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Montreal, QC

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  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daphne Du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (126)

    Daphne du Maurier's young heroine meets the charming Maxim de Winter and despite her youth, they marry and go to Manderley, his home in Cornwall. There, the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers and the mystery she keeps alive of his first wife Rebecca - said to have drowned at sea - threatens to overwhelm the marriage.

    Rhonda says: "Riveting"
    "Can't say enough"
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    The wonderful Anna Massey does a fabulous job reading this book. Never mind that I'd read it before, and seen the movie and every miniseries the BBC has ever churned out using this story--including the one from the 70s starring Anna Massey. When Massey started reading, I was as captivated as if I'd never heard the story before. She captures all the characters perfectly and lends the story a depth I hadn't really picked up before. The elegiac first chapters resonate through the rest of the book. Another reviewer said that this is the kind of project that Audible was made for, and I agree. It's the perfect marriage of narrator and novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1429)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (675)

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    "Interesting history, not-so-great novel"
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    The history here is interesting, but as a novelization, this fell flat for me. The revolving first-person narration is clunky, with characters constantly declaring their schemes and motives directly to the reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Two on a Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    Two on a Tower is Hardy's ninth novel and contains perhaps his most complete treatment of the theme of love across the class and age divide, and also the fullest expression of his fascination with astronomy and science.

    Joseph R says: "Two in a Lovely Lovely Tower Looking at Stars"
    "Good story, wonderful narration"
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    This book has many of Thomas Hardy's usual themes--literally star-crossed lovers--but it is more condensed than his longer novels. Aside from a rushed, unsatisfying ending, I really enjoyed it. And Michael Kitchen is an amazing reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4638)
    Performance
    (2694)
    Story
    (2695)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Absorbing police tale"
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    I loved listening to this story, even though the hero was flawed past all hope. My only problem with the book was that the culprit was a little easy to see through. At one point, the narrator asks the reader, "You didn't see it coming, either, did you?" Well, yes. Up Fifth Avenue. But the other characterizations were so wonderful, it's hard to quibble.

    Now, Audible, where is The Likeness? It seems odd to have the first and third books by this author, but not the second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (575)

    Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. This revised edition draws on recent theoretical work on gender and class.

    Sally says: "Delightful"
    "Great reading"
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    This is one of my favorite books, and Juliet Stephenson does a great job reading it. She renders the thick northern dialect understandable, and gives character to all the voices. Loved it.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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