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Electic Chef

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  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (607)

    London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

    Katherine says: "Lovely"
    "Enjoyed This New Author For Me."
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    What did you love best about Mr. Churchill's Secretary?

    I had no particular problem with any of the book. All women know the predjudice involved in evaluating our skills. I always enjoy a book about a woman who has interests, as an adult, that uses intellectual skills with being dehumanized. Maggie is smart, analytical, but very empathetic too. She doesn't try to be one of the guys except to try to excel at the things she does best.

    The blending of history and fiction is very masterfully done. I am a Churchill fan and have read his biography. What a character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie because she is bright, grows with each experience and is very plucky.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Maggie was being pursued and was hiding in the Anderson shelter. It taxed one to think a out how she could escape. Kept your attention.


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

    What History Didn't Tell Us.


    Any additional comments?

    Immediately listened to the second book and am looking forward to the next. My dad was a WWII vet and I have read extensively about that era. It is fun to see the authors skill in using fact and fiction.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Buzzard Table

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    Margaret Maron's mysteries starring Judge Deborah Knott have built a loyal following since debuting with the Edgar Award-winning The Bootlegger's Daughter. The series' 18th entry finds Deborah and her husband, Deputy Sheriff Bryant, teaming up with Lt. Sigrid Herald to track down a killer on the loose in their small North Carolina town. But as the hunt for the culprit gets more intense, they uncover long-hidden secrets that cast their investigation in a whole new light.

    Electic Chef says: "Interesting As Always"
    "Interesting As Always"
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    Where does The Buzzard Table rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good. The author is known to me. My favorite book so far was a history, not a mystery. The Secret Biography of Ghengis Kahn.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am familiar with the author, the characters and as always, I learn something from the history incorporated into the story.


    Which character – as performed by C. J. Critt – was your favorite?

    Reid, Judge Knott's cousin is always a bit elusive but interesting.


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

    Yes. It was her new relationship to her stepson.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the fairness of Judge Knott, her huge family and her kindness to her stepson.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1196)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (274)

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    "We All Know How It Ends"
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    What did you love best about Pompeii?

    I loved how the history of Rome, Pompei and the engineering of the aqueduct were so important in telling the story. Timeless because politics and greed never change and the indicision of some folks led to their downfall. We had characters to pull for and folks we hoped were done to death by the ash.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The water engineer and Pliny the elder.


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

    Don't mean to be a smarty but an artful reader is a great addition, but I listen to books when I drive or work, so a good reader makes the book enjoyable and possible.


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

    When Pliny the elder realizes his fate and how he met it head on.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book because it was well written, interesting historically and you cared about the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Diamond Dust

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated By Steve Hodson
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Detective Inspector Peter Diamond is keen to get his teeth into a new case. So, when a call comes in that a woman's body has been found in one of Bath's parks, he arrives quickly at the scene - only to discover that the victim is his wife.

    Victoria says: "A lovely read"
    "Always A Fan Of Peter Lovesey"
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    Would you listen to Diamond Dust again? Why?

    I move on. So many books, so little time.


    If you’ve listened to books by Peter Lovesey before, how does this one compare?

    Excellent. They keep my attention and the character is so smart but so exasperating. Our hero has many foibles, but you are rooting for him all along. I think those of us who worked for politically motivated sorts, can commiserate with our hero. I have loved all Mr. Lovesy's books.


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

    Don't really know. I chose books based on the author and subject matter. I really don't recall bad narrators. They are professionals and do audition.


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

    Never. I have a real life.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to all of the other Lovesy books in my wish list. The narrator is good, so, Nothing but anticipation here.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Revenge!: An Inspector Appleby Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Innes
    • Narrated By Matt Addis
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    At Seamnum Court, seat of the Duke of Horton, The Lord Chancellor of England is murdered at the climax of a private presentation of Hamlet, in which he plays Polonius. Inspector Appleby pursues some of the most famous names in the country, unearthing dreadful suspicion.

    Carol says: "A Marvellous Classic"
    "Too Tedius For My Taste"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Far too many tricks and red herrings. Woe until those who don't have an extensive knowledge of early British literature and Shakespeare.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't care by the end of the last reveal. Too many rvelations about who did it.


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

    Not to my knowledge, but the narrator was very good. Not his problem. He could do many characters with good nuance.


    Could you see Hamlet, Revenge! being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    This author made an effort to modernise a 20's or 30's who done it with the very slick educated British nobility sorts. Didn't show enough restraint with the red herrings. Fine knowledge of Hamlet and other British literature.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Candide (AudioGO Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Jack Davenport
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (83)

    When first published in 1759, Candide became an instant best seller and is now regarded as one of the key texts of the Enlightenment. Voltaire’s preoccupations with evil and with various kinds of human folly and intolerance found a perfect vehicle in this philosophical tale. A master storyteller, he combined often wildly entertaining action with profoundly serious sense, parodying the traditional chivalric and oriental tales with which his public was more familiar.

    Robert says: "Guaranteed to keep you smiling if not LOL"
    "Clean Slate of a Newborn"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I read it many years ago and now that I am older, I was able to reiderate the many things I learned from it. I was a philosphy minor and we were all looking for the "truth" in those days. Many philosphers were busily trying to impress other with their great minds. Voltaire was very bright and was able to present the truth in what seemed a simplistic manner, but was anything but. Isaac Assimov could explain anything to anyone. The mark of true genius, as was Voltaire with his "simpleton" Candide.Candide was a newborn thrust out into the real world, like Dorothy from Kansas. There is so much humor in the names of the people encountered, and the politics of the day are the politics of all days. It's a classic for a reason. It covers all times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interjection of humor and irony.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one stands out. Naive Candide went from one impossible situation to another without a break.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope. Smiled a lot. I am over 50. One learns or dies by then.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this if you are young to learn. If you are older to reaffirm.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vault: An Inspector Wexford Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (77)

    The impossible has happened. Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired. He and his wife now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and a coachhouse in Hampstead belonging to their actress daughter, Sheila. For all the benefits of a more relaxed way of life, Wexford misses being the law. But a chance meeting in a London street, with someone he had known briefly as a very young police constable, changes everything. Tom Ede is now a detective superintendent, and is very keen to recruit Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case.

    Deborah says: "Will not finish this one.."
    "Always enjoy Inspector Wexford"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Vault to be better than the print version?

    NA


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Inspector Wexford, because he is so bright, but so human. Has doubts and foibles like anyone. Enjoy his habit of introspection on all things he thinks and sees.


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

    No refelection on Mr. Crosley but I listen to books being read because I am doing other things and it is convenient. I read books in both forms. One over the other is chosen because of location, primarily in my car or the kitchen.


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

    Not that I can think of.


    Any additional comments?

    Wexford is very analytical and has a great relationship with his wife of many years. He works with people, not in cross purposes. He is way too patient with his children, but that is part of him. Patience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (264)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "Enjoy A Strong Woman As Lead Character"
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    What made the experience of listening to Princess Elizabeth's Spy the most enjoyable?

    The lead character is very intelligent and able to think on her feet. Enjoy reading about real woman.


    What did you like best about this story?

    History of WW ll is very well tied into the story.


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    What I usually say is that if the story is my main point of interest and I am not noticing the narrator, they are doing a fine job. That was the case hear.


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

    I never do that. The reason I like audio books is that I can ""read" while I am driving or working. My life doesn't lend itself to engulfing whole books at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next book. Still have questions about the fate of one character and the relationship between Maggie and her dad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1458)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (590)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "I learned So Much"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Agincourt to be better than the print version?

    Moot


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Agincourt?

    The vivd descriptions of the powers of archers versus armour.


    Which character – as performed by Charles Keating – was your favorite?

    Father Christopher. He was a priest, but also a person of great common sense and an interpreter of war and human behavior. He was compassionate, but never foolish. He helped keep people grounded without being in total denial. He was equally protective of men and woman which in that time was just short of a miracle in itself.


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

    War is Always Hell.


    Any additional comments?

    Like most people, I didn!t know as much about this period of history as I did of ancient times or modern times. It brought home again to me how horrifying it would to have been a woman in this time period. Woman were just chattel and their fates were never in their hands. So many times, no rights and no recourse if ill treated. Lords and the church were all powerful and their word was law. The book shows how pride and money once again kills many who, when they figure out their real role is in a war, find it is too late to do anything but do or die.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Believing the Lie: An Inspector Lynley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (335)

    Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

    Joanne says: "Not Elizabeth George's best..."
    "Always a Fan of Elizabeth George"
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    Would you listen to Believing the Lie again? Why?

    Never felt the need to listen to a book of this sort again. They are mysteries and once the mystery is solved, I'm anxiously awaiting the next book. Enjoy every minute I am listening though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Inspector Lynnly is more like himself after the death of his wife. He is thoughtful throughout the investigation and tries as usual to guide Deborah St. James and she as usual blunders along and reeks havoc. She is like a rock in your shoe to me but her character moves the story along, but if she fell in a sand trap, I wouldn't miss her. Story has plenty of Barbara Havers time. She is really my favorite character. As usual, the story left us with a cliff hanger so I hope the next book is well on the way. Miss George writes well and has real, well developed characters.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She is always a favorite. I am never disappointed by her. She takes me to each character with her voice. She is so good that I am never distracted by her just enthralled.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just my usual dislike of the ever emotional, but never rational Deborah. I don't like her and her behavior causes others great pain.


    Any additional comments?

    Just ,if Ms George reads these, thanks for your talent and write faster. My heart goes out to Barbara,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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