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  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Robinson
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    The six Herdman children are “absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world”. They lie and steal and smoke cigars. They even burned down Fred Shoemaker’s old toolhouse. Now they’re taking over the Christmas pageant. The Herdmans have never heard the Christmas story before, and they don’t know anything about shepherds or Wise Men. When Imogene hears about the swaddling clothes, she demands to know why anyone would tie up a baby and put him in a feedbox.

    Sharon says: "Wonderful Story from My Childhood"
    "Wonderful Christmas Story -"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I have both copies of this -- the narration by Elaine Stritch is better. It's my favorite of the two. If you're going to purchase one -- get that version. I love the story, love the sentiment. And it's pretty darn funny, too! It's an annual tradition at our house.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By James Howe
    • Narrated By Victor Garber
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    This story from the popular and critically acclaimed series has been read by the talented actor, Victor Garber. Now fans who can't get enough of the vampire bunny, Bunnicula, will have something new to add to their collections. Beware the Hare! Is he or isn't he a vampire? Before it's too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household, a suspicious looking bunny with unusual habits...and fangs!

    Mary says: "great children's story"
    "great children's story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've loved this book since i read it to my daughter many years ago. It's a cute story with lots of humor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Howie the dog. He's a great narrator.


    What does Victor Garber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good characterization.


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

    Laugh-out-loud moments when the cat and dog are dealing with the "vampire" bunny.


    Any additional comments?

    A fun listen for the whole family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marks of Cain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Knox
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Tom Knox, the best-selling author of The Genesis Secret, delivers a spine-tingling novel that “may well be the most controversial thriller since The Da Vinci Code” (Jeff Abbott). When David Martinez inherits an ancient map from his dying grandfather, the map—and the promise of two million dollars—leads David into the Basque heart of the treacherous Pyrenees.

    Mary says: "Not for the faint-hearted"
    "Not for the faint-hearted"
    Overall

    I had to give up on this about halfway through part 1. The graphic descriptions of murders and tortures (both contemporary and medieval) got to me. The plot started out well, and the narration was good, but I just couldn't get through the gore. I like thrillers, but this was a bit too graphic for my tastes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1894)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1176)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Hard to Follow"
    Overall

    I was halfway through part 2 of this 3-part book before I got comfortable with it. If you stick with it, you'll probably enjoy it. The author made is a more difficult read/listen than it needed to be, by refusing to use any attribution for quotes other than "he said" -- or nothing at all. When there are 3 men talking, it's hard to determine who said what. The narrator did a pretty good job of differentiating the various characters, but lack of attribution didn't help the flow of the story. And it's written in the present tense, which I found annoying (it was 500 years ago). That being said, this is an interesting and sympathetic portrayal of Thomas Cromwell, who is usually shown as one of the major villains of Henry VII's reign. It also shows Thomas More in a less-than-saintly light. The story only takes us to More's execution, so doesn't show Cromwell's eventual downfall.

    If you're interested in this period, you'll find the book worthwhile. If Tudor England is new to you, I'd advise starting somewhere else.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ysabel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Saint-Sauveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence is an ancient structure of many secrets -a perfect monument to fill the lens of a celebrated photographer, and a perfect place for the photographer's son, Ned Marriner, to lose himself while his father works. But the cathedral isn't the empty edifice it appears to be. Its history is very much alive in the present day - and it's calling out to Ned...

    Andrew Stone says: "Magic, Humor, Love, Romance & Mystery"
    "A good story, well read."
    Overall

    If you liked Sepulchre and Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, you'll like Ysabel. I liked this book very much. It's similar to Sepulchre and Labyrinth - a tangling of characters from different times (although from a much earlier period). Set in the same region - Provence. Narrative is well written and moves along, and the descriptions of the earlier history is very interesting. Characters are well defined. Kate Reading does a good job of portraying all the voices -- even the men.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Tsarina's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Daria Gradov is an elderly grandmother living in rural western America in the 1980s. What neighbors and even her children don't know is that she began her life as the Grand Duchess Tatiana, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. The Tsarina's Daughter centers around young Tania, who lives a life of incomparable luxury in pre-Revolutionary Russia, from the magnificence of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to the family's private enclave outside the capital.

    Greta says: "A touch too childish for the adult reader. Slow."
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    I thought this was a very good book. I have listened to/read and liked other books by the author. Since most of the books about the Romanov daughters seem to be about Anastasia, this has a different viewpoint. Although this is fiction, her descriptions of the era and family ring true. The reader was new to me, but did an excellent job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terminal Freeze

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (262)

    In this riveting new thriller, Lincoln Child weaves together a stunning Arctic landscape, a terrifying mythic creature, and a pervasive mood of chaos and fear. With Terminal Freeze, Child demonstrates why he has become a major best-selling author, and why his novels electrify and enthrall so many.

    Lee says: "a gourment meal for us lovers of horror fiction"
    "Not as good as Relic"
    Overall

    I was somewhat disappointed with this one. It had too many parallels to Preston/Child's Relic (which is one of the best of this genre). Same basic plot, same characters (though not as well developed). Scott Brick does his usual fine job of narration.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Judith Boyd
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    In this remarkable book, Alison Weir recounts one of the greatest and most remarkable love stories of medieval England. It is the extraordinary tale of an exceptional woman, Katherine Swynford, who became first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. But Katherine Swynford was much more than that.

    Marsha E. Wood says: "Enthralling"
    "Good non-fiction book"
    Overall

    I've read several of Allison Weir's non-fiction biographies, and they're all meticulously researched, very detailed, and well written. This is no exception. It's a much a biography of John of Gaunt as of Katherine Swynford, probably because there is more detail about his life, and most of the information available on Katherine is through John. If you're interested in this period of English history, you'll probably find the detail interesting, but there was a lot more detail about the architecture than I wanted.
    If you're looking for something along the lines of Anya Seton's novel, you'll be disappointed, as it is a detailed account of Katherine's life, but is presented as "just the facts." I found Weir's note about Seton and her novel that is at the end of the book quite interesting. The narrator was just right.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Egyptian: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mika Waltari
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    As Volume 2 of The Egyptian opens, Thebes is in the grip of panic brought on by famine, disease, and the threat of war. The fear crazed mob is on the verge of anarchy. Pharaoh Akhnaton, self-absorbed in his new religion, is now openly despised by nearly all. Sinuhe remains loyal. In the background, the priests and royal household begin to arrange for his removal and attempt to enlist Sinuhe in their plot.

    Patricia says: "Warning"
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    This is one of those historical epics that was written in the 50s and 60s. If you are a fan of historical novels, and of ancient Egypt, this is highly recommended. Good story, good narrator.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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