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Alexandra

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  • Festive in Death: In Death, Book 39

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (772)

    Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who'd been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list - plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.

    BG853 says: "A Feast for In Death devotees"
    "Back where they belong"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The character interaction is back to where it should be. The last few "In Death" books had suspense, but the relationship aspect was lacking. By Book #39, we all have come to know and understand these characters. Eve and Roarke are strong, but it is their surrounding friends that make them a family.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was a comfortable, entertaining story. Not as intense as some books in this series, but for a holiday edition, it is perfect.


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

    Susan Ericksen is the perfect narrator for this series. See truly makes "In Death" a pleasure to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a JD Robb fan, don't miss this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (279)

    Sculptor Clare Kimball has captured the attention of the New York art world. But big-city success cannot burn away the half-remembered nightmares that have plagued Clare since childhood. These phantoms of the past have drawn her home to Emmitsboro, Maryland, to the small town where she grew up and where her father died in circumstances never really explained.

    Anne says: "This is one of my favorite books!"
    "More Suspense than Romance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Divine Evil to be better than the print version?

    This is an older audio book, with the narrator presenting it as "Books on Tape." However, don't let that dissuade you. The narrator, Kimberly Farr, does an excellent job.


    What other book might you compare Divine Evil to and why?

    This is not so much a romance, but a suspense story with a little romance thrown in. If you are a fan of Robert's JD Robb series, then the graphic violence and satanism in the storyline will not bother you. I am a big fan of the JD Robb series, so I enjoyed this book very much.


    What about Kimberly Farr’s performance did you like?

    Good job with all the characters, both male and female.


    Any additional comments?

    Some reviewers have stated that this book is too graphic. Again, if you are looking for a typical romance, this is not your book. If you like Robert's suspense books (the Witness, the JD Robb series), then you will enjoy this one, too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Face of a Stranger: A William Monk Novel #1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (404)

    A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero. Forced to redo his entire investigation, a frustrated Monk faces a desperate murderer who will do anything to keep the inspector from discovering the truth twice.

    connie says: "promising start to the series"
    "Older but Excellent Series"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Face of a Stranger the most enjoyable?

    This is the first "Monk" novel, and I listened because I so enjoy Davina Porter as a narrator. While I found the first part of the story to be a little slow, I am glad I stuck with it. Monk is such a complex character, and his memory lost made the story that much more intriguing.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Edge of my seat - no. However, it was a good pace, and very satisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait to listen to the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1627)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1472)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Better than the Television Series"
    Overall
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    Where does Call the Midwife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an excellent book, with a strong and capable narrator in Nicola Barber. I am a big fan of the BBC series and was not expecting the book to be as good. In fact, I enjoyed the book even more. Stories that were quickly touched on in the series are given greater detail. You get a much stronger sense of the neighborhood and times in the East End of London, and how difficult it was for the families living in that area during that period of time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Call the Midwife?

    I greatly enjoyed hearing the detail of Sister Monica Joan's life.


    Any additional comments?

    Nicola Barber does an excellent job of narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (285)

    In the life of Precious Ramotswe, a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build, there is rarely a dull moment, and in the latest installment in the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, there is much happening on Zebra Drive and Tlokweng Road. Mma Ramotswe is experiencing staffing difficulties. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni asks to be put in charge of a case involving an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as successfully as the number-one lady detective can?

    Joanne says: "#1 Ladies continued enjoyment"
    "Back in Botswana"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Storm: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 15

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    The Great War has ended at last. Archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, the distinguished Egyptologist, no longer fear for the life of their daring son, Ramses, now free from his dangerous wartime obligations to British Intelligence. Delightful new additions to the growing Emerson family and new wonders waiting to be discovered beneath the shifting Egyptian sands mark a time of new beginnings in Luxor.

    Competition Rider says: "Abriged to Incomprehensibility"
    "Better Than No Version"
    Overall

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Deeds of the Disturber: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (428)

    After an adventurous season spent excavating at Dahshoor, and narrowly averting the clutches of the Master Criminal, Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson and her spouse prepare for a quiet summer in England. The social and domestic routine, though interrupted by the precocious escapades of their only child, Ramses, hardly seems much of a challenge for the indomitable Emersons.

    Wende says: "Excellent Narrator"
    "Change of Pace"
    Overall

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Middlemarch is perhaps the finest novel in the English language. Set in a provincial town at the time of the Great Reform Bill in 1832, Eliot's novel is about the quest for both personal and political liberation and fulfilment, and centers on two remarkable individuals: the ardently idealistic Dorothea Brooke and the philanthropically-motivated young doctor, Tertius Lydgate.

    Benedict says: "Wow"
    "Wonderful Narration of a Classic Novel"
    Overall

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2697)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1210)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Wonderful to Hear!"
    Overall

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6193)
    Performance
    (2355)
    Story
    (2381)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    The life of Callie will draw you in... it is a long book, but every word is exceptional. Narration and story are excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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