Jim Dale takes a favorite classic to a new level. Excellent voice work on an excellent tale.
Always a favorite of mine, Scrooge in his pre-reformation self saying about the poor & infirm, "If they are going to die, then let them die and decrease the surplus population." This line says so much about Scrooge's character, and gives a glimpse of just how far, so far this human being has to go to become the Scrooge at the end of the book.
Having just finished the "Harry Potter" series prior to the Christmas season, I kept seeing the characters I had created in my mind from the Potter books in the roles of "A Christmas Carol." But Jim Dale's work makes this book truly come alive.
Dickens meets Harry Potter's narrator, and what a wonderful world!
I am quite a few years behind in this series, and this is my 2nd Laurie R. King in the Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell books. Again, as with the first, I did not guess the identity of the criminal before the end, which makes this a good book. You can follow the plot and all the evidence clearly as the book progressed.
Poor Mary Russell: people have it out for her wardrobe. Last book an entire day's shopping fell victim, this one: New clothes on the first wearing and - I could almost hear Amelia Peabody Emerson (Elizabeth Peters' Egyptologist adventuress) shouting at her Emerson "Another shirt ruined!" through Mary's mind as she faced her attacker.
I enjoyed Jenny Sterlin's performance for all characters, and suspect that when I listen to the next book in the series (yes, it is in my cart awaiting an Audible credit!), I will be truly disappointed if Ms. Sterlin is not the narrator. Like Barbara Rosenblat for Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody, Kate Forbes reading Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy series, and Justine Eyre giving voice to Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce, it will be Ms. Sterlin that I hear whenever I think of Laurie R. King's Mary Russell.
I don't like it when other authors take liberties with a beloved character created and brought to life by another author. Most often, the other author brings very little to the table and I can see clearly that the book is riding on the coattails of the original author, that the book used the familiar character just to make money. I did not expect to really like this book- I am listening to it 20 years after it was first released in print! - but the tale is enjoyable and I did not figure out who was the bad guy until nearly the end. That makes a good mystery in my book.
Patrick Lawlor provides an enthusiastic performance and one can almost imagine the difficulty in keeping a straight face for some of these tales.
This isn't a book with pretensions. You're listening to the documented public fumbles of politicians, company executives, sports stars, etc. Have the little thrill of "well I may have done something dumb, but at least it wasn't THAT!"
You know the time you were face to face with that really hot guy you'd been wanting to introduce yourself to, and you forgot your own name, thus completely humiliating yourself? Or that day you decided to sashay to the front door and meet your significant other in you birthday suit, only to find the meter reader instead? Well, at least your embarrassment was not international news, causing large scale destruction, costing millions of dollars and living on for eternity in archives and on the internet!
I got this one because I enjoyed listening to "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York (Unabridged)" and expected something similar. While this story is interesting, it just wasn't as good as "The Poisoner's Handbook."
Please, the music! While it was appropriate (maybe) for the time period this tale played out in New York, the music was distracting and by the end of this short story, I was ready for it to be over and done with.
This is a short tale, so maybe hiring a professional actor/narrator wasn't an option, but it took me three (3!) tries to get through this book. Ms. Blum is great at writing a story, but only okay at reading it out loud. (Sorry, Ms. Blum!)
You kind of have to want to hear the story bad enough to get by the music and narration.
This is my first E. J. Copperman book, and I have enjoyed it. The characters ring true, the plot interesting and the narrator makes it wonderful.
I can't choose a favorite character because each is a person I would like to get to know - or definitely not.
To me, Amanda Ronconi sounds authentic for her characters. Thanks for not doing the "wrong" accent for the location! It would have been a lot less fun without her narration.
I was only 52 min, 12 sec into this short book and I had already purchased the rest of the series on audible.com.
As a person with disabilities that often leave one unable to hold a book or focus on the printed page, the audio edition is almost always my favorite.
Inspector Runcorn - I enjoy the several series of books written by Anne Perry, and it is a treat to have what some consider to be a minor/lesser character have an experience shared with the reader away from the main characters. It has been interesting to see the changes in Inspector Runcorn in the "William Monk" series, and in this book there's a delightful new side to his character.
I like Terrence Hardiman's work, and know if I find a book read by him I will most likely enjoy the book (at least, I know I will enjoy the narration).
The ending. Just wished to hear Inspector Runcorn's 1st name.
Katherine Kellgren's performance made the story and characters real.
Elizabeth Bennet. Most fascinating.
Although I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the first "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies," it was still a good read and an excellent performance by the narrator.
Kiss me deer/dear. Ms. Kellgren's performance truly makes all the moments memorable.
Katherine Kellgren made the book come alive. I loved her work so much, I have been picking out other books narrated by her.
Elizabeth's confrontation to the two most aggravating men on the planet (at her time in history).
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. First heard it borrowed from my library via Overdrive, then had to get my own audio copy. A very good time!
I love this book! The writing, and especially the character Amelia Peabody remind me so much of another favorite character, Tish, created by Mary Roberts Rinehart. I listen to this book - and its sisters in the series - EVERY year. Never tire of Elizabeth Peters' Peabody; like visiting with a dear friend.
I like the thorough, accurate and detailed descriptions of Egypt of the time period, as well as the social mores affecting Amelia Peabody and the other characters.
Listening to Barbara Rosenblat read this book launched her to the tied No. 1 spot of narrators in my list of favorites (Jim Dale is the other No. 1). I've even begun listening to other series simply because Barbara Rosenblat is the narrator.
I have all the books in this series, and often check to see if Elizabeth Peters is publishing a new "Peabody" for me to read.
Informative, interesting & thought-provoking.
Scott Brick is an excellent narrator who brings what could be a dry work to life.
You just see a little blip in history books in school. Influenza, millions died, happened around the time of The Great War/World War I. This book gives so much more information & background on an episode that had such an impact on so many lives. There's more to this than just how many died - in this book, you meet real people coping with a plague using what we today see is as rather primitive medical resources, and how their work helped shape the world we live in now.
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