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  • The Eustace Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (126)

    Who owns the Eustace Diamonds? Lizzie Eustace claims that Sir Florian Eustace, her late husband, gave them to her. But Mr Camperdown, the family solicitor, insists that they are an heirloom, to be passed down from generation to generation. Lizzie is both beautiful and clever, yet Mr Camperdown believes her to be a scheming liar. And Mr Camperdown is right! The battle for the diamonds rages until a robbery intervenes and they disappear. Or do they...?

    Natalie says: "Becky Sharp Revisited"
    "trollope details behavior of shallow heroine"
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    prior to listening to this novel, i had happily listened to 64 hours of trollope over the course of one month. i thoroughly enjoyed all of the other novels, two of which were in the palliser series. while trollope did an excellent job of showing the inner workings of his detestable "heroine," his examples of her shallowness and lack of conscience became heavy-handed. it is always difficult to read a book where the reader comes to despise one or more of the main characters. listening to the end was a chore, because i didn't care about any of the main characters in this novel. however, i wanted to know the outcome of this story, in order to maintain continuity with other characters in the palliser series. Timothy West is a brilliant narrator, and his narration added richness to an otherwise tedious story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Death in Vienna

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (360)

    Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz?

    Leonard says: "Another Fine Silva Novel"
    "Series deja vu"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think it could only be enjoyed by someone who hasn't read the preceding Gabriel Allon novels. The first hour or so rehashes the character's history, and events that took place earlier in the series. At points, I wondered whether I had read this book already. After having listened to three long Allon novels, Death in Vienna comes across as formulaic. The author needs some new espionage themes, beyond discovering war criminals, conspiracies to cover up their crimes, and dishonesty within the Catholic church.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Silva again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    I would be careful about listening to a novel for which Mr. Lee is pressed to perform foreign accents. He an excellent reader in British English. However, his Israeli accent sounds like a speech impediment. He substitutes a "w" for an "r."


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to encourage the publisher/producer to hire more than one reader. Most readers can not carry off multiple accents, and/or play both female and male roles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of The Easy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ruta Sepetys
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, 17-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

    FanB14 says: "Easy to Love"
    "Listeners Will Savor Every Word!"
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    Would you listen to Out of The Easy again? Why?

    When listening to the book, I sometimes played back passages, to appreciate the descriptive language & details. At some points I was very plot-focused, and intent on finding out the next step in character dialogue and actions. Knowing the outcome of the plot now,I would listen again, to have a greater understanding of the writer's craft. I want to encourage anyone who reads this book to listen to Ms. Sepety's discussion of the research and writing process, an unadvertised feature after the music that concludes reading of the novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing a book read out loud is a true test of its quality, as you want to savor every word in a good novel. I only listened to this book when I didn't have any distractions. For most books, I can do the equivalent of skimming, and drive or accomplish some housework. I am an adult, and I think this book stands on its own as an adult read.

    This novel offers an intimate (but not sexually explicit!) view into the struggles of rich and poor, living in New Orleans in the 1950s. We gain insight into the idiosyncratic culture of New Orleans, class distinctions in the south & northeast, and the struggles of women trying to be independent before the women's lib movement. We understand the complexity of each character, driving his or her motivations for acts of acts of selfishness & generosity. The author's description of New Orleans and many other historical details weaved throughout the story are fascinating.

    The colorful characters and dialog are a real strength of the novel, and the reader captures the dialect and personality of each character. The reader sounds like a 17-year old girl, which is the narrator's age. Yet she seamlessly switches between the characters. Josie's emotional development, in environment of hardship/social shame, is unique-- but not in gimmicky way.



    Have you listened to any of Lauren Fortgang’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first Lauren Fortgang read.


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

    Won't say, as I've tried not to include spoilers!


    Any additional comments?

    Do not be put off by the concept of the brothel. The book feels like a 1950s classic, as the narrator is more aware of sexual & criminal baseness than most other girls of her age, but she doesn't see behind closed doors. Fans of The Help may want to read this book. While classifying in a genre & comparing to another book is too simplistic, Out of the Easy is a coming-of-age story in the same era. Through the 17 year-old girl's search for her adult identity, we gain insight into the social complexities of an era.

    I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and I have given only a few a triple five-star rating.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2340)
    Performance
    (2060)
    Story
    (2047)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "spectacular novel"
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    The title and first chapters are understated, as is the main character, Cora. Keep reading! We meet Cora as a naive young woman, living in Kansas in the early 20th century. She is bound by the painful constraints of her corset and expectations of propriety. Much of the story is set during an era with strictly enforced morality laws, against alcohol, birth control, cohabitation, and other perceived vices. We grow with Cora, as she explores issues of identity and develops wisdom.

    Elizabeth McGovern brings authenticity to Cora's role. I grew up in the Midwest, with a grandmother of Cora's era. Often, I felt like I was listening to my grandmother's lessons on social propriety, and her reflections on social mores before 1960.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Veils: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Zoe Ferraris
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    When the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on the beach in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Detective Osama Ibrahim dreads investigating another unsolvable murder - chillingly common in a city where the veils of conservative Islam keep women as anonymous in life as the victim is in death. But Katya, one of the few females in the coroner's office, is determined to identify the woman and find her killer. Aided by her friend Nayir, she soon discovers that the victim was a young, controversial filmmaker named Leila.

    Kathleen Rogers says: "Fascinating glimpse into another culture"
    "unique novel offers view into saudi culture"
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    since the author lived in saudi arabia, as an american married to a saudi, she has first-hand knowledge of a woman's life there. the novel's view into the intricacies of saudi culture is more compelling than its mystery component. however, the mystery serves as a useful device for the author, as it allows her to unveil more intimate details about saudi culture.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (295)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    Jennifer says: "A Masterpiece on All Counts"
    "Disappointed by novel and/or performance"
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    The print version of this book received rave reviews on other sites. Based on the reviews, I did not expect the book to be plot focused. I usually love British classics. Unfortunately, Simon Vance's performance seemed uninspired by the novel. I could not tell whether Vance, or the author, did not develop the characters into memorable individuals. I have listened to a number of well-acted audiobooks by Simon Vance. In this performance, I did not lose myself in his performance of the novel, and instead, found his distinctive voice a distraction.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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