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  • The Darcys of Pemberley: The Continuing Story of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Shannon Winslow
    • Narrated By Marian Hussey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A sequel faithful to Jane Austen's beloved masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have been married for almost a year, and their heated arguments are a thing of the past. All that passion is now directed into more satisfying pursuits. But how long can the honeymoon last? The Darcys of Pemberley is the tale of two romances: the continuation of Darcy and Elizabeth's story, and the courtship of Miss Georgiana.

    Ernest says: "An excellent story very well told"
    "an insult to Jane Austen"
    What was most disappointing about Shannon Winslow’s story?

    As a chronic reader of Pride & Prejudice, I was excited to entertain the idea of a sequel to this amazing story.

    To my horror, Ms. Winslow managed to flatten Jane Austen's brilliant characters (much like one of those giant asphalt roller things) into one-dimensional dichotomizations. Each character was either:
    -"an admirable character" (Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bennet, Charlotte, Jane & Mr. Bingley) -dripping with virtue,
    -some loathsome, despicable wretch (pretty much everyone else).

    Listening to this book was an absolute agony! By the time I got to the third chapter, I couldn't bear it any longer.

    It was a complete waste of time and money!

    ....a tabloid magazine & a crispy cream are more satisfying than this book.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marian Hussey?

    It wouldn't have mattered *WHO* narrated this book. It was the story that was unforgivable.

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

    I would pulp the entire mess -and next time I would be sure to read both books (Pride & Prejudice *AND* this "sequel") before publishing.

    Any additional comments?

    can I have my money back?

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "a waste of time & a perfectly valuable book credit"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a decent plot that actually had a destination . . . I kept waiting for S. King to get to the point -or to scare the heck out of me . . . , he never did either . . .

    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    . . . not sure . . . I'll surely be more skeptical. Several of his books have turned-out to be duds -like this one.

    Several S. King books have been quite good (The Shining, Mr. Mercedes, etc).

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

    irritation that I followed this waste case of a protagonist around . . . waiting for him to get to the point . . . which he never did. Jamie (the protagonist) repeatedly alludes to regrets about his pending discovery -and how he wished he never knew.

    Once "the horror" was (finally!) revealed, there was nothing particularly awful or devastating about this Reverend / Pastor Charles Daniel Jacobs fellow or his discoveries. The guy was just a carnival side show messing with a dead body. It was pretty gross, and ultimately a disrespectful violation of the dead woman's trust, but I don't see how knowledge the protagonist gained from this final experience with *Pastor Danny* rendered him so full of shock & awe that he wished he could get it out of his mind.

    Any additional comments?

    a pointless book.

    don't waste your time or your book credits on this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bishop

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Steven James
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone

    Gold Medallion and Christy Award nominee Steven James crafts pulse-pounding psychological thrillers that hold listeners spellbound. This fourth in his CBA bestselling series pushes FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers’ cutting-edge skills to the limit when a woman is found brutally murdered near Washington, D.C. While her killers continue a spree of perfect crimes, Bowers struggles to discover a pattern and crack his most difficult case yet

    Alex says: "Deep and intriguing, the series really starts here"
    "skipped dozens of chapters & didn't miss a thing.."
    What disappointed you about The Bishop?

    There were far too many (long and insufferable) details about the protagonist's personal life and all the wonderful women who wanted him and would give him their love . . . -if only he would let them . . .

    Steven James' insistence upon including all the personal side stories seriously distracted me from his otherwise quite decent story.

    Also, I wonder if James isn't something of a misogynist…? His treatment of the FBI executive "Margaret" was a bit concerning. Was this (I must ask) because Margaret wasn't interested in *loving* his protagonist?

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. Without the personal details, there were plenty of plausible twists & turns and a seemingly well-thought-out ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Incredibly engaging and entertaining!"
    Would you listen to Sycamore Row again? Why?

    Sure! -I already have. Sycamore Row is a great yarn with excellent character development, unanticipated plot twists, and tidy, meticulous disposal of all leads and loose ends.

    I know that using "the N-word" is historically accurate, but it still hurts to hear it used.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lettie Delores Lang -a kind and tenacious Southern Lady.

    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Beck's ability to portray a range of characters -with accents and feelings intact is just incredible!

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Harry Rex is brilliantly written. I loved getting re-acquainted with both Judge Ruben Atlee and with Jake Brigance.

    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Grisham could have been a bit more sympathetic towards Seth's two children and in so doing, created a bit more of a conflict. These two characters -along with Ramona's husband, Ian were a bit flat and portrayed without *any* redeeming characteristics. No one is *ever* all-good or all-bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Ed Sala

    Tell No One is an irresistibly suspenseful thriller infused with nail-biting tension and packed with shocking plot twists. It has been eight years since Dr. David Beck’s wife, Elizabeth, was murdered by a serial killer. When Beck receives a message containing a phrase only Elizabeth should know, he is tormented to tears. Either someone is playing a sick joke, or the wife he’s never stopped loving is still alive. He’s been warned to tell no one, and as the desperation of his search for the truth intensifies, he heads straight toward a deadly secret.

    Patricia says: "Great Fun"
    "Next time *HOLD* the self-flagellation!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    . . . probably not . . .

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Overall this was quite a decent yarn (and I would have likely rated it much higher), . . . HOWEVER . . . while narrating the story, the protagonist's incessant self-flagellating comments regarding his relationship with his spouse (i.e., "Corny. I know.") ruined what otherwise would have been an acceptable & entertaining story!

    The narrator's self-flagellation was entirely unnecessary the first time. It was distracting the second time, irritating the third time, and so utterly exasperating by the end of the book that I won't likely buy another by this -otherwise rather decent author.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I would advise the narrator to have requested some edits on the self-flagellating & call it "abridged". Even he seemed exhausted by all the self-depreciating comments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Not as scary as I hoped it would be..."
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Character development was wonderful! Elegantly and expertly written!

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

    The Shining was much more tense -and more intensely frightening! This was quite wonderful, but would really have appreciated hearing more about Wendy and about Danny's Shining Mentor.

    I couldn't (certainly) put it down until the conclusion!

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

    Mr. Patton plays Steven King's wide range of characters quite brilliantly! He adroitly alters his voice -accurately capturing social classes, regional accents, and age-specific intonations -without a single hitch or ever distracting from the story.Mr. Patton steps inside of and plays each and every character -as if he actually *IS* that character (-ranging from the young girl Abbra to the Italian Grandmother, the 40-something Danny Torrence, men in AA -sponsoring each other's sobriety, and the cast of evil-doers in "The True"). Mr. Patton's transitions from one character to another are so smooth that they seem quite natural. I will certainly be looking for more of his work!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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