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kate mcall

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  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (311)

    First published in 1865, these endearing tales of an imaginative child's dream world by Lewis Carroll, pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, are written with charming simplicity. While delighting children with a heroine who represents their own thoughts and feelings about growing up, the tale is appreciated by adults as a gentle satire on education, politics, literature, and Victorian life in general.

    Steve says: "Awesome!!!!!"
    "Childhood comes alive"
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    What did you love best about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass?

    I love this book. I loved it as a child. Wild and yet it all makes a strange kind of sense. A sensible girl in a crazy world.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    I love Alice.


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

    Anything might happen and probably does.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Edmund de Waal
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Winner of the 2010 COSTA Biography Award. A total of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox: potter Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in the Tokyo apartment of his Great Uncle Iggie. Later, when Edmund inherited the ‘netsuke’, they unlocked a story far larger than he could ever have imagined.…

    Neil Chisholm says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Takes you away to a different time and place"
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    What did you like best about The Hare with Amber Eyes? What did you like least?

    I liked the sense of history. Also learning about a different times and places was interesting


    What could Edmund de Waal have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It is non-fiction. I wondered if it would have been more enjoyable as a novel. The story follows the objects rather than the people and sometimes I wanted to know more about the people.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Dalloway

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (121)

    It is a June day in London in 1923, and the lovely Clarissa Dalloway is having a party. Whom will she see? Her friend Peter, back from India, who has never really stopped loving her? What about Sally, with whom Clarissa had her life’s happiest moment? Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day.

    Darwin8u says: "A near perfect modern novel"
    "Serious listening"
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    Would you try another book from Virginia Woolf and/or Juliet Stevenson?

    Love Juliet Stevenson and she makes this book come alive. It is an amazing book but pretty heavy going.


    Has Mrs. Dalloway turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It's good stuff to think about. Virginia Wolf is an amazing writer.


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

    I love everything by Juliet Stevenson.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I don't think you could make this into a movie (though someone did). It's about the thoughts inside people's heads.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1175)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Irish Action"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a good fun listen. Atmosphereic. Gritty


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many enjoyable moments, except enjoyable is not quite the right word. It's a serious murder mystery with the right touch of cyicism. Great ending - satisfying.


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

    I could listen to Gerard Doyle all day long.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Gerard Doyle. He's the perfect narrator for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (602)

    Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. This revised edition draws on recent theoretical work on gender and class.

    Sally says: "Delightful"
    "Loved it"
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    If you could sum up North and South in three words, what would they be?

    A great listen!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of North and South?

    Full of saddness and beauty. Lots of Bravery in the face of difficulty and a clash of cultures as well.


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

    Always love Juliet Stevenson. She gets it right. She's also spot on with the accents.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Jane Austen you'll like this too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (456)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    A User says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
    "Difficult"
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    What disappointed you about Ulysses?

    It's a pretty confused story with no plot. It's hard to follow if you don't have all the background. I'm sure it's very worthwhile but it's hard work.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator does a great job of bringing the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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