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Anne

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  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1532)
    Performance
    (993)
    Story
    (1014)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "The Story Draws You In"
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    This book continues the story begun in "Blackout." I couldn't wait to keep listening to find out what happened to the characters and how their problems were resolved. Once again a very engaging plot and characters, with amazing attention to historical details, in a way that brings the era to life.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Roger Rees, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (238)

    Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall ever since. From the hero's foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.

    JGrace says: "Another multi-cast winner"
    "Give This One a Try!"
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    Having listened to a couple of books by Wilkie Collins, I am a fan. Dramatic story, not fast-paced, but occasionally with some very funny and astute descriptions. The narration is excellent and I got caught up in the story quickly and never got tired of it, even though (since it is a long book) I had to listen to it over many different sessions. I was finding excuses to listen so that I could hear more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonely Polygamist

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brady Udall
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (223)

    In The Lonely Polygamist, Udall pens a tragicomic tale starring Golden Richards - who despite having four wives and 28 children, hasn’t quite found fulfillment in life. Like other men in the midst of a mid-life crisis, Golden feels as though he’s drowning. His wives squabble amongst themselves, and he hardly has time for all his children - least of all the 11-year-old who’s taken a keen interest in explosives.

    FanB14 says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Compelling and entertaining"
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    The main character lives in a polygamist community and has four wives and many children. As the story unfolds you learn about his personal history and how he ended up there, as well as the pressures he is under supporting such a large family. The characters are sympathetically portrayed, and you really come to care about them. There are some laugh-out-loud moments, due to the strange situations that unfold. The story is not predictable or trite. I definitely recommend this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1533)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (839)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    John Mertus says: "A pleasure in listening"
    "Fascinating - History of Antibiotic Development"
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    This book is well written and the search for antibiotics unfolds like a novel. The author brings the context to life - how some infections considered simple now (since they can be treated with antibiotics) were extremely serious or routinely fatal before such drugs existed. How the drugs were found, especially the testing protocols, was fascinating. The story is filled with familiar names, and for me it helped to link those individual names we know from science classes to a time and place. I really think that this would be a good book for a high school student or college student to provide a historical perspective on microbiology and chemistry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sir Philip's Folly: The Poor Relation, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton, Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (123)

    Just when everything at the Poor Relation Hotel seems to be running smoothly, Sir Philip brings in another poor relation, Mrs. Budge. When Sir Philip presents his paramour, Lady Fortescue swears great oaths and says the woman is probably related to half the costermongers in London and certainly does not possess one rich relative. Mrs. Budge does nothing but eat all day and refused to do any work around the hotel. Worst of all, Miss Tonks seems to be taking the romance between Sir Philip and Mrs. Budge quite hard.

    Marie says: "Another worthy read in this marvelous series"
    "Fluff for when you need light entertainment"
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    The story is pretty predictable, and the situations are sometimes absurd, and you know there will be a happy ending. However, when I am on a long drive and don't want to have to concentrate too hard (and want a happy story), this series is good fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2753)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1946)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "You'll be drawn into another world"
    Overall
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    I don't read a lot of fantasy, and my main criteria in an audiobook are a captivating story and interesting characters - and it must be well written! Warbreaker provides all that. I enjoyed how the author provided details of this world bit by bit, so that you learn more about the people, the countries, and their beliefs as the story develops. The princesses are at the center of the story and I appreciated that they were not stereotypical female characters. Sometimes I found the narrator's voice annoying, but he did a good job switching to different voices for different characters. It was an enjoyable and satisfying book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (439)

    Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

    connie says: "sweet but overpriced trifle"
    "Light and Entertaining"
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    This book met my needs perfectly - a light and entertaining story to listen to while driving. There really aren't any plot twists that will shock and surprise, but the characters and story are fun and interesting. For the times when you want something that won't make you feel sad or stressed, or tax your brain too much when you're concentrating on driving, this is it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3207)
    Performance
    (2757)
    Story
    (2759)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Clever and funny"
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    I overcame my aversion to novels that "name-drop" contemporary people and products, and was rewarded with a clever and funny story! Aliens, Hollywood, and the media combine with an imaginative premise and a fast-paced story that had me laughing out loud. Lots of fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4200)
    Performance
    (3573)
    Story
    (3553)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Fun Mystery, Light Listening"
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    The 34th-in-line to the throne Lady Georgiana is a fun twist to the usual cozy mystery sleuth. The wry comments about royal restrictions and the odd habits of "toffs" add humor to these stories. There are times when one is frustrated with Lady Georgiana and her inability to see what is right in front of her nose, or how stupidly she wanders into a dangerous situation - but isn't that typical for this type of story? Overall, the characters are clever and the writing is decent. The narrator does a good job with different voices for the characters.

    All the books in the series hold up with consistent quality - good story lines and good writing.

    I recommend this series when you want a light, relaxing and fun mystery!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2030)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1370)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "Stunning, moving, thought-provoking"
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    This is a long book, and I think it was good that I happened to be able to listen to it when I had long stretches of uninterrupted time. I was able to be drawn fully into the story. It might not be an easy book to listen to in short stretches.

    I found it emotionally wrenching - the details were so vivid and the characters and situations so compelling. As others have noted, not all of the endings are happy ones. I couldn't wait to listen to more because I wanted to know what happened. I was very sorry to reach the end, and found myself thinking about it for weeks, and telling others about the book, too. (I did that also with Blackout and All Clear - highly recommend them.)

    Connie Willis's attention to historical detail is amazing. I became fascinated by the particulars of daily life in the Middle Ages, which are presented in a way to make the characters and situations come to life.

    There are parallel plots, one set in the current day of the time travelers and one set in the middle ages. The intertwining of these situations caused me to reflect on our attitudes towards medicine, technology, and faith. Each society's assumptions and beliefs play a role in the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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