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Wendy

Ottawa, ON, Canada

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  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By William Hope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (219)

    Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century.

    Ian C Robertson says: "The Very Good Gatsby"
    "A true classic"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this classic novel and William Hope's voice and speaking style made him the perfect choice as the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Riches

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (184)

    When Dora Conroy, a Philadelphia antiques dealer, purchases a curious selection of auction items - objects she judges to be humorous novelties, she unknowingly becomes the deadly focus of an international smuggler.

    Heidi says: "YES YES YES"
    "Beyond dreadful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Hidden Riches?

    Generally, I find Nora Roberts a good storyteller and I have enjoyed some of her books a great deal. This was not one of them. I am guessing this was one of her earliest books, referring as it does (in the story) to old technology like Walkmans. The writing is awkward, saccharine and immature. But the worst part of all was the narrator, whose voice sounded like something from a 1950's movie. Every time the narrator said one of the main character's names -- "Skimmerhorn" -- in that breathless little voice I wanted to smack her, so awful and contrived did it come across. And seriously: who would name a character Skimmerhorn anyway?


    What didn’t you like about Sandra Burr’s performance?

    Everything. Her voice(s) and "over performance", her pacing. Sandra Burr was absolutely awful and I will go out of my way to avoid any book narrated by her in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a fan of Nora Roberts current books, I would strongly encourage you to avoid this older book with it's stereotyped, flat characters, silly dialogue and boring-as-hell storyline. It is terribly dated and a real waste of a credit. I could not finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (2645)
    Performance
    (2350)
    Story
    (2352)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Absolutely superb!"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?


    What other book might you compare The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to and why?


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


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


    Any additional comments?

    This story is beautifully crafted and told. The characters are so real, I feel as if I know them personally and the story is utterly believable. It is a worthy study of the human character, flaws and all. I strongly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ideal Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (578)

    Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation. Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly....

    A User says: "Maybe if I was 16"
    "Utter drivel"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?


    What do you think your next listen will be?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christina Traister?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money or credits for something more worth listening to ... this is as trite as it comes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2829)
    Performance
    (2313)
    Story
    (2328)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "An excellent listen"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a thoroughly engaging story. Not particularly original, not serious literature, but an enjoyable story that keeps the listener's attention. I am not a fan of the sound effects that were sporadically added, and think it might have benefited from a couple of additional voices for the various characters, but all in all, a good listen I would highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Betrayals

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rose Anne Shansky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (180)

    Kelsey Byden grew up believing her mother had died when she was three. Now at 26 and freshly divorced, she receives a letter from her mother explaining that she is alive and living on a Virginia horse farm. Deeply strung by lies told to protect her, Kelsey takes her anger out at her college professor father by going to visit her mother, who Kelsey learns spent over 10 years in prison for murder.

    tina says: "so-so"
    "A moderately good listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Initially, I thought I'd chosen a dud. It took a little while to get into the story, but it did ultimately engage me and overall, I enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Do Not Disturb

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tilly Bagshawe
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    What would you give for one night in the world's most luxurious hotel? Now imagine you own it. Honor is trying to save the family hotel that shares her name. Palmers, a beautiful old jewel of a building nestled on the coast of the Hamptons, used to be the most glamorous destination in the world. Now Honor wants to restore its reputation, its glitz and its guest list.

    Barbara says: "I loved it!"
    "Dreadful"
    Overall
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    Story
    What was most disappointing about Tilly Bagshawe’s story?

    The author employs every tired cliché she can think of and the story is utterly predictable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara Rosenblat’s performances?

    Never again!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sheer utter boredom


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credits and spend them on a more worthy author/narrator.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hearts of Horses: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Gloss
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    The irresistible tale of 19-year-old Martha Lessen, a female horse whisperer trying to make a go of it in a man's world. It was thought that the only way to break a horse was to buck the wild out of it, and broken ribs and tough falls just went with the job. But over several long, hard winter months, many of the townsfolk in this remote county of eastern Oregon witness Martha's way of talking in low, sweet tones to horses believed beyond repair---and getting miraculous, almost immediate results.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Simple, Honest, Wonderful"
    "An utterly compelling slice of life"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I found the summary misleading in that it suggests the central tale is about the breaking of horses. That storyline exists, yes, but it serves more as a backdrop to the story of a young woman's emergence into adulthood, than as the main theme.

    Early on we learn a little of the hard life and humble expectations of Martha, a young woman who has a better understanding of her four legged friends than of the people around her. As Martha works to break a group of horses (with a gentleness she herself has never really known) the community into which she is drawn also gently nudges her to see beyond the narrow boundaries of her expectations for herself. As the horses blossom, so does Martha, in a quiet, undramatic and yet thoroughly compelling

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer We Read Gatsby: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Danielle Ganek
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Half-sisters Cassie and Peck could not be more different. Cassie is a journalist with her feet firmly planted on the ground; Peck is an actress with her head in the clouds. In fact, the only thing they seem to have in common is their inheritance. Fool's House is a broken-down home in the Hamptons left to Cassie and Peck by their Aunt Lydia, a house that she decreed they must share. But Cassie and Peck can't afford the place, and they can't agree on what to do with it.

    Deborah says: "Bookclub Pick - but worth it!"
    "Ultimately an OK listen"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Was The Summer We Read Gatsby worth the listening time?

    I did not find it easy to settle in to this story. I found the narrator's tone too artificial somehow and while the story itself was plausible enough it was also a bit predictable and I nearly gave up a couple of times.

    I didn't give up though, hearing it through to the end to learn what the aunt considered to be the most valuable gift. In some ways the story was heartwarming and I grew to like the characters better by the story's end. This is not a book I'd jump up and down to recommend but it's a solid enough story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2809)
    Performance
    (1555)
    Story
    (1564)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    A User says: "Not very exciting"
    "A good listen, in spite of the narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator, while having a pleasant enough voice, was too clipped and abrupt for my liking and I found there were times when it distracted from the story itself.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the characters and story overall and found it an engaging listen, though the bad guy was a touch too predictable and the romance a touch too trite. I would like the author to have more fully fleshed out the characters of some of the supporting cast instead of just the two leads, but overall, a good read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forsyte Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (76)

    The three novels that make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family through three generations, beginning in Victorian London during the 1880s and ending in the early 1920s. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women.

    Kay in DC says: "A delight"
    "A story that does age well"
    Overall

    This was such a classic & much beloved story in my mother's era that I downloaded it out of sheer curiosity and desire for a good meaty story that I could get into and stay with for a good long while. Sadly, it is so slowly paced that I eventually gave up entirely and didn't quite finish the audiobook - a rarity for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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