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Louise

Montclair, NJ, USA

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  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Lindsay Duncan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (986)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (508)

    Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down.

    Louise says: "excellent reading"
    "excellent reading"
    Overall

    Lindsey Duncan, the English actress, does a fine job in this reading. Her Elizabeth is not pert or flirty, but intelligent and witty. You can see why Darcy is so taken with her. Duncan is good with all the women, differentiating their language and intonation. This is the one to listen to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Headlong

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Martin Clay, an easily distracted philosopher, and his scrupulous art historian wife find themselves enlisted to assess the value of three dusty paintings. But blocking the soot from the chimney is nothing less, Martin believes, than one of the world's lost treasures. There it is: Martin's new distraction. So begins a wild trail of lies and concealments, soaring hopes and sudden panics as Martin embarks on an obsessive quest to prove his hunch and resolve one of the great mysteries of European art.

    Louise says: "witty and well-read"
    "witty and well-read"
    Overall

    Frayn, the author, is such a cynic and Davidson, the narrator, so dry, that the book is a great pairing of writer and reader. Very English, so expect to learn a great deal about class, and very learned, so expect to learn a great deal about art.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Framley Parsonage

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (26)

    Mark Robarts, a young vicar, is newly arrived in the village of Framley. With ambitions to further his career, he seeks connections in the county's high society. He is soon preyed upon by a local member of parliament to guarantee a substantial loan, which Mark, in a moment of weakness, agrees to, even though he knows the man is a notorious debtor; it brings Mark to the brink of ruin.

    Herv J. Peairs says: "Doesn't disappoint"
    "wonderful"
    Overall

    Trollope is always a delight and the narrator here is terrific. Let's have more Trollope audible!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Transmission

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hari Kunzru
    • Narrated By Hari Kunzru
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Transmission, Hari Kunzru's new novel of love and lunacy, immigration and immunity, introduces a daydreaming Indian computer geek whose luxurious fantasies about life in America are shaken when he accepts a California job offer.

    Don says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    "top notch"
    Overall

    thoughtful and funny - the way we live now. narrator is excellent and the book is provocative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Loitering with Intent

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Muriel Spark
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    "How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century," Fleur Talbot rejoices. Loitering about London in 1949, with intent to gather material for her writing, Fleur finds a job "on the grubby edge of the literary world", as secretary to the odd Autobiographical Association. Are they a group of mad egomaniacs, hilariously writing their memoirs in advance, or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? Rich material, in any case.

    Cariola says: "As Good As Pym--Maybe Better!"
    "charming"
    Overall

    a real pleasure to hear and a good introduction to spark

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Company

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    Nestled among Seattle's skyscrapers, The Zephyr Holdings Building is a bleak rectangle topped by an orange-and-black logo that gives no hint of Zephyr's business. Lack of clarity, it turns out, is Zephyr's defining characteristic. The floors are numbered in reverse. No one has ever seen the CEO or glimpsed his office on the first (i.e., top) floor. Yet every day people clip on their ID tags, file into the building, sit at their desks, and hope that they're not about to be outsourced.

    Jacob says: "A Wonderful Experience"
    "the reader doesn't get it"
    Overall

    I loved Jennifer Government, which I read, and didn't like Company, to which I listened. I suspect the difference is not in Max Barry, the author, but in the reader. He misses the character of the book - ironic and deadpan - and instead reads it as though he were auditioning for I Love Lucy. Big lines, big emphasis, big big big. All too big. Maybe he should catch Weeds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snobs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Julian Fellowes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    Edith Lavery, the pretty daughter of an accountant, meets gossip-column favorite Charles Broughton (Earl of Broughton and heir to the Marquess of Uckfield) at Ascot. When he proposes and she accepts, does she really love him, or is she merely dazzled by his title and money?

    Lori says: "A Fantastic Beach Read!"
    "a bore"
    Overall

    if you really think aristocrats are better than other people, this is the book for you. the reader's good though and if you're madly anglophiliac, it'll pass the time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (122)

    Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

    Sarah says: "two thumbs up"
    "top notch"
    Overall

    a wonderful book whose characters are as present as anyone in real life. and what a pleasure to read an author whose black characters are not menacing or saintly, but just people, and whose white characters are as well. the reading's not ideal - i would have liked a female narrator, but still it's a great listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Down

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (256)

    In his eagerly awaited fourth novel, New York Times best-selling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line.

    Julia's aunt says: "Seems made for audio format"
    "a pleasure"
    Overall

    cleverly written and wonderfully read. really fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Mirron E. Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (90)

    Living in a peaceful, prosperous African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mack Street is a mystery child who has somehow found a home. Discovered abandoned in an overgrown park, raised by a blunt-speaking single woman, Mack comes and goes from family to family, a boy who is surrounded by boisterous characters and yet deeply alone.

    William says: "Not Science Fiction, but fantastic story"
    "dreadful"
    Overall

    why do white writers think they know a lot about black people? i generally find card a pleasure but this one was unbearable.
    sorry.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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