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Christine

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Winchester, MA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Bertie: A Life of Edward VII

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jane Ridley
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Entertaining and different, this is an enjoyable study of a flawed yet characterful Prince of Wales seen through the eyes of the women in his life. Edward Vll, who gave his name to the Edwardian Age and died in 1911, was King of England for the final 10 years of his life. He was 59 when at last he came to the throne. Known as Bertie, the eldest son of Victoria and Albert, he was bullied by both his parents.

    Robyn says: "cannot fault this audiobook"
    "Superb!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bertie: A Life of Edward VII to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a completely new take on Edward VII. The book got wonderful reviews in Britain. I can see why.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4318)
    Performance
    (2390)
    Story
    (2390)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "This was awful."
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    What would have made In the Woods better?

    Plot completely absurd. Too much filler. Cringe-worthy reader.


    Has In the Woods turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But it certainly has turned me off from both reader and author.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    When he read women's and children's voices he was just dreadful.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance that I had bought it.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I've just about said it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wimbledon Poisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nigel Williams
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Henry Farr is forty years old. He is suburban, average, conventional - and desperate to be rid of his wife, Elinor. Inspired by a grisly episode in Wimbledon's local history, Farr begins to concoct a recipe for the perfect murder. But his plans go terribly, terribly wrong - and before long, poor Henry's best efforts to set himself free, in fact send him spiralling wildly out of control.

    Michele says: "Terrible"
    "Very funny, very dry British humor."
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    Would you listen to The Wimbledon Poisoner again? Why?

    If you enjoyed the original English television 1970s production of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, you'll love this. Witty, absurd. A lot of fun.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Past Reason Hated: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (71)

    A picturesque Yorkshire village is dressed in its finest for the upcoming Noel. But one of its residents will not be celebrating this holiday. Chief Inspector Alan Banks knows that secrecy can sometimes prove fatal---and secrets were the driving force behind Caroline Hartley's life...and death. She was a beautiful enigma, brutally stabbed in her own home three days prior to Christmas.

    Patrick says: "great read and reader"
    "Simply dreadful."
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    Would you try another book from Peter Robinson and/or James Langton?

    I've read his more recent books. Much, much better. This particular book is excruciating. Poetic detectives? Puerile discussion of sexual preference. Dreadful.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Peter Robinson.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Langton’s performances?

    Maybe. But his "female" voices are pretty awful.


    What character would you cut from Past Reason Hated?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Black Plumes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By Francis Matthews
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    The Ivorys lived in state, in London. All respectable. But when Frances warned her grandmother that “something was going on,” it was the understatement of the decade. Upstairs, in a cupboard, there was soon to be a corpse, and when that came to light, out fell the whole file of well-suppressed family secrets and hatreds.

    Christine says: "This was awful."
    "This was awful."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The plot was confusing. The male reader in a falsetto voice for female parts was cringe worthy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Richard Davenport-Hines
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    Late in the night of April 14, 1912, the mighty Titanic, a passenger liner traveling from Southampton, England, to New York City, struck an iceberg four hundred miles south of Newfoundland. Its sinking over the next two and a half hours brought the ship—mythological in name and size—100 years of infamy.

    Tad Davis says: "Thorough, panoramic"
    "Interesting Details. Superb narration."
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    Wonderful period information. Full of generally unknown detail. Paints a portrait of an era, as well as a ship. The narrator captures voices from the past.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Behind Closed Doors

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hugo Vickers
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (19)

    The life of the Duchess of Windsor came to an end in Paris on 24 April 1986. She was almost 90. Many people assumed that she had died years before, since she disappeared from public view for over a decade. Sebastian Faulks wrote in the Sunday Telegraph, ‘She is seen as no more than the star of an old romantic film that most French have forgotten. ’But the world did take note, describing her death as the final curtain on one of the greatest love stories of the twentieth century. Embers of the feud between the British Royal Family and the Windsors in exile were fanned once more....

    Chris says: "You Reap What You Sow"
    "Trying to make a heroine where one didn't exist."
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    I think the reader is supposed to feel sorry for the Windsors and the mess they made of everything. The book comes across as empty as its subjects.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Eva Braun: Life with Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Heike B. Gortemaker
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    German historian Heike B. Görtemaker delivers the first comprehensive biography of Eva Braun in this authoritative reassessment of Braun’s role in Hitler’s life and revealing portrait of the Führer and his inner circle. Drawing on newly discovered documents, Görtemaker carefully distinguishes fact from fiction.

    Christine says: "Too many incidental names. Not enough substance."
    "Too many incidental names. Not enough substance."
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    The author doesn't really get around to the subject until well into the book. Pretty disappointed.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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