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Cecilia

Classical Pianist Wannabe

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  • Resurrection Row: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    Fourth in the series of Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries, Anne Perry's Resurrection Row explores the dark undercurrents that run through the lives of the idle rich in Victorian England. After a wonderful night at the theatre, Thomas and Charlotte find themselves confronted with a corpse in the driver's seat of a cab. Even more shocking, it is the body of a peer who had been decently buried the week before.

    Kathi says: "Another good book in the series"
    "A quick, good uncomplicated good read."
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    Would you listen to Resurrection Row again? Why?

    No, because there are so many other books I wish to read.


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

    Surprised and I like to be surprised with mysteries.


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

    Emphasis, good diction, intonation of the different British accents.


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

    When Thomas comes in bone-tired and wet, and Charlotte has a towel in her hands waiting for him. They sit in companionship.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (326)

    On a spring morning in 1951, 11-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train’s arrival in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test.

    Margaret says: "One of my favorite series: try it!"
    "They keep getting better and better."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because of its various characters who are more than interesting. Flavia is outstanding in this one, although she does believe in fairy tales. If you like mystery, mixed with a strange but interesting family, you will like this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Flavia's undaunting spirit. She is dealing with a heavy load for an 11-yr.-old. She has never met her mother, but her body is brought back home accompanied by Churchill and many other dignitaries. She is determined to bring her back to life and that is when the story starts to get interesting and complicated.


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

    No I have not, but I love her voice. It is so life-like. I believe I am listening to the real Flavia.


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

    Yes, and I almost did.


    Any additional comments?

    For new sequels, please do not change any of the characters vital to the story and do not change Flavia too much. I realize she has to grow up, but maybe you can make it in increments of 3-months or so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (901)

    From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

    C. Johnson says: "Standard Archer "class-clash". Stellar narration!!"
    "A complex family story narrated very well."
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    What did you love best about Only Time Will Tell?

    The story line, which I knew would continue for a few books. Additionally, I loved the characters to a one. All had more than a 1-dimensional description.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Only Time Will Tell?

    Harry's, Giles', and Dickens relationship.


    Have you listened to any of Roger Allam and Emilia Fox ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know.


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

    An Aristocratic family cum commoner connection


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best series I have read. The narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2168)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1824)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "An intriguing tale of evil versus good."
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    What did you love best about The Forgotten?

    The story line and its narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the bad guy got his just desserts, although I don't believe in cruelty as such, I would have preferred that he be taken care of in a more humane way. He was a cruel, despicable, evil, man, but we don't have to act in kind.


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Near reality, because of their voices and intonation at appropriate times.


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

    Yes, but I could not.


    Any additional comments?

    No, it was a very satisfying read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1481)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (954)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "A better than average light Enlish Mystery."
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The prowess of this 12-yr.-old. It is possible and it is told in a realistic way.


    Which character – as performed by Jayne Entwistle – was your favorite?

    Flavia


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2878)
    Performance
    (2521)
    Story
    (2525)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "Entertaining story, but unfair spiritual criticism"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, because the story is well written and the adventure is somewhat reasonable. I gained knowledge of backpack trips and the great strength of character needed to undertake one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrative and its two main characters, Cheryl and Gregg.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    I liked the even tone, which fluctuated only when called for.


    Did Wild inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, to write this review and let the author know that criticism of the Catholic Church was gratuitous. My belief is that the author has a problem with the Church and slams it unnecessarily.


    Any additional comments?

    The author could have woven the lack of belief in God into the story, beginning with lack of belief, while slowly gaining understanding of the supernatural and its importance in healing.
    The character, Cheryl, is desperately seeking 'something' besides healing and belief in the Almighty as an ending would have been ideal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15385)
    Performance
    (13636)
    Story
    (13668)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "A page-turner, but a rather slow ending."
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The narrators


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    Yes, because this one was very interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Amy


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was a bit long for my taste, but the core of the book was a page-turner.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6443)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1788)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "A complex family story narrated very well."
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    Where does The Kite Runner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top


    What other book might you compare The Kite Runner to and why?

    Pride and Prejudice because both involve class strata within the different families which cause the usual dilemmas, problems, poor solutions and the expected consequences. With one exception, this book appeared to transcend social norms, but only just, failing a character of principle.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The boys playing in their favorite haunts like all normal boys.


    If you could rename The Kite Runner, what would you call it?

    Shame falls upon an established, powerful, famiy.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well narrated, well paced, one could hardly shut it off. The characters were most interesting such as the crippled servant. His supposed son, however was my favorite. Emir developed as all rich spoiled boys do, which was a let down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Dervish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ayad Akhtar
    • Narrated By Ayad Akhtar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother's beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled. Hayat's father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty and power of the Quran, it will utterly transform the boy.

    David says: "a complex, rewarding book"
    "Learned a complex culture in a story well told."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of American Dervish to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version. The accents were very real.


    What other book might you compare American Dervish to and why?

    A book such as Avalon might be comparable with its myriad characters and complex personalities as they attempt to adapt to American culture.


    What about Ayad Akhtar’s performance did you like?

    His apparent good accent and appropriate intonations called for in the different settings.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    If one is seeking knowledge about a Muslim family and the impact of their religion on them and the place where they live? This is a very good book for beginners such as I.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lords of Discipline

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (10)

    This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

    Cecilia says: "Unexpected events revealed in our Military Schools"
    "Unexpected events revealed in our Military Schools"
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    If you could sum up The Lords of Discipline in three words, what would they be?

    An Excellent Book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development, the intrigue, the interaction between plebes and officers. All of it.


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

    A good steady voice changing well to suit the different accents and events.


    If you could take any character from The Lords of Discipline out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The basketball player. I can't remember his name.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Pat Conroy books, they do not dissapoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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