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Ellis

MILWAUKEE, WI, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Other Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
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    (55)

    Vacationing at a luxurious Tuscan island resort, Nicolas Duhamel is hopeful that the ghosts of his past have finally been put to rest.… He's now a best-selling author, but when he was 24 years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family - a secret that was carefully concealed. In shock, Nicholas embarked on a journey to uncover the truth that took him from the Basque coast to St. Petersburg - but the answers wouldn’t come easily.

    Ginger says: "Boring book"
    "Won't be finishing this one"
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    We meet the main character, author Nicholas Kolt, as he is spending three days at an exclusive Italian resort with his high-maintenance girlfriend. Although Nick has only written one book, it was a best-seller, selling, we are told, 30 million copies worldwide, and was the basis for a movie starring Robin Wright. Unfortunately, while Nick enjoys the food, sun and champagne, we are treated to his excruciatingly whiney inner dialogue regarding his inability to stay away from Twitter, Facebook, mirrors and sexting long enough to write his next book, for which he has accepted a healthy advance. Halfway through this book I don't know what the secret promised in the blurb is, nor do I care. No secret could be worth having to listen to this self-pitying jerk for another four and a half hours.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Trials of Rumpole

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    Horace Rumpole—who never prosecutes, whose fame rests on an infinite knowledge of blood and typewriters, whose court scenes are proverbial, whose home is ruled by Mrs. Rumpole (“She Who Must Be Obeyed”)—is back on the defense, as irreverent, as iconoclastic, as claret-swilling, poetry-spouting, impudent, witty, and cynical as ever.

    Ellis says: "I like the Rumpole stories..."
    "I like the Rumpole stories..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    but I really prefer Robert Hardy's performance. Having said that, I will listen to this book again. This is the second collection of Rumpole stories, and if you enjoyed the first book, there is no reason you won't like these. because Horace Rumpole is here in all his subversive glory! A true advocate, Rumpole believes that every defendant is entitled to a vigorous defense, even if they are a member of the Timson clan. To that end, he continues to actively resist the efforts of his wife and fellow members of chambers to become a judge, "take silk," or retire: he wants to continue to be "Rumpole of the Bailey:" drinker of plonk, smoker of cheap cigars and wearing of disreputable hats!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    It's Easter in Reading, a bad time for eggs, and no one can remember the last sunny day. Ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, minor baronet, ex-convict, and former millionaire philanthropist, is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. All the evidence points to his ex-wife, who has conveniently shot herself.

    Bruce Sabin says: "Total Whimsy"
    "Ffun!"
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    Jasper Fforde is a complete original, and so are his stories. This is the first story in his Nursery Crime series featuring Detective Jack Spratt aka The Giant Killer and his partner Mary Mary (from a long line of Mary Marys, for some reason people ask plant advice of her). This is a witty take on nursery story characters that are all grown up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mapp and Lucia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By E.F. Benson
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Robin says: "Subtle, yet hilarious"
    "A Fun and Witty Read!"
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    If you enjoy sly British humor, this book is for you. EF Benson has created two characters who can't stand each other, but can't live without each other. There are other books in the series, but this is the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3171)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1350)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "A Wonderful Book!"
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    I love the voyeuristic feeling i get when reading an epistolary novel and listening to this book feels like overhearing conversations between friends. Some of the stories are funny, some are sad, many are both and in between all of that is a sweet love story. Each of the book's characters has a unique voice and they all ring true, and for that reason listening may be the ideal way to experience this story. I waited for months to buy this book and now wish I had gotten it sooner; it is so much better than I thought it would be!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Poppins

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By P. L. Travers
    • Narrated By Sophie Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Mary Poppins is like no other nanny the four Banks children have ever seen. She whirls into their home and "spit-spot", she works her inimitable brand of magic to make even the bland seem extraordinary. An endless source of fascinating adventure, she slides up the banister, produces an array of tricks from her seemingly empty carpetbag, and ensures the Banks - lives will never be the same.

    John says: "Brilliant!"
    "Create some memories"
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    My son and I used to listen to MARY POPPINS in the car when he was little, and although this isn't the version we listened to, it has brought back memories for both of us! The story is as charming as ever, but I was a bit disappointed with the reading. Nevertheless, you will do your children and yourself a big favor by downloading this audio book and listening together!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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