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Jean

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  • The Dog of the South

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    The Dog of the South is the story of Ray Midge as he tracks down his wife, Norma, who has run off with her first husband, by following credit card receipts (his credit card!). Midge starts out in Norma's lover's compact car, which has 74,000 miles on it and a quarter-turn slack in the steering wheel (they took his Ford Torino!). The trail leads from Arkansas, down to Mexico, and into Honduras.

    Paul says: "Top Ten Funniest Books"
    "Great Combo of Book & Reader"
    Overall

    Loved the dry, sneaky humor of this book - and it was perfectly captured by the flat tones of the reader. The completely clueless hero details amazing adventures as if he's doing what anyone else would do: drive off in a broken-down car with only a stack of savings bonds and a box of silverware on the trail of his wife and her former husband. Of course he links up with a doctor who's lost his license; of course he ends up in Belize; of course he finds his wife during the immediate aftermath of a hurricane. And of course it's all totally understandable given the circumstances - and especially as read by Edward Lewis. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Wears Prada

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (279)

    Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

    Howard says: "You won't be able to stop the player"
    "Pleasant Escapism"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Devil Wears Prada is a lightweight, pleasant, funny book. It wasn't life-changing or educational, but then, I didn't expect it to be. I read it as an escape - and it met that need. I will say that I preferred the movie, but I still gave this 3 stars (my ratings: 1 = regret the time both the author and I spent on this book; 2 = not worth finishing; 3 = enjoyed the read; 4 = will definitely re-read; 5 = everyone should read this book).

    A good book to listen to while driving or knitting: you won't miss much if your attention is diverted at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (833)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "One of the Best of the Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like Louise Penny, you'll really like this one. It's so much better than her last effort (although I gave that a 3-star rating, too, it was a low 3 and this is a high-3; alternatively, the last was a C and this is a solid B). I thought I had guessed how the story would end, but was surprised and pleased to find I'd been wrong. Ms Penny is doing a good job of character development: not in a straight line, but with enough new insights to make the reader/listener feel good about liking them. Ralph Cosham's narration is outstanding. I gave this a 3-star rating overall because it was a good, solid effort and I expect I will listen to it again in a few years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Eric Idle
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (127)

    When Charlie Bucket finds himself the proud winner of a Golden Ticket in a chocolate bar, he knows he has the greatest treat in the world in store for him. Join Charlie on his fantastic world-famous adventures in Willy Wonka's miraculous chocolate factory, where he sees strawberry-juice water pistols, luminous lollipops, a chocolate river, and rainbow drops, and has the time of his life.

    Mary A. says: "Light Hearted fun...great narrator!"
    "A Classic - with Classic Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is one of those books that really don't require a synopsis - almost everyone knows the story (and if you don't, then I wouldn't want to spoil the magic of it for you). What sets this version apart is Eric Idle's narration, which is pitch perfect. The reading speed, the storytelling skill, and the characterizations were all spot on. Why a 5-star rating? I save those ratings for books I plan to listen to repeatedly. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be an annual treat for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Call for the Dead marks the beginning of John le Carré’s brilliant literary career, just as it launches the life of one of the most memorable fictional characters of the 20th century. With the incomparable opening chapter of Call for the Dead, entitled "A Brief History of George Smiley", John le Carré introduces his legendary spy and immediately ensnares readers in the shadowy world Smiley inhabits.

    Jean says: "Perfectly Done!"
    "Perfectly Done!"
    Overall

    I've read the book about five times, watched the BBC production four times - and I LOVED this audio book. Ralph Cosham perfectly captures the mood, the writing, the story - Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1134)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (426)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Well Done!"
    Overall

    After trying to get into the traditional version of this book - and failing twice - I realized this is a story that can only be told in a slam-bang-move-fast way, which is just how Robert Petkoff reads it. That's also just the way I listened to it: straight through. That's the *only* way to listen. Suspend judgment and go with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1881)
    Performance
    (1255)
    Story
    (1263)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Highly Recommended"
    Overall

    An interesting story, strong character development, humor, realistic situations (for a mystery), and a charming location make for one of my favorite mysteries of 2010 - and favorite authors of the year.
    Leaving it to others to describe the storyline, let me say that it moves along at an appropriate pace, never crowding the scene with too many characters to remember or too many side stories to confuse. The reader has a lovely voice for English and a beautiful French accent when required.
    Highly recommended (I rarely give 5 stars, but this one deserved it)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Seaside Practice: Tales of a Scottish Country Doctor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Tom Smith
    • Narrated By Tom Smith
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    Heartwarming and gloriously eccentric, Dr Tom's stories capture the beauty of the Lowlands, the joys and sorrows of its inhabitants and the richly rewarding experiences of life as a Scottish country doctor.

    Nicola says: "If you like James Herriot you'll like this too"
    "Absolutely Charming"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this pleasant, nicely-paced, and well-read book. The author's stories of his experiences as a Scottish GP were interesting, funny, sad, but never boring. I listened to it while ironing and sorting and doing other homely tasks - it made the time pass pleasurably and my workload feel lighter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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