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Senior Citizen #8

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  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (1153)
    Story
    (1151)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Fantastic Story and Fantastic Narrator"
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    Would you listen to Midnight Riot again? Why?

    Yes. The characters are very interesting, plus the narrator has done a magnificent job of telling this wonderful story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Peter Grant who is a new policeman in London. He is a daydreamer drawn to details regardless of what is happening around him.


    Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I'll look for them now.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it's unfortunately too long for one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the next two in the series already.
    Great writer.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Homeland: Phantom Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Glenn Gers
    • Narrated By Damian Lewis
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (533)

    Picking up at the end of Season Two after he has parted from Carrie at the border, Brody relates, in the form of a letter to Carrie, his desperate escape by sea and land as the world's most-hunted fugitive. Guided off the grid by a former CIA analyst and a battle-scarred French mercenary, he stays in the shadows...both physically and emotionally. But wherever he goes and whoever he meets, he cannot stop thinking about Carrie.

    elise says: "Great addition to the series!"
    "Thank yoou"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Homeland: Phantom Pain to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Damian Lewis's performance was perfect.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it's short.


    Any additional comments?

    Home;land is an amazing series and this is a fitting addition to the story line. My questions remain.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Missing Servant

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (227)

    In hot and dusty Delhi, Puri's main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests. But when an honest public litigator is accused of murdering his maidservant, it takes all of Puri's resources to investigate. How will he trace the fate of the girl, known only as Mary, in a population of more than one billion? Who is taking pot shots at him and his prize chilli plants?

    Anthony Wilson says: "Wonderful"
    "Delightful Detective"
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    What did you love best about The Case of the Missing Servant?

    I loved the characters-all of them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chubby.
    He has such an ego, but he also is wise and compassionate to his servants and clients.
    I also loved Mummy very much.


    What does Sam Dastor bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Thank you, Sam Dastor, for giving us perfect voices for the series. .
    I'm already listening to the second volume and very much anticipating enjoying the third installment.
    I would definitely listen to Sam Dastor in other books and series.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Living the Modern Indian Dream Life.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were a way to translate the slang used. I get the point, but I'd love to understand more of the particulars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pilgrim's Rest: Miss Silver Mysteries, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    When Judy Elliott’s sister and her husband are killed in an air-raid in the Blitz, she is the only one able to look after their little girl, Penny. Unfortunately jobs are hard to come by, especially when there is a child in tow, and she is forced to take the position of housemaid in a house in the country called Pilgrim’s Rest. When she is warned by an old friend that there is a curse on the house she laughs it off, but accidents keep happening - accidents that threaten the lives of all those who live there.

    Nancy J says: "Excellent mystery with red herrings"
    "1930's cozy gem"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Pilgrim's Rest to be better than the print version?

    I have never read Patricia Wentworth's books. What a wonderful writer of cozies, ala Agatha Christie!
    Diana Bishop is PERFECT as narrator of this whole series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I follow Miss Silver and enjoy her methods of deduction.


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

    Enjoyment. Looking forward to each book.


    Any additional comments?

    I find the British horror of publicity of any kind wears thin as the characters go to any and every length to avoid it. Pre-Rupert Murdoch.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • An Available Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Hilma Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Fred Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    When Edward Schuyler - a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher - is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well-meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. The problem is that Edward doesn’t feel available. He’s still mourning his beloved wife, Bee, and prefers solitude and the familiar routine of work, gardening, and bird-watching.

    Molly-o says: "Lovely book, easy read, wonderful characters"
    "A Fortunate Man"
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    If you could sum up An Available Man in three words, what would they be?

    tender, touching, memorable


    What other book might you compare An Available Man to and why?

    If I Stay, I think that's the title. Both books deal with life and loss and the opportunities to live again. This book about a widower in his 60s, the other about a teenage girl in a serious accident.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes on Martha's Vineyard as he starts to live again, weighs possibilities, and pitfalls.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    He's such a nice man that I don't think Hollywood would be the right market for this. A stage play.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful narrator. This book would seem more like

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Probability of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Wendy Wunder
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Dry, sarcastic, 16-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the last seven years in and out hospitals. The last thing she wants to do in the short life she has left is move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine - a place known for the miraculous events that occur there. But it's undeniable that strange things happen in Promise: everlasting sunsets; purple dandelions; flamingoes in the frigid Atlantic; an elusive boy named Asher; and finally, a mysterious envelope containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies.

    Senior Citizen #8 says: "Touching story"
    "Touching story"
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    If you could sum up The Probability of Miracles in three words, what would they be?

    honest expression of teenage feelings facing death.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, because she could still be surprised by life even though she didn't want to be. She also learned that her attitude and comments, no matter how true, could hurt others. License is not grace.


    What about Emma Galvin???s performance did you like?

    He voice and narration were perfect for the main character and all the others.


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

    The last scene when she followed the flamingo and her whole family was with her.


    Any additional comments?

    This story has stayed with me for a long time. I was really rooting for each person.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jane Austen, Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (495)

    In this terrifying and hilarious prequel, we witness the genesis of the zombie plague in early 19th-century England. We watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a nave young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. We laugh as she begins her first clumsy training with nunchucks and katana swords and cry when her first blush with romance goes tragically awry.

    Dawn says: "Fantastic Narrator for a Fun Story!"
    "Perfect writing ans marvekous listen"
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    Would you listen to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls again? Why?

    The COMBINATION of ninjas, shaolin warriors, zombies and the Pride ans Prejudice milieu is so surprising, refreshing, and humorous. I laughed out loud and really marvelled at the talent of the authors in this series who stay true to the spirit of Pride and Prejudice structure. I will definitely give these three books another listen, especially when I need something completely different and humorous.


    What other book might you compare Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls to and why?

    I like books that draw me in and keep me engrossed. I enjoy all of Molly Harper's books. For engrossing, it has to be The Ladies # Detective Agency series set in Botswana. Ender's Game. by Scott Card. The whole Dune series.


    Which character ??? as performed by Katherine Kellgren ??? was your favorite?

    Katherine Kellgren is a marvel! She brings each of the characters to life. In this volume I loved watching Kitty coming in to her own.


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

    Laugh-definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    Give yourself a gift of humor and a complete break from your normal routine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Painted Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (231)

    First published in 1925, The Painted Veil is an affirmation of the human capacity to grow, change, and forgive. Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, it is the story of the beautiful but shallow young Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to a remote region of China ravaged by a cholera epidemic.

    Kevin says: "A Joyous Realm"
    "Odyssey of atonement"
    Overall

    By upbringing our heroine is unprepared to appreciate love and compassion. Even though married, she thinks nothing of having an affair and hurting her husband. Slowly she awakens to the greater beauty and depth of life after her shallow lover abandons her to certain death.
    This is a poignant tale of an odyssey of atonement she continues even as the novel ends.
    Kate Reading reads Maugham beautifully.
    This is a morality tale, though not preachy. It is the slow dawning of love and compassion for others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter Is Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (587)

    Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals.

    Amazon Customer says: "Odd even for Dexter, but enjoyable!"
    "A Pleasure"
    Overall

    Thank you Jeff Lindsay for another great Dexter tale.
    I've just finished listening to it and your rendering of your work is great! I always feel it's a treat when an author reads his/her work.
    I can't wait for the next installment, but I have to, so...happy writing!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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