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Christine

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  • Kingdom by the Sea: A Journey Around the Coast of Britian

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    American-born Paul Theroux had lived in England for 11 years when he realized he'd explored dozens of exotic locations without discovering anything about his adopted home. So, with a knapsack on his back, he set out to explore by walking and by short train trips. The result is a witty, observant and often acerbic look at an ever eccentric assortments of Brits in all shapes and sizes.

    Susan says: "Casting creates utter confusion"
    "This book is ruined by the narrator"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    One has only to compare this book with Bill Bryson- who also writes travel books as an America Ex-pat. He has picked up a bit of a British accent, loves Britain, but sees the absurdities.
    This narrator instead of fond irony sounds smug and deprecating.
    I think I may get the book and try again-in general I have loved Paul Theroux,


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Just plain grating, and it was really hard to synthesis the British voice with the american point of view,.


    Was Kingdom by the Sea worth the listening time?

    Still struggling to finish


    Any additional comments?

    Why ruin a good book ?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Second Chance: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (168)

    St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another. The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC - concussion by cheese.

    janet says: "Totally in love"
    "I love this series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Second Chance to be better than the print version?

    Funny , with historical sci fi , great author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dry humor, great heroine


    Any additional comments?

    When is audible recording the fourth in this series- it's on kindle!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Symphony of Echoes: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (320)

    Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

    Sires says: "Enjoyed This Second St Mary's Time Travel Book"
    "A great heroine, much hilarious satire"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Symphony of Echoes the most enjoyable?

    The heroine is both a leader but able to see the absurdities of the working world


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Jodi Taylor continues with this series , and Audible l keeps recording them!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (783)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "Great combination of satire, history ,scifi"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Just One Damned Thing After Another to be better than the print version?

    Love the narrator- she adds so much to the story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist- irreverent but serious about her work


    Which character – as performed by Zara Ramm – was your favorite?

    The protagonist


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic read- no idea why so few reviews!Have read all three; disappointed that book 4 not on audible only on kindle, I hope coming soon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Time Travelers Never Die

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (149)

    When physicist Michael Shelborne mysteriously vanishes, his son Shel discovers that he had constructed a time travel device. Fearing his father may be stranded in time---or worse---Shel enlists Dave Dryden, a linguist, to accompany him on the rescue mission.

    Dave Cole says: "meh."
    "The story wasn't bad, the narrator almost tanked"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The idea is interesting-a son looking foe his fatherm who is travelling in tie


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was pleasantly surprised


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The cadence and rhythm of the narration were so irritating that my hackles rose every time I heard"Dave".
    Which unfortunately, and not a credit to the author,was far too often.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1950)
    Performance
    (1151)
    Story
    (1151)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Sara says: "A fun read"
    "Very funny and well written book"
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    Where does To Say Nothing of the Dog rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is wonderfully written cross between a comedy of manners and science fiction. It is somewhat modeled after


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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