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  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Jane Leclercq
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    In rural 1800s England, things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. Emma is considered by many to be Austen's finest novel. The book has been adapted countless times to stage, film, and television.

    Amy says: "Performance Needs Editing!"
    "CHOOSE A DIFFERENT VERSION OF THIS BOOK!"
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    While Jane Austen remains one of my favorite authors, and Emma is well-written and amusing, this recording is atrocious. The narrator's droning voice leaves much to be desired. All characters seem to speak with the same voice, accent, inflections and cadence. At times it's impossible to know who is speaking in a conversation. In addition to this, the second part of the download has not been properly edited. There are many places where the narrator did more than one take, and all versions are included. This creates almost a stutter of repeated phrases and sentences. Extremely unprofessional. Do yourself a favor, and choose a different narration of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coal Tattoo: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Silas House
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Two sisters can’t stand to live together, but can’t bear to be apart. One worships the flashy world of Nashville, the other is a devout Pentecostal. One falls into the lap of any man, the other is afraid to even date. One gets pregnant in a flash, the other desperately wants to have a child. This is what’s at the heart of Silas House’s third novel, which tells the story of Easter and Anneth, tragically left parentless as children, who must raise themselves and each other in their small coal-mining town.

    Kim says: "Really Good"
    "This Story Touched My Heart!"
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    I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the characters in this story. Easter and Anneth especially were much more loveable in their imperfections than the story synopsis had led me to expect. Their love for each other and for their home was very touching.

    The one aspect I would have liked to read more about was their "magic". Easter has the second sight and Anneth is always talking about believing in magic, but I would have liked these elements to have been more prominent in the story.

    Kate Forbes did an excellent job as narrator - loved the accents!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5516)
    Performance
    (4942)
    Story
    (4935)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "DISAPPOINTMENT AFTER A LONG WAIT"
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    I really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches, and was eager to know what came next in the story. Nothing came next, for the first thirteen chapters of Shadow of Night. That was over eight hours of listening during which Diana met Matthew's friends and father in the Sixteenth Century, and Diana and Matthew were married - again. It wasn't until chapter fourteen that the plot began to move forward, ever so little. I kept waiting for a big twist, a leap forward, something, anything. When the book ended I was still waiting. How could so little happen? Is it being saved up for the next book? Or will that be a disappointment too?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Notes from the Midnight Driver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jordan Sonnenblick
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    “Alex Peter Gregory, you are a moron!” Laurie slammed her palms down on my desk and stomped her foot. I get a lot of that. One car crash. One measly little car crash. And suddenly, I’m some kind of convicted felon. My parents are getting divorced, my dad is shacking up with my third-grade teacher. I might be in love with a girl who could kill me with one finger, and now I’m sentenced to baby-sit some insane old guy. What else could possibly go wrong? This is the story of Alex Gregory, his guitar, his best gal pal Laurie, and the friendship of a lifetime that he never would have expected.

    Richard Delman says: "I gave up on this one pretty quick."
    "A TOUCHING STORY FOR LISTENERS OF ALL AGES"
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    When I first started listening to this book, I was afraid it would be too juvenile and simplistic for me, an adult listener. However, I soon began to empathize with Alex as he struggles towards emotional maturity and discovers the importance of families and friendships. The quirky humour found throughout the story plays counterpoint to its poignancy. The reader delivers a perfect Yiddish accent, while at the same time authentically portraying the teenage voice of Alex. A touching and amusing story for listeners of all ages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1811)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1028)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Amazon Customer says: "Sci-fi Comdey of Manners"
    "Whimsically amusing ad nauseum"
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    Any additional comments?

    Having greatly enjoyed Doomsday, I was disappointed by the lack of sublety in this book. The whimsical humour and farcical situations were blatantly a la Wodehouse, and there was no need for the author to make repeated references to Jeeves to make sure we got it. Also, the clues to the twists in the story were so obvious that the ending was somewhat less than surprising. Although the narrator did an excellent job, and in general I did appreciate the humour, I began to find the story tedious long before the twenty plus hours were finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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