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  • Howards End

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Edward Petherbridge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    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"
    "Now I need a hard copy"
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    If you could sum up Howards End in three words, what would they be?

    Important, beautiful and moving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characterizations, growth (slow and real) of characters, who move the plot.


    Which character ??? as performed by Edward Petherbridge ??? was your favorite?

    Margaret


    Any additional comments?

    Like many of the classics, I realized as I listened that there were lines in the book that I want to remember and think about, and as I only had the Audible version, I would definitely buy the book and keep it as a treasure.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Uninvited Guests: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sadie Jones
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    One late spring evening in 1912, in the kitchens at Sterne, preparations begin for an elegant supper party in honor of Emerald Torrington's twentieth birthday. But only a few miles away, a dreadful accident propels a crowd of mysterious and not altogether savory survivors to seek shelter at the ramshackle manor - and the household is thrown into confusion and mischief. The cook toils over mock turtle soup and a chocolate cake covered with green sugar roses, which the hungry band of visitors is not invited to taste. But nothing, it seems, will go according to plan.

    Cidney says: "And You Think You’re Haunted By Your Past!"
    "An engaging, tightly written story."
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    Where does The Uninvited Guests rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top and that's saying something. I listen to many classics.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sadie Jones writes about family here--how big it is. Who is in? How do people get left out--or maybe ejected? What happens that might enlarge our idea of family boundaries? The characters are distinctive and their attributes drive the story, as should it should be. I love the funny, dark aspect of the railway accident "blasted survivors" who are somewhere in the big old house as the family dynamic plays itself out. I kept thinking how I'd like to see this story on stage, or well-produced, on screen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The coaxing of the pony down the stairs by all the family and the travelers, too.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Uninvited Guests and why?

    Who can say Charlotte is more memorable than her neglected daughter Smudge? They are a memorable pair.


    Any additional comments?

    I will certainly look for other works by this writer. She doesn't skimp on character, but goes deep and real, so the story touches the reader in lasting ways.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Live Wire: A Myron Bolitar Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (406)

    Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about the femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves all right: She’s eight months pregnant, which kind of ruins the fantasy. Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients, and over the years Myron has negotiated his share of contracts for the power pair. But now Lex has disappeared and Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumors questioning the baby’s paternity have driven away Lex.

    Donald says: "The narrator is important"
    "Cardboard people on cardboard set"
    Overall

    I understand Harlan Coben is a good mystery writer. Maybe not my kind of mystery writer. I found the people silly, the plot unbelievable (except as lived out by these silly people, perhaps) and the dialogue predictable. You can poke a hole through any one of the characters by looking at him. I really wanted to find a good writer to follow, but perhaps I picked the wrong book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Phineas Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    In Phineas Finn, the second of the Palliser novels, Trollope balances the rival demands of public and private life, entangling political ambitions with the experiences of love. Phineas Finn, an irresistible but penniless young Irish barrister enters Parliament and comes to London leaving behind him an Irish sweetheart, Mary Flood-Jones. In London, Phineas wins friends on all sides and is admitted to high society.

    Leni Ramberg says: "The entire book is in the 3 parts of download."
    "incomplete"
    Overall

    The three parts of the book I downloaded are not the completion of the story as described in the summary on the site. What a let down. Otherwise, it's great.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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