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Katy

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  • Days of Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (179)

    In 1766 Scotland, the laird of the clan, Angus McTern, has everything he wants in life. That is, until Edilean Talbot shows up. Breathtakingly beautiful and born of privilege, Edilean represents everything Angus despises. Still, she dazzles him, and when Angus can no longer hide his feelings, she rejects him, leaving him deeply wounded and humiliated. Soon, though, Edilean needs his help....

    sandy says: "This book reminded me of the outlander series"
    "pure romantic escapism"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Days of Gold the most enjoyable?

    A great Jude Deveraux classic, with all her elements of romantic fantasy and adventure.


    Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Davina didn't always change her voice enough to distinguish between characters, I found myself losing track sometimes, and her voice was too deep for the character of Edilene.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Jude D's stories.....always a great talented and strong female who has to fight for her very handsome dreamboat of a man!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6211)
    Performance
    (5378)
    Story
    (5372)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Boring and Sad Ruins"
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    What disappointed you about Beautiful Ruins?

    The authour uses great long sentences, with far too many descriptions for some trivial thoughts and situations. Too wordy and repetitive, just as it was nearly getting to the modern scenes and developing them, it would jump back to 1962 again. I nearly stopped listening 3 times thru the book, but thought I better persevere as it came so highly recommended by the editors at Audible. Too cynical and tragic It may as well have been a true story about sad peoples lives and missed opportunity.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jess Walter again?

    No - don't bother. too dark and depressing for my liking


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Pasqual grows into manhood and finds enough courage to claim his child and the hand of his lover in marriage.also the play at the end involving Pat (Pasqual namesake) is very moving


    Any additional comments?

    It was all the positive reviews that talked me into buying this audio book. I will no longer place such trust in the editors at audible. Can't think how they came to choose this one as book of the year?
    The narrator was very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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