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  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3197)
    Performance
    (1374)
    Story
    (1372)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "I didn't expect to.. but I loved this little book"
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    If you could sum up The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in three words, what would they be?

    It is charming, sad, and ends well.. all at the same time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The reader(s), actually. This worked very well as an audiobook.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The different voices for each letter and character.


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

    I kept hoping.. but that would spoil the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16282)
    Performance
    (10570)
    Story
    (10452)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Outlander.. first of many hours of amazing"
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    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've been spoiled by Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander series. Nothing else compares.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history is painstakingly accurate, the premise wildly creative, the use of description outstanding... this is the writer I wish I could be, read by a spot on reader who, in over 200 hours of reading remains absolutely spot on the entire time. This is a work of art.


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

    These books are huge, and the temptation, when reading them, is to skim, to find out what happens next. You can't skim in an audiobook, so you can fully enjoy the writer's incredible use of image and character. Furthermore, the reader gets the pronunciation right. I haven't a clue how to correctly pronounce the gaelic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me late to work. It made me stay out weeding the garden to picture perfect perfection. It made me ignore my husband. It made me read the history of the period (I recommend 1776). It inspired me to create art of my own.


    Any additional comments?

    Some people don't like this writer's work. When the zombie apocalypse hits? Those people will not be bunking at my house!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4585)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1785)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Edge of Your Seat.. and you know the ending!"
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    Would you listen to 1776 again? Why?

    Absolutely. McCullough does an amazing job of making the uncertainty and effort of 1776 immediate and vibrant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1776?

    When I found myself thinking I would capitulate and take the oath as offered by the King rather than risk family and property in this obviously absurd venture. And I knew the ending as I was thinking this!


    Which character – as performed by David McCullough – was your favorite?

    The year is the character. The performance is not dramatic, it is factual, and it is still edge of your seat. I'm a 7th generation New Englander, Maine and VT. I live on a farm that was purchased from no less a personage than Ira Allen. We fought (ok, we drank ourselves insensible most likely) at Ticonderoga.

    And still I was at the edge of my seat and had to make an effort to remember I was driving a car.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. You do, after all, know the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing piece of work. Absolutely stunning achievement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chief

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Robert McNab
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (265)

    Best-selling author Monica McCarty transports listeners to the 14th-century Scottish highlands in this dazzling novel. Warrior Tor MacLeod is picked by Robert the Bruce to lead the fight against English rule. Despite Tor’s rigid disposition and devotion to his craft, his new bride is determined to warm his heart.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Overbearing Chief meets Romantic Lass"
    "Oh for heaven sakes.."
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    Would you try another book from Monica McCarty and/or Robert McNab?

    Probably not.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Diana Gabaldon, one of the Lord John series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert McNab’s performances?

    Perhaps, but not if he's reading a romance.


    What character would you cut from The Chief?

    Both protagonists.


    Any additional comments?

    I decided if the author used, when I was about 3/4 of the way through this thing "it was exquisite" one more time I was going to pan the book. Unfortunately, once you've listened to Gabaldon's Outlander series your expectations for description, characters, and the intelligence of female characters in particular, rises to the point where a great number of the romance writers are no longer able to meet your expectations.

    And I had such high hopes for this book based on the synopsis.

    Perhaps someone else will have better luck with this, I found it repetitive and predictable. And, of course, this meant I found the female lead naive to the point of absurd. Really, you're going to crawl into bed with a man, trusting your father, who you know to be manipulative and completely untrustworthy, to "rescue" you? You're going to rush off, defying logic and orders, because you're a clever girl who can read?

    Disappointing, and read by a man, which was distinctly unsettling when "it was exquisite" was used repeatedly to describe any and all sexual arousal.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Voices of the Powerless: The Crofters' Farewell: Northern Scotland, the Western Isles and the Highland Clearances

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Melvyn Bragg
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Visiting the Hebridean island of Mull today, it's not long before someone mentions the steep decline in population that the Scottish highlands and islands suffered 150 to 200 years ago. And it was a depopulation that the crofters were powerless to do anything about - in a phrase that sounds a knell almost as chilling as today's 'ethnic cleansing', the Highland Clearances are still talked of as one of the most harsh pieces of social manipulation in Britain's history. A long-drawn-out lament mourned in song and poetry ever since.

    MC says: "Helpful historical background"
    "Helpful historical background"
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    Where does Voices of the Powerless: The Crofters' Farewell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A good look at the history of the Highland Clearances in a bite sized package.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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