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Caroline

CHARLES CITY, VA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • A Sea of Troubles: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    On a beautiful spring morning on the island of Pellestrina, south of the Lido on the Venetian lagoon, a small fishing boat moored at the docks suddenly explodes. When it becomes clear that the fire was deliberately set and the boat’s owners brutally murdered, Commissario Brunetti tries to dig up information from Pellestrina’s close-knit - and closemouthed - citizenry. But it is with mixed feelings that he accepts Signorina Elettra’s offer to visit her relatives there and search for clues.

    Jocelyn says: "Classic Mystery"
    "the narrator surely makes a difference"
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    A few books ago, I had the pleasure of listening, for the first time, to a Donna Leon book --"Willful Behavior". It was great - both the story and the performance by narrator Steven Crossley. I was hooked. I hurriedly downloaded Leon's "A Sea of Trouble" but was very disappointed with the performance of David Colacci. So disappointed, in fact, I could not get through an hour of listening. To me the pace was slow and bumbling . I will seek further Leon books read by Crossley or visit the library for the written text.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6088)
    Performance
    (5275)
    Story
    (5267)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Exhautive to read"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Edoardo Ballerini?

    No one else. Mr. Ballerini did all he could to handle this exhaustive narrative


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Jenny Sterlin, Ron Keith
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the "guest" of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick.

    Teddy says: "Nothing to Write Home About"
    "Another P. Gregory enjoyable read"
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    If you could sum up The Other Queen in three words, what would they be?

    history, entertaining and enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great example where a history lesson can be entertaining and enjoyable

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2286)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (2003)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Such a wonderful book on relationships"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to friends and acquaintances. It is such a wonderful read (listen). This was not only an entertaining story it gave a great picture of all kinds of relationships. It was well written, extremely well performed and will be my choice to lead at our book club gathering. C. from Virginia


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Willful Behavior: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Mystery lovers everywhere are addicted to Donna Leon's ever-honorable Commissario Guido Brunetti and her portrayal of Venice's beautiful but sinister byways and canals. In Willful Behavior, Brunetti is approached for a favor by one of his wife's students. Intelligent and serious, Claudia Leonardo asks for his help in obtaining a pardon for a crime once committed by her now-dead grandfather.

    Lawrence says: "Leon Audio Fans Beware!!"
    "Crossly placed on my "go to narrator" list"
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    This was my first Donna Leon book. As always before purchasing an Audible book, I first listen to the narrator and then read the reviews. I saw where there was much criticism for Stenen Crossley's narration. I found both the author and NARRATOR a refreshing and positive listen. I will miss Mr. Crossley's narration in my next Donna Leon book.

    C from a Mid-Atlantic state.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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