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Lorraine Poirier

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  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Three years have passed since Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis Moriarty vanished into the abyss of the Reichenbach Falls. In that time the criminals of London have been able to sleep safe in their beds. But the capital has never been in greater need of its protector.

    C. Telfair says: "Holmes to the Rescue!"
    "Jacobi makes my day"
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    What did you love best about The Return of Sherlock Holmes?

    Jacobi's voice and characterizations. Plus Holmes. I love Holmes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Return of Sherlock Holmes?

    Oh, no one moment sticks out. I've loved these stories for decades.


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

    Yes. They are all excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing extreme.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mists of Avalon

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (624)

    A posthumous recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Marion Zimmer Bradley reinvented - and rejuvenated - the King Arthur mythos with her extraordinary Mists of Avalon series. In this epic work, Bradley follows the arc of the timeless tale from the perspective of its previously marginalized female characters: Celtic priestess Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, and High Priestess Viviane.

    Carolina says: "Davina Porter brings an old favorite back to life!"
    "I love Davina Porter"
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    Where does The Mists of Avalon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Story, upper mid of the list. Performance, upper end. Davina Porter is talented and just music to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Merlin; he's stable in the midst of all the wrestling over states, religions, beliefs, and consciences.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh, don't really have one.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The film's been done. I have no additional ideas.


    Any additional comments?

    An amazing work of writing; not the best ever, but an amazing lot of work and an original way (well, it was original 25 years ago) to look at King Arthur et al.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes: His Last Bow

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    This collection of stories continues the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle’s much-loved fictional detective. In these intriguing tales, Holmes and Watson solve cases that range from the suspicious to the downright strange, and encounter mysteries as diverse as vanishing staff, secret plans and eccentric lodgers.

    Sandi says: "Nobody does it better!"
    "A Perfect Pair"
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    If you could sum up Sherlock Holmes: His Last Bow in three words, what would they be?

    a fun escape


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

    It's short stories that I know well, so no, not on the edge of my seat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


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

    Yes, but instead I listened to it to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Derek Jacobi's voice and reading of anything. I love Sherlock Holmes. So they are the perfect pair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potter's Field: The Seventeenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    It is the Summer and Autumn of the Year of Our Lord 1143 in which the gentle monk, Brother Cadfael, is forced to leave the tranquility of his herb garden to find the whole truth behind the murder of a young women whose body was unexpectedly discovered in a newly tilled field recently acquired by the Shrewsbury Abbey in a land exchange.

    Lorraine Poirier says: "Jacobi is Cadfael"
    "Jacobi is Cadfael"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Potter's Field in three words, what would they be?

    Benedictine, detailed, historical


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cadfael, of course, because he's the reason we read the story.


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Every single thing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, nothing extreme.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1052)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "Breathtaking"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to be better than the print version?

    I'd never read the book, but now when I do, it'll be Curry's voice in my head.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions.


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

    Inflection, lovely pronunciation of all the languages.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    MMM . . . not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Curry reads more. I usually choose for reader first, then author, then story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2922)
    Performance
    (2145)
    Story
    (2170)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "A different perspective"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Brave New World to be better than the print version?

    Better? No, but York vocal interpretation gave me food for thought, since I read it differently in my head, way back when.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brave New World?

    Ummm . . .


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

    His interpretation, as evidenced through his inflection and tone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Plot-wise, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I could listen to Michael York for days on end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sign of the Four

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    The great detective's melancholy mood is lifted by the arrival of attractive Mary Morstan at 221B Baker Street. Mary's father vanished 10 years ago. Four years later she bagan to receive, annually, a large, lustrous pearl. Now she has had an intriguing invitation to meet her unknown benefactor and urges Holmes and Watson to accompany her. The duo are confronted with a case that includes a wronged woman, a wooden-legged ruffian, hidden treasure, and a love affair.

    Anthony says: "An easy listen."
    "Excellent as expected."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Sign of the Four in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed, uncommon, Holmes


    What did you like best about this story?

    I just love Sherlock Holmes in general.


    Which character – as performed by Derek Jacobi – was your favorite?

    No favorites


    Any additional comments?

    It's Jacobi and Holmes. Quality of audio was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    Scandal, treachery and crime are rife in Old London Town. A king blackmailed by his mistress, dark dealings in opium dens, stolen jewels, a missing bride - these are cases so fiendishly complex that only Sherlock Holmes would dare to investigate.

    C. Telfair says: "For the Fun of It"
    "Never enough Sherlock Holmes"
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    If you could sum up The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in three words, what would they be?

    Amusing, intriguing, historical


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

    Sometimes. They're short stories, not a novel. I'd read them before but I didn't remember everything.


    Which character – as performed by Derek Jacobi – was your favorite?

    No favorite.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Here and there Doyle brings out a touching scene or character. Not really about being moved, these stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Jacobi and Holmes are perfect together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Study in Scarlet

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Originally named A Tangled Skein, this is the first Sherlock Holmes story. The real strength and the unique quality of the novel lies in the introduction of Holmes and Watson to each other - and those dark early scenes when a corpse is discovered in a derelict house in southeast London. The ultimate crusader against crime and criminals, Holmes' genius is revealed here for the very first time.

    Lorraine Poirier says: "Excellent as expected."
    "Excellent as expected."
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    Where does A Study in Scarlet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper level.


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

    I'd read the story a while ago.


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    Everything. The man is talented.


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

    I listen during my commute. There were times I sat in the driveway until a section ended, but I've read it before, so no, not all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Jacobi and Holmes. Perfect combination.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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