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  • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Sheila Mitchell
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    P.D. James masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice, and combines it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly-crafted crime story. The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister, Jane, and her husband, Bingley, live nearby, and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable. But all this is threatened.

    Alexis says: "Extremely disappointing!"
    "Death comes to the bored"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Although the setting and characterization of the characters was admirably done, I found it irritating that once the characters opened their mouths english with modern grammar came out. Also the constant dwelling on the "good old days" of the original book distracted from the plot of this book. In other words you can't write a compelling sequel if the language is not the same as the original and if you put too much emphasis on the original storyline then you can't convincing sell the new one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by P. D. James again?

    P.D. James writes excellent mystery novels with high suspense and interesting characters, I was expecting the same thing here but it just got very dull and predictable.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    A well read and flawless performance still can not carry a dull story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mainly boredom and slight annoyance at the predictability of certain characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1890)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1098)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Sara says: "A fun read"
    "Time Travel and Dogs Go Well Together."
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of To Say Nothing of the Dog to be better than the print version?

    Can't say because I have only heard the audio version which I l thoroughly enjoyed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Say Nothing of the Dog?

    Definitely anything involving the dog. Okay the seances were amusing too.


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

    He also narrated the original "Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing About the Dog)" and they were both equally excellently done!


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

    I was pleased that it was a longer book and I enjoyed all the small details about victorian daily life that were included and the side trips the plot took. The book did meander and wander a bit (rather like a boat trip on the river) but it was diverting, amusing and cheerful all along the journey!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book as light, cheerful fare. No underlying meanings, just glimpses into victorian daily life and an amusing bit of time travel as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pickwick Papers: Dickens on Dickens

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Gerald Dickens
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    For Samuel Pickwick and his friends - Mr. Nathaniel Winkle, Mr. Augustus Snodgrass, and Mr. Tracy Tupman - their wanderings around the English countryside repeatedly land them in comical trouble. Notable adventures include Mr. Pickwick's legal case against his landlady, Mrs Bardell, who (through an apparent misunderstanding on her part) is suing him for the breach of promise to marry her.

    John says: "Horrible, horrible, horrible"
    "A Lovely Read"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book! It was well read and I laughed out loud so many times, what a great story. A lovely read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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