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Carol

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Parksville, BC, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Pavane

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (232)

    Considered Keith Roberts' masterwork, this novel consists of linked short stories (six measures and a coda) of a 20th century in which the Roman Catholic Church controls the Western world, and has done so since Queen Elizabeth of England was assassinated in 1588. The Protestant Reformation never happened, and the world is kept in a Dark Age of steam-power transportation, with no allowance for electrical power, by a tyrannical Rome.

    Betty says: "Dense & rich - not a light listen"
    "Troubling and Enigmatic"
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    A story in 6 parts. Strange, facinating and troubling. Where Neil Gaiman often has the fantastical within the "normal" i.e. Neverwhere and Coraline, this is an alternate history of what could have been. England and the rest of the world under the sway of the Roman Catholic Church; Spain controls the New World. The 20th Century with steam power only and an ongoing feudal system. A somewhat disconcerting premise. It is a book that I will continue to think about and will listen to again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2125)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (956)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "King Lear as a comedy"
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    Who would have thought that Shakespeare's famous tragedy could be rewritten to be hilarious? This is "Laugh out loud" funny. King Lear from the viewpoint of his fool Pocket.

    I enjoy Christopher Moore's work having read/listened to Lamb and It's a Dirty Job and am reading Sacre Blue right now. I think Fool is the best. Moore loves his all his heros and does an amazing amount of research into whatever topic he is writing about.

    You HAVE to have a broad sense of humour and not take offence as much of his story lines involve sex, swearing and body parts. There is a warning at the beginning of the book that some may be offended. I strongly recommended this book to a family member who also enjoys Moore's work and who I know won't be offended.

    Of all the Audible books I've listened to, 200+, this is the funniest. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anita

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (344)

    Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever, and she's a witch. A real one. Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock-and-roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But she also lives in the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars.

    troy says: "I would buy you this book! (if i could afford too)"
    "Thanks to Neil Gaiman for introducing us to Anita"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This was a fun book. The chapters are separate short stories and one doesn't necessarily flow into another however, they do follow in a chronological order as Anita learns to use her powers and improve her skills.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (1660)
    Story
    (1646)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "Love this series"
    Overall
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    The characters are still funny, especially Gramma. The series is getting a little repetitive (how many times will Stephanie forget and leave her gun in the cookie jar!) Rex must be a very old hamster by now, and her Mother must be an alcoholic as she drinks everytime Stephanie gets into trouble. Which seems to be all the time.

    Still - it is a great series for fun, relaxing reading/listening. I took this to the beach for a winter break. It was perfect. Laughter is good for the soul and reducing stress. Looking forward to more Stephanie Plum!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1944)
    Performance
    (1682)
    Story
    (1658)

    With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

    Coffee Lover says: "The joy continues!"
    "Great fun"
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    This series of books is great for relaxed reading. Somewhat like the Elizabeth Peters series with Peabody. They are interesting from a historical perspective, i.e. what one does or doesn't do in society at the time; the "shame" of Mrs. Simpson etc. and written in a light, great for vacation, style.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Late one night, a drawing teacher meets a mysterious woman dressed in white. Who is she, and what is her connection to the teacher's new pupil, a beautiful heiress? Serialized in 1859 - 1860, and first published in book form in 1860 it is still regarded still as one of the best plots in English literature. Told from multiple perspectives, the story is brought to life by its marvellous villains and complex, spirited and believable female characters.

    Joseph R says: "A Book which keeps one guessing --- wrong"
    "Wow - great story"
    Overall

    I've given this book 5 starts because it truly is wonderful. The story is one to keep you intriged. The narrator does a great job of the different voices, however I have to say I found his throat-clearing, coughs, errors and paper shuffles a little irritating. If you love mystery and intrige with the background of a costume drama, you have to read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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