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Robin

Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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  • Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (529)

    The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

    Jane says: "Superb narration of a great romantic classic"
    "will remind you why this is a classic"
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    this is such a beautiful story, and the audiobook narration is very well done. a definite recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dress Shop of Dreams: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Menna van Praag
    • Narrated By Jennifer Carr
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.

    Robin says: "So charmingly British!"
    "So charmingly British!"
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    This book was so sweet, and well narrated. Not particularly deep, but doesn't sacrifice good writing for that charming simplicity found in so many books coming out of UK.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Bollywood Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sonali Dev
    • Narrated By Priya Ayyar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Playboy filmmaker Samir "Sam" Rathod is Bollywood's favorite bad boy. He'll do anything for his big brother - even travel halfway across the globe to take care of the "wife" who just crawled out of his brother's past. Yet Mili isn't the simple village girl Sam expected. She's a whirlwind who sucks him into her roommate's elaborate elopement and soon has him drowning in her onyx eyes.

    Robin says: "Just average"
    "Just average"
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    I generally enjoy reading books by Indian authors. Best I can say about this one, though, is that it was an average read. With the exception of a few chapters, most move too slowly, with much repetition of old stereotypes. I would skip this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Renée Rosen
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In late 19th-century Chicago, visionary retail tycoon Marshall Field made his fortune wooing women customers with his famous motto, "Give the lady what she wants." His legendary charm also won the heart of socialite Delia Spencer and led to an infamous love affair.

    Robin says: "An average read"
    "An average read"
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    I have not read a great deal of historical fiction, but I found this book to be a bit thin ... Neither the characters nor the events comprising the story were well developed. I did not engage emotionally in this book, and so give it 3 stars as an adequate audible selection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Friendship Bread: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darien Gee
    • Narrated By Nancy Linari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    One afternoon, Julia Evarts and her five-year-old daughter, Gracie, arrive home to find an unexpected gift on the front porch: a homemade loaf of Amish Friendship Bread and a simple note: "I hope you enjoy it." Also included are a bag of starter, instructions on how to make the bread herself, and a request to share it with others. Still reeling from a personal tragedy, Julia remains at a loss as to how to move on with her life. She’d just as soon toss the anonymous gift….

    Robin says: "A pleasant enough read"
    "A pleasant enough read"
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    I would say that this is a 3-4 star read. The plot is a bit above average for this type of small town women centered book, and the characters do grow on you as the story progresses. Good enough for an audible credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (676)

    Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

    Mark says: "A History of the Ancient Geeks"
    "Adequate, but lacked inspired storytelling"
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    Having taken computer programming classes in college in the mid1970s, before the time of personal computers, I was programming on punchcards when computers were the size of a wall. I was very interested to read this book. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in this book. Aside from a few interesting tidbits, I found the account of this topic to be rather boring. Perhaps my expectations were just too high.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Brandons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Angela Thirkell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Like Barbara Pym, E.F. Benson, and, mother of them all, Jane Austen, Angela Thirkell has created a small world of her own in the English countryside. Calf-love, village affairs, and literary effort are her nominal subjects, while people at their imperfect best are her real subjects.

    Dorothea says: "Charming!"
    "Boring, boring, boring"
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    I do read books of and about this period. I generally find them to be charming, and often quirky. This book, however, is just awful. The characters are insipid, and the plot could have been wrapped up in chapter 1. Please .... Don't waste a credit on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Committee Members: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julie Schumacher
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the midwest. His department is facing draconian cuts and squalid quarters, while one floor above them the Economics Department is getting lavishly remodeled offices. His once-promising writing career is in the doldrums, as is his romantic life, in part as the result of his unwise use of his private affairs for his novels.

    Catherine says: "Fantastically Funny!"
    "Quirky format"
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    The narration of this book is excellent. First time through, I did not really engage in the story. Decided to give it a second try and liked it. If your mind tends to wander, though, this might not be the listen for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard C. Morais
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1278)
    Performance
    (1172)
    Story
    (1167)

    Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

    R. L. Royce says: "YIkes, I don't speak French"
    "3 1/2 stars"
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    I read this book sometime back on kindle. Thought I'd listen to it on audio now that it has been made into a movie. Honestly, I think it's a better read in print, since the listen felt a bit abbreviated. Good narration. I would recommend as it is an unusual story in an unusual setting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2797)
    Performance
    (2511)
    Story
    (2510)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Unusual and engaging book"
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    I liked everything about this book .... I particularly appreciated the pacing. It's so common to become involved in a book, only to have the plot end abruptly tying up all those annoying loose ends. I liked how this story unfolded, and ended. Modern and a bit eccentric story. 4 stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1080)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (973)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    Trish says: "Loved, Loved, Loved It!!"
    "4 1/2 stars"
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    This book was a standout read/listen. Narration excellent. My only issue was that the story transitioned rather abruptly from scene to scene. Recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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