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Ellen

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  • Upstairs Downstairs: Secrets of an Edwardian Household

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Hawkesworth
    • Narrated By Jean Marsh
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Jean Marsh, who played Rose in the TV series 'Upstairs Downstairs', reads John Hawkesworth’s classic novelisation. It is 1905, and the Bellamys reside in Eaton Place, in the heart of London’s Belgravia. Above stairs, Lady Marjorie runs the house and plans her husband’s future in the government. Below stairs, Rose and Sarah, the maids, pursue their duties beneath the ever-watchful eye of Mr Hudson, the butler....

    Barbara says: "Just wonderful -- except it's not edited!"
    "Loved the show, loved the book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you enjoyed the series, this is the first season via book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mrs. Bridges - she's strong, speaks her mind, and she's independent.


    What about Jean Marsh’s performance did you like?

    That she was one of the characters in the television series - I enjoyed her connection with the show.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2344)
    Performance
    (2064)
    Story
    (2051)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Excellent Story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! You need to be interested in the era and appreciate that while the story revolves around Louise Brooks' life, she is not the main character facing problems in the story.


    What other book might you compare The Chaperone to and why?

    Not sure of comparisons, but I love this time period and reading about old film stars, so that was why I was interested.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give it away.


    If you could rename The Chaperone, what would you call it?

    This is a fitting title!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clapton: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Eric Clapton
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (157)

    Eric Clapton is far more than a rock star. Like Dylan and McCartney, he is an icon and a living legend. He has sold tens of millions of records, played sell-out concerts all over the world, and been central to the significant musical developments of his era. His guitar playing has seen him hailed as "God". Now, for the first time, Eric tells the story of his personal and professional journeys in this pungent, witty, and painfully honest autobiography.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Amazing and honest!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book! Eric is blunt about his addiction; he's honest about his demons and its contents could serve as reminder for all who have substance abuse problems. He's also a success story with the addiction, so it's powerful and encouraging. The history of his music life is done well; I enjoyed reading about that life journey too. For me, it was a chance to understand an honest portrayal of a man suffering from disease.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eric


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Being that Eric is British, the British accent was enough to have me thinking that Eric was reading the story himself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! I coudln't get enough!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly suggest that if you like biographies, honest portrayals and the reminder that even celebs can have the problems of the regular guy - great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Frederick Lewis Allen
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    In this span between armistice and depression, Americans were kicking up their heels, but they were also bringing about major changes in the social and political structure of their country. Only Yesterday is a fond, witty, penetrating biography of this restless decade, a delightful reminiscence for those who can remember and a fascinating firsthand look for those who've only heard.

    Matthew M. Kayes says: "Loved this book"
    "Very dry - not as expected"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love history, however, this presentation was very dry and made it difficult to stay engaged.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I love reading history books - will look for something that is a little more engaging.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Monotone voice was difficult to pull me in.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Only Yesterday?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    The text would probably be interesting for me to read in book/e-book form. The narration definitely contributed to the difficulty I experienced in staying engaged. I ultimately abandoned this book and wasted the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death in the Clouds: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    On an airplane bound for London from Paris, one of the 11 passengers is dead. The small red puncture wound on the woman's neck might have been accepted as a sting from a wasp, but luck is not on the killer's side. Hercule Poirot is aboard the plane, and he discovers a thorn typically used with a blowpipe near the victim's feet. As he tackles the case, suspicion points in all directions, even back to Poirot, when the blowpipe is found tucked behind his very own seat.

    Ellen says: "Wonderful! A definite classic mystery!"
    "Wonderful! A definite classic mystery!"
    Overall

    This iwas the first agatha I read. I really enjoyed it; although I now have read many of her books both audio and in paperback format, I was still intrigued as to how this crime was accomplished!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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