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Professional Psychic

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  • The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eva Stachniak
    • Narrated By Beata Pozniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    Her name is Barbara - in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen, and wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great.

    Cookie says: "Not a bodice ripper!"
    "Rich and Entertaining Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Entertaining, especially after you get past the reader's style/accent, which actually works for the Russian character, but takes a bit of letting go of expectations.


    What about Beata Pozniak’s performance did you like?

    Ultimately, it worked for the story, but her accent took a bit of getting used to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Longing and Belonging: The Complete John O'Donohue Audio Collection

    • ORIGINAL (31 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John O'Donohue
    • Narrated By John O'Donohue
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (105)

    John O'Donohue was a one-of-a-kind force of nature: a genius with words, a brilliant thinker, and a professional excavator of the soul. In the course of his extraordinary life, this Irish poet and teacher touched the hearts of millions with his unique blend of philosophy, instruction, and spiritual insight. For over a decade, Sounds True had the privilege of working with John, and Longing and Belonging presents the full collection of his recordings for both long-time listeners and those discovering his legacy for the first time.

    Kathryn says: "Finally-- words that describe my inner landscape"
    "John O'Donohue Made the World a Richer Place"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Longing and Belonging?

    Speaks straight to the soul.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Longing and Belonging?

    I took many quotes from it but none in front of me at this moment. I listen to this especially during those times when I feel like I need mentoring from someone very wise. I was lucky enough to take some classes from John when he was alive. He transformed the world into poetry. It seemed innate to who he was.


    Have you listened to any of John O'Donohue’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It's been such a long time since I've heard him in person that I can't remember any more why his voice on tape sounded radically different. It's probably because he speaks so slowly on recordings; perhaps someone advised him to make sure we can understand him through the beautiful Irish accent? I don't notice the difference any more.


    Any additional comments?

    You can never go wrong with John O'Donohue. He left us too soon. If my review sounds overly glowing, listen for yourself and see what I mean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Joy Fowler
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (445)

    Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. "I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee," she tells us. "It's never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren't thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern's expulsion, I'd scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister."

    Amber says: "This was totally worth the credit."
    "Wonderful Book but Robotically Read"
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    If you could sum up We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant and funny


    Any additional comments?

    I ended up reading rather than listening to this book. I don't like to write negatively about anyone--or think I don't--but the way this is read somehow keeps you from hearing the very clever humor and style.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3202)
    Performance
    (2811)
    Story
    (2838)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? School of Love"
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    Would you try another book from J. K. Rowling and/or Tom Hollander?

    Reader was great. Characters just too consistently cruel. Relationships seem straight out of Edward Albee.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. K. Rowling again?

    Not if it was this constant cruelty. She can write but do all relationships have to be like "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?"


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

    He was quite good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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