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Judith

Fort Worth, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Peaches for Father Francis: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Rula Lenska, Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the beautiful French village in which eight years ago she opened a chocolate shop and first learned the meaning of home. But returning to one's past can be a dangerous pursuit. Vianne, with her daughters, Anouk and Rosette, finds Lansquenet changed in unexpected ways: women veiled in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea - and there, on the bank of the river Tannes, facing the church, a minaret. Most surprising of all, her old nemesis, Father Francis Reynaud, desperately needs her help.

    judy says: "Charming and thoughtful."
    "Slow start but worth the wait."
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    If you could sum up Peaches for Father Francis in three words, what would they be?

    French-optimistic- fun.


    What other book might you compare Peaches for Father Francis to and why?

    A follow-up to Chocolat


    What about Rula Lenska and Gareth Armstrong ’s performance did you like?

    I initially thought Ms. Lenska's voice was to old for the lead character but her performance of the ethnic dialects were so brilliant that I soon forgot any one character and enjoyed them all . Mr. Armstrong's Father Franci was perfect from the first word.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Celia's House

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Lesley Mackie
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    In name and by birth, Celia was a Dunne. She had inherited the beautiful old family home by the Rydd Water – but was she bound to live her life by the principles of her predecessors? Was there some hidden restraint that compelled her to heed the past? Celia’s house is a moving and poignant story of the struggle between old and young: the older generation anxious to preserve the values they have helped create while their children are determined at all costs to make lives of their own.

    Jerri says: "Boarder area of Scotland"
    "Visit a grand English Country House"
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    What made the experience of listening to Celia's House the most enjoyable?

    D.E Stevenson writes lovely stories. Her books take you back to post WWII England with the manners and gentiality not found in today world. This book is like high tea in a rose garden. Treat yourself to a warm and life affirming story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Celia's House?

    Surprise ending ties it all up nicely.


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

    I could listen to her read the phone book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2891)
    Performance
    (2681)
    Story
    (2687)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "I got lost coming home from work listening to this"
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    What made the experience of listening to NOS4A2 the most enjoyable?

    Engrossing. Joe Hill has a knack of putting you directly into the head of each character. This book is really experienced first hand. The performance added so much, the reader moved seamlessly from innocent child to horrible monster. I did literaly lose myself in this book. So, this recommendation comes with a warning not to drive or operate heavy machinary while listening. I also loved the literary references throughout the book and the bonus of the authors statement at the end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of NOS4A2?

    I will remember Maggie's tile message HUM.


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

    No, but I will look for more of her performances. She should win some kind of award for her Bing characterization. How does she do that?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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