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Mr. Pip

A writer.

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 66 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • The Dog Who Came in from the Cold: A Corduroy Mansions Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (190)

    Literary agent Barbara Ragg has agreed to represent a man writing a book about his experiences hanging out with the Abominable Snowman. Terence Moongrove’s residence has become the target of New Age cosmologists. And pint-sized terrier Freddie de la Hay is being recruited by MI6 to infiltrate a Russian spy ring.

    Robert says: "Comfort food"
    "How Does He Do It?"
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Dog Who Came in from the Cold again? Why?

    Yes. Wonderful characters and lots of fun to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The eccentric characters that McCall Smith creates.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the scenes with Berthea and her brother, Terrance.


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

    Tinker, Tailor, Sailor...Dog.


    Any additional comments?

    Alexander McCall Smith is such a prolific writer that it might be feared that some of his series would suffer. No worries! The wonderfully eccentric characters and delightful details of their quirky lives remain alive and well in all of his many books!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Solstice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rosamunde Pilcher
    • Narrated By Lisa Burgett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (138)

    Elfrida Phipps tries to exorcise the pain of the past and find peace, taking refuge in a rambling Scottish house called Corrydale. Almost like a magnet, Corrydale attracts various waifs and strays, each of them escaping difficult personal pasts. As the holidays approach and the weather turns foul, it seems a perfect recipe for disaster.

    Sara says: "Atmospheric winter tale"
    "Rosamunde Pilcher Should Never Be ABRIDGED!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Winter Solstice the most enjoyable?

    The late Lynn Redgrave did a masterful job of presenting the many characters in this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alfrida is a very interesting character and a bit of a departure for Rosamunde Pilcher's usual heroines. She is an older woman who proves that life is full of possibilities for those who continue to seek them out (no matter their age)!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene with Alfrida and Oscar sitting by the fire at the little cottage they will live in for the rest of their lives.


    If you could rename Winter Solstice, what would you call it?

    December Love


    Any additional comments?

    It would have been so much better if Ms. Redgrave had read an UNABRIDGED version of this book. One of Rosamonde Pilcher's best qualities as a writer is that she takes her time in telling the story. She also offers rich, detailed descriptions of settings that are often (sadly) lost in an abridged version of her work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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