

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love and the Meaning of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alison Gopnik
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    In the last decade there has been a revolution in our understanding of the minds of infants and young children. We used to believe that babies were irrational, and that their thinking and experience were limited. Now Alison Gopnik - a leading psychologist and philosopher, as well as a mother - explains the cutting-edge scientific and psychological research that has revealed that babies learn more, create more, care more, and experience more than we could ever have imagined.

    Keiko says: "Don't bother"
    "A book for everyone - new or future parents moreso"
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    Where does The Philosophical Baby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    middle


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The scientific details are so artfully integrated with the text on the whole, that it is very easy to stay with.


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

    It is not a book with Characters, but the telling of the workings of a baby's mind, from many points of view.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Philosophical Baby?

    The bits of miracle in it can make the epiphany for new or future parents - it shares so many wonderful insights, and at the end of the book , the reader will have a fresh and appreciative and more sensitive way with babies - theirs or anyone's .


    Any additional comments?

    I gave it all those stars because it is valuable. All should read it. I am sharing it with the youngsters and read it myself because I am finally going to be a grandmother and, although I worked with children when mine were growing up , they are the typical later-in-life parents and I really forgot some of the senses that should help me be a fine grandparent. I liked the book. It was easy and not popish.

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  • The Hidden Staircase: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carolyn Keene
    • Narrated By Laura Linney
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (52)

    Teenage detective Nancy Drew uses her courage and powers of deduction to solve the mysterious happenings in an old stone mansion.

    Bevs Mom says: "Perfect Mystery for young and old!"
    "Very old friend remains a Delight !"
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    What did you love best about The Hidden Staircase?

    It is one of the first in the famous old series, and yet pretty complex. Not all fluff. Stuff to get into. The "very old friend" - ness of it, is what brings me back.

    I'd run to the library as a girl to get the next book in the series. I had to sit with myself, to work out a reading schedule that prevented me from obsessing on Nancy Drew books.
    I read every one available at the time.

    Then in highschool I re-read the rewritten series, updated it to get rid of stereotypes and racist things. My best friend owned the entire collection, so it was a bit easier. My friends and I made 4 and we'd go on "adventures" inspired by Nancy Drew, in addition to our busy family, school and dating things.

    I still want a blue roadster, and I DID manage to wangle from Dad a cool Hillman Minx in two-tone grey.

    As a Mother of grown children I could recommend it to them and now to grandchildren, and that's part of the magic.


    What other book might you compare The Hidden Staircase to and why?

    "Chimneys" I think in Agatha Christie's collection for Miss Marple....because of the long lost knowledge Idea and the hidden passageways...not the best one but it will do here.


    Which character – as performed by Laura Linney – was your favorite?

    Nancy...I think Laura Linney IS Nancy Drew. And I think she took the job for love of Nancy Drew! Hugs to her for it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I like it when the capture of the "perps" results in benefits to the "good guys" , suffering in some way. At the end, The aunties no longer need to sell the estate, etc...fun...to close with a nice feeling and promise of another mystery to come ...soon.


    Any additional comments?

    Please make the Nancy Drew /Hardy Boys purchases easier for us at Audible - compared to the other books they are a bit costly - when most older children and adults read them by the dozen - rarely one at a time.

    Please Make them available in a group at a special price, and call me - I'll buy them all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Women's Murder Club Box Set, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (316)

    While Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano prepares to prosecute the toughest trial of her life, the city is in the grip of a chilling crime spree. Children of well-to-do families are being abducted. But the kidnappings are followed by devastating silence -no demand for ransom. Working frantically with her new partner, Lindsay Boxer struggles to find the connection that will help them make sense of these horrific crimes.

    Robert says: "Three mediocre novels for the price of one"
    "Fun for girls clubbers and mystery buffs"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend the books. Clear, right-minded, not-evasive but not noir, either. Good characters and classic fun with mystery vocablulary and dynamics.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes and no. I was excited and interested, but am rarely on the edge of my seat. I had full faith that my heroines would get the bad guy and make it thru ok...sort of Nancy Drew for Grownups :-D


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    I like her voice pitch and will look for other books she reads. Clear but not annoying, expressive, but not hammy or amateurish in her effort to make our listening the best. Some book readers tire me - she did not tire me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were three stories. I felt very sad when their friend's mother died. Bad. Delighted at the romance development. And glad when the sleuths got their man/woman.


    Any additional comments?

    I am new to audible and thrilled! Thanksomuch!

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  • Good Living: A Free Story from Selected Shorts: New American Stories

    • ORIGINAL (13 mins)
    • By Aleksandar Hemon
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (238)

    New American Stories presents diverse stories of contemporary American life and dreams lost and found, by four of the best young contemporary writers - Jhumpa Lahiri, Sherman Alexie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Aleksandar Hemon - as performed by terrific stage and screen actors. All four writers have a unique perspective on the American experience, which is reflected in their work.

    Asta says: "Fun Dry Humor"
    "Very good and well done , but not "ME""
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The dreary content. I had empathy with the narrator, and understanding of the point he was trying to make, but there are infinitely many stories to tell, and that one was not really art.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    His reminder of how success helps us to overlook even the most glaring errors. The horrid people seemed angels to him, once he'd made his sale. The least interesting was some of the leadup...he kept losing me.


    What three words best describe Boyd Gaines’s voice?

    Nice..old-fashioned a bit, but it was supposed to be I think...a dear old classic, it would have been if the content was not so difficult for me. When my Grandfather spoke , using that sort of voice, the person behind it never said such talk around Women, so it was more charming .


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I am new to Audiobooks and enjoying most of it very much! Thank you!

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  • Brain Trust: Free Excerpt

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Garth Sundem
    • Narrated By Garth Sundem
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (280)

    How much better would your life be if you had an army of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur ‘geniuses’ and National Medal of Science winners whispering tips in your ear about your body language, or how to resist that impulse purchase you’ll regret tomorrow, or when to sell your car - or even helping you trick your spouse into doing the dishes?

    Ed says: "Not Worth The Time"
    "Good but not right for me."
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    Would you try another book from Garth Sundem and/or Garth Sundem?

    Not sure.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This type of writing does not really have and ending but is supposed to give us insights into ourselves in ways that help. But the insights were not me at all, so I felt deflated and put off.


    Did Garth Sundem do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, Garth Sundem is a clear and articulate reader and I enjoyed his voice.


    Did Brain Trust: Free Excerpt inspire you to do anything?

    It was supposed to, but since its tack was not right for me , it achieved the goal of sending me looking for something similar that DID have the right stuff for me, so I guess that is good, at least.


    Any additional comments?

    I Like AudioBooks very much

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  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18889)
    Performance
    (12989)
    Story
    (12885)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Mixed, but read it."
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    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    Yes, as soon as I recover from 32 consecutive hours listening to this first , or to any story.


    If you’ve listened to books by Diana Gabaldon before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first but it was well-told, clear and with good continuum, a bit overmuch on the sex and violence - "the Dukes of Hazard goes Celtic" came to mind after awhile.

    But then I remembered my seven Irish Uncles and Auntie and nine Polish ones, and the wonderful melee that never ends is sort of how it often is.

    Nancy Drew grows up, warms up and finds love - since her role as nurse puts her in it , as foil to the always warring and being injured guys. Like Nancy, whose Mother died too young, Claire lost both parents in youth but was well brought up by an uncle and like Nancy must solve the mysteries and she must help and heal.

    And that's fine, of course.

    By today's standards, her superhero, Jamie, would be mostly judged to be a battered child grown up and I felt painful compassion for him, but wanted to look away often enough - the reaction was too much the moment I gave it some thought - he was so often so badly injured and scarred !

    In fact, given the emotional whallop of her orphaning ( and Jamie is an orphan, as well ) Claire may need him to be JUST who he is, since his needs allow her work through her own devastation and , as lovers do, she comforts and heals her own damage, scars, wars and needs , as she attends to Jamie.

    Helping Jamie, Claire redeems herself.

    And the author addresses that issue with the climax scene in which she literally and physically wrestles her man back to life, demonstrating the spiritual resolution she's found, and her total commitment - "I'm not finished with you yet" she swears and life swears at poor Jamie - and she pounds and pummels him to bring him round from certain death.

    When we were children, we'd dream of saving the life of our one true love, if not quite so.

    The choice of the names was fine for a romance and I wondered if "Jamie" hied to another Scot, James Bond, although as a ladybook, Jamie's mission is not a James Bond story, but muddied sometimes, to emphasize the woman's point of view.


    Hated Claire's bad language at times - but she had just been a WWII battlefield nurse, and so it made sense, but the words would have been pretty bad for any woman of that time, even in battlefield circumstances. There is a perverse pride in that brand of profanity I think - but I will never understand it.

    Disliked the old-fashioned dynamic of gender war. Grates. It is not so difficult to skip it but back then, it was there all the time. The woman's need to be constantly defensive of her right and role, till the whole thing was mostly arm-wrestling for power. I felt reassured when, at least, her skills won respect.

    I liked the old Laird's comments about Claire being a woman and not stuck as a lifelong girl were well done. He does not say there is anything wrong with being girlish, but since their lives were so robust, the girlish type was not right for them for wiving.

    I love things Celt and have studied Gaelic and such stories interest me. Going back to refresh my history after reading it.

    The color and beauty of the time and the land and the herb lore and mysticism charm me every time. And the mix of past and present in the healing is great - and in fact, medicine is doing just that , right now, and recently found another thing that works for leukemia in a pretty pink flower found only in Madagascar.

    Neat no? And so these passages perked the ears.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The moment of commitment between Claire and Jamie at the hut.


    Do you think Outlander needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It it is too late for my opinion on the subject, since followups have been done , a broadway play done and maybe a movie? And I have not read them, although , having established the characters it seems right to do followups - the trick with time alone is fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes a book like this is really needed. A lady vitamin of a sort, is the classic romance. It was one that I needed, and the author does a quality job.

    The sensual descriptions and tellings of the way lovers interact was really good. I was perfectly well entertained, although it might not hold the attention of men well.

    It really works, as an audio book. One thing: I am not good about bad language, particularly in women and I would not keep Claire as an everyday friend over it.

    But overall, the book is a fine one.

    It works.

    I got quite a few routine and quiet things done,working alone in my studio office: things that get tedious, but did not, because they were accompanied by the exciting story enlivening me on my wireless headphones.

    Thank you for reading this review. It got long for me, in retaliation :-D

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  • A Hunger for the Infinite: A Galactic Center Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (418)

    A Hunger for the Infinite, which first appeared in Robert Silverberg's Far Horizons anthology, is a novella that takes place in the universe of "The Galactic Center Saga", detailing a galactic war between mechanical and biological life. Here, the pilots had made it to True Center in order to destroy something, anything, important to the Mechs, but Paris had something else on his mind. A story of the Mantis, and the decline of humans beginning in 3600 AD.

    Michale says: "Haunting"
    "Not well done - needs evolution"
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    What would have made A Hunger for the Infinite better?

    Fewer of the sort of descriptives usually found only among 5th grade boys


    What was most disappointing about Gregory Benford’s story?

    The topic is very exciting and wonderful and I hoped for a well-rounded story - a journey that explores the topic well. This one galloped along, wafting over the more intelligent concepts of Orga/Mecha conflict and went for the cheap grab of extreme violent act and moment. I felt so let down, since Extra-terrestrial exploration is an exciting topic.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I am new to Audible and to Robin Sachs. Robin Sach's delivery was perfectly fine. In fact, "Bravo" - if he made it through the challenges of the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Hunger for the Infinite?

    I'd need to go back and listen again to be more specific and I cannot make me do that, but , as I mentioned, I'd remove at least half the scenes describing extreme sadism and violence. The overmuch of visceral violence, described poorly and insensitively, with obvious intent to disprupt succeeded in disrupting the ability to enjoy a flow of good storytelling. The topic is sophisticated exciting and gutsy enough - only a few of the violent descriptions are needed to get the idea across, and sill keep the overall story the thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Audible. This is the first of my selections of audio books to disappoint. I was embarassed to have chosen it and sad that I could not remove it from my Library list...don't want it there.

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