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  • The Two Mrs Abbotts

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Patricia Gallimore

    Mrs Abbott is flustered at the thought of putting up a lady from the Red Cross, but is happily surprised when she turns out to be an old friend from her previous life as Miss Buncle, infamous writer. Of course, she’s now far too busy with her children to write, not to mention helping out in the lives of the villagers. And with a possible spy in their midst, evacuated families, potential love matches and a visit from a famous writer, she’s got her work cut out for her.

    Alisha says: "Charming, especially if you're already a fan"
    "Revisiting an old Favourite"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. She read with a trilling voice which may have been modish at that time but is somewhat irritating to a more modern reader.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The picture it sketches of life in Britain during WWII. It manages to remain interesting although it only deals with the daily life in a small village and how ordinary people coped with wartime shortages and stresses.

    Did Patricia Gallimore do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. She would have done better not to try to use different voices but just to read the story with clear indication when one person stops speaking and the next one starts. Jerry has a very irritating voice and none of the others really comes out well.

    Did The Two Mrs Abbotts inspire you to do anything?

    They did not really inspire but their doings were soothing and reminiscent of a slower age.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Riches

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Dora Conroy, a Philadelphia antiques dealer, purchases a curious selection of auction items - objects she judges to be humorous novelties, she unknowingly becomes the deadly focus of an international smuggler.

    Heidi says: "YES YES YES"
    "Enjoyable listening experience"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hidden Riches to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hidden Riches?

    I enjoyed the peeks into this branch of shopping, especially where the aunt buys doorstops for her niece.

    What about Sandra Burr’s performance did you like?

    Her reading allows the story to flow on smoothly. Although her individual voices are not that great they also do not grate and enabled me to become immersed in the plot.

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

    The interaction between Dora (with an acting background and lots of emotion) and the policeman Jed (with his stiff upper-class childhood) produces some smiles and sympathy.

    Any additional comments?

    Not one of Nora Roberts' best books but well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gazebo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop

    The only barrier between Althea and marriage to Nicholas is her mother, who uses her ill-health to keep Althea a prisoner in their old London house. When Miss Silver is employed as a nurse for the old lady she's welcomed with open arms. But when two strangely competitive offers for the Grahams' house are made to her it suggests that the house may hold some dark rewarding secret.

    Alexis says: "Good story and excellent characters"
    "A Favourite Patricia Wentworth story"
    If you could sum up The Gazebo in three words, what would they be?

    Cozy, teasing, soothing

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

    Miss Silver mysteries are always interesting, not necessarily edge of the seat but with enough twists to keep the reader involved.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The snooping nature of the three sisters in the fish queue scene story

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

    Not really. It just evokes a soothing reminder of a more innocent time, even with murder involved

    Any additional comments?

    I have read this story more than once and now I have listened to it. The narrator manages to keep the atmosphere without using a dated voice, leaving the story to create its own aura.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mariana

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Carolyn Bonnyman

    Juliet Beckett believes in destiny. When she moves into Greywethers, a beautiful 16th-century farmhouse, she suspects that more than coincidence has brought her there. The locals are warm and welcoming; especially the eligible squire of Crofton Hall, yet beneath the ordinaries, Julia senses a haunting sadness about her new home. Then she learns of Mariana, a beautiful young woman who lived there 300 years ago. It seems history has been waiting for Julia...

    Ray says: "I was hooked when I heard the Narrator's voice!"
    "Disappointing Listen"
    What did you like best about Mariana? What did you like least?

    I like books combining a mixture of mystery and a happy ending but this one disappointed me. Too much of the character development was centered on the

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I did not appreciate the way the reader kept her voice to a hushed (Gothic) tone which often had me turning up the volume to hear the finer points of the story. I prefer a more ordinary narration tone leaving the story itself to create the tension and the atmosphere and allowing lighter moments to emerge above the darker tones.

    Did Mariana inspire you to do anything?

    I am going to try out the author's books written as Emma Cole and avoid the narrator for now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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