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Laura

Philadelphia, PA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (2807)
    Performance
    (2357)
    Story
    (2380)

    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Benedict says: "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
    "Charming Dickens Story"
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    What did you love best about The Cricket on the Hearth?

    I love Dickens amazing use of language.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cricket on the Hearth?

    When the stranger's identity is revealed is one of the most memorable moments.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Jim Dale is one of my favorite performers. He puts such energy and passion into his performances. His voices are perfect for each character and even the inanimate objects.


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

    Love and friendship conquer all.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this to everyone. For Dickens fans, it is a must listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (8481)
    Performance
    (7653)
    Story
    (7652)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Too Familiar Grisham"
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    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Michael Beck?

    I read everything by John Grisham.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Unfortunately there wasn't much I liked. The book was way too long and overly repetitive. I figured out the ending. Too many of the characters were greedy and unpleasant. I didn't really care about any of the characters including Jake Brigance. I felt I'd "been there, done that" with this book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was competent but the voices got on my nerves after a while.


    Did Sycamore Row inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Reread some vintage John Grisham.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book. It just wasn't for me. I don't regret listening to it though. There is a special quality to Grisham's books and there were a few moments of pure pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair of the Pink Pearl: A Tommy & Tuppence Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    While staying with the Kingston Bruce family, Mrs. Hamilton Betts discovers that her valuable pink pearl is missing. Presuming it to have been stolen by another houseguest, the concerned host contacts the Beresfords for help.

    Laura says: "A Delightful Mystery"
    "A Delightful Mystery"
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    Would you listen to The Affair of the Pink Pearl again? Why?

    Yes. I have listened to it twice. I love Hugh Fraser's narration.


    What other book might you compare The Affair of the Pink Pearl to and why?

    Anything by Agatha Christie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed when Tommy uses the specific photographic apparatus.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Affair of the Pink Pearl and why?

    I like Tommy who tries solving the crimes using different styles of literary detection.


    Any additional comments?

    Tommy and Tuppence stories are not my favorites to read but they are fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Me: Keller, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    The conclusion of Hit and Run found Keller living in a big old house in post-Katrina New Orleans' Lower Garden District, with a new name (Nicholas Edwards), a new wife (Julia), a new career (rehabbing houses), and a baby on the way. It certainly looked as though he was done killing people for money. But old habits die hard, and when the economic downturn knocked out the construction business, a phone call from Dot draws him back into the old game.

    Parusski says: "Killer of a story!"
    "It's a Hit with Me"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hit Me the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy the character of Keller. It is unusual to have a hitman as the hero of the book. I like all of his ruminating and he even made stamp collecting seem interesting. I also like his relationship with his wife and daughter.


    What other book might you compare Hit Me to and why?

    I would compare it to the other books in the series. I would also compare it to Lawrence Block's burglar mysteries


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

    I have listened to Richard Poe before. This is one of my favorite performances.


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

    No. I wanted to make the book last more than one day.


    Any additional comments?

    Lawrence Block is one of my favorite authors. I have read all of the titles in each of his three series. I didn't think I would like the Keller books but now I highly recommend them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sad Cypress (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot, the great Belgian detective. Elinor Carlisle and Roddy Welman are the model English couple, perfect companions set for a life of ease when they inherit Aunt Laura's considerable fortune. But a poison pen letter begins a chain of events which is to end in tragedy.

    Laura says: "Terrific, Layered Mystery"
    "Terrific, Layered Mystery"
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    Where does Sad Cypress (Dramatised) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The BBC Agatha Christie dramatizations are at the top of my list.


    What other book might you compare Sad Cypress (Dramatised) to and why?

    Any of the other dramatizations starring John Moffatt as Hercules Poirot such as The Three Act Tragedy.


    Which character – as performed by John Moffatt – was your favorite?

    John Moffatt performs Poirot. Various actors do the other parts.


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

    No but I found the mystery to be a bit sad and melancholy. These emotions added to the texture and atmosphere of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a well done psychological mystery with intriguing characters and a good plot.
    Although Elinor is a less than traditional heroine, she works well in this story. I like her interactions with her aunt, her boyfriend and her rival. Well worth listening to.

    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
    (4011)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1822)

    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!"
    "The Classic Christmas Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It has the classic characters of Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. It is a must read for anyone that likes literature.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the Victorian atmosphere throughout the entire story. The ending is wonderful and can have lasting meaning for everyone.


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

    No but I have seen him on TV and in films. He is a marvelous actor. He brings all the characters to life.


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

    Don't be a hum bug, this book has been made into a film many, many times. My favorite version is the musical Scrooge with Albert Finney.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to it twice and will listen to it again this Christmas. It is a timeless classic that can be enjoyed by all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Folly (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt, Julia McKenzie
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Ariadne Oliver, Queen of Crime Fiction, has been asked to devise a Murder Hunt for a fête at Nasse House, the home of Sir George Stubbs. But she begins to suspect that someone is manipulating the scenario of her game and fears that something very sinister is being planned. She sends for her old friend Hercule Poirot. At first, he is not inclined to take her very seriously, but soon a series of events propels him to change his mind.

    Stephanie L. Thompson says: "They Cut Too Much Out"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Man's Folly (Dramatised) to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The fantastic vocals add so much to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I always like Poirot and Ariadne Oliver. In this book I particularly liked the victim, Marlene Tucker. She was whiny and pathetic but entertaining. I also liked old Mrs. Folliat who is the key to so much of the story.


    Which character – as performed by John Moffatt and Julia McKenzie – was your favorite?

    Ariadne Oliver by Julia McKenzie. She is a version of Agatha herrself and one of my favorite characters. Julia brings forth her scanty nature and makes her very appealing.


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

    It's always foolish to commit murder.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great BBC dramatization. This is one of my favorite stories because it has Poirot, Ariadne Oliver and a murder hunt. All of the characters are intriguing. Well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Mesopotamia (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Crime sleuth Hercule Poirot returns in a thrilling BBC Radio 4 dramatisation. Amy Leatheran has never felt the lure of the mysterious East, but when she travels to an ancient site deep in the Iraqi desert to nurse the wife of a celebrated archaeologist; events prove stranger than she could ever have imagined. Her patient’s bizzarre visions and nervous terror seem unfounded, but as the oppressive tension in the air thickens, events come to a terrible climax - in murder...

    Philippe Lidia says: "Compulsive listening"
    "Mystery Plus Archeology"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Murder in Mesopotamia (Dramatised) to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed both versions. The audio edition version has merit because it brings the characters to life. It is like listening to a play.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the nurse who narrated the story. I thought the solution to the mystery was plausible but unexpected.


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

    I have listened to all of his audio book portrayals of this character. He is a very competent Hercules Poirot.


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

    A deadly mix of mystery and archaeology.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the stories set in exotic locales. I also liked the archaeology aspects of the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Five Little Pigs: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Amyas Crale's passion for painting and women made him famous. His murder made him infamous. Sixteen years earlier, his jealous wife was tried, convicted, and sentenced to life for a notorious slaying. Now their daughter, Carla, a young woman convinced her mother is innocent, has presented Hercule Poirot with a brilliant challenge: to clear her mother's name by returning to the scene of the murder and finding the fatal flaw in the perfect crime.

    Malia says: "Very Good!"
    "Murder in Retrospect"
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    What did you love best about Five Little Pigs?

    I like the idea of solving a crime from the past.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the in depth portraits of the five suspects, the five little pigs..


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending where the murderer is revealed and the follow up between Poirot and the unrepentant murderer.


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

    It's never too late to catch a killer.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration by Hugh Fraser.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dumb Witness (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt, Simon Williams
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    As Hercule Poirot sifts through his post one particular morning, he alights upon a letter from an elderly and (as it transpires), exceedingly rich spinster - Miss Emily Arundell. She is clearly in great distress and seeking his help, but doesn’t say why. Her only specific mention is ‘the incident of the dog’s ball’. However, what intrigues Poirot is the date of the communication - it was written two months ago. He persuades Captain Hastings that they must visit the lady with all haste.

    Laura says: "Classic Poirot and Hastins"
    "Classic Poirot and Hastins"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a good English mystery. It has ungrateful family members, a questionable companion, wacky neighbors and a clever dog.


    What other book might you compare Dumb Witness (Dramatised) to and why?

    Any of the other Poirot and Hastings stories such as Murder on the Links.


    Which character – as performed by John Moffatt and Simon Williams – was your favorite?

    Capt. Hastings by Simon Williams. He brought to life all the boyish enthusiasm of the character. I love his interactions with the dog, Bob. I have been a fan of Simon Williams since he played James on Upstairs, Downstairs.


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

    If only the dog could talk.


    Any additional comments?

    All the BBC dramatizations are worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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