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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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  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (490)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    PHIL says: "Wide-ranging, non-technical"
    "forward thinking ... a fabulous audible find!"
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    I rarely listen to non-fiction, but was intrigued by the topic and positive reviews. This is a phenomenal read ... for those of us who tend to be forward thinking and reflective. A look at the driving force behind integral aspects of modern life, and where we are likely headed in the future.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (408)

    Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

    connie says: "sweet but overpriced trifle"
    "first in a series that is not continued on audible"
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    This book was good in its way, but couldn't really satisfy in the end because it seems like the first installment of a series that is not continued in audible. Didn't like it enough to actually read it, so, ok as a filler in between books with a solid beginning and end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe: Cupcake Café Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jenny Colgan
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Issy Randall can bake. No, Issy can create stunning, mouthwateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe's bakery, she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. She's much better at baking than she is at filing, so when she's laid off from her desk job, Issy decides to open her own little café. But she soon learns that her piece-of-cake plan will take all of her courage and confectionary talent to avert disaster.

    Toby says: "This ovel is as good as the cupcakes"
    "a fun bit of fluff"
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    Sometimes you just want to listen to something young and fun, that isn't annoyingly written. This is that kind of book. i'd give it 3-4 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Slight Change of Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dee Ernst
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Widowed Kate Everett is looking forward to starting her "second act". She’s planned out everything that she wants - a new house, a new job, maybe even a new man. She can’t wait until everything falls into place. But life has a way of butting in, and Kate soon finds herself dealing with unexpected houseguests, helping her daughter plan the world’s smallest wedding, and sudden unemployment. Things get even more complicated with the reappearance of her old college love, Jake. He realizes the mistake he made years ago in letting her go, and is eager to win her back.

    Robin says: "Chick lit for 50-somethings"
    "Chick lit for 50-somethings"
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    Chick lit for the 50-something set ... Since I'm a member of that group, I did enjoy listening to it. The narrator speaks with an exaggerated New Jersey accent. At first, the accent felt fake and distracting. After awhile, just kind of grows on you. Nothing particularly meaningful about the book. Just a pleasant enough read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Buncle Married

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Patricia Gallimore
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (41)

    Marriage to her publisher, Arthur Abbott, has done nothing to stop Barbara Buncle from involving herself in the lives of her neighbours. After leaving Silverstream and moving to London, Barbara and Arthur are enjoying their newly-wedded bliss, but not the city life. The only solution to their problem? Returning to the country. Silverstream is out of the question, but Barbara eventually finds the perfect candidate in the town of Wandlebury.

    Sara says: "A comfortable story"
    "Engaging at times"
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    I found this book to be much the same as the first in the series ... Engaging at times, but, for the most part, nether here nor there. Some interesting character ideas, but never really gets off the ground. I would not recommend this series, even though I do read books of this time period.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucia, Lucia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    Lucia Sartori is the beautiful 25-year-old daughter of a traditional Italian immigrant family in 1950s Greenwich Village. She boldly becomes an apprentice for a ready-to-wear clothing designer at B. Altman's famous department store. Though she is sought after as a potential wife by the best Italian families, she works hard and remains as devoted to her career as to her family.

    Joseph Mieczkowski Jr. says: "What a wonderful book!"
    "This book is a joy to read"
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    I love this book! Captures the time period, and, more specifically, the women of the time in such a charming and thoughtful way. Great story line, through to the end. 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Buncle's Book

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Patricia Gallimore
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    The scene of this entertaining story is laid in a charming English village. The plot centres round Miss Barbara Buncle, a maiden lady who was obliged to write a book because – as she naively explained – her dividends were so poor. Unfortunately, Miss Buncle had no imagination, so she wrote about her friends – quite kindly and truthfully, of course, for she was a benevolent and veracious soul.

    Heather says: "So good, I'll read them all!!"
    "Tedious at times"
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    I realize that I am in the minority on this one, but I found this book basically boring ... Cute premise, but often tedious. Too many characters for no particular reason. Good narration, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carissima

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rosanna Chiofalo
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In college, Pia Santore dreamed of going to New York and taking the Big Apple by storm with her younger sister Erica. Instead, Pia has arrived in Astoria, Queens with a prestigious journalism internship at a celebrity magazine - and no Erica. Though the neighborhood has an abundance of appeal - including the delectable confections sold at her Aunt Antoniella's bakery - the pain of losing Erica a few years ago still feels fresh.

    Robin says: "very average"
    "very average"
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    I found this book to be average chick lit. The characters were largely stereotypical, and old fashioned in their life view as well. 3 stars for some maturity in the plot line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor: An Irish Country Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Fans of Taylor's best-selling Irish Country novels know Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly as the irascible senior partner of a general practice in the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Newly married to his once long-lost sweetheart, he's ready to settle into domestic bliss, but there's always something requiring his attention, be it a riding accident, a difficult patient with a worrisome heart condition, a spot of grouse-hunting, or even some tricky shenanigans at the local dog races.

    Kathi says: "Another Winner in the Series!"
    "Just okay for Patrick Taylor"
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    I usually like Patrick Taylor's books, and look forward to new ones coming out. This book, although interesting in parts to fill us in about the earlier lives of his beloved characters, was generally ho hum. Personally, I thought heavy on medicine, light on character storyline (I prefer the latter). Very good narration inspires the reader to hope for another book in the series, soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Supreme Macaroni Company: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    For over a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has relied on the leather produced by Vechiarelli & Son in Tuscany. This ancient business partnership provides the twist of fate for Valentine Roncalli to fall in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner with a complex past...and a secret.

    Debra says: "Adriana Trigiani doesn't disappoint!"
    "Disappointing"
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    This book fell flat for me. Perhaps that is due to a strained storyline or lack of effort by the author. Too much time spent recalling past events. Erratic character development. I would skip this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prime Minister

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    Plantaganet Palliser, Prime Minister of England - a man of power and prestige, with all the breeding and inherited wealth that goes with it - is appalled at the inexorable rise of Ferdinand Lopez. An exotic impostor, seemingly from nowhere, Lopez has society at his feet, while well-connected ladies vie with each other to exert influence on his behalf - even Palliser’s own wife, Lady Glencora.

    Liz says: "Wonderful!"
    "Weakest plot of this series"
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    I've really come to appreciate Anthony Trollope, and love his dry sense of humor. The plot for this one is, I think, the weakest of the books in this series. I give it 3 stars ... Kind of drags at times, but on the plus side not much about parliamentary procedure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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