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PeachPecan

South Georgia, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (161)

    This is Jim Dale's incomparable telling of the beloved A Christmas Carol, a "little book," as Charles Dickens himself called it, which has been treasured by generations since December of 1843. Listeners of all ages will be enthralled as they meet for the first time, or are reunited with, that miser of all misers, Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge.

    R. Adams says: "Jim Dale is a great narrator"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Jim Dale takes a favorite classic to a new level. Excellent voice work on an excellent tale.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version]?

    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.


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

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Dickens meets Harry Potter's narrator, and what a wonderful world!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Monstrous Regiment of Women: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes: The Mary Russell Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    It is 1921 and Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes's brilliant apprentice, now an Oxford graduate with a degree in theology - is on the verge of acquiring a sizable inheritance. Independent at last, with a passion for divinity and detective work, her most baffling mystery may now involve Holmes and the burgeoning of a deeper affection between herself and the retired detective.

    Sonja says: "Hang in there"
    "Echoes of "Another Shirt Ruined!""
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    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (595)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "Well..."
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    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (501)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Stuart says: "Incorrect facts, idiotic conclusions, bad humor"
    "Well, I'm No So Stupid After All..."
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    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Patrick Lawlor provides an enthusiastic performance and one can almost imagine the difficulty in keeping a straight face for some of these tales.


    Was Worst Ideas Ever worth the listening time?

    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!"


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angel Killer: A True Story of Cannibalism, Crime Fighting, and Insanity in New York City

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Deborah Blum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    In the mid-1920s, young children began to vanish from neighborhoods around New York City. It took the police a decade to find their abductor, an unassuming 64-year-old handyman named Albert Fish. Fish had committed crimes of unspeakable horror: He had not only abducted and murdered the children, but also tortured and, in some cases, eaten them. During Fish's trial, some of the country's most prominent psychiatrists debated the exact nature of Fish's crimes. Was he evil or insane? Who had the power to determine where one ended and the other began?

    Douglas says: "Short but chilling..."
    "Could Have Been Better"
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    What did you like best about Angel Killer? What did you like least?

    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."


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

    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.


    Did Deborah Blum do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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!)


    Was Angel Killer worth the listening time?

    You kind of have to want to hear the story bad enough to get by the music and narration.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Open Spook: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By E. J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    In an all-new novella in E.J. Copperman’s “funny, charming, and thoroughly enjoyable” (Spinetingler Magazine) series, the storm of the century bears down on the haunted guesthouse, and stirs up a gale of memories for a troubled ghost. Haunted guesthouse owner Alison Kerby may have only recently discovered her ability to communicate with ghosts, but for her mother Loretta, it’s been a lifelong gift.

    Marcus says: "Enjoyable entry in series, from new perspective"
    "Having a Good Time"
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    What made the experience of listening to An Open Spook the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't choose a favorite character because each is a person I would like to get to know - or definitely not.


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

    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.


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

    I was only 52 min, 12 sec into this short book and I had already purchased the rest of the series on audible.com.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Terrence Hardiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Superintendent Runcorn (Anne Perry fans will remember him as William Monk's ex-boss) is feeling rather lonely during his holiday on the remote, snowy island of Anglesey, off the northern coast of Wales. However, he is suddenly called into action when the sister of the local vicar is discovered murdered and draped over a gravestone in her brother's churchyard.

    Rebecca says: "A good story well-read"
    "My Favorite of Anne Perry's Christmas Novellas"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Christmas Beginning to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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).


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

    The ending. Just wished to hear Inspector Runcorn's 1st name.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (217)

    The story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating unmentionables. But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the proper course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote under development in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love.

    J. McDonald says: "Best of the Series"
    "More Good Fun!"
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    What did you love best about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After?

    Katherine Kellgren's performance made the story and characters real.


    If you could take any character from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Elizabeth Bennet. Most fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2004)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1017)

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

    Katelyn says: "One word - Awesome!"
    "Rollicking Good Fun!"
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    If you could sum up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in three words, what would they be?

    What.A.Ride.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

    Kiss me deer/dear. Ms. Kellgren's performance truly makes all the moments memorable.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Katherine Kellgren made the book come alive. I loved her work so much, I have been picking out other books narrated by her.


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

    Elizabeth's confrontation to the two most aggravating men on the planet (at her time in history).


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2683)
    Performance
    (1475)
    Story
    (1470)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "I Love Amelia Peabody Emerson!"
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    Where does Crocodile on the Sandbank rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    "Perfectly splendid."


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (583)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "More Than Just Numbers"
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    If you could sum up The Great Influenza in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, interesting & thought-provoking.


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

    Scott Brick is an excellent narrator who brings what could be a dry work to life.


    Any additional comments?

    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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