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Verna

Marryatville, Australia

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  • Clara and Mr. Tiffany: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Susan Vreeland
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    It’s 1893, and at the Chicago World’s Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows, which he hopes will honor his family business and earn him a place on the international artistic stage. But behind the scenes in his New York studio is the freethinking Clara Driscoll. Publicly unrecognized by Tiffany, Clara conceives of and designs nearly all of the iconic leaded-glass lamps for which he is long remembered.

    Melissa says: "Good read with a few problems"
    "Satisfying"
    Overall

    i so enjoyed listening to this book that no sooner was it completed than I started it again. It's a finely drawn historical novel that has clearly benefited from some thorough research. Clara, her historical setting and the people around her are entirely believable. The descriptions of the leadlight panels are stunning. Susan Vreeland has crafted this novel well and it's beautifully narrated by Kimberly Farr. Good one, Audible!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blithe Spirit

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Noel Coward
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ayres, Shirley Knight, Judy Geeson, and others
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    This classic comedy is set in the charming country home of Charles Condomine, a remarried widower. A witty and convivial evening party among friends is transformed when a seance conjures the ghost of Elvira, Charles' first wife, who delights in wreaking havoc among the living. An enchanting Coward comedy!

    Rebecca says: "Be careful what you wish for"
    "Classic Coward"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Blithe Spirit the most enjoyable?

    Each character is well portrayed, the timing is great and I'm really glad they have British accents.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charles Condomine is such a cad, but in such a devilish way.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Elvira, so conniving and so transparent


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridge to Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (378)

    To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she' s paid to finally feel like she' s somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven.

    Candace says: "Francine Rivers is the best for a reason."
    "Bridge to Heaven?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Bridge to Haven?

    There was no word about this being a thinly disguised piece of christian propaganda in the abstract of the book. 'god' didn't even rate a mention. So as the story progressed like a 20th Century Pilgrim's Progress, I found myself being increasingly disappointed with it. I listened to the end - I like to give books a fair chance, but the plot was transparent, the characters thin and the underlying message about god and redemption turned out to be the key character. Happy for the god-botherers to have their books, but please identify them so that those of us who don't want this stuff can avoid it.


    What could Francine Rivers have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not write it.


    What character would you cut from Bridge to Haven?

    god


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be returning this book and will avoid this author like the plague...

    However, the narrator had a good voice and fine expression.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Geraldine Brooks
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women is the story of Brooks’ intrepid journey toward an understanding of the women behind the veils, and of the often contradictory political, religious, and cultural forces that shape their lives. In fundamentalist Iran, Brooks finagles an invitation to tea with the ayatollah’s widow—and discovers that Mrs. Khomeini dyes her hair.

    Verna says: "Auto-ethnography and good research"
    "Auto-ethnography and good research"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Nine Parts of Desire again? Why?

    I've listened to this book several times and found something new in each re-telling. It's powerful because much of the book is drawn from Ms Brooks' own experience, then it's coupled with some excellent research of the context. So the book has strong credibility. She's not judgemental in the telling - it's a finely drawn balance of experience, what others say, her opinion, and giving the other side of the story. Well done on this one!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nine Parts of Desire?

    The discussion about female genital mutilation, the clear assertion that this has nothing to do with Islam (which I knew - it's also practiced in other communities, includeing some christian communities; it's more a cultural practice). But it was Ms Brooks' lived experience in many islamic countries that makes the book memorable. Her descriptions of the 'unveiling' of women - their private lives.


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

    I found I wanted to tap into this book at intervals. It was thought-provoking, so needed some 'soak time' to enable me to digest the messages.


    Any additional comments?

    Good on Ms Brooks reading her own book. Given it's her story that's appropriate. She's not the best narrator in the universe, but does a very reasonable job. Knowing it was her voice delivering her story and her message gives the book additional credibility in this audio version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun: A Parody

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Kaplow
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    America's most beloved writer, Lilian Jackson Braun, author of twenty-four Cat Who... mysteries is now the subject of a mystery herself. In this spoof by one of her most ardent admirers, her beheaded body has been discovered in the men's room of a gay bar in Lower Manhattan. The police are baffled, and so it is up to Braun's eccentric writer friend, James Q. (Qafka), and his Siamese cats Ying-Ton and Poon-Tang to solve the ghastly mystery.

    Fran Roberts says: "What a disappointment!"
    "Sad little book"
    Overall

    I like a good parody - but this isn't it. if it had mirrored the whimsical nature of the originals, then it might have been a tale worth listening too. But sadly, it's a loser of a book. I'm sorry I didn't read some reviews before I downloaded it and spent my credit. It's not even a book to go to sleep with! Avoid like the plague is my strong advice.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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