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Susan

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  • Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Walter Satterthwait
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    With this classy whodunit, packed with delicious wit and ironies, critically acclaimed author Walter Satterthwait transports you to the decadent world of early 1920s Paris. As you pass through gilded salons and smoke-filled saloons, you'll rub elbows with Hemingway, Picasso, Gertrude Stein, and other larger-than-life members of The Lost Generation.

    Roxalanne says: "Enjoyable mischief"
    "Not quite what I expected"
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    Would you try another book from Walter Satterthwait and/or Emily Gray?

    I think not from Walter Satterthwait, but certainly would listen to more narration by Emily Gray. She did a great job.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the viewpoint of the character, Jane Turner, but not really the viewpoint of her male counterpart, Phil Beaumont. I am still in shock that only one person narrated the book -- I would swear that there was a male and female narrator. I loved the female voices, but the male voice (though sounding authentically male), was jarring, in that here's a case of a British speaker putting on what they consider "the American accent." I don't know if it's a case of trying to sound like what Americans were believed to sound like in 1923, but at any rate it sounded very odd to me. Lots of emphasis on w's, r's and l's in a sort of up and down emphasis. Before I realized that there was only 1 narrator, I told my husband that I wished that they'd gotten someone different for the male parts! The story itself was just ok - and to be honest I thought that it became a bit raunchy to the point where I just stopped enjoying it and had to force myself to finish it up, and when I DID finish, I was disappointed. Be aware that there's a lot of talk about bisexualism, people having affairs, etc. and making light of it. Those characters were not very engaging, either, so you just felt like you were eavesdropping on raunchy gossip. I know that not everyone shares my dislike of bad language and/or sexual content, but in case there's someone reading this that shares my views and prefers books that are not quite as descriptive in those ways, I hope this helps. It could have definitely been MORE explicit -I don't mean to imply that it's trashy filth- it's just that I didn't expect the level that it DID have, and I thought it was too much.


    What three words best describe Emily Gray’s performance?

    IngeniousTalentedImpressive


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howards End

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Edward Petherbridge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    First published in 1910, Howards End is the novel that earned E. M. Forster recognition as a major writer. At its heart lie two families - the wealthy and business-minded Wilcoxes and the cultured and idealistic Schlegels. When the beautiful and independent Helen Schlegel begins an impetuous affair with the ardent Paul Wilcox, a series of events is sparked - some very funny, some very tragic - that results in a dispute over who will inherit Howards End, the Wilcoxes' charming country home.

    Susanne says: "Now I need a hard copy"
    "Good Story Made Great by Narrator"
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    What made the experience of listening to Howards End the most enjoyable?

    I loved Edward Petherbridge's articulation and cadence. The story itself has beautiful descriptions and dialogue, but can be a bit long in places. The brilliant narration made those duller moments poetic where I think I would have skimmed them if I were reading from the page.

    The story itself is a little depressing, but somehow it seemed less so when listening to it. It made a lasting impression on me.


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

    I listened to "The Attenbury Emeralds" and have enjoyed E.P. in Masterpiece's Lord Peter Wimsey series. He is brilliant every time I listen to or watch him. This book was certainly enhanced by his excellent narration.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (382)

    Award-winning author Alan Bradley returns with another beguiling novel starring the insidiously clever and unflappable 11-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. The precocious chemist with a passion for poisons uncovers a fresh slew of misdeeds in the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey—mysteries involving a missing tot, a fortune-teller, and a corpse in Flavia’s own backyard.

    Kelli says: "An excellent addition to the series!"
    "Another Great Flavia de Luce Mystery!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Red Herring Without Mustard the most enjoyable?

    I have enjoyed other books in this series, and this title was very good. I love the humor and the chemical descriptions (being a chemistry girl, myself) and I think that the character of Flavia is extremely original. This book has charm as well as drama and suspense. I especially love her descriptions of her bicycle, Gladys.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Charm, Humor, and the narrator is wonderful. Just the right amount of indignation and wit.


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

    Flavia, definitely.


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

    The end choked me up, and in a book that is mostly humorous that's not really expected. There are poignant moments that really add to the storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    Excited to "read" more in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Shall Be Well

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    Perhaps it is a blessing when Jasmine Dent dies in her sleep. At last an end has come to the suffering of a body horribly ravaged by disease. It may well have been suicide; she had certainly expressed her willingness to speed the inevitable. But small inconsistencies lead her neighbor, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, to a startling conclusion: Dent was murdered. But if not for mercy, why would someone destroy a life already doomed?

    Marci says: "Slow"
    "Not my Favorite in this Series"
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    What did you like best about All Shall Be Well? What did you like least?

    The narrator does a good job, and the book is well written, with good descriptions of people and places, but quite frankly I really disliked the story. There were parts that made me uncomfortable, and I didn't like the way it seemed that Kincaid was always noticing women's breasts, etc. It was thrown in often enough for it to be distracting, and he came off looking a little like a creep. I liked the first book in this series, and think I will try the next, but I should've listened to the reviews that said this title wasn't a winner.


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

    He does a good job differentiating between the characters.


    Was All Shall Be Well worth the listening time?

    Honestly--no.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a bit sensitive to racy material, this book will probably make you uncomfortable. It's not graphic, exactly, but it had a certain "ick" factor for me. I think it could have been handled in a better way than it was. Just my opinion, many would probably disagree but I can be a little squeamish.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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