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Can't just sit and listen

I like to listen while I exercise, do housework, knit, etc., so I usually prefer a light read for an audiobook.

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  • The French Lieutenant's Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Fowles
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (211)

    At Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast, a young Victorian amateur palaentologist, Charles Smithson, is struck by a solitary figure standing at the far end of the Cobb, staring out to sea. It is Sarah Woodruff, known to the locals as 'poor Tragedy' since her apparent liaison with a French sailor who has since deserted her. Although Charles is already engaged to a young heiress, he is immediately beguiled and eventually infatuated with Sarah.

    Darwin8u says: "Writes with a sharp elegance that is breathtaking"
    "Well written but got a bit too postmo at the end"
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    Would you listen to The French Lieutenant's Woman again? Why?

    No. The ending has a really bizarre twist which kind of ruins it for another read.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the writing is exceptional. However, it is also very self-aware. A 'writerly' text almost more than a 'readerly' one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5434)
    Performance
    (5004)
    Story
    (5009)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Well written and imaginative"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

    The writing. Neil Gaiman is an excellent author. He also has great insight into what it was like to be a kid.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a short book but a little gem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Follow the River

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Alexander Thom
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (312)

    Mary Ingles was 23, happily married, and pregnant with her third child when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement in 1755 and kidnapped her, leaving behind a bloody massacre. For months they held her captive. But nothing could imprison her spirit. With the rushing Ohio River as her guide, Mary Ingles walked one thousand miles through an untamed wilderness no white woman had ever seen.

    Marie says: "Amazing tale of survival"
    "Interesting and compelling"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended it several times. I first read it many, many years ago, but the based-on-reality story is still compelling and inspiring.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Follow the River?

    The heroine being able to survive the winter in West Virginia with very little food and virtually no cover.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2944)
    Performance
    (2480)
    Story
    (2489)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Predictable, but sweet"
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    Would you try another book from Susanna Kearsley and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    Yes, and I did (Rose Garden) but it was not as good.


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

    This was the best by Kearsley I have read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Unfortunately, none of the scenes were remarkable enough to stand out.


    Did The Winter Sea inspire you to do anything?

    Drink a glass of wine?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5686)
    Performance
    (3991)
    Story
    (4013)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "Entertaining story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was pure pulp, but if that's what you need at the moment, then it was time well spent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Halfway to the Grave?

    Nothing really remarkable---just lots of fun.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tavia Gilbert?

    Someone with a proper English accent!


    Did Halfway to the Grave inspire you to do anything?

    Dress like a tart? Pack silver stakes? Nope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wallbanger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alice Clayton
    • Narrated By Heather Smith
    Overall
    (1390)
    Performance
    (1277)
    Story
    (1287)

    Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, Carolyn is gaining an - um - intimate knowledge of her new neighbor's nocturnal adventures. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed "dating hiatus," and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor.

    Rosina Lippi says: "No Sex in the City"
    "Diabolically bad"
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    Would you try another book from Alice Clayton and/or Heather Smith?

    Never again!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Colin Firth narration.


    Did Heather Smith do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Usually


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book was terribly disappointing. Many reviewers claimed it was funny. It just made me groan it was so trite, so poorly written, and so not funny!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a huge waste of money. Yes, you should judge a book by its cover. I should have been forewarned by the title that it would be bad, but let other reviewers' comments on its humor sway me. Bad writing is not funny.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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