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K. Cole

Cincinnati, Ohio, US. | Member Since 2016

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  • 12 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 157 titles in library
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  • The Looking Glass War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (301)

    It would have been an easy job for the Circus: a can of film couriered from Helsinki to London. In the past the Circus handled all things political, while the Department dealt with matters military. But the Department has been moribund since the War, its resources siphoned away. Now, one of their agents is dead, and vital evidence verifying the presence of Soviet missiles near the West German border is gone. John Avery is the Department's younger member and its last hope. Charged with handling Fred Leiser, a German-speaking Pole left over from the War, Avery must infiltrate the East and restore his masters' former glory.

    Darwin8u says: "With nuance le Carré dissects a dying animal."
    "enjoyed this"
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    I've listened to a dozen Le Carre books from audible. This one, though short, is well worth the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Osmond: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Banville
    • Narrated By Amy Finegan
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Isabel Archer is a young American woman swept off to Europe in the late 19th century by an aunt who hopes to round out the impetuous but naïve girl's experience of the world. When Isabel comes into a large, unexpected inheritance, she is finagled into a marriage with the charming, penniless, and - as Isabel finds out too late - cruel and deceitful Gilbert Osmond, whose connection to a certain Madame Merle is suspiciously intimate.

    CHRISTINE says: "John Banville honors Henry James in devising an elegant continuation of “The Portrait of a Lady”"
    "a Jamesian delight"
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    Mrs Osmond, a sequel to Henry James' Portrait of a Lady, is a delightful work, especially for anyone who has loved the Master's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By J.K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (50334)
    Performance
    (45500)
    Story
    (45299)

    As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

    Erin says: "I'm so sad it's over!!"
    "wonderful"
    Overall
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    Jim Dale's performance of this story is a crowning achievement of the series. Not to be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J.K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (27438)
    Performance
    (25260)
    Story
    (25217)

    When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....

    Gina says: "Masterful Narration Continues"
    "wonderful"
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    another wonderful jim dale performance in this audio book. he had kept the intoning of the various characters consistent, and consistently good, through all the first 6 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By J.K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (29742)
    Performance
    (27342)
    Story
    (27303)

    Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....

    Gretchen SLP says: "Best Book You'll Read This Year"
    "jim dale is the best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    He's the best audio book reader I've ever heard and that by itself makes the audio books an experience parallel to the print books and the movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J.K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (32214)
    Performance
    (29537)
    Story
    (29480)

    The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

    D.S.G. says: "“Harreeeeeeeeee”"
    "the reader is magnificent"
    Overall
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    Jim Dale is the best audio book reader I've ever heard. his animated depictions of the many characters in the potter books is key to his performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By J.K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (53671)
    Performance
    (48655)
    Story
    (48673)

    Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

    Mike L Lane says: "My Sad, Sad Confession…"
    "enchanting "
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    the performance is good; the story is very good. I'm happy I've discovered these books, so long after they were first a rage in this country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cellars of the Majestic: Inspector Maigret, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Georges Simenon, Howard Curtis
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    The dark side of glamorous expat life in Paris is brought to life in this new translation. Try to imagine a guest, a wealthy woman, staying at the Majestic with her husband, her son, a nurse and a governess...in a suite that costs more than a thousand francs a day.... At six in the morning, she's strangled, not in her room but in the basement locker room.... In all likelihood, that's where the crime was committed.... What was the woman doing in the basement? Who could have lured her down there, and how?

    Die Falknerin says: "Enraging the angels"
    "not the best Maigret"
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    but even not the best is still pretty good! and the narration is excellent as ever

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Canterbury Tales: The Franklin's Tale (Modern Verse Translation)

    • ABRIDGED (34 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This is a story from the Canterbury Tales I: Modern Verse Translation collection. Chaucer's greatest work, written towards the end of the fourteenth century, paints a brilliant picture of medieval life, society and values. The stories range from the romantic, courtly idealism of "The Knight's Tale" to the joyous bawdy of the Miller's; all are told with a freshness and vigor in this modern verse translation that make them a delight to hear.

    K. Cole says: "one of the edifying tales"
    "one of the edifying tales"
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    Chaucer in modern translation, in rhyming couplets. Lovely reading by Anton Lesser. I could listen all day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smiley's People: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (583)

    A very junior agent answers Vladimir's call, but it could have been the Chief of the Circus himself. No one at the British Secret Service considers the old spy to be anything except a senile has-been who can't give up the game - until he's shot in the face at point-blank range. Although George Smiley (code-name: Max) is officially retired, he's summoned to identify the body now bearing Moscow Centre's bloody imprimatur. As he works to unearth his friend's fatal secrets, Smiley heads inexorably toward one final reckoning.

    Darwin8u says: "NEAR Perfect Ending for One Best Trilogies Ever"
    "superb"
    Overall
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    Story

    Jayston is a very good reader. His characterising of the various voices is as talented as the best of actors. LeCarre, matchless in this genre, has the reader he deserves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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