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Tampa, FL, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 4 reviews
  • 60 ratings
  • 185 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014

  • Fallen Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Mary Hooper
    • Narrated By Kate Byers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    London, 1861. Each day Grace must find a new way of earning enough money to pay the rent for the bleak, cold room that she and her sister live in, and to buy them enough - just - to eat. But there is a different danger threatening Grace, a danger linked to an event in her past that she is desperate to forget. Grace has caught the eye of the Unwins, an unscrupulous family whose shady business dealings are those of death and mourning.

    Ilana says: "A wonderful homage to Dickens"
    "Stunning Performance, wonderful story"
    Where does Fallen Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is at the top of my list. I have heard some fabulous audiobooks this year. This one has seriously struck a chord with me. Kate Byers does a fantastic, truly remarkable job doing the voices of the various characters.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lily, the "simple" sister, is extremely compelling. But her sister Grace is just as powerful, a young woman of such wisdom, bravery and moral/psychological fortitude.

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

    No, I have not. I'll be looking out for more of her work.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Grace goes to see Lily at the Unman's(?) to see how Lily is holding up, it is just so heartbreakingly powerful. It reminded me of times when I was crushed and full of despair over something, and my big sister's efforts were to make me feel more brave, help me to endure. This moment was so totally poignant and unforgettable. As are others in the story!

    Any additional comments?

    I want to find this performance on a CD so I can send it to my sister!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Jess's (NJ) comment about "the English lilt""
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Chaperone to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily. I LOVE listening to all my Audible books on tapes, but Elizabeth Montgomery's "lilt" is not so much an English lilt (as Jess from NJ complained) as I think her pronunciations are typical of extensive elocution lessons. And I found her pronunciations annoying. PAIRents (with a sort or rolling r, as the Irish might pronounce it) -- KLEEN with a big emphasis on the "CL" sound -- and PLEEEEZED -- Tyewsday, instead of Tuesday ---- NYEWS, instead of news -- a NYEW dress -- does it SYEWT you, instead of "does it suit you" (said as we Americans say suit ---- countless examples. The way she says "turn" -- and "return" -- ewww. It's just quite annoying to listen to, really. But it's a really good story, and I adore Elizabeth McGovern in Downton Abbey. The elocution works well in Downton Abbey... But I'd like to hear someone else narrate this, honestly. How about Susan Sarandon -- how about Julianne Moore. Anyone really.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chaperone?

    I loved how wonderful the Kaufman's were to Cora. I liked how the janitor decided to help her. I'm still listening at this point.

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

    I described this above.

    Who was the most memorable character of The Chaperone and why?

    I think the chaperone.

    Any additional comments?

    A very good story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Ravine and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh

    Here are 11 short stories and one novella by Anton Chekhov, one of the finest masters of what is acknowledged as a difficult genre. There is the richly comic "Oh! The Public" about a hassled ticket inspector, a wry look at morals and manners in "The Chorus Girl", and the melancholic tale of a cab driver in "Misery".

    Mary says: "AWESOME stories"
    "AWESOME stories"

    My god, I knew Chekhov was a fantastic playwright (I particularly love The Cherry Orchard). But I hadn't read his short stories. The reader, Branagh, is just perfect -- the perfect voice for these stories. They are delightful, very interesting and enjoyable tales. You can just listen to one after another, or take them one little story at a time. Any way you do it, you're going to have an exceedingly enjoyable listening experience.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Goose (BBC Radio 4: Classic Serial)

    • ORIGINAL (57 mins)
    • By Paul Gallico
    • Narrated By Steve Mackintosh, Georgia Groome, Deborah Findlay, and others

    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Paul Gallico’s The Snow Goose by Nick Warburton, starring Steven Mackintosh.

    When Open Book asked various authors to champion a favourite neglected classic on the programme, Michael Morpurgo chose The Snow Goose - perhaps no surprise, with his own story 'War Horse' depicting a friendship between a boy and his horse which takes them both into the horror of World War I.

    Elizabeth says: "The Book is better"

    I listened to this story last night and I was absolutely transported. It was so thrilling to listen to the wonderful story and the wonderful dramatic reading. I recommend this to everyone. A beautiful, very very touching story that is unforgettable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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