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John

Santa Barbara, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Pigeon Pie Mystery: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Julia Stuart
    • Narrated By Hannah Curtis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    When Indian Princess Alexandrina is left penniless by the sudden death of her father, the Maharaja of Brindor, Queen Victoria grants her a grace-and-favor home in Hampton Court Palace. Though rumored to be haunted, Alexandrina and her lady's maid, Pooki, have no choice but to take the Queen up on her offer. Aside from the ghost sightings, Hampton Court doesn't seem so bad. The princess is soon befriended by three eccentric widows who invite her to a picnic with all the palace's inhabitants, for which Pooki bakes a pigeon pie. But General-Major Bagshot dies after eating said pie....

    Yvette says: "The best thing I've heard for ages!!!"
    "Delightful"
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    What did you love best about The Pigeon Pie Mystery?

    Clever plot, excellent characters, dry wit. The reader is also excellent, has the accents down pat.


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

    Never listened to one before


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2639)
    Performance
    (1769)
    Story
    (1786)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "Faithful and uncluttered"
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    The Holmes stories have been done and re-done many times. In recent years there has been a trend to "spice up" the stories with mixed results. Fortunately this series is straightforward and faithful. The readings are not overly dramatic, just the right amount. Particularly nice is the opening history of Dr. Watson-something that is not commonly read or presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Copperhead: Ball's Bluff, 1862: The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Boston-born Nate Starbuck is a Copperhead. He has turned away from his Northern family and is fighting for the Confederate Army. Charged by the excitement of war, he is a fearless soldier. But when he is accused of leaking military information, Nate finds himself labeled a spy by both the North and the South. Now, nowhere is safe for him. Copperhead continues the saga begun in Rebel.

    Elizabeth B. Brandt says: "Good Listen"
    "Solid effort"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if he or she were a civil war buff, or just generally liked a good adventure story. It seemed that the descriptions of the specifics of the war went on a long time and became a little repetitive. Best part are the characters and their interrelationships-their motivations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Old Man Treslow-he had a ton of integrity and grit. All the others had some serious flaws of basic character.


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

    Just the first book in this series and his work is about the same.


    If you could take any character from Copperhead: Ball's Bluff, 1862 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Delaney-he's sharp, cynical and entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll probably eventually listen to the whole series, Cornwell seems to get you hooked on his stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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