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H

VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (552)

    Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. This revised edition draws on recent theoretical work on gender and class.

    Sally says: "Delightful"
    "Romance! Social upheaval!"
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    Juliet Stevenson does a great northern accent. I found her John Thornton especially dreamy to listen to. Of course this is an amazing book, a classic, and the audiobook is excellent as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Audley's Secret

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    A fast-paced Victorian thriller that will delight audiences today as it did 100 years ago, Lady Audley's Secret has subterfuge, kidnapping, jealousy, and fraud, all thrown into the mix and shaken up for good measure.

    A mystery which keeps a listener guessing until the last moments, this production is a must-listen for anyone who enjoys playing detective.

    connie says: "Narrator creates the listen"
    "Unexpectedly fun, great narrator."
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    Juliet Stevenson's readings of Austen and Gaskell brought me to this other novel, which was a fun farce and a very enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By James Arthur
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Listeners will delight in these masterful chronicles of the adventures and mishaps of Father Brown. Small, round-faced and engagingly innocent, Brown is a Roman Catholic priest from East Anglia. He also happens to be a top-notch detective, possessing that rarest of all gifts - an intuition that never fails.

    H says: "Oops"
    "Oops"
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    It was not the children's book, which is my mistake. I may get to listening to it one day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiet American

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Joseph Porter
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Alden Pyle, an idealistic young American, is sent to Vietnam to promote democracy amidst the intrigue and violence of the French war with the Vietminh, while his friend, Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, looks on.

    Vinchi says: "unbearable"
    "Listen, then watch."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Quiet American the most enjoyable?

    It's a very snide, clever book. I enjoyed the writing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not the scenes, but the expository narration and flashbacks were very well done.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The first meeting of these two different expats in Vietnam.


    Any additional comments?

    I resorted to Audible after finding the book's not available as a Kindle download - it was for book club and I was on a deadline! I enjoyed the book so much that I also watched the recent movie with Michael Caine, which changes it up a bit, but does bring the timeframe and experiences to life.

    Nevertheless, was very glad I'd started with the actual text, which is a worthwhile listen - a cross between escapism and the musings of hard reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind Palace Doors

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Colin Burgess
    • Narrated By Bob Sinfield
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    In this affectionate and often hilarious inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, her former equerry Major Colin Burgess reveals what life was like living with the most private of all the Royals. Behind Palace Doors is a unique and warmly remembered historic insight into one of our longest-surviving institutions. Constantly fascinating and packed with previously untold stories, this is also a celebration of a life gone - and a way of life fast disappearing.

    Stephanie R. Gurschke says: "Wonderful and very touching."
    "Some fun listening."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, because I'd be embarrassed to admit I have a little bit of royal voyeur going on.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The nature of these memoirs calls for a lot of expository setup in each chapter. The book is roughly organized chronologically for the guy's experience as an equerry, but also groups stories into subject areas. Some of it is a stretch to be included - it's less interesting than "Queen Mum drank gin!" - and thus the author/ghost writer has to explain a lot of finicky details that take away from the main anecdotes.


    Which character – as performed by Bob Sinfield – was your favorite?

    Queen Mum? I mean, that's what this book is about.


    Could you see Behind Palace Doors being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    A fun listen to have around, I took it in a few chapters at a time over the last year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (850)

    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    Brendon says: "An American Classic!"
    "The book, come alive."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've already recommended this audiobook to lots of friends. The narrator is AMAZING. He makes every second come alive. I enjoyed all of this book so much more because I was able to focus on each aspect of Melville's story.


    What other book might you compare Moby-Dick to and why?

    I haven't come across one on Audible or in reading - yet.


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

    No. I'd like to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Er...I can't, because Gregory Peck is no more.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to Audible for providing this classic and this amazing reading. Worth every penny of my subscription.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Bronze (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser, Anna Madeley, Full Cast
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Rome, AD 71. Against his better judgement, Marcus Didius Falco secretly disposes of a decayed corpse for the Emperor Vespasian, then heads for the beautiful Bay of Naples with his friend Petronius. He conveniently forgets to mention to his companion that this will be no holiday. They have been sent to investigate the murderous members of a failed coup, now sunning themselves in luxurious villas and on fancy yachts in Neapolis, Capreae, and Pompeii.

    Sandy says: "Shadows in Bronze, by Lindsey Davis"
    "Do this one unabridged please!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it caught me up on Falco!


    What other book might you compare Shadows in Bronze (Dramatized) to and why?

    I think it's Venus in Copper that's also only available in Dramatized. They share the same cast and annoying music interludes.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Helena Justina is just right!


    Did Shadows in Bronze (Dramatized) inspire you to do anything?

    Visit Italy one day?


    Any additional comments?

    This edition and one other dramatized Falco mystery are difficult to listen to as I do, to go to sleep, because every scene is intercut with dramatic music at a different, louder, volume than the narration. I have to adjust the volume every few minutes and it's pretty irritating. Both the main narrators of Audible editions for Falco are wonderful, but I prefer the unabridged, single-narrator versions if I can get them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cotillion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (217)

    The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. His freakish plan is that his fortune will be his step-daughter's dowry.

    connie says: "Don't judge this book by its cover."
    "Favorite Heyer turned out ok!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cotillion the most enjoyable?

    The book is so good that it was a pleasure to listen to it acted out at last.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cotillion?

    This is one of my all-time favorite books so I can't choose one!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Phyllida Nash?

    Possibly. She did a creditable job though the male characters were a little less believable sounding.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed having the audiobook at last!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Trouble with Harriet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dorothy Cannell
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Ellie Haskell aspires to live a perfectly normal life with her husband and children in their lovely old house. But bizarre events and outlandish characters keep landing on her doorstep in Chitterton Fells, the charming little village by the sea. Just when Ellie means to escape her hectic life by taking a vacation in France, her long-lost father shows up with the ashes of his lady love in his suitcase. Ellie becomes suspicious as Daddy recounts the details of his storybook romance with Harriet, the platinum-blonde ideal of English womanhood....

    H says: "Haskell books better on the page"
    "Haskell books better on the page"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I enjoyed the Thin Woman so much when re-reading it for the nth time recently that I thought I'd find the audiobooks. There are only two available here and this is the better one, but Ellie Haskell has somehow become a minor character in a Wacky Farce Parade that drags quite a bit.


    What was most disappointing about Dorothy Cannell’s story?

    The doormat that Ellie's become. It makes the humor pretty forced.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When it finally ended.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Murder Your Mother-In-Law

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dorothy Cannell
    • Narrated By Sharon Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Ellie's mum-in-law Magdalene has moved in permanently and poor Ellie finds herself up to her formerly fat neck in crocheted doilies and cheap statues of Catholic saints. As Magdalene runs her finger over every surface in Merlin's Court (checking, undoubtedly, for dust), Eillie discovers that she isn't the only woman in Chitterdon Fells with the ultimate mother-in-law problem.

    H says: "Truly annoying listen"
    "Truly annoying listen"
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    What would have made How to Murder Your Mother-In-Law better?

    A different narrator


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dorothy Cannell again?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    American trying to be British, and failing.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a Dorothy Cannell, but anything mother-in-law related has potential to grate. I may try to read this one instead.


    Any additional comments?

    First Audible out of dozens that I've actually returned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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