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Susan

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  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Walter Matthau
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

    Glenn says: "Pop pop Smith"
    "Favourite story"
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    What made the experience of listening to How the Grinch Stole Christmas the most enjoyable?

    The reader is almost as good as the original with Boris Karloff.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cindy Lou Who


    What does Walter Matthau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The character in his voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Old Favourite with wonderful message.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (211)

    From internationally best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith comes the seventh novel in the phenomenally popular and endlessly charming series that began with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Once again Botswana's only female detective, Mma Ramotswe, and her invaluable assistant, Mma Makutsi, puzzle out the mysteries of life while finding comfort in steaming mugs of bush tea.

    says: "Much ado about bush tea"
    "Another 5 star story"
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    Another 5 star story by Alexander McCall Smith. But that is no surprise. His series about these wonderful characters who live in Botswana is so refreshing in these days of murder and mayhem.

    I feel as if I know them all and could easily find them if I made the trip to Botswana.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Others

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (103)

    Father Tim and Cynthia arrive in the west of Ireland, intent on researching his Kavanagh ancestry from the comfort of a charming fishing lodge. The charm, however, is broken entirely when Cynthia startles a burglar and sprains her already injured ankle. Then a cherished and valuable painting is stolen from the lodge owners, and Cynthia's pain pales in comparison to the wound at the center of this bitterly estranged Irish family.

    Peggy says: "wonderful, enjoyable, heart warming- a must!"
    "Always the best"
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    In The Company Of Others is an inspiring book written by Jan Karon. It is part of the Mitford series and, like all the others in this series is a joy to read or listen to. The author's writing skills are top notch and her creation of the town of Mitford and all its wonderful inhabitants a real blessing.

    Please, Jan Karon, keep up the good work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (533)

    The Mysterious Affair at Styles introduces Hercule Poirot, mystery fiction's greatest detective. Dapper, brilliant Monsieur Poirot, retired as the Chief of Belgian Police, is summoned to a magnificent English country estate to solve a murder. The victim: a wealthy heiress. The suspects: her fortune-hunting husband, her jealous relatives, even her hired companion. The solution: a deadly scheme that is revealed by the master detective himself.

    Adrian says: "Fantastic - Suchet is the best"
    "Agatha and Suchet at their best."
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    I love Dame Agatha! And having David Suchet as the reader is sheer genius. He knows her characters so well and seems to become them in your minds eye.

    The pairing of Christie and Suchet brings so much to the story that the reader or listener go through the book so quickly that they come to the end much too soon.

    Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Billy Graham
    • Narrated By Robert Lake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Scripture is filled with examples of men and women whom God used late in life, often with great impact—Noah, Abraham, Moses, Elizabeth, and Anna, to name a few. They were ordinary men and women who discovered that the latter years of life can be some of the most rewarding and fulfilling. “For them, growing older wasn’t something to be denied or dreaded;” says Billy Graham, “it was to be embraced as part of God’s plan for their lives.” Billy Graham’s life and ministry have been dedicated to the here and now but always with a happy-ever-after in view.

    Mike says: "Even Nearing Home, Billy's a great evangelist"
    "Practical, Spiritual lessons learned and shared."
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    Anything Billy Graham writes is based on Biblical principles and personal experience. Therefore, I would take it in and learn from his teachings. Billy is an honest writer and speaker.

    What he writes about in this book, most people just don't want to talk about. But, as usual, Billy Graham meets issues head on. He has a gentle but strong way of presenting to the reader or listener.

    I would read anything the man writes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Came Indoors: A Story from Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Nelson Mandela (editor), Hugh Tracey
    • Narrated By Helen Mirren
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    There are quite a number of stories explaining how dogs were tamed, but this Shona story from Zimbabwe, originally told to the musicologist and folklorist Hugh Tracey in the Karanga tongue, explains how cats became cherished inhabitants of human homes.

    Susan says: "A Very Short Story"
    "A Very Short Story"
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    The Cat Who Came Indoors is a good story. Of course, I like the lesson about who is the best. But then I am a woman. lol I was disappointed at the brevity of the story. I expected a longer one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (439)

    This 12th entry from Alexander McCall Smith’s New York Times best-selling series showcases the humanity and matchless wit that define Precious Ramotswe. While both Precious and Grace Makutsi are puzzled by prophetic dreams, life goes on at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Precious finds herself investigating a case of rural jealousy, while Grace inches closer to her wedding.

    Johnnie Walker says: "The End?"
    "Alexander Mccall Smith has another winner!"
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    What did you love best about The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party?

    I always love the characters and how they interact and grow.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plots always keep me interested. I read this book in one sitting.


    What about Lisette Lecat’s performance did you like?

    Lisette Lecat is the perfect reader for this series. Her accent as well as her understanding of the material make for a wonderful visit in Botswana.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Alexander McCall Smith keep them coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3836)
    Performance
    (1662)
    Story
    (1659)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Classic story read by more than talented reader."
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    What did you love best about A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry?

    I have always loved A Christmas Carol: I have a copy written in Pitman Shorthand. We watch the 1951 story every year

    Tim Curry is a wonderful choice to read this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Scrooge of course. His character is so full.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he woke up on Christmas morning and started dancing around and laughing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You bet!!! And I did.


    Any additional comments?

    I sure hope Tim Curry is the reader on many more books. I would certainly listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (946)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (536)

    Savor one of the most clever of Christie's suspenseful classics. An American businessman is stabbed to death aboard a luxury train, the Orient Express, snowbound in the middle of Europe. Nothing escapes the eagle eye and quick intelligence of the great Hercule Poirot, and clues abound. Sorting through a dozen perfectly respectable passengers, all suspects, Poirot is tenacious in his pursuit of the truth.

    Glenda Fuller says: "Great Story and Well Read"
    "Terrific story, best reader!"
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    Where does Murder on the Orient Express rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is the best book I have listened to bar none!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Where do I start?
    The plot
    The characters
    The setting
    Last but not least the reader!!!


    What about David Suchet’s performance did you like?

    He becomes the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed in a lot of places particularly a† the characters reactions to others. They all seemed so judgemental of each other. Then it turns out they were all plotting together. Good misdirection. lol


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to the book many times as I work around the house and go walking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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