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Delah

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  • 100 reviews
  • 146 ratings
  • 217 titles in library
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  • Night Music

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (568)

    The Spanish House is a mixture of designs, Georgian, Gothic and Moorish, as if whoever started it had simply got bored. It has long been known as an architectural folly to locals, and is now nearly derelict to boot. When its reclusive owner dies intestate, the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For Isabel, recently widowed, the house is a potential lifeline - the only hope she has of providing for her two children without having to sell her most treasured possession.

    Debbie says: "Hauntingly Beautiful Story of Human, Flawed People"
    "I enjoyed this story"
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    Night Music hit all the right notes (ha ha). :-) I really enjoyed the story and the narrator was very good. The story is good from the beginning to the end with no boring parts. I'm also glad the author knew when to end the story and did not extend it longer than necessary.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Stay with Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ayobami Adebayo
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (554)

    Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: Polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage - after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures - Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time - until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife.

    M. Ryder says: "Unbelievably Powerful!!!"
    "Loved it"
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    Very interesting plot from the beginning. Very good narration. No slow areas. I listened on my morning walks and it helped me look forward to walking in the morning. I would recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Franchise Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (350)

    Marion Sharpe and her mother seem an unlikely duo to be found on the wrong side of the law. Quiet and ordinary, they have led a peaceful and unremarkable life at their country home, The Franchise. Unremarkable that is, until the police turn up with a demure young woman on their doorstep.Not only does Betty Kane accuse them of kidnap and abuse, she can back up her claim with a detailed description of the attic room in which she was kept, right down to the crack in its round window.

    Isia says: "Beautifully written, engaging story"
    "Loved the story and narration"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I highly recommend this book. The story is very interesting. A "whodunnit" of sorts with very likable characters. The narrator is quite good. It was a fun story. No blood and guts. More of a cozy tea and scones kind of listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wrinkle in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11696)
    Performance
    (10425)
    Story
    (10432)

    Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

    Patricia says: "Thank You for a New Narrator"
    "It was ok but then I'm an adult"
    Overall
    Performance
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    It was ok but then I'm an adult. The narrator did well. I didn't know it would have a spiritual slant not that I'm against that. It was a little slow in some parts and I thought some parts might be over younger ones heads.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tea Planter's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dinah Jefferies
    • Narrated By Avita Jay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    International best-selling novel set in 1920s Ceylon, about a young Englishwoman who marries a charming tea plantation owner and widower, only to discover he's keeping terrible secrets about his past, including what happened to his first wife, that lead to devastating consequences.

    Elizabeth C. says: "Continual lack of communication/honesty = heartbreak "
    "Boring, Slow, Uninteresting"
    Overall
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    This story dragged. Some of it was a stretch to believe. The writing seemed a bit uneven. The female lead was a bit too weak and naive for me. Some of the voices the narrator gave some of the female characters were hard to listen to ... too overdone. Too high pitched or too theatrical.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Couple Next Door: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Shari Lapena
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10594)
    Performance
    (9593)
    Story
    (9556)

    Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all - a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

    RueRue says: "Plot twist overload"
    "Terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Do not waste your credit. Really really bad. The main female character is weak, whiny and really, really stupid. The entire plot is stupid. Just say no and keep searching for something better. I have always, until now listened to books at regular speed. This book I listened at 1.5x or 2x (mostly 2x) just to hurry and get through it. As I was saying, this book has a very weak female main character (which I hate). For a book with a strong female main character, I highly recommend "City of Women" by David R Gillham or "The Fair Fight" by Anna Freeman.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Zant and the Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Gillian Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (955)

    Mrs Zant has recently lost her beloved husband, and while walking in the Kensington Gardens, the spot where she and her deceased husband declared their love for each other, she feels his presence trying to warn her of some coming danger. Mr Rayburn witnesses it all, and he'll have to fight his own incredulity regarding the supernatural and his gut feeling that the disturbed young woman is telling the truth.

    John says: "Something Like the Old Form"
    "Enjoyed this. Excellent Narration."
    Overall
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    Gillian Anderson's narration of this story really shines. The story itself is good but I believe her narration takes it to a whole other level. I
    Highly recommend.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Corners

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (102)

    When his father dies, Carl Martin, a philosophy graduate and struggling novelist, inherits a house in a trendy London neighborhood. Carl needs cash, however, so he rents the upstairs room and kitchen to the first person he interviews, Dermot McKinnon. That was colossal mistake number one. Mistake number two was keeping his father's bizarre collection of homeopathic "cures" that he found in the medicine cabinet, including a stash of controversial diet pills.

    Love Good Mysteries says: "Boring"
    "Great book! Love Ruth Rendell"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is another great book by Ruth Rendell. A psychologically interesing listen (not scary) with lots of quirky characters (the best kind!). Ruth Rendell does it again. Check out some of her other books if you haven't already.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Uprooted

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Julia Emelin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3186)
    Performance
    (2971)
    Story
    (2963)

    Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

    Rej says: "Great story, hard to listen to."
    "Loved it."
    Overall
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    I'm not a fantasy fan but this is an exception. I love a book with a strong female lead and Agnieszka definitely qualifies. The character development is first rate. The narrator delivers the story in a halting dialogue that may take a little getting use to for some however overall I think it works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nothing Girl: The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
    Overall
    (2352)
    Performance
    (2199)
    Story
    (2194)

    Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

    Marilyn Armstrong says: "So much better than I expected"
    "Loved it!"
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    I loved this book from start to finish. It was a tiny bit fantasy, a bit of slapstick, some poignant parts... It kind of reminded me of a Katherine Hepburn / Cary Grant movie. Not any one in particular but fast moving and funny and really good. The narrator was magnificent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Typist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Suzanne Rindell
    • Narrated By Gretchen Mol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (335)

    Rose Baker seals men’s fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee. This is a new era for women, and New York is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair, they smoke, they go to speakeasies.

    Taryn says: "LOVED IT!"
    "Worth the Listen"
    Overall
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    It took about 2.5 hrs before things got going in this audiobook and even then things would drag at times throughout. It has a lot of character development as opposed to action, I think that's why it seemed to drag to me. However with that said I would recommend listening to it. The story is interesting and well written. The characters, because of the character development given to them by the author (especially the main character) really pull the story along without a lot of action. The narrator is very good. The main character is quite complex. I thought I had her figured out but she is a doozy! Have fun with this one, it is something of a mystery.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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