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Jennifer

Walnut Creek, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Catherine Bailey
    • Narrated By Stephen Rashbrook
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    In April 1940, the ninth Duke of Rutland died in mysterious circumstances in one of the rooms of his family estate, Belvoir Castle. The mystery surrounding these rooms holds the key to a tragic story that is played out on the brutal battlefields of the Western Front and in the exclusive salons of Mayfair and Belgravia in the dying years of la belle époque. Uncovered is a dark and disturbing period in the history of the Rutland family, and one which they were determined to keep hidden for over 60 years. Sixty years on, The Secret Rooms is the true story of family secrets and one man’s determination to keep the past hidden at any cost.

    EJJ says: "Well Worth A Listen"
    "Northanger Abbey comes to live"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The performance was in the spirit of the book but the book was so slight that the mysterious reading was just silly.


    What was most disappointing about Catherine Bailey’s story?

    There was nothing at its core. There was no story and no secret. It was like Northanger Abbey without the wit. The author made up a mystery about a frankly very unpleasant and unappealing aristocrat. There was nothing interesting about him except his title.


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

    I learned how the English pronounce Belvoir, Drogheda and Buccleuch.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery?

    I wouldn't have written the book! It wasn't substantive in any way.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Suitors

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Cécile David-Weill
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    After sisters Laure and Marie learn of their parents’ plan to sell the family’s summer retreat, L’Agapanthe, they devise a scheme for attracting a wealthy suitor who can afford to purchase the estate. For the sisters, it has become a necessary part of their character, their lifestyle, and their past. L’Agapanthe is the perfect venue to exercise proper etiquette and intellect, though not all its visitors are socially savvy - especially when it’s a matter of understanding the relationship between old money and the nouveau riche.

    Sand says: "Comedy of Manners, aka Rich People Problems"
    "An Awful Book About Awful People"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Cécile David-Weill and/or Kate Reading?

    No.


    Has The Suitors turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading?

    I don't know. Kate Reading has a lovely French accent, but her manner of reading is horribly affected.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Suitors?

    I would have cut everything involving the characters. The house sounded pretty nice, if it had been empty.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept waiting for the main character to have an epiphany about her shallow, snobbish life, but in the time I wasted listening, she didn't. So I stopped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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