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hazel

Kilworthy, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (247)

    On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy.

    Trip says: "A secret history of WWII crossed with Monty Python"
    "Double agents revealed"
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    Mr. Macintyre's account of the double agents in WW11 is most interesting and well researched. Unlike "Agent Zigzag" which concentrates pretty much on one man's life and contributions to the war effort, this book is not what I would call "easy listening" by any means however. One must pay attention or soon get lost in an attempt to keep track of the many characters involved, their oddball personalities and the events they participated in. Personally I had to start the book over from the beginning several times before getting a good grasp on each individual's story but then sometimes when listening to an audio book I can get easily distracted, and other listeners may not experience the same problem.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David Jason: My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Jason
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing.

    hazel says: "A truly wonderful listen!"
    "A truly wonderful listen!"
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    Seldom have I had the good fortune to read (listen) to such an entertaining, amusing and well written autobiography. I became acquainted with Mr. Jason's "Jack Frost" persona through watching his sterling performances on the series "A Touch of Frost" which was shown here in Canada, but otherwise, I knew little about his acting career or life. He writes about himself with great humour and humility and the descriptions of his friends, co-actors and family bring them all to life. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a really good "listen"!

    0 of 0 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
    (4629)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2686)

    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...)"
    "Superb!"
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    Another great story by Tana French... and Steven Crossley is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to. If this was not an audio book it would definitely be considered a "page turner". At one time I also had the good fortune to download and listen to another of Ms. French's books called "Faithful Place" but notice it is no longer available. Two other of her books, while listed on Audible as being in the series are also not available and I sincerely hope at some point in the near future they will be made available for purchase. She is a superb writer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1492)
    Performance
    (1288)
    Story
    (1286)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "A real thriller"
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    This audio book was interesting, moved along well and (if reading it in print) could be called a "page turner". The main characters are credible and the narration by Erik Davies is simply awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marking Time

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    At Home Place, the windows are blacked out and food is becoming scarce as a new generation of Cazalets takes up the story. Louise dreams of being a great actress, Clary is an aspiring writer, while Polly, is burdened with knowledge and the need to share it. This is the sequel to "The Light Years".

    Sarah says: "Gentle, but Compelling"
    "Just not my cup of tea"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No.. struggled to get through it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Jane Howard again?

    possibly


    What about Jill Balcon’s performance did you like?

    clear narration and great voice inflection


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Did not suit my taste in stories. Found it a bit trite and boring

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sisters Who Would be Queen: Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Leanda de Lisle
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Mary, Katherine, and Jane Grey---sisters whose mere existence nearly toppled a dynasty and altered a nation's destiny---are the captivating subjects of Leanda de Lisle's new book. The Sisters Who Would Be Queen breathes fresh life into these three young women, who were players and victims in the violent and vicious world of Tudor power politics and whose heirs could otherwise be ruling England today.

    Linda Lou says: "WELL-RESEARCHED & ENTERTAINING"
    "Narrator reads too quickly"
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    This book is of great interest historically but is difficult to digest because the narrator speaks too quickly so it requires constant reviewing

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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