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Sarah

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Patrick McGrath
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    In the summer of 1959 Stella Raphael joins her psychiatrist husband, Max, at his new posting - a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. Stella soon falls under the spell of Edgar Stark, a brilliant sculptor who has been confined to the hospital for murdering his wife in a psychotic rage. But Stella's knowledge of Edgar's crime is no hindrance to the volcanic attraction that ensues -a passion that will consume Stella's sanity and destroy her and the lives of those around her.

    Mebythesea says: "So enjoyed this book!"
    "An Extremely Subtle Book"
    Overall

    When a complex book is read by an excellent narrator, the experience is riveting. All the characters are drawn exquisitely, but it is the voice of Peter, the psychiatrist who records the events that we hear -- and until well into the story seems the voice of reason and sanity. Ian McKellen gets the nuances exactly right. Superb, understated writing, superb narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tomb of the Golden Bird: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (236)

    Convinced that the tomb of the little-known King Tutankhamen lies somewhere in the Valley of the Kings, eminent Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson and his intrepid wife, Amelia Peabody, seem to have hit a wall. Having been banned forever from the East Valley, Emerson, against Amelia's advice, has tried desperately to persuade Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter to relinquish their digging rights.

    says: "They're back"
    "A Mystery with a Difference"
    Overall

    The way Ms. Peters has interwoven the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb with yet another "criminous" investigation by the Emerson family is quite delightful. Even though both Amelia and Radcliffe are no longer young, and the second generation are no longer children, they are as active and interesting as characters as they ever were.

    And Barbara Rosenblat, as always, really does "perform" the book, rather than simply narrate it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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