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M. Phinney

Norwood MA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3606)
    Performance
    (979)
    Story
    (1020)

    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
    "Classic comes alive"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe the most enjoyable?

    The story is wonderful and not just for children. Michael York's reading made it come alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reader can suspend disbelief and truly go through the magical wardrobe.


    Which character – as performed by Michael York – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed hearing Edmund's voice as he goes through all too human failings.


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

    It was great to listen to the book a bit at a time and let the magic sink in.


    Any additional comments?

    CS Lewis' Christian message seems a bit heavy handed to the 21st century reader, but still powerful and poignant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (896)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "Another great title in a wonderful series"
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    If you could sum up A Trick of the Light in three words, what would they be?

    Cut throat art world leads to broken necks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Trick of the Light?

    Penny seems to know the ins and outs of the Montreal art scene. Her depiction of the dealers and brokers and their intrigues, gives the novel depth.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Gamache and Bouvoir continue to amaze as their relationship evolves.


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

    On going reconsideration of Clara's relationship with her childhood friend is the kind of dynamic that Louise Penny handles so well. These are not one-dimensional characters. There is often no "one moment" but rather a building of small ones.


    Any additional comments?

    Ralph Cosham's voice and inflections make the novels, each and all, wonderful to the ear.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (725)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to Winter Carnival - not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

    Judy says: "Another great tale!"
    "Chilling, layered and beautiful"
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    Would you listen to Bury Your Dead again? Why?

    This is a true classic, one that I am sure I will listen to again to connect the threads in the three mysteries that run through the novel.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Each plot line builds in suspense, almost in competition, with no clear resolution in view.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Each story assumes prominence as it unfolds and the author skillfully moves the reader's focus from one to the other. This technique is both frustrating and spell binding.


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

    As in all the novels, Chief Inspector Gamache is the compassionate, intuitive, and very human center, whose anguish over a mistake and resulting loss of life, reminds us of imperfection and frailty even in the most stalwart fictional heroes.


    Any additional comments?

    "Bury your dead" is a novel that exceeds the limitations expected in mystery genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cruelest Month: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (879)

    It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees, and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil - until one of their party dies of fright.

    Sara says: "Spring in Three Pines"
    "Easter spooks"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, with the caveat that there are some over the top histrionics included.


    Would you recommend The Cruelest Month to your friends? Why or why not?

    Louise Penny is wonderful. This book is good, but not one of my favorites. Still a great story well told.


    What aspect of Ralph Cosham’s performance would you have changed?

    Cosham segues from English to French well. I wish he would differentiate the voices a bit more.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    To see Gamache and crime scene with Three Pines in Spring time? Of course!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Friends: A Corduroy Mansions Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    It seems the universe itself is conspiring against the residents of Corduroy Mansions, as they all find themselves struggling with their nearest and dearest. Oedipus Snark’s mother, Berthea, is still at work on her scathing biography of her son—the only loathsome Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament; literary agents Rupert Porter and Barbara Ragg are still battling each other for first crack at the manuscript of Autobiography of a Yeti; and fine arts graduate Caroline Jarvis is busy exploring the blurry line between friendship and romance....

    Tricia Robertson says: "New Adventures for Favorite CM Characters"
    "Heartwarming and funny"
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    What did you like best about A Conspiracy of Friends? What did you like least?

    I love AMS's characters. They are like old friends - full of all of the characteristics that make us human. The story is a blurr. Not much really happens, but there is still suspense and resolution. Fun to read, but very light.


    If you’ve listened to books by Alexander McCall Smith before, how does this one compare?

    A bit shorter than most. What's not to enjoy? Wonderful dog, well meaning people occasionally going astray. Redemption for the wicked. Nice ending which leaves the reader wondering what will happen next.


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

    I've listened to others in this series. All first rate.


    Did A Conspiracy of Friends inspire you to do anything?

    Try to appreciate my friends more!


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting for the next by Alexander McCall Smith - Botswana, Scotland or England.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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