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Barbara Allen

Seattle, WA USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 6 reviews
  • 615 ratings
  • 1117 titles in library
  • 82 purchased in 2014
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  • He's Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Deb Caletti
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    The Sunday morning starts like any other. But on this particular Sunday morning, she's surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He's gone. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth - about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

    Nicole says: "Every Partner's Worst Nightmare"
    "Great Book"
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    I loved this book. It is well written, well paced and the mystery aspect intriguing. Narration good. I highly recommend this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Ball: Bella Vista Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Wiggs
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    Isabel Johansen, a celebrated chef who grew up in the sleepy Sonoma town of Archangel, is transforming her childhood home into a destination cooking school - a unique place for other dreamers to come and learn the culinary arts. Bella Vista's rambling mission-style hacienda, with its working apple orchards, bountiful gardens and beehives, is the idyllic venue for Isabel's project… and the perfect place for her to forget the past.

    Tammie Jakubek says: "This is more about WW II than a romance book to me"
    "Narration Can Ruin a Book"
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    Audible insisted that I put in a rating for the story so I put in one star but because I didn't finish the book, I can't really say. The narrator put me off to the point that I couldn't continue. When narrating a women's voice, Christina Traister did just fine but when she was narrating the main character's potential love interest I wanted to tear my hair out. It was done in a low monotone that made the character seem like milk toast. I wanted to shake him. I listen to so many books that it has become more and more clear to me that if the narration is not good, it doesn't matter how good the book is. It is ruined. When I finish a book and really don't remember the narrator but just the story, I think they have done their job. Occasionally, a narrator will be excellent at the opposite sex's voices or in doing accents and I will have to acknowledge a job well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Farahad Zama
    • Narrated By Tania Rodrigues
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (172)

    Farahad Zama's debut novel transports listeners to faraway India for a story brimming with endearing characters, homespun wisdom, and blossoming love. After Mr. Ali retires, he launches a matchmaking service that helps an array of clients arrange marriages. But he's unaware of his able assistant's dire need for his marriage bureau.

    Lorriee says: "The Marriage Bureau for Rich People"
    "Light and Entertaining"
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    This was a charming and fun listen. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope that Book 2 is available at Audible soon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (748)

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Delightful Listen"
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    As the author said at the end, this book is "Historical Fantasy." And it is that but also very entertaining. Definitely a light listen but engrossing and the author's use of famous people who lived during the era that Dodger takes place makes it even more fun. And the narration is wonderful. It is a joy to listen to a book that is so well narrated. It just shows me how important the narrator is. I personally don't think many narrators do the opposite sex well and shouldn't try. And then there are some narrators like Scott Brick whose voices are so distinctive as well as their intonation and phrasing that it actually takes away from the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5202)
    Performance
    (2975)
    Story
    (3015)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Listening Pleasure"
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    I read books that are well written and tend to have more depth to them but I listen to audiobooks for entertainment. And this fits the bill. I loved it. The reader was excellent, the characters interesting and well developed and the story engrossing. I definitely recommend this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (150)

    Molly Gibson lost her mother when she was a child. Any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs Gibson is a self-absorbed, silly little widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

    Jo says: "Superb! Story and Narration A++"
    "Delightful Listen"
    Overall

    If you're in the mood for a delightful listen about Victorian, England, I definitely recommend this. It was entertaining and fun and light. Prunella Scales is probably the best reader of any book I've listened to. She moves from person to person so easily that you glide along with her and she never sounds forced.

    I was disappointed when I read in some reviews that she died before she could finish the book, but the ending is there just not in her voice which of course would have been preferrable but did not spoil it for me.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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