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April Reeve

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  • Lady Windermere's Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson, Samuel West
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Oscar Wilde's first play confronts the hypocrisy of public "morality" compared with genuine, private kindness. The reasons for its continued popularity are not difficult to identify: the play's witty dialogue contains many of Wilde's most quoted aphorisms, its stylish setting provides opportunities for elegant presentation, and its cast of memorable characters play out a story which is genuinely moving. This new audio production brings together a full cast worthy of Wilde's creative genius.

    Julian says: "Captivating Pleasure"
    "A Pleasant Surprise During My Morning Commute"
    Overall

    A great performance including Juliet Stevenson, a favorite narrator. Oscar Wilde quips, the original story for the movie "A Good Woman", and I completed listening just as I got to work. Lovely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1579)
    Performance
    (1445)
    Story
    (1442)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "A geeky love story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A very original love story with many twists and turns


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are richly developed


    What about Dan O'Grady’s performance did you like?

    His accent was right for the rhythm of the text. He actually sounds a lot like the author - more than just being an Australian accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the audio book even more than reading the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (620)

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "Fabulous Book, Incredible Performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Among Others to be better than the print version?

    What makes this audio book better than the print version is that the main character, from who's perspective the book is written, is a girl from Wales who moves to England and gets put in a boarding school - and the narrator's accent changes gradually from Welsh to posh English and the story progresses!!
    You don't get an effect like that from the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How magic changes not just the future but the past.


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

    I loved how the girl in the story gradually became attached to the father and grandfather she never knew.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2312

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Sarah Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (231)

    The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen....

    Tamara says: "Monotone narration"
    "Great World Building"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about 2312?

    The author made the population of the other planets seem real, as well as the tension between Earth and the other worlds and their differences in economic situations


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like the main character, but she's damaged and has ADHD as well as many other mental problems, which doesn't fully come out until late in the book. Yet, all the contracting characters and locations are wonderfully brought to life.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    Overall
    (3991)
    Performance
    (1841)
    Story
    (1853)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "A Fabulous Surprise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Anansi Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audio books. The story is wonderful and the characters and dialogue funny and droll. The narrator provides great voices and accents from men and women from the Caribbean and England, and individualizes each character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father, Anansi was great - selfish and charming.


    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
    Overall
    (16904)
    Performance
    (15035)
    Story
    (15079)

    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!"
    "Twists and turns"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    I don't usually relisten to books but it may be interesting to listen again to the beginning after learning that some of the storoes may not have been truthful.


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

    There were dramatic twists in the plot that did not go the way of any book I've read before.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    Excellent presentation of both the truthful and not so truthful versions of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    My admiration for the book grew after I thought about it for a while. It turns in directions unusually for most novels. Having grown up in NYC myself, as did the main female character, it drew me in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (492)

    The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

    Jane says: "Superb narration of a great romantic classic"
    "Fabulous Book. Fabulous Performance."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

    Everything that Juliet Stevenson performs is wonderful. Her reading made the book twice as wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    I hadn't read the book since I was a teen and I had forgotten much of the plot and action. Somehow I had overlayed the actual plot from the book with the black and white movie with Joan Fontaine and Orsen Wells, which is also fabulous but substantially different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (428)

    In the late nineteenth century a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate. Burton’s work was subsequently misplaced, only to be discovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Treiste. From Burton's translations and the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated.

    Daniel says: "Good story - but"
    "A Great Story About A Little Known Period"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    Deals with a period of history that I knew little about - when the mogols were overrunning western Asia and even parts of Europe. From various points of view including the mongol as well as a small group of christian warriors.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Trade: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (308)

    When a vampire serial killer sends Anita Blake a grisly souvenir from Las Vegas, she has to warn Sin City's local authorities what they're dealing with. Only it's worse than she thought. Ten officers and one executioner have been slain - paranormal style. Anita heads to Vegas, where's she's joined by three other federal marshals, including the ruthless Edward. It's a good thing he always has her back, because when she gets close to the bodies, Anita senses "tiger" too strongly to ignore it.

    Evelyn says: "Finally, Anita's back!"
    "Boring, Repeating"
    Overall

    The characters kept saying the same things over and over again in the same conversation. What, no editor? I almost never stop reading a book, but I couldn't finish this one because it was too boring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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