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  • The French Lieutenant's Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Fowles
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley

    At Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast, a young Victorian amateur palaentologist, Charles Smithson, is struck by a solitary figure standing at the far end of the Cobb, staring out to sea. It is Sarah Woodruff, known to the locals as 'poor Tragedy' since her apparent liaison with a French sailor who has since deserted her. Although Charles is already engaged to a young heiress, he is immediately beguiled and eventually infatuated with Sarah.

    Darwin8u says: "Writes with a sharp elegance that is breathtaking"
    "One star book, but a good reading performance"
    What would have made The French Lieutenant's Woman better?

    If the author had stuck to the story and dropped his increasingly interrupting asides about the victorian period relative to his perspective when he was about to retell the story from another angle. What I originally thought would be a creative read, became a tedious listen and toward the end, I found myself completely tuned out during his diatribes and needed to rewind when I finally tuned back in to discover that the story had finally continued.

    Has The French Lieutenant's Woman turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, only from this author.

    What does Paul Shelley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would have put the book down by halfway through as the author's interruptions became worse and worse as the book progressed, but the narrator was an engaging reader for me. I don't understand how he managed to read such a tedious book so well.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A good pair of scissors and a hard copy would redeem it for me.

    Any additional comments?

    I hate to give negative reviews and I can even enjoy an authors interference in a plot line, but this book was excessive.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maryrose Wood
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

    Yvette says: "Wonderful! ... but only the first installment..."
    "annoying characterization"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book itself is a fun work for youth.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

    Somebody who would not have howled nearly as much. It was grating on my nerves from the first, but it became intolerable. I switched to kindle versions for the next books in the series and I found that there was not nearly as much howling or whining written into the text itself and that it was the interpretation of the narrator.

    Do you think The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, there is still much left unfinished after the third installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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