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Esquire

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  • Jeeves and the Mating Season

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (222)
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    (74)
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    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
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    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
    (634)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (385)

    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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