This is one of the few "Amelia Peabody" books that are only offered in an abridged format. I read the full book after listening to this version, and can say that the abridged version does cover the plot and storyline adequately. The larger missing parts have to do with the (tedious) grandchildren, which are no big loss. I gave this 5 stars because of the excellent narration - how can I give Barbara Rosenblat any less? She captures the spirit of Amelia and her family, and always entertains. So given a choice of "no version" or the "abridged" version, I can easily recommend the abridged.
Alexander McCall Smith paints such a vivid picture of life in Botswana. It is a slow, peaceful life. Anyone expecting an exciting mystery thriller should not be reading this series. But if you want to "visit" a beautiful culture in Africa, and be entertained by the Number One Ladies Detective Agency, this is a wonderful series. Start from the beginning, so you understand Mma Romatswe and her friends and family. I always look forward to the next story, and The Good Husband of Zebra Drive does not let you down. The narration is done beautifully by Lisette Licat.
This Amelia Peabody book takes place mainly in England, rather than the adventurous Egypt. I was not sure I would enjoy it in a differnt locale, but the story was fast paced, exciting, and entertaining. Once again, Barbara Rosenblat lends excellent narration to the story. I have thoroughly enjoyed the British accent she uses with these characters. Much more so than the versions by Susan O'Mallay. Of books 1-6, this is by far my favorite.
Middlemarch was one of my favorite novels in college, and I wondered if the abridged audio version would do it justice. The reading is superb, and the female narrator captures the accents and inflections necessary to a George Eliot story. The piano music between chapters eases the transition from one set of characters to the next, and sets the tone. I enjoyed this audio book very much, and highly recommend it. It is a wonderful way to experience this fine classic novel.
Mma Rawsotwe is a clever, independent woman, who loves her native Botswana. This story has interesting characters, a colorful setting, and a delightful narrator. It is such a pleasure to hear the story spoken with a native accent. One of my top three favorite audible books - ever!
The life of Callie will draw you in... it is a long book, but every word is exceptional. Narration and story are excellent.
This book was a joy to listen to - the narration is wonderful, the quality of the recording is excellent. I did not want to turn off the story. I enjoyed the insight into the Indian culture, and was fascinated by Pi's view on religion and life. Don't miss this colorful and imaginative story of survival.
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