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Sew Disappointed

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  • King Lear: Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Mike Reeves, Phil Viner
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Terrence Hardiman, Lucy Robinson
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    Experience King Lear as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world.

    fred says: "Love the format, like the piece"
    "Great way to understand Shakespeare"
    Overall

    This was an excellent production of King Lear. The download includes two files, one with commentary throughout and a second file that is the play without commentary, allowing the listener to decide how much explanation is desired. I listened with the commentator and she does a great job of setting the scene before the play begins, provides a good overview of Shakespeare and his time period, and then provides a expert "translation" of the text. This series would be especially helpful to those studying Shakespeare in school. I listened to this in conjunction with Bill Bryson's book Shakespeare.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3052)
    Performance
    (1056)
    Story
    (1059)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    Andrew says: "Best Listen In a Long Time"
    "Enchantingly long and magical"
    Overall

    The book is a long listen and requires a bit of a commitment, but it is well worth the length. It is more like a volume of several stories and plots that are joined together to make a novel. I honestly loved every minute of the book and found excuses to drive or do mindless tasks so I could listen to the book. The ending is fantastic as well. The book was perfect for the Halloween season, filled with the right balance of magic and ordinary. The narrator also did a good job of conveying the story using different voices when appropriate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2550)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (301)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Great Narrator"
    Overall

    The narrator did a fantastic job of conveying character differences with her voice. The accent was wonderful. The story as a whole is largely character development, so some may find it slow to start. If you stick with it, the novel wraps up nicely in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4532)
    Performance
    (1438)
    Story
    (1446)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Delicious"
    Overall

    This book was delicious! The narrators' voices were perfect for the story and both did an excellent job conveying the emotion and pace of the story. The book as a whole was gripping and hard to put down. I even did more laundry than I had to so I could continue listening to the story. I would especially recommend this book if you enjoy British Literature, such as Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Wears Prada

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (249)

    Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

    Howard says: "You won't be able to stop the player"
    "Who cares?"
    Overall

    This was a book club selection, and no matter how much I tried to listen, I couldn't. I just didn't care what happened in it. The main character came across as whiny and pretentious and an overall snot. I just didn't care about her "troubles" and couldn't get beyond the first two hours. Life is too short and there are much better books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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