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Lovin' life and winding down

Rich and/or Lynn

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Friends, Lovers, Chocolate: The Sunday Philosophy Club, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    In this delightful second installment in Alexander McCall Smith's best-selling new detective series, the irrepressibly curious Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, gets caught up in an affair of the heart, this one a transplant.

    Lovin' life and winding down says: "A gem!"
    "A gem!"
    Overall

    As usual, listening to an Alexander McCall-Smith book is a much richer experience than reading it, although I enjoy that too. The narrator does a wonderful job with the scottish accent...I guess brogue, and is a pleasure to listen to. I was touched by the engaging story and laughed many times on my way to work and back. If you ever have a chance to attend a talk by the author, do it!! He was recently in Denver and is a warm, funny man. One of the characters in "Friends, Lovers, Chocolate..." plays the bassoon in an orchestra as does the author, who co-founded "The Really Terrible Orchestra"...a great example of his self-deprecating humor. He has been a professor (of law and ethics) and I'm sure that is why this and the "Sausage Dog" series ring so true. He lives in Scotland with his family and was born in Africa. The only time he grew serious during his talk was when he very sympathetically described the problems on that continent and expressed his appreciation for the help provided there by the US government. An amazing and very entertaining man.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6860)
    Performance
    (4499)
    Story
    (4493)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "Re: Last 2 books in the Series"
    Overall

    Having listened to all the UNabridged books in this series, I suggest you do not use credits for the last 2 ABRIDGED books. In order to listen to "Fiery Cross", I checked the 47(!) CD edition out from my local library. I ripped them all to my MP3 player, but they could also be listened to on your computer or CD player.

    Davina Porter is the reader on the UNabridged versions, not the abridged. I can't imagine listening to anyone else. I am about to check out the last in the series and will be so sad when the tale is over.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15888)
    Performance
    (10197)
    Story
    (10078)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Loved it and I'm not a Romance Novel Fan!"
    Overall

    I started this series (am now almost done with the 3rd book), firstly because I was looking for a highly-rated LONG book to make the most of my monthly credit. I usually choose mysteries and plain historical fiction.

    The idea of Scotland and a female main character with an interest in medicine hooked me. There was a bit more detail in the love scenes, but not offensive to me in anyway. LOVE the reader and the history and the characters and the writing. IMPRESSIVE and I will continue to purchase these books.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2857)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1041)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "A Winner!"
    Overall

    This book was great! I usually prefer women as the main character, but I grew to love Smithy. The flashbacks were well done and made the story more interesting than a chronological approach would have been. One complaint...The introduction refers to Smithy as a jerk and that turned me off. Why do I want to hear about a jerk? But, I was glad that I persevered because I found Smithy to be a sympathetic character, even at the beginning.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady and the Unicorn

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld, Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (47)

    Bewitching art experts and enthusiasts alike for centuries, the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries hang today in the Cluny Museum in Paris.

    Lovin' life and winding down says: "Wonderful Audiobook!"
    "Wonderful Audiobook!"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorites, but I almost didn't listen to it. The male narrator starts it off and his voice sounded pretentious to me. I'm glad I hung in there. The female and male narrators switched off depending on the character speaking and I really liked that. I'm not knowledgeable about art, but that didn't matter. The characters and tapestry weaving process were fascinating and I never wanted it to end.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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