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Sandra

Saint Augustine, FL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Loitering With Intent: Stone Barrington

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (103)

    Dumped by his glamorous Russian girlfriend during dinner at Elaine's, and running low on cash, Stone Barrington is having a bad week. So his luck seems to be improving when he's hired to locate the missing son of a very wealthy man - lucky because the job pays well, and because the son is hiding in the tropical paradise of Key West. But when Stone and his sometime running buddy Dino Bacchetti arrive in the sunny Keys, it appears that someone has been lying in wait.

    Sandra says: "Great Listen/Great Narrator"
    "Great Listen/Great Narrator"
    Overall

    This was a really fun listen, made more so by Tony Roberts, the narrator. He was dead on with the accents: Tommy the Irish cop, Dino - NYPD’s finest, sounding a lot like Columbo. The southern accents were good as was Annika’s Swedish one. My only complaint as a Floridian and former resident of the Conch Republic, was the continued mispronunciation of “conch”. “Conch” rhymes with “honk”, not with “launch”. We politely correct tourists - if we like them.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Tender Bar: A Memoir

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J.R. Moehringer
    • Narrated By J.R. Moehringer
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Torn between the stirring example of his mother and the lurid romance of the bar, J.R. tried to forge a self somewhere in the center. But when it was time for J.R. to leave home, the bar became an increasingly seductive sanctuary, a place to return and regroup during his picaresque journeys. Time and again, the bar offered shelter from failure, rejection, heartbreak, and eventually from reality.

    Jim E says: "A Good Deal and a Good Deal More"
    "This was outstanding, a treasure."
    Overall

    My only complaint was that it was abridged. One has to wonder about what was omitted. I will probably read the unabridged book, having enjoyed this listen very much.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (120)

    Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly's quiet life, the loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.

    Sandra says: "It's not about the ending!"
    "It's not about the ending!"
    Overall

    This was long and lovely,--a British accent is crisp and clear; Nadia May has that and more. The story is of Molly Gibson, a nineteenth century middleclass teenager, an admirable if slightly insipid heroine, her wonderful father--a country doctor, her magnetic stepsister Cynthia and Mrs. Gibson, the stepmother who is as close to innocuous evil as Ms Gaskell can bring herself, and various other characters of differing classes who live nearby and help make this book a 19th century soap opera. Don't be off put by the fact that the author, Elizabeth Gaskell, a contemporary of Austin and the Brontes, died just before finishing this classic. The afterword addresses the lack of an ending. We are given what we are told was the author's intent to have happy closure for the characters who most deserved it. It was a lovely voyage and that it ended just short of its destination did not make it much less enjoyable.

    It has taken me nearly half a century to discover why classics are such great audio treats, not so different from the well written books of today, but missing the compulsory sex and vulgarities. This novel ensures that I will look for more Audible classics to savour.

    36 of 36 people found this review helpful

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