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Claudia

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  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2731)
    Performance
    (1240)
    Story
    (1243)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Light mystery with a beautiful story of Africa"
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    What did you love best about The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency?

    The narration and the glimpses into the beautiful culture and people of Africa.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency?

    the positive self-image and positive representation of Botswanan women.


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

    Her accents and subtle vocal inflections brought more to this audiobook than I would have gotten from reading it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (571)

    When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.

    Joey says: "Second best book series in print"
    "This series is a masterpiece for all ages!"
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    Where does Gregor the Overlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If we count the whole series as one, it is definitely in the top 5!


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    He did a brilliant job on all of them--I couldn't stop listening, and neither could the kids!


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

    I devoured the whole series, and was sad to finally reach the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book for adults and for children--a great book to share and discuss!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9159)
    Performance
    (3566)
    Story
    (3606)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "One of my all-time favorites!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of World Without End to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but I immensely enjoyed the narration--it was perfectly paced, with all of the characters distinct and full of life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of World Without End?

    With such an immense work, it is impossible to choose. I absolutely loved the whole book and lost a lot of sleep because I couldn't stop listening!


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

    Mr. Lee brought so much life to the characters, as well as subtle detail in the dialogues and narratives that I might have overlooked had I read it to myself silently.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A breathtaking journey into the darkest and brightest times of the Middle Ages.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book--it is one of the best that I have ever read or listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mine Till Midnight: The Hathaways, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (526)

    When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

    Amazon Customer says: "Missing part of the story. NOT unabridged"
    "great historical romance!"
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    Would you listen to Mine Till Midnight again? Why?

    Yes, because it is romantic, the heroine is strong yet believable for the time period, and the representations of gypsy traditions are respectful and not overdone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mine Till Midnight?

    It's a toss-up between the steamy scenes and the interjections of historical facts, but it's actually just the really well-written "encounters".


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    they were all very well done, with fantastic, distinct changes of accent and voice for the different characters.


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

    No, but I really liked it and will listen to it again some time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outcasts United

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Warren St. John
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Set against the backdrop of an American town that without its consent had become a vast social experiment, Outcasts United follows a pivotal season in the life of the Fugees and their charismatic coach. Warren St. John documents the lives of a diverse group of young people as they miraculously coalesce into a band of brothers, while also drawing a fascinating portrait of a fading American town struggling to accommodate its new arrivals.

    Claudia says: "great story, lackluster narration"
    "great story, lackluster narration"
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    Would you try another book from Warren St. John and/or Lincoln Hoppe?

    I would read another by this author, I would avoid this narrator. His narration was only bearable at 1.5 to 2 times the regular narration speed.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Truly inspiring, informative story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lincoln Hoppe’s performances?

    No.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Please redo with a different narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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