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Micheline Golden

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  • 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
    (1439)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (683)

    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!"
    "Outstanding historical novel"
    Overall

    I've been a fan of Alison Weir's non-fiction historical works for many years. This, her first venture into fiction, it every bit as satisfying. The input from so many sources, slowly building an unwanted web around Jane Grey, is addictive. It's a truly well-researched and compellingly written version of a tragic story.

    The voicing in the audiobook makes it easy to keep track of the many narrators. It could easily be a confusing book but the multiple voices prevent that. The final voice, unheard until that time, brings the story to a hearbreaking end.

    This book is so like Arthurian legend - you already know the end of the story, but somehow keep hoping this time it be different.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas: Collection 6 (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Twilight Zone Radio Dramas
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach, Jason Alexander, Jane Seymour, and others
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Whether listening in your home or in your car, The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas will keep you mesmerized. Each tale unites classic stories and musical scores with contemporary sound effects and readings by distinguished guest stars.

    Micheline Golden says: "Great stories, but ads are annoying"
    "Great stories, but ads are annoying"
    Overall

    I love these adaptations. They are fun, capture the spirit of old radio dramas, and the old Twilight Zones. However, be aware that at the end of each episode there is a 2-3 minute advertisement for the dramas, including the website address and information for ordering CDs and cassettes of the episodes. What the heck? I already bought it, that's how I'm listening to it. Since the episodes all run as a continuous show, there is no easy way to move my iPod past them. This alone will probably keep me from purchasing another collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8871)
    Performance
    (3301)
    Story
    (3338)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Absolutely spectacular"
    Overall

    I'm not sure how I can adequately express just how much I enjoyed this book. I was slightly put off by the length - not sure if I could get through 40 hours. By the end, I was slightly sad to realize my time with this fascinating community of people was coming to an end. I read "The Pillars of the Earth" many years ago, so I can't make too much of a close comparison. This book accurately portrays like in Medieval England, from food and housing to medicine and lifestyles. The story deals with a time of change - not only the beginning of the 100 Years War, but the end of the Dark Ages, and a huge change in labor and aristocracy brought on by the beginning of the Plague.
    Well worth the time and such and enjoyable book. The characters are real and believeable, and you'll find yourself sad to leave Kingsbridge once again at the end.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The White Dragon: Dragonriders of Pern Volume 3

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Adrienne Barbeau
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Katherine says: "Excellent read; very poor recording"
    "Horrible audio quality"
    Overall

    I love these books, and I love the story, but this sounds like it was badly re-recorded from someone's old cassette tapes. Parts of the story are just unintelligible. The weird echo effect for the dragon's voices renders them impossible to hear. An unabridged version with new audio would be much appreciated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4250)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1546)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Darkly hysterical"
    Overall

    What a great book! Charlie, an unlikely hero and unwitting saviour of the world, is the kind of guy you usually ignore. His job as a second-hand junk merchant dovetails nicely with his unasked for avocation as a death merchant.

    Set realistically in San Francisco, this book is just flat out funny. I've always suspected there were demons in the Trans Bay BART tunnel, and this book just confirms it.

    The first few chapters were a little slow, but stick with it. They introduce the characters and set the scene for a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Rewards: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Barbara Taylor Bradford
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Just Rewards is the dramatic conclusion of the extraordinary tale of Emma Harte's great granddaughters. Linnet O'Neill, great-granddaughter of Emma Harte, finds herself locking horns with her mother, Paula, in a battle about the future of the family company. Evan Hughes, Linnet's American cousin, is pregnant and planning her small family wedding. But Evan's sister Angharad latches onto the Harte's deadly enemy Jonathan Ainsley, and endangers every family member in the process.

    Micheline Golden says: "Enjoyable for fans"
    "Enjoyable for fans"
    Overall

    Fans of this series will not be disappointed. This book has the intrigue, family connections and business dealings that have made all of these books favorites.

    The narrator's American accents are horrid. The American characters all sound whiney and childlike, quite wrong for the dialogue.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of the Story

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (45)

    Literary agent Jojo Harvey combines Jessica Rabbit's body with a mind like a steel trap. As if watching her back on the corporate ladder and making million-dollar deals wasn't difficult enough, Jojo's having a relationship with her married boss.

    Laurie says: "Listen a Little Longer.."
    "Cute story"
    Overall

    A cute story, engaging and funny. The adventures and misadventures of the three women keep the story moving. Lots of fun.

    The narrator's interpretation of an American accent for Jojo, however, it rather irritating. She sounds incredibly like a 16 year old California mall rat, rather than an international business woman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light a Penny Candle

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Kate Binchy
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Micheline Golden says: "Good Adaptation, poor sound quality"
    "Good Adaptation, poor sound quality"
    Overall

    A good, sweet adaption of a wonderful book. It's read by the author's daughter, mean the Irish names and words are all correct. However, the sound quality of the recording is somewhat lacking. It sounds like it was recorded from a tape.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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