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CAYCE, SC, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Sarum: The Novel of England

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (364)

    In Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd weaves a compelling saga of five English families whose fates become intertwined over the course of centuries. While each family has its own distinct characteristics, the successive generations reflect the changing character of Britain. We become drawn not only into the fortunes of the individual family members, but also the larger destinies of each family line.

    Gordon says: "Most enjoyable"
    "If you liked 'Pillars of the Earth'...."
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    What made the experience of listening to Sarum the most enjoyable?

    you will probably enjoy this book. Indeed,I think I enjoyed Sarum more because I had listened to Pillars first. Pillars covered a smaller time period in more detail. Sarum covered more time in less detail.

    Starting in pre-historic times, the book is a series of short stories, following a family through thousands of years and showcasing many historic events.

    Although this is already a very long book, it seems that, just about the time I am really enjoying the characters and story, it abruptly ends. Then you are moved forward hundreds or thousands of years to find the family's descendants involved in another historical event.

    One of the most interesting aspects of the book is how Rutherford shows which people are related to whom in each prior story through physical characteristics, personality and surname evolution.

    If you like history, genealogy, England - you will enjoy this story.




    What other book might you compare Sarum to and why?

    Pillars of the Earth


    Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I enjoyed this one.


    If you could rename Sarum, what would you call it?

    I would not rename it. The name is perfect.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Keepers of the House

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Shirley Ann Grau
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (145)

    Abigail was the last keeper of the house, the last to know the Howland family's secrets. Now, in the name of all her brothers and sisters, she must take her bitter revenge on the small-minded Southern town that shamed them, persecuted them, but could never destroy them.

    Chimigi says: "very enjoyable"
    "Can't stop thinking about this book"
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    WOW! I don't know how I have missed this Pulitzer prize winner. It reminds me of The Help, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fried Green Tomatoes and Gone With the Wind all at once. It has elements of racism, society in the 1960's small Southern town, forbidden love, oppression of women. The characters are unforgettable, very well developed. I have known a few people like those in the book. Do they exist only in the South? Why the story about the moonshine still? How did William feel about women? What does Margaret think about anything? And how about all the ancestral spirits? Please, Audible, get some more books by Mrs. Grau.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (348)

    Shipwrecked and cast ashore onto an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe ingeniously carves out a solitary, primitive existence for 24 years. Eventually, he meets a young native whom he saves from death at the hands of cannibals. He calls him Man Friday and makes him his companion and servant.

    Nelson Mostow says: "True classic"
    "It was green, when green was just a color"
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    What did you love best about Robinson Crusoe?

    the self sufficiency, self-awareness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Robinson Crusoe?

    His relationship with the cannibals. First, he thinks they should be killed. Then he comes to realize he doesn't have that right. Who is to say whose beliefs are 'correct'? When he saves Friday from the cannibals. It is interesting that Crusoe teaches Friday the word 'master' first.

    Also, the parrot and what the parrot says.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    pleasant voice.


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

    no - very enjoyable


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (898)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (766)

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

    Michelle says: "Not As Interesting as Print Reviewers Suggested"
    "Why?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I love P D James in general. But why did she write this? I was hoping for Jane Austen like prose - not even James can mimic the great Austen.


    What could P. D. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write more like Jane Austen


    What didn’t you like about Rosalyn Landor’s performance?

    the male voices just don't work


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (156)

    The Little Stranger follows the strange adventures of Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline - its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at 20 to nine.

    Barbara says: "Riding a local train"
    "A strange story"
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    Would you listen to The Little Stranger again? Why?

    yes - to pick up on all the clues I missed the first time around


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    The doctor


    If you could take any character from The Little Stranger out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The doctor. To ask him how he felt about the family.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2156)
    Performance
    (1449)
    Story
    (1452)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "a story for all dog lovers"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dog's Purpose?

    The most memorable moment was when the pup found his boy again.


    Which character – as performed by George K. Wilson – was your favorite?

    The dog - in all his reincarnations - was my favorite character.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that dogs are reincarnated, since I have had the privilege of knowing two very special ones. It is pleasant to think that they may be bringing joy into the lives of others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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