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  • Pure Drivel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (141)

    In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Martin's gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of the New Yorker already know: that Martin is also a master of the written word. Hilariously funny and intelligent in their skewering of the topic at hand, these pieces feature Martin at his finest.

    Beth says: "Really? Only 2 hours and 14 minutes?"
    "Not so much!"
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    What would have made Pure Drivel better?

    I was disappointed. I have always loved Steve Martin. This truly WAS drivel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Martin again?

    Not likely.


    Any additional comments?

    The 5 minute "first listen" was the only high spot in the whole book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (994)
    Story
    (992)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    A User says: "A delightful discovery"
    "Maisie Dobbs is the launch of a fabulous series!"
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    What did you love best about Maisie Dobbs?

    I have read and listened to almost the entire Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear. What an amazing story & storyteller! This is my second time listening to this launch of a fabulous series. It was as wonderful this time as the last.


    What other book might you compare Maisie Dobbs to and why?

    Better than Jane Marple. It's early 20th century England ... women entering the workplace post WWI AND the class struggles endemic of that era. It is just simply storytelling at it's best. This series of books is like Downton Abbey ... with richer character development. I love the way Winspear writes.


    Which character – as performed by Rita Barrington – was your favorite?

    I love them all. The central character, Maisie, is perfect. But Billy & Maurice, the principle supporting players in the evolution of Maisie, are also excellent.


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

    No ... over about 3 days.


    Any additional comments?

    I own 5 of the Winspear books on CD. I enjoy the Audible experience of having it all in one complete uninterrupted stream.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We the Living

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (231)

    We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who demand the right to live their own lives. At its center is a girl whose passionate love is her fortress against the cruelty and oppression of a totalitarian state. Rand said of this book: "It is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write."

    Geoffrey says: "Emotionally intense, historically authentic"
    "Heartbreaking!"
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    Where does We the Living rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's been a long while since I have been so disappointed and chagrined by the ending of a story. There was not a single story line or character ending that resolved the way I would have hoped or wanted. It left me heart sick and sad. When it ended, I couldn't believe that could possibly be the end. Her other books have had a more hopeful ending. Guess this one just blindsided me.Even so, it is an AMAZING story of love, unrequited love, sacrifice, endurance, courage ... the list goes on. Not to be missed.


    What other book might you compare We the Living to and why?

    Have not read other books with such a completely developed love story. Others fall short of the depth in this story.


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

    Her characterizations of women were pretty good. There are a lot of very different men in this book with lots of variations in their personalities that didn't quite translate for me in her reading of them.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mapping of Love and Death: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (401)

    In the latest mystery in the New York Times best-selling series, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death—an investigation that leads her to a long-hidden affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse..... August 1914. Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, certain that oil lies beneath its surface. But as the young cartographer prepares to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe,,,,

    Helen says: "Didn't want it to end...best in series!"
    "Love Maisie Dobbs!"
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    Would you listen to The Mapping of Love and Death again? Why?

    Yes ... I listen to my Maisie Dobbs audio programs over & over. This is my first Audible version. I've bought the CDs prior to this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Such wonderful stories. Jacqueline Winspear has created the most wonderful cast of characters, particularly the wonderful protagonist, Maisie Dobbs. I love the whole series.


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

    I love that I can tell who in the cast is speaking without the narration because of the excellence of her voice characterizations.


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

    If only ...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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