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Elizabeth

Massena, NY, United States

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  • 7 reviews
  • 33 ratings
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  • Twilight in Italy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By D. H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Twilight in Italy describes Lawrence’s time as an educated working-class Englishman living among the Italian working men and women in the region around Lake Garda, from the Austrian Alps to the North, to Switzerland and finally Como and Milan. He captures the psyche of Italian peasants without ever romanticising or patronising them.

    Elizabeth says: "Horrible narration."
    "Horrible narration."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I SO wanted to listen to this travelogue but I couldn't bear the sing song narration. Cathy Dobson brings no meaning to the words. David Shaw-Parker was marvelous in the DH Lawrence short stories. If he had read this, I'm certain I would have loved it ...... or at least been able to finish it. So disappointing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Casino Royale

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1251)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (725)

    Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome, chillingly ruthless, and licensed to kill. This, the first of Ian Fleming's tales of secret agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called "Le Chiffre" by ruining him at the Baccarat table, forcing his Soviet spymasters to "retire" him. It seems that lady luck has sided with 007 when Le Chiffre hits a losing streak. But some people just refuse to play by the rules.

    Pork C. Fish says: "Ouch!"
    "male fantasy"
    Overall

    the male equivalent of romance novels. I'd say it's dated but even Wilkie Collins published a hundred years earlier doesn't demonstrate such a juvenile view of women. Simon Vance does his usual good reading but can't save the book. ugh!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: The Original Scroll

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By John Ventimiglia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (132)

    Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951 that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. Typed out as one long, single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper that he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll, this document is among the most significant, celebrated, and provocative artifacts in contemporary American literary history.

    Chris says: "Stellar, if you know what you're getting into"
    "Wonderful narration"
    Overall

    I'm listened to many, many audible books over the past five or so years and this is the best narration I've heard. Completely authentic sounding and bringing this wild tale to life, John Ventimiglia does a fantastic job. Really enjoyed it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    There was a turning point in Michael Lewis' life, in a baseball game when he was 14 years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do."

    Elizabeth says: "Nice listen but WAY OVERPRICED"
    "Nice listen but WAY OVERPRICED"
    Overall

    Even at member price of 6.35 for less than an hour? I wasn't paying attention!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • U Is for Undertow: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1314)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (364)

    It's April, 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's 38th birthday, and she's alone in her office doing paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. He has a preppy air about him and looks as if he'd be carded if he tried to buy booze, but Michael Sutton is 27, an unemployed college dropout. Twenty-one years earlier, a four-year-old girl disappeared, and a recent reference to her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories.

    BSquared67 says: "A brilliant departure from the familiar"
    "The range of reviews is just weird....."
    Overall

    Like Patricia I was afraid to purchase based on the negative reviews but decided to go ahead. I've read or listened to the whole series and I really enjoyed this one. "heavy dose of anti-drinking sentiment" ...... huh????? Of course, this style of mystery is not for everyone. If you enjoy Kinsey....take the plunge.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18204)
    Performance
    (8100)
    Story
    (8128)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "I join the chorus"
    Overall

    of those whose love this book! I also thought it was better than the first of the series and hated to have it end. Why can't all Audible books be this good? Thank you for a wonderful listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (426)

    Mystery writer and dabbling recreational sleuth Sophie Katz is head over heels in love--with a three-bedroom Victorian. She's just got to have it, despite a few drawbacks. Her slimy ex is the Realtor. The rich, creepy seller wants her to join San Francisco's spirited Specter Society. And her first tour of the house reveals, well, a lifeless body clutching a cameo with a disturbing history of its own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Sophie Katz Rules!"
    "Not all that interesting"
    Overall

    This is my first and will be my last of this series. I just couldn't warm to the main character and found little charm in the story (which seemed forced) but I did laugh occasionally.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful

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