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  • Jeeves and the Mating Season

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    Bertie Wooster's friend Gussie Fink-Nottle is sentenced to 14 days for wading in the fountain at Trafalgar Square. Bertie is worried that Gussie's fiancé Madeline will be angry because she has a distressing habit of turning her attentions to Bertie when her fiancé upsets her. Bertie has the bright idea of impersonating Gussie, and showing up at Deverill Hall. The situation is wonderfully comical when Gussie shows up, posing as Bertie. Only Jeeves, arriving in his own disguise, can sort out this mess.

    Esquire says: "perfect comic timing"
    "perfect comic timing"
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    I love P.G. Wodehouse and this is one of my favorites of his books and Cecil is spot-on as the reader. Ordinarily I enjoy Frederick Davidson's renditions but for this title he cannot beat Cecil. In fact, I downloaded this version even though I had already downloaded the Davidson version. After many listens, the telling of the two deaf men on a train joke (and subsequent explanations for the aunts) still slays me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6916)
    Performance
    (6286)
    Story
    (6303)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Potentially interesting but too sluggish"
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    Narrator did an excellent job - his choices helped me see the characters more than the written descriptions. Nice range of characters in the book (rich, poor, male, female, old, young, creepy, appealing, different races) but only a few were more than cardboard stereotypes. Interesting variation of "mutants among us" theme and a creative use of alternate history (feels like it was set during the Great Depression) but overall I would not recommend this book. It has the feel of a first draft, bursting out all over. Perhaps the author was going for a 1930s serial feel but it just felt like he bolted after every rabbit that popped up. Eventually I gave up and stopped listening about three quarters of the way through when I realized I didn't really care what happened - or even if I had guessed the ending correctly. Disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8143)
    Performance
    (7213)
    Story
    (7205)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Surprisingly slow for so much action"
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    Interesting variation on paranormal setting. Not the most sympathetic narrator but he makes it work. However, even though I typically prefer nice long audiobooks, this one could use some trimming. My attention wandered during the last half of the book and I basically had to force myself to finish. Rather than a story arc it was more of an electrocardiogram test - up, up, down, up, up, down. I won't be reading more of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Northanger Abbey is the coming-of-age story of Catherine Morland, who is taken to the fashionable resort of Bath with her friends, the Allens. While in Bath, she meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor. The Tilneys invite Catherine to Northanger Abbey, their family estate. Catherine, an avid reader of Gothic novels, soon becomes obsessed with the thought that possible atrocities are going on at the abbey.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Favorite"
    "Why did I wait so long?"
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    I judged this book it by a preview of a filmed version (!) and because I knew this was her earliest work (although published later) I thought it wouldn't display the qualities of her mature works. I was wrong. It is delightful - witty and full of Austen's keen observations of the characters in her world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Day of the Jackal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (594)

    One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

    Darwin8u says: "Tight & fantastic political/cat-and-mouse thriller"
    "So happy to see a new narrator!"
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    I love this book and re-read it every few years. It was one of the first audible titles I bought but the narrator was all wrong (so very slow and monotone). I was so happy to see a new narrator that I bought the book again. Simon Prebble is a much better fit for the story and does a lovely job.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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