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Sandra

Sierra Madre, CA, United States

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  • 18 reviews
  • 68 ratings
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  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9301)
    Performance
    (8363)
    Story
    (8506)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Beautiful!"
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    Beautiful story. Beautifully read. One of the best narrations I've listened to. He sets the various moods convincingly, the story line moves with appropriate balance and emphasis, and the characters each have their own quality. Extremely pleasant to reconnect with the book in this way. I was going to read this to my granddaughter, and I'm a pretty good reader, but Inglis did such a fantastic job that I am now thinking that we will share listening to this audible together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Lydia Davis (translator)
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    Set amid the stifling atmosphere of nineteenth-century bourgeois France, Madame Bovary is at once an unsparing depiction of a woman’s gradual corruption and a savagely ironic study of human shallowness and stupidity. Neither Emma, nor her lovers, nor Homais, the man of science, escapes the author’s searing castigation, and it is the book’s final profound irony that only Charles, Emma’s oxlike, eternally deceived husband, emerges with a measure of human grace.

    Sandra says: "Beautifully Narrated Classic"
    "Beautifully Narrated Classic"
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    Well, revisiting this novel was more enjoyable than I expected. I remembered it being very depressing and difficult to get through when I was a good deal younger and less tolerant. I am so glad that I was encouraged to get the audible. It really brought the characters alive for me and elicited greater understanding of Flaubert's masterpiece. Although Emma is a very frustrating character, I found her character to be extremely well crafted. Never dull, always held my attention. An audible that I believe would engage many listeners, as a new experience or as a reawakening to this classic. Thanks for this winner!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6087)
    Performance
    (5274)
    Story
    (5266)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Didn't Like Characters nor Storyline"
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    I found this selection difficult to follow and uncomfortably jumpy in time and space. Narration was good. I just didn't care about the characters and the Hollywood dialogue was, to me, rather boring and repetitive. I tried to reread sections, as since I knew my mind was wandering I assumed I had just missed too much, but the re-listening was not satisfactory. After listening to about 3/4 of the novel, I decided there were too many other audibles that I was eager to listen to so I deleted this from my iTunes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (734)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "Absolutely lovely!"
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    This is a favorite! I just finished it and was motivated to immediately rate and write a review to encourage others to enjoy the experience. It is a beautiful book. It is engrossing. It is not predictable. Even the technical discussions are neither boring nor beyond comprehension. I gave it one less star for the performance, because like another reviewer, I believe it should have been read by an Englishman. Not that the accents are disturbing, it is just that I can tell the difference in regions, and would rather hear the true dialects. Also the reader has a speech pattern that is carried onto several of the characters, most specifically the women's voices. That said, don't let my criticism of this aspect stop you from experiencing this lovely story! Brought me close to tears at the end. Not that it was sad. It is just a lovely read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (901)

    Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

    Emily - Audible says: "Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing"
    "A Lovely Read"
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    If you like Jane Austin, you will certainly appreciate this audible selection. Performance couldn't be better, and the story is both humorous and beautifully constructed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (772)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (677)

    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"
    "Engaging History & Adventure"
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    Such a nice combination of spy thriller and actual history. Totally enjoyable for anyone who likes suspense combined with history of WW II in England. And very well read. Wish there was more like it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Caroline Kennedy (foreword), Michael Beschloss (introduction)
    • Narrated By Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Caroline Kennedy, and others
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (372)

    In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

    Tim says: "Fascinating Listen"
    "Very Enjoyable History"
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    So interesting reading what Jack Kennedy really thought about the people surrounding him. It clarified so much of what actions were taken during the administration and the difficulties of any president. Very rare behind the scenes look at one administration.

    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
    (2286)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (2003)

    >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."
    "More Than Expected! Loved it!"
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    I liked the way the author built this novel. The unexpected disclosures. Many occasions to ponder over. Much encouragement to evaluate one's own, as well as past, social mores. Where do each of us fit in? Tolerance, acceptance, patience, judgements are all studied in this engaging novel. Performance is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3702)
    Performance
    (2612)
    Story
    (2616)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Engaging, Thought Provoking & Totally Enchanting"
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    There was so much to discover and to thinking about in this novel. I listened for hours at a time. I cried and I laughed and I pondered. There are so many levels, and all engaging. Masterly written and masterly read. Don't miss this one. Just like Owen Meany, it's special!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18701)
    Performance
    (8565)
    Story
    (8595)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Loved it!"
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    Spent a few very late nights because I just couldn't put this one down. Beautifully read -- which makes so much difference to being able to relax and enjoy a book such as this with many characters coming in and out of the scenes. I could never enjoy this as a movie. Too much to capture of character and mood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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