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ginette

montreal, QC, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • The Travels of Maudie Tipstaff

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Margaret Forster
    • Narrated By Jacqueline King
    Overall
    (16)
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    (14)
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    (14)

    Plagued all her life by her roisterous husband, straitlaced, outspoken, domineering Maudie is now on her own. Invited by her two daughters and her son to spend four months with each of them, she leaves Glasgow for the first time, uncertain of what awaits her. But what she finds in the very different homes of her children is not what she expects, causing her to reassess her life.

    colleen says: "Waiting for a change"
    "mad maudie"
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    This is not a charming sweet old lady, but we do come to understand her. We get to know her as she travels to see her children and what she learns about herself as she interacts with them. Jacqueline King does a wonderful job reading, bringing a lot of warmth to Maudie and the characters. The story moves along well and makes for an entertaining listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2532)
    Performance
    (2431)
    Story
    (2430)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Can't hardly wait for book 3 !"
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    What a story. Had my husband and I on the edge of our seats for the whole time. Just now found out it is book 2 of 10. I wish Brandon Sanderson long life! The readers were wonderful. Each character felt authentic and separate. Great work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2620)
    Performance
    (1474)
    Story
    (1489)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "I just didn't get it."
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    People raved about this book. So I listened and listened and listened. I never was able to differentiate among the voices , so to me it sounded like one big whine. The characters are cardboard motifs of themselves and never become more so. Patronizing missionaries go to the Congo and the expected results occur. Again seen much of that before. The reader sounds like she has too many words in each sentence and is eager to get to the end of them. The pace even at normal speed is fast. There is little change in inflection which again adds to the whine factor. The only interesting part to this book is the place setting. The Congolese women are interesting , though we never get to know any of them. All in all I was glad to get to the end of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (388)

    Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

    Coffee Lover says: "Wonderful story, perfect narration!"
    "It's a Romp!"
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    If you like older adventurous women , who do not fear death , Mrs Polifax will charm you like she charmed me. I love her oh what the hell attitude. You only live once. The reader does a great job once again keeping everyone straight and I feel she adds to the story giving Mrs. Polifax wit and character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (531)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Linda says: "Miss Julia Does Bond"
    "I love Mrs. Polifax"
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    I didn't have high expectations for this book,but the preview intrigued me and I figured at worse it would be an old biddy spy book. Cute and not too exciting. Well, Dorothy Gilman delivered a plot that was more involved than anticipated and Mrs Polifax was gutsier than I would have thought. Let's hear it for women in their 60s.
    The reader did a great job even with the male voices. Can't wait to hear book 2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liars & Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (145)

    Tommy Carmellini is sent to post guard duty at a farmhouse in Virginia's remote Blue Ridge Mountains, where top government operatives are debriefing a star defector: the ultimate KGB insider, a man with records on every operation and every dirty trick the shadowy intelligence agency has ever run, from Lenin to Putin.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast Paced - Good Read!"
    "Great Story"
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    I have to agree with Andrew this is a fast-paced book. Flows easily and the readers good to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloud Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (391)

    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

    Joe says: "Interesting read"
    "Unusual premise"
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    My husband and I both really enjoyed this book. One of the criticism I have about fantasy is the amount of fighting there is. So much so that often there is nothing else. Here there is meat. The characters are well developed and the fact that this is a matriarchal society makes it even more interesting. The hours just flew by. the reader was exceptional, there are many voices and many accents here but Mr. Kipiniak delivered them all. Great Story!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1728)
    Performance
    (1592)
    Story
    (1595)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Jefferson says: "Fine Romantic Urban Historical Immigrant Fantasy"
    "Monster Romance"
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    I kept listening to this story eagerly, as the author lays out a lot of groundwork for each character. However, I felt , that for all that background not much developed. It is well written but left me wanting more....maybe the Jinnie and Golum book 2? The author paints a lovely scene I just wanted to stay there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (505)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "almost groundhog day!"
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    I worried that this story might be a replay of ground hog day, where the same events keep repeating themselves. It wasn't though it does replay. Our lives happy or not are based on our choices. To make choices based on experience now that is a treat. This book was such a treat we listened eager to see how each scenario would develop. It was entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (249)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "not too preachy!"
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    When I bought this book, I made sure that it fell into the category of novels as I did not want a self-help book. While it is not a complicated plot it does unfold as a story. It was laugh out loud funny in spots but also very thought-provoking in others. It is the kind of book I will listen to again.

    There are not a lot of characters here , nor is there much action, but the reader did a good job of conveying the right atmosphere for the book. I think he added to the story .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1183)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (608)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    A User says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "the butler didn't do it!"
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    I was a little concerned when I discovered that this story is told from the detective's chauffeur's point of view. However , the narrator does not leave any colour or detail out of the story. I also got a feel for the detective from him. This detective has as much character as any put together by Nelson Demille or Robert Parker. A good story kept me listening and guessing. Jeff Woodman does a wonderful job keeping all the individuals apart for great listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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