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gail

Plainfield, VT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1796)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1123)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "Jenny Sterlin brings Holmes and Russell to life!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the first in a wonderful series of books by Laurie R. King that creates a late-life series of adventures for Sherlock Holmes and pairs him with the marvelous Mary Russell. Ignore the clunky cover art. These books are lively, humorous, moving, and engaging.


    What does Jenny Sterlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Laurie R. King creates marvelous plots, characters, settings, and historical context, but it is Jenny Sterlin's reading that brings them to vibrant life. Sterlin's ability to fully inhabit both Mary's youthful spirit as well as Holmes' reserved, nasal ironic voice carries the recording, but she does wonderfully with a variety of accents and characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't stop with Beekeeper's Apprentice. Listen to the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Deronda

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    One of the masterpieces of English fiction, Daniel Deronda tells the intertwined stories of two characters as they each come to discover the truth of their natures. Gwendolen Harleth is the beautiful, high-spirited daughter of an impoverished upper-class family. Daniel Deronda, the adopted son of an aristocratic Englishman, is searching for his path in life.

    Tad Davis says: "An intense novel with a few flaws"
    "Great classic enhanced by a pitchperfect reader"
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    Performance
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    Would you listen to Daniel Deronda again? Why?

    Yes. Classic with so much depth it bears reading over and over


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

    No


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

    Way too long to listen in a single sitting. I enjoyed savoring it in segments as, no doubt, George Eliot expected her readers would when she wrote it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2463)
    Performance
    (2106)
    Story
    (2094)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Amazing reader!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Broken Harbor?

    This reader is perfect. He absolutely inhabits the main character/narrator, but he is so convincing In the other voices that at times I forgot it it wasn't a cast of readers. He broke through the line between reading and reality and put you right there.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Made sense. The various tales that make up the whole move inexorably toward resolution, some some tragic, some depressing, some kind.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Hogan – was your favorite?

    Kennedy


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

    No, way too long, and intense.


    Any additional comments?

    The book moves slowly, and at times I was impatient, but the reader was so excellent, I was happy to hang in there just to keep hearing his voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Janet Groth
    • Narrated By Judith West
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Thanks to a successful interview with the painfully shy E.B. White, a beautiful, 19-year-old, blue-eyed blonde from the cornfields of Iowa lands a job as a receptionist at The New Yorker. There she stays two decades, becoming general all-around factotum - watching and registering the comings and goings, marriages and divorces, scandalous affairs, failures, triumphs, and tragedies of the eccentric inhabitants of the 18th floor. Though she dreamed of becoming a writer, she never advanced at the magazine.

    gail says: "Reader just isn't right"
    "Reader just isn't right"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    the book but not the audiotape


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Judith West?

    I would have cast someone with a midwestern accent modified by years in NYC. Someone that sounded more vulnerable and not so snobby.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    maybe


    Any additional comments?

    I really felt the reader ruined the audiobook. She just didn't match person portrayed in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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