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Andrea

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  • Goodbye Mr Chips

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By James Hilton
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Mr Chipping, classics master at Brookfield school since 1870 - an old man - is reflecting upon his life in education. This cleverly and touchingly woven story intertwines a heart-wrenching and joyful romance with Mr Chipping's life as a teacher and the highs and lows that he has experienced in that capacity.

    Janice says: "Wonderful to listen to"
    "A Sweet Old Story"
    Overall

    The story is achingly sweet, sad, and triumphant, and the narration is a marvel. How can such a long story be told so quickly and with so much detail that you feel as if have been in another world for days with it's short telling is done? The narration is superb and endearing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (780)

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

    Michelle says: "Not As Interesting as Print Reviewers Suggested"
    "Attention P&P Lovers! Don't waste your Credit!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you are a Pride and Prejudice junkie, you will be horrified at seeing the P&P crew thrown into this unnecessary mess of a story. The subtle humor of the P&P tale is positioned awkwardly beside the abject horror, untouched by any possibility of laughability, of the brutal murder of a beloved, if minor character. The agony of a family watching a young man slowly dying is not exactly light reading, and the Herculean task of trying to reform Wickham from a likeable villain to a model citizen that you fervently hope will be the next victim is cruel to P&P lovers. The whole P&P crew are transformed from a cast of characters that you understand and love, into gang of empty-headed plug-uglies you would find it impossible to care less about. As for Darcy and his pleasant cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam, I promise you will not even recognize them!

    If you are a mystery aficianado, your inevitable disappointment will be based on the fact that none of the heavily handled list of suspects have anything to do with the murder, and the one who did the deed had an inside story that the author did not see fit to share with you so you could have the fun of exercising your own powers of deduction.

    I feel sure every P&P character, down to the lowest footman, would complain bitterly at being made a part of this affront to the memory and brilliance of Jane Austen. This story could have easily centered around any random family, the presence of the P&P crowd is not necessary in the slightest. It would not have been one bit more interesting, but at least it would not have been an abomination on top of being a deadly bore.

    I took a chance on this book because it was written by a seasoned author that I was informed was a class act. This is my first experience with Ms. James, and I wanted to like this. Now all I want is my money back, but I will not pursue this option, because I deserve to pay some penalty for thinking the original Pride and Predjudice saga could be added to by anyone but J.A herself.

    PS: Rosalyn Landor did a beautiful job narrating this, and I will certainly look for more of her work!!!

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Convenient Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Caroline Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    When the most eligible Earl of Rule offers for the hand of the beauty of the Winwood family, he has no notion of the distress he causes his intended. For Miss Lizzie Winwood is promised to the excellent, but impoverished, Mr Edward Heron. Disaster can only be averted by the delightful impetuosity of her youngest sister, Horatia, who conceives her own, distinctly original plans . . .

    Ann says: "Disappointing narration"
    "A Good, Solid Heyer"
    Overall

    A fun story well-written! I especially loved the narrator's characterizations, and the sequence which involves not one, but two young high-bred gentlemen in their cups while trying to assist a possible murderer is priceless. Miss Heyer is the next best thing to Jane Austen, imho.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Unknown Ajax

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (379)

    Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

    bebe says: "Another great Georgette Heyer romance"
    "Takes a while to get good..."
    Overall

    ...but it finishes well! The hero is like those people you like, but are a little irritated with because of what appears to be simple-mindedness. But I should have known Georgette Heyer better than that! It has all the Usual Suspects, the highborn but slightly impoverished aristocrats, the beautiful daughter, the irrascible old patriarch, disappointed Second Son, and assorted dandies, caustic-tongued young men, and pink-cheeked innocents. Stir in some mysterious ghostly doings, and a nice bit of history, and this story is most palatable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Civil Contract

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (192)

    Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

    Janet says: "Excellent Narration"
    "Not your average boy meets girl"
    Overall

    This is a great story with a heroine who despite her obscene wealth, is someone Average Jane can relate to. Take your typical love story with beautiful people and true romance, REMOVE the "beautiful" and the "romance", and what you get is surprisingly good stuff. I applaud Georgette Heyer's mix of talented writing and historic facts, and her little nods to Jane Austen are just sweet. The narration is a treat, Ms. Nash's voices are varied, consistent, and especially in the case of the character who was the Ultimate Stage Dad long before Hollywood even existed, hilarious!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Psmith Journalist

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    When a journalist at a singularly uncontroversial magazine allows his literary aspirations to run riot, circulation goes up, but so does the danger level...

    Walker says: "Great fun for Psmith & Wodehouse boosters"
    "A little on the dull side..."
    Overall

    This story starts out plodding, and it continues to plod for a long time. If I were not a rabid Wodehouse fan, and a great admirerer of Psmith as well, I would have abandoned it long before the end. This one is not for Wodehouse beginners, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By L.M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (53)

    Historic Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence is the scene of this charming romance, which has captivated generations of readers young and old. Anne, the orphan child who brings happiness and love into the lives of her foster parents, is one of the most beloved heroines in all literature. But life was not kind to her at the start of her great adventure. For when Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, living alone, decided to adopt a child from the local orphanage, they asked for a boy.

    Clinton says: "O'Malley leaves something to be desired"
    "Full of mistakes!"
    Overall

    Very disappointed with this narrator. Many "verbal typos"! At one point, Anne even seems to refer to Matthew Cuthbert as "no good" when she actually said "so good". Just one of the many mistakes that made it impossible for me to finish listening!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2028)
    Performance
    (1175)
    Story
    (1189)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    SHEILA says: "The Good Earth"
    "Well and it is very good listening!"
    Overall

    Anthony Heald does this gem of a story much justice! His voices are spot on, and it is magical the way the voice of Wang Lung gradually changes with his age. The narration is done with all the flavor, pathos and gentle humor that this marvelous book contains. The characters are gorgeously expressed, be they young or old men, quiet or clamorous women, or naughty or nice children. You will love this story and the storyteller equally!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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