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  • Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (341)

    When she asks her dependable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny white van, Precious Ramotswe fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down - and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.

    Carl says: "Fun Like Always"
    "the ladies detective agency is number 1"
    Overall

    once again alexander mccall smith does not disappoint. i believe this is number 10 in the detective agency series and i have enjoyed it as much as all the rest. the narration is fabulous and the story flows so smoothly.. light easy summertime listening. the tiny white van? the husband stealer? it's all here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Condition

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jennifer Haigh
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    The Condition tells the story of the McKotches, a proper New England family that comes apart during one fateful summer. One day on the beach, Frank McKotch is struck by an image he cannot forget: his 13-year-old daughter, Gwen, strangely infantile in her child-sized bikini, standing a full head shorter than her younger cousin Charlotte. At that moment, he knows a truth that he can never again unknow: something is terribly wrong with his only daughter.

    glamazon says: "Awesome read"
    "drab and slow"
    Overall

    was very disappointed with this book. the brief bio looked good..but i found it really dragged. "the condition" so to speak; didn't really develop until the later part of section 2 -- and was pretty much insignificant. This book lost my attention on many occasions and really required effort to keep listening. I found most of the characters drab and the plot yawned along at a snails pace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Christopher Buckley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Just as Calvin Trillin and Joan Didion gave readers solace and insight into the experience of losing a spouse, Christopher Buckley offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a parent, while telling a unique personal story of life with legends.

    Judy says: "Buckley Gets It Right"
    "brilliant"
    Overall

    Not familar with Mr. Buckley's other works or all that familar with his famous father (other than name). I found this to be an honest; and riviting account of a son loosing his parents. Rich or poor; young or old..some truths stand true for all - we have a life beginning and a life end.
    Elequantly written with all the honesty of someone has lived the experience; and has put that experience to paper. Reguadless of his famous name - he lost mum and pup; and tells a poinant tale of the difficult journey of becoming an orphan at age 55.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    When she was 18 years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger - a man 32 years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church.

    Cheryl D says: "Like a train wreck you can't turn away"
    "Triumph over tragidy"
    Overall

    Well written and narrated. This is a long listen (over 15 hours) and some of the content is disturbing and difficult to listen to. At times it seems a long hall with depressing content. That being said, it is incredibly informative. I was familar with the organization through the news and felt like I was getting an insiders look through this book. "escape" says it all - so thankful for the exhale ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Quilt

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    It has been more than 50 years since master quilter Silvia Compson decked the halls of Elm Creek Manor, and with all her family gone, she intends to observe a quiet Christmas. But her young quilting partner, Sarah McClure, has other ideas.

    New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini delivers a spirited holiday yarn.

    Paula says: "Good Story"
    "nice light christmas story"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this light christmas book about generations working on an unfinished quilt. It was light, pleasant, with a nice Christmas ring to it. An easy festive listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Old Friends

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tracy Kidder
    • Narrated By Lowell George Seibel
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The narrative takes place entirely in a nursing home and focuses on two old men struggling with their circumstances, their memories, and their mortality.

    Mebythesea says: "Had to stop listening"
    "disappointing narration"
    Overall

    I purchased this book dispite the other reviews about the quality of the narration because the story sounded so good. Regretfully when you "listen" to an audio book the narration far more essential than I gave credit. I found this book to be almost unbearable. I have yet to hear anything like it. The narrator is monotone and does not use inflection to emphasise anything. He reads quickly and I found myself rethinking passages trying to add emphasis where it was needed. Almost impossible unless you have insomnia and need to sleep.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Erma Bombeck
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank, Bombeck rides the train to the suburbs. In lands like the Suburbian Gems subdivision, settlers from the city brave endless cul-de-sacs and overly helpful insurance salesmen. Picture windows bring new meaning to the term "neighborly". A poorly timed trip to the restroom results in a promotion to Girl Scout Cookie Captain.

    Joanne says: "funny funny classic Erma"
    "funny funny classic Erma"
    Overall

    Suburban bliss anywhere in the 60's 70's or even 80's. I laughed out loud at times. Such an insiders look at all that was "must have" during the suburban boom. If you've ever lived or dreamed of living in Suburbia you will find this audio book bordering on historically accurate in a rib tickling way!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The World According to Bertie

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (98)

    i>The World According to Bertie is the fourth in the series and revolves around the many colorful characters that come and go at No. 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith handles the characters with his customary charm and deftness - the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother, and, most importantly in this novel, the beleaguered Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie. This is classic McCall Smith - clever, witty and entertaining - and beautifully illustrated.

    glamazon says: "Great visit to 44 Scotland Street"
    "Another Hit for McCall Smith"
    Overall

    The ongoing saga of Scotland street. Thoroughly enjoyed this title as much as the others in this series. Like a soap opera for your ears. Watching the characters evolve...the end of the book is always bittersweet because your left hanging until the next on comes out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bringing Elizabeth Home: A Journey of Faith and Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ed Smart, Laura Morton, Lois Smart
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr, Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    At 3:58 in the morning of June 5, 2002, Ed and Lois Smart awoke to the sound of their nine-year-old daughter Mary Katherine's frightened voice. "She's gone. Elizabeth is gone." At first they thought she was having a bad dream about her older sister, but Mary Katherine's "bad dream" would quickly become their worst nightmare. Their daughter Elizabeth was gone.

    They were not sure why the media picked up on Elizabeth's story, but after their daughter was kidnapped she became the whole world's daughter.

    Joanne says: "Way too many Latter Day Saints!"
    "Way too many Latter Day Saints!"
    Overall

    I was HIGHLY disappointed with this book!
    Felt it would have been better titled "How the MORMON CHURCH and our faith helped us during Elizabeth's homecoming"
    The first 90 minutes of listening was nearly unbearable! It was all religion, praying and quoting scripture.
    I wasn't looking for the guts and gore of Elizabeth's kidnapping but I found this book smuthering with way to many latter day saints!
    Being on a tight festive budget I stuck with the book and it did improve a tiny bit. Who they met with, the day to day trials etc.
    I am glad their story turned out well and they got their miracle - but it was WAY WAY too prayerful, preachy and biblical for my taste. Very disappointing.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Life and Work of Marcel Proust

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Neville Jason
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    This, the first audio-biography of Marcel Proust, tells the story of one of the world's most original and admired literary geniuses. From his youth in the salons of Belle Epoque Paris, we follow his progress through to his later years when, as a near recluse, he writes through the nights in his cork-lined bedroom.

    Kirk says: "A fine intro to Proust"
    "Informative - the man behind the work!"
    Overall

    I knew zero about Marcel Proust prior to listening to this audio book. His name seems to come up frequently in my circle of interest and and I was curious. I listen for pleasure and didn't want to invest in a 7 book literary masterpiece if it was dry and dated. I decided I would investigate the author before venturing onto the work. Glad I did - decided to give book 1 (Swann's way) a try.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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