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Fair Haven, VT, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 129 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Lady and the Unicorn

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld, Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bewitching art experts and enthusiasts alike for centuries, the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries hang today in the Cluny Museum in Paris.

    Lovin' life and winding down says: "Wonderful Audiobook!"

    Like another reviewer, I found Robert Blumfield difficult for me to understand with his French accent at the beginning. He also sounded pretentious which turned me off. But he was perfectly in character for the person in the novel and I soon forgot about any difficulty. Each segment in the novel is presented from the point of view of one of the people in the story, and the readers do a marvelous job of bringing each person to life in a unique, rich way, although my wife says the Brussels accent is not perfect. The pacing of the narration is excellent, and Chevalier's story is superb! My wife and I traveled back in our memory to our visit to Paris and the Cluny Museum as we listened, and the story brought the tapestries to life wonderfully. I wish we had heard - read the story before we went, but it is great now. My only complaint is that we listen to the story at bedtime and it wakes me up, it is so fun to hear! What a great writer and what great readers! Bravo!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Supper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Javier Sierra
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Milan, 1497: Leonardo is completing "The Last Supper". Pope Alexander VI is determined to execute him after realizing that the painting contains clues to a baffling and blasphemous message that he is driven to decode. The Holy Grail and the Eucharistic Bread are missing, there is no meat on the table, and the apostles, shockingly, are portraits of well-known heretics and none of them are depicted with halos. And why has the artist painted himself into the scene with his back turned toward Jesus?

    Michelle says: "It's a good read.. but not DaVinci Code 2"
    "A delightful Surprise"

    When I read some of the reviews of this book I was prepared for a mediocre listening experience, but as my wife and I listened we found the story and the performance excellent. The characters were rich, and the historical setting very interesting, and the story captivating to the very end! The reader was very animated and had different voices that seemed to fit each characters very well. I do wish I had a copy of DaVinci's Last Supper and his other paintings with me when we were listening. If you are interested in art, history, mystery or religion you will find them all alive and well here!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman on the Bus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Pauline McLynn
    • Narrated By Pauline McLynn

    The bus from Dublin to Limerick has never meant much to the inhabitants of Kilbrody, until a woman steps off it, marches into the pub, and drinks herself into oblivion. When she finally wakes up, several days later, it is to discover that Charlie Finn (who put her to bed), the local garda, and indeed the whole village are talking about her. Who is the woman on the bus? The question is, will she tell them?

    Marsh says: "Happy Surprise"
    "Happy Surprise"

    When we chose this book we wondered if we would enjoy it. The alcoholism that seemed to be a problem of the main character and others felt like a drawback, a grim element of the story. But as the story unfolded the author's compassion and perceptiveness stretched our hearts. Never a boring book, the story is continually alive with emotional intensity, which keeps your interest and enthusiasm, and yet at times I looked forward to a shift into a more calm mode. The humor of the author was delightful and brought a refreshing balance to the difficulties faced by the characters. We thoroughly enjoyed the story and the reading of the boook and commend it to you!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Rebels of Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Edward Rutherfurd's stirring account of Irish history, the Dublin Saga, concludes in this magisterial work of historical fiction. Beginning where the first volume, The Princes of Ireland, left off, The Rebels of Ireland takes us into a world transformed by the English practice of "plantation", which represented the final step in the centuries-long British conquest of Ireland.

    David says: "A Wonderful Story"
    "Romance and Violence"

    Having enjoyed the earlier book in this duet we looked forward to this title. The book is well written, interesting historically - teaching or reviewing history while telling stories. After an ongoing romantic tale, we moved into extended descriptions of the bloodshed that is a true part of the history of Ireland. But we tired of the well-written violent struggles.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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