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Anita

Parrish, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Dombey and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    Dombey and Son is vintage Dickens and explores the classic themes of betrayal, cruelty and deceit. Dombey's dysfunctional relationships are painted against a backdrop of social unrest in industrialized London, which is populated by a host of fascinating and memorable secondary characters. The complete and unabridged novel is brought spectacularly to life by veteran reader David Timson.

    eileen says: "A Hidden Dickens Gem"
    "One of his best!"
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    If you could sum up Dombey and Son in three words, what would they be?

    Difficult, memorable and bittersweet


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending. I am not one that cries but I did. I think about this book and ending a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Irish Country Village

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (167)

    Welcome back to the village of Ballybucklebo. Come and say hello again to Dr. O'Reilly's odd-as-two-left-feet patients; his housekeeper, Mrs. "Kinky" Kinkaid; and O'Reilly's pets: Arthur Guinness, the beer-swilling black Lab, and Lady MacBeth, the demonically possessed white cat. And of course, to young Dr. Barry Laverty. After Barry's first month as an assistant to crusty Dr. O'Reilly, he has been offered a permanent spot. But Laverty's excitement is dashed when one of his patients unexpectedly dies.

    N. Murdock says: "Such fun!"
    "Makes me want to live there"
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    I love this series. I would love to live in a town like this and know these people. From the cranky but loveable Doctor O'Reilly to the self serving Councelor Bishop to Kinky the Doctors' housekeeper, this is a place you want to visit over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (875)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (754)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "Time well spent"
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    I bought this book for my kids to read in high school. I'm not sure if either of them finished it. The book sat for years on the shelf and occassionally I would look at it and think I might try it, but being a slow reader I never did. I downloaded the book and within 10 minutes I was hooked. I love George Guidall and he did a great job.
    I was always told the story was about a man who went to prison for stealing bread. That was all. This book is so much more. I will never tell anyone it is about a man who stole bread. It is a book about lies, abuse, treachery and plain old meanness. It is about grace, mercy, compassion, loyalty, love and honor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

    Robert says: "A knockout!"
    "Enjoyed every minute"
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    Where does Nicholas Nickleby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks up at the top. I really enjoyed the characters and the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the end. I was so surprised I had to stop and rewind and make sure I heard correctly.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have heard Simon Vance before and once again he was very good. One character was hard to understand but it could have been me. I learned to pay close attention when this character came up.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending where everything was revealed, I sat surprised, a little sad for the uncle. I was left wondering, as he did, if he would have been a different person had he known the truth. Would he have made different choices and been a better man? Or would he have continued down the path he chose, no matter?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1589)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (836)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Wanted it to more..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but tell them it will leave them wanting.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott Brick did a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    I just felt like the story could have been better. I keep thinking if another person would have written this story it might have been better. It had such great potential but didn't quite make it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3059)
    Performance
    (1533)
    Story
    (1560)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "Wonderful story"
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    If you could sum up Lonesome Dove in three words, what would they be?

    Loyalty, Love and Honor


    What about Lee Horsley’s performance did you like?

    He didn't just read the book, he understood it and the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1640)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1378)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Story might be good, narration is bad"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration made it a chore to listen to. I had to relisten to parts since his inflection was so off I never could figure out why everyone was so angry all the time.


    If you’ve listened to books by Vince Flynn before, how does this one compare?

    This book might be as good as the rest but I don't know. I will consider buying the papeback and reading it myself.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Don't get me started!
    He made everyone sound angry. Made Irene sound old. I couldn't tell one character from another. I kept getting lost and having to relisten to parts. Just a bad job.
    A different narrator was needed.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry to say but this was a waste of my money. I have not enjoyed this book at all. I read the other reviews that said the narration was bad, but I was going to give it a try anyway since I really enjoyed the Mitch Rapp stories. Mistake!
    The narrator makes everyone sound angry all of the time. It seems to me the narrator didn't really know the charcters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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