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  • An Irish Country Wedding: Irish Country, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    Love is in the air in the colourful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo, where Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly has finally proposed to the darling of his youth, Kitty O’Hallorhan. There’s a wedding to be planned, but before O’Reilly can make it to the altar, he and his young colleague, Barry Laverty, M.B., must deal with the usual round of eccentric patients—and crises both large and small. Being a G.P. in a place like Ballybucklebo often means more than simply splinting broken bones and tending to aches and pains.

    Angelyn says: "Wonderful Story, Fabulous Narrator"
    "I love this series!"
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    If you could sum up An Irish Country Wedding in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Thoughtful, Warm


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. O'Reilly is my favorite character because of his toughness, directness, and warmth.


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

    Yes, I've listened to Irish Country Christmas and am always amazed at how he does the different dialects so seamlessly.


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

    Mayberry meets small town Ireland in the 60s.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is a new favorite for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2136)
    Performance
    (1883)
    Story
    (1870)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Thought-provoking Layers"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book beacause the story is told well and timeless. It made me think of when you observe an older person and wonder how much they really know or wonder what were they like when they were younger or when you find out something about them that's surprising.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chaperone?

    The most memorable moment was Cora finding out her husband's secret. The anger, frustration, and eventual acceptance was so well-written that it was palpable.


    What about Elizabeth McGovern’s performance did you like?

    I liked everything about her performance. I am probably a little biased because I am a big Downton Abbey fan and the fact that there are some similarities to the time period and the main character being named Cora was subconsciously appealing to me. But, the way that she performed and evoked so many emotions and accents was amazing!


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

    That's hard. Eventhough her life was so full, I learned so much about Cora in the story. I would take Allen, Cora's husband, because I would like to know more about his personal struggle and how he came to the realization of who he truly was and if he ever felt fullfilled.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVE this story. I prefer historical fiction and was first drawn to this story because of it being set in the 20's. The way that the author seemlessly moved you through Cora's life with flashes of the future while continuing the main timeline was genius to me. I also like the fact that although this was Cora's story, you met such interesting and rich characters throughout the story. I also like the way social issues were dealt with without getting preachy. Things just were as they were. The main theme of this story for me was acceptance- choosing to accept your life, others, your circumstances, who you are, who you will be, and taking control to make things more acceptable to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gilt

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Katherine Longshore
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty is now caught between two men - the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend.

    Shannon says: "Gilt-y (almost) Pleasure"
    "Interesting Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gilt to be better than the print version?

    I have not had an opportunity to read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gilt?

    The realization that Kitty and Cat made, at different moments in the book, that being a part of the royal court was not the wonderful experience that they invisoned as younger girls was memorable and gave the story depth.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Jennifer Ikeda's portrayal of Catherine Howard. She struck the right tone between the biting dismissiveness that she sometimes displayed, the innocence at being thrust into court, and the childlike insolence that she had when she didn't get her way.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I generally prefer historical fiction. I found this book interesting and enjoyable. It offered interesting layers to one of Henry VII's wives who is normally portrayed as just an adultress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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