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Teddy

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  • The World of Downton Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jessica Fellows
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Downton Abbey portrays a world of elegance and decadence, a world of duty and obedience, and a world of romance and rivalry. This companion book, full of rich historical detail, takes fans deeper into that period than ever before. Experience the inner workings of the downstairs life and be dazzled by the glamour of upstairs life with profiles of all the major characters, interviews with the actors, and behind the scenes insights.

    Teddy says: "Fun look at the backstory to Downton Abbey"
    "Fun look at the backstory to Downton Abbey"
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    Elizabeth McGovern does a superb job of narrating this well written book. It was wonderful to learn about the backstory of the TV series and the lives of the characters that we know and love.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3162)
    Performance
    (2936)
    Story
    (2954)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "Sassy and Fun"
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    Mindy Kaling's book is amusing and well read by the author. If you're looking for a book you can finish in a day, this is a fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9424)
    Performance
    (8219)
    Story
    (8233)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Not well written, but I see why it gets attention"
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    What would have made Fifty Shades Darker better?

    The author writes mediocre at best. I've seen high school essays with more depth and better command of the English language than this.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    EL James' lack of imagination in writing shows up with her constant and distracting use of "holy sh*t" or "oh, my" to everything that happens to Ana. Couldn't she come up with some more interesting phrases than those?


    Any additional comments?

    I can understand why this book gets all the hype with the mommy porn throughout, but frankly the story just isn't that interesting. Girl meets guy who is deranged, they have very kinky sex and in the end she leaves him because he likes to hit her (I know there are two more volumes, but please). I listened to about half the second book, but just can't face the boringness of the story that goes on between the BDSM scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Body of Evidence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Number one New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell returns to the chilling world of gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta in this suspense fiction classic. Reclusive author Beryl Madison finds no safe haven from months of menacing phone calls - or the tormented feeling that her every move is being watched. When the writer is found slain in her own home, Kay Scarpetta pieces together the intricate forensic evidence - while unwittingly edging closer to a killer waiting in the shadows....

    Teddy says: "Worth listening to"
    "Worth listening to"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is well done and pulls you through the "reading". I've listened to later Cornwell books and didn't know the history of early interactions between Scarpetta and Benson.


    What about Lorelei King???s performance did you like?

    She needs to be reading all of the Cornwell books. Later narrators are not as good. However, her performance of Marino's voice got a bit grating towards the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (721)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Another great shorter story from Grisham"
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    Would you listen to Calico Joe again? Why?

    Calico Joe is a compelling book about a man's relationship with his baseball playing father (or lack of relationship). The characters are real and honest.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Calico Joe?

    Grishom's description of the 11 year old Paul and his love of baseball is divine.


    What about Erik Singer???s performance did you like?

    Erik Singer has a soothing tempo and matter of fact-ness in his presentation. He does well with switching between voices in a way that is not distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    Whether you are a lover of baseball or simply enjoy a good story well told, you'll like Calico Joe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Mist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (928)

    Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning....

    Rene says: "Too much dialog, too little story"
    "Story Grade B, Narration Grade D+"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Plot was intriguing, although sometimes it got bogged down because there are too many things going on at once. The ego of Kay sometimes gets in the way...everything is always caused by her acts or omissions, at least in her mind.


    Would you recommend Red Mist to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you're driving in your car with nothing better to listen to, give this a try.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    One of the least inspiring narrators I've heard. Mispronounced words drove me crazy. E.g., saline was pronounced


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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