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  • Vanity Fair [AudioGo]

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By John Castle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    Set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this classic gives a satirical picture of a worldly society. The novel revolves around the exploits of the impoverished but beautiful and devious Becky Sharp.

    Constance says: "A book that was meant to be read aloud!"
    "Fantastic narration"
    Overall

    I have read Vanity Fair before, so there were no surprises here.
    It is a well written and interesting novel.
    My 5 star rating is as much for John Castle's narration, as it is for the novel. Superb!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Come Again: A Kate Shugak Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Kate, a former investigator for the Anchorage D.A. and now a P.I. for hire, is missing after a winter spent in mourning. Alaska State Trooper Jim Chopin, Kate's best friend, needs her to help him work a new case. He discovers her hiding out in Bering, a small fishing village on Alaska's western coast, living and working under an assumed name, working hard, as 18-hour workdays seem to be her only justification for getting up in the morning.

    Bonnie says: "Another great Shugak novel!"
    "An exciting series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is the second time that I have read all of the "Kate Shugak" novels back to back and in order, both because the novels are exciting, darkly humorous, well written, and entertaining, but most of all, because I have either visited or lived in every location Kate has. This makes Kate's experiences all the more vivid.
    Dana Stabenow has the gift of really making those locations and Kate's experiences come alive to the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver Twist: Dickens on Dickens

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Gerald Dickens
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Gerald Dickens, great, great grandson of Charles Dickens, reads this traditional tale.Oliver Twist is the second novel by English author Charles Dickens. The time honoured story is about the orphan Oliver Twist, who escapes from a workhouse and travels to London where he meets the renowned Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of their unlawful activities.

    Amazon Customer says: "Brilliant narration"
    "Brilliant narration"
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    Would you listen to Oliver Twist again? Why?

    I will probably listen to Oliver Twist again, even though I have already read it several times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Oliver Twist?

    I love the contrast between Dickens descriptions of his "evil" characters; Bill Sykes, Fagin, and his "good" characters; Oliver, Nancy.My favorite scenes are the comedic ones between Mr. and Mrs. Bumble.


    What about Gerald Dickens’s performance did you like?

    Gerald Dickens is a brilliant narrator who accurately imitates every regional accent necessary to this cast of characters; a skill I greatly admire.
    When I purchased this version of Oliver Twist, I had to chose between a couple of very fine narrators and was pleasantly surprised that Gerald Dickens was not just trying to "cash in" on being the great grandchild of Charles Dickens, but is highly skilled and talented in his own right.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chimes: Dickens on Dickens

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Gerald Dickens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    On New Year’s Eve, Trotty becomes disheartened with life and feels that the working classes are wicked by nature after so many report of crime and mortality. His daughter, Meg, announces her plans to marry her fiancé on New Year's Day, something that Trotty is not particularly happy about. After meeting Will and his niece Lilian, the group return to Trotty's house. During the night, Trotty feels the church bells are calling him, so heads to the tower and climbs up to the bell chamber.

    Amazon Customer says: ""Dickens on Dickens""
    ""Dickens on Dickens""
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    If you could sum up The Chimes in three words, what would they be?

    As a loyal Dickens follower, this was still a delightful surprise


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Trotty Veck was my favorite character representing all which was honest and good in the social class of the poor during Dickens time, in spite of staggering adversities.


    Which character – as performed by Gerald Dickens – was your favorite?

    Gerald Dickens is an unexpectedly brilliant reader who performs many voices with ease and excellence. He is obviously not just content to "ride on" the successes of his great-great grandfather.


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

    This work was new to me, and took such an unexpected direction and so caught me up in the suspense, that it frequently made me chuckle.


    Any additional comments?

    This work is very similar to A Christmas Carol in many aspects. I am very surprised that it is not better known by the reading public, since The Christmas Carol is so popular and so frequently performed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Queen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (490)

    Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness.

    Karin says: "Good book, unsympathetic heroine"
    "Self-deluded and self-centered heroine"
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    Would you try another book from Philippa Gregory and/or Bianca Amato?

    Yes, as I have read many of Philippa Gregory's books and enjoyed them.


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

    Very well written book and historically quite accurate.
    It was, however, very difficult to remain invested in a main character who was so difficult to respect or to empathize with. She was impossible for me to like, although perhaps her personality was just not sympathetic to me.


    Was The Red Queen worth the listening time?

    Yes. As I am very interested in that period of history, this was the second time that I listened to this book. It is of particular interest when combined with the other two books of this series: The White Queen, and The Lady of the Rivers. This series is unique in representing this period of English history from a woman's point of view.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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