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Margaret

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Going Postal: Discworld #29

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (757)

    Arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig never believed his crimes were hanging offenses, until he found himself with a noose around his neck, dropping through a trap door, and falling into...a government job? Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be an impossible task. Worse, the new Postmaster could swear the mail is talking to him.

    Robert W says: "Finally on AUDIBLE!!!"
    "My first and maybe favorite Pratchett novel! "
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    In honor of Sir Terry's transition I read again and of course saw more than last time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guards! Guards!: Discworld #8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1808)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (898)

    "Where have all the dragons gone?" Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines.

    Glen Phipps says: "The best satire available"
    "one of the best"
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    have listened to this several times when I need a smile. a gift for all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (771)
    Story
    (765)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "Wonderful and interesting story"
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    Would you listen to The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion again? Why?

    Yes, I am listening to it again. It is fun, interesting and imaginative. Fannie Flagg is a wonderful narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the historical weaving of facts about the WASP into an enjoyable story


    What does Fannie Flagg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her accents are spot on, which brings the characters to life with compassion, energy and joy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Women aviation pioneers during WWII


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for making the unabridged version available

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1481)
    Performance
    (1308)
    Story
    (1327)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Eva Gannon says: "A Disappointing Bodice Ripper"
    "Persistence is not paying off!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Cannot answer that question adequately, perhaps someone to whom character development and plausible plot are not important


    What was most disappointing about Amy Tan’s story?

    Relentless description of things I only cared about tangentially, for example, the advice of "handler" to the "trainee" courtesan went on and on and on and on


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Probably not - I turned the narration speed up to 1.5x just to get it moving.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Valley of Amazement?

    Many of the "laundry list" scenes which felt like "padding" to me. Do writers like Tan get paid by the word, I think not, so whoever was supposed to be the editor made some tactical errors in leaving them in. Also the journey to the country side went on interminably


    Any additional comments?

    I have been a customer since 2002. Take this advice - Writers write. Narrators narrate. Actors act. It is a very rare bird who can do all three well - PLEASE stop letting the authors narrate their own works.

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