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Deborah

Quitman, GA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (849)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "Almost lost me at Mrs. Mickleson (sp?)..."
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    Would you try another book from Wilkie Collins and/or Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble ?

    Josephine Bailey does an adequate job with most of the female characters in this work, although she delivers a rather wilted and insipid Laura- but I nearly had to give this wonderful book down during offering of Mrs Mickleson's account. Has to be heard to be fully appreciated, ugh, but sounds as if she is speaking down a long pipe-- tones bearing down on air (think Jan Brady as a fussy noblewoman down at heel and full of pride). Her vocals would have sent poor Mr Fairlie to his grave!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble ’s performances?

    Simon, yes. Ms. Bailey, doubtful- depends upon the story.


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

    Oh, yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plain Jane: A Novel of Regency England - Being the Second Volume of A House for the Season

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    "Oh to be as beautiful as Euphemia!" plain Jane Hart sighs when she joins her sister Euphemia at Number 67 Clarges Street for the season. Then Lord Tregarthan might notice her, as she had noticed him and forever lost her heart to the most eligible bachelor of the town. But Euphemia’s fate is to flirt through balls and into the arms of a marquis, while Jane’s is to stay home, amusing herself with snooping into the strange death of Miss Clara Vere-Baxton, a former tenant of Number 67.

    Deborah says: "Lovely, mostly. Cinched up rather abruptly, howev"
    "Lovely, mostly. Cinched up rather abruptly, howev"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Plain Jane to be better than the print version?

    As have not read, cannot answer


    If you’ve listened to books by M. C. Beaton before, how does this one compare?

    Such a different turn- from, for instance, the Agatha Raisin series, or the Hamish Mcbeth stories. I feel this is the author's best niche, really. Some of the sex biz with Agatha is awkward and mortifying- as if Beaton felt it necessary to insert, but was not quite comfortable with it. She seems much more at home with this series.


    Which character – as performed by Lindy Nettleton – was your favorite?

    Jane, rightly so


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

    'Upstairs, Downstairs Lite"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison in the Pen: Miss Silver, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Tilling Green was a charming little village nestling in the Ledshire countryside. Not at all the sort of place you would expect to find an anonymous letter writer. And when one of the recipients, a young woman, was found drowned in the lake belonging to the Manor House, Miss Silver was persuaded to go and investigate. Valentine Grey was marrying one Gilbert Earle, but on the night of Valentine's pre-wedding party Jason Leigh, Valentine's former love, returned after months without a word.

    Meep says: "The first Miss Silver I ever read, and still a fav"
    "Where's the story??"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author's customary character development is missing, and we are left with Ms Silver and her detective endlessly discussing case details and possibilities. I found I was in a fog of Mettie and Maggie and Renie, sometimes called Irene, to further complicate. After a bit, i just didn't care, really.


    What was most disappointing about Patricia Wentworth’s story?

    I felt no connection with any character, save Ms. Silver; and even she got on my nerves after a while, because it's impossible that she should've solved this particular case with so little contact with the 'suspects' or opportunity to observe them--they were none of them on the scene long enough.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The perpetual stuttering of the various characters, whenever anxious or fearful, just works my nerves. This is true for all the books I have heard in the series, but this time in particular, she was on my last nerve.


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

    Disappointment and aggravation with both narrator and author. Come on, ladies; you can do better than this.


    Any additional comments?

    I will certainly listen to more in this series-- I should say again that this volume was singularly disappointing for the reasons given.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (564)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Gibel 100% committed to 'Mu-DOM' for 'Madame.' Ugh"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    All the sexual innuendo in CC's conversations with her ex--and with all men in the story-- just comes off as silly. Trying too hard for chemistry, and will-they/won't they? sideline. The continuous coffee lore regression was tedious. Then the main character's description of her own petite frame and (required) perky C-cups. Eww. Please stop.


    What other book might you compare On What Grounds to and why?

    Any food based murder mystery. And, it must be said that it comes off as more of a serious attempt than many. However, there was the same sense of 'she's dead; let's eat' found in some of the more comically intended foodie mysteries. In this case, let's have a spectacular brew; the most superior brew in the city, the country, and here's why it is so marvelous: don't rush the process....etc, etc


    What didn’t you like about Rebecca Gibel’s performance?

    It is evident that she took time to get some of the more difficult pronunciations of French terms--objet d'art, omerta, and others; but, when it came to the most frequently repeated French term, 'Madame," she never once veered away from the completely lazy and downright grating 'Mu-DOM.' Not a petty complaint after the first 300million repetitions, trust me!


    Was On What Grounds worth the listening time?

    I bought this one through Daily Deal; otherwise, would probably have returned.


    Any additional comments?

    Just meh. Did not even make me crave a latte.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17426)
    Performance
    (11624)
    Story
    (11516)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "I cannot face 25 more hours of this; sorry"
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    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    As all Ms. Gabaldon's books run 30+ hours, some 40+, I have to say No. I have been treated to Ms. Porter in other selections, and am sure to encounter her again. Not a terrible prospect, but not one to which I look much forward, either.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Obviously, the author dedicated all her time and much of her energy to it. Most impressive.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Ms. Porter makes Claire Randall sound as if she might be approaching 50. Another reader would have brought more vitality and sexuality to the part


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

    Only if it were boiled down to @ 2 hours, which is doubtful.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Man and Superman

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By George Bernard Shaw
    • Narrated By Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Juliet Stevenson, and others
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Man and Superman was the first drama to be broadcast on the BBC's Third Programme on October 1, 1946. To celebrate Radio 3's 50th anniversary, the play was directed by Sir Peter Hall, and preserved for all time in this lush audio dramatization. 'A comedy and a philosophy', Man and Superman is based on the Don Juan theme, and using all the elements from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Shaw reordered them so that Don Juan becomes the quarry instead of the huntsman.

    Deborah says: "Where's Judi?"
    "Where's Judi?"
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    What disappointed you about Man and Superman?

    I simply expected more of Dame Judi- as she was given first billing in Audible's synopsis (in list of narrators).


    Would you be willing to try another book from George Bernard Shaw? Why or why not?

    Yes; the man was brilliant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Opening scenes, I suppose. It does labor on toward the conclusion.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Circular Staircase

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    “This is the story of how a middle-aged spinster lost her mind, deserted her domestic gods in the city, took a furnished house for the summer out of town, and found herself involved in one of those mysterious crimes that keep our newspapers and detective agencies happy and prosperous.” So begins The Circular Staircase, a book which has been hailed as the best novel by the most important American woman mystery writer of our time.

    Scott says: "Excellent narrator"
    "40 is the new 75 to this narrator- UGH!"
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    What did you like best about The Circular Staircase? What did you like least?

    Mary Roberts Rinehart is one of my favorite American writers of the light or 'cozy' mystery story, as well as a master of the sardonic style of journal-telling format.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I have read this book a few times; it is somewhat convoluted and maybe not MRR's best.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Roberts Rinehart heroines deserve MUCH better! A narrator who is as familiar with MRR's style as many of her admirers and readers. Also, one who does not think a middle-aged woman has the vocality of a septua- or even octogenarian.


    Was The Circular Staircase worth the listening time?

    It should have been; however, I hope it will not be the first try by many readers of MRR's books.


    Any additional comments?

    I had been almost angry in the past at Flo Gibson's aging of MRR's middleaged characters- these are strong women, full of wit and sarcasm, daring, and even romance. Yet Flo gave the 80 year-old's quaver to every one of them. In the case of Tish, perhaps, this was acceptable--but not for ALL. Some of these women end up in a romance by story's end with the detective, investigator, etc., of the story--and, incidentally, these same-aged male characters are given a sound normal to a middle aged man. Therefore, I was pleased to see a new name for narration when I found MRR's offerings on Audible.com. Alas, this narrator apparently learned at the knee of Flo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Unkindness of Ravens: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Michael Bryant
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Rodney Williams's disappearance seems typical to Chief Inspector Wexford - a simple case of a man running off with a woman other than his wife. But when another woman reports that her husband is missing, the case turns unpleasantly complex.

    Marilyn says: "Brilliantly written and very entertaining"
    "Awful, dismal, dated and contrived. So contrived."
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    What disappointed you about An Unkindness of Ravens?

    The murder just does not make sense. There is no meat in it, nothing to serve as catharsis, or even reward, for trudging through the mid-1970s hippie trappings (as imagined, clearly, by someone not of the tribe. And the talked singing passages--cringe. More importantly, the victim, introduced immediately, is summarily abandoned, remaining a nonentity for the balance of this loose tale. By the time (finally) the murderer is revealed and the scene described, I had ceased really to care. And the misinformed use of marijuana as psychotic motivator just seems so silly. Bad trip all the way.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Michael Bryant: Thank you for NOT singing; you did your best with the talk-sing. Still; ugh.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Lords A-Leaping: A Father Christmas Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. C. Benison
    • Narrated By Steve West, Jean Gilpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Although Father Tom Christmas serves his little church in enchanting Thornford Regis with a glad and faithful heart, he never expects to find himself skydiving to raise money for it. Nor, safely back on the ground, to see two of the other divers leap from the plane, then tangle in a midair punch-up and begin falling to the earth.

    Deborah says: "Was this really written by CC Benison??"
    "Was this really written by CC Benison??"
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    What would have made Ten Lords A-Leaping better?

    Coherence, an outline, and a reduction of force (living and dead) As I had enjoyed the two other Father Christmas mysteries available through Audible, I looked forward to a pleasant listen with Ten Lords.. Alas. The appearance of the labyrinth in the story setting might have been a warning. Granted, any mystery worth air time has twists and turns; but the shifting accounts, behaviors, alibis and characters- many of whom are known by multiple names!--is like the labyrinth once one is properly lost: nothing seems real or accountable. I was hard pressed to keep in mind even the name and significance of the murder victim--THIS one, not the 4 or 5 others who keep popping up with apparent relevance (as, on a ouija board- ugh). When the two-named girl came on the scene to add her complication, labyrinth turned to maelstrom. Let me off!


    Would you ever listen to anything by C. C. Benison again?

    Yes; but not for a while, and not without numerous strongly positive reviews.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steve West and Jean Gilpin ?

    Steve West is lovely forMartha Grimes' Richard Jury mysteries. He was, however, not at his best with this reading, strident and urgent too much of the time. He really did bring Max to life, though- I felt I could see him and like him. Too babyish, perhaps, with Miranda. Oh, yes, and Canadians do NOT sound like MidWesterners who've spent a lot of time in Alabama!

    Ms Gilpin must be as provoked as by now I am with Madrin's (sp?) stuttering letters to her mother. In print, are the words actually CROSSED OUT?? No one types or writes letters that way; ridiculous. Ridiculous that anytime the character will use a word of more than 2 syllables, the author refuses to let her get it right the first time--Madrin's poor mother, having to sort through all the blunders, EVERY DAY.


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

    Disappointment, of these; recognition of time wasted. And, it must be said, although I am not proud to admit it, I was completely put off (off put?) by * SPOILER ALERT * Father Tom's bedroom escapade, and continued mention of arousal. I've just never thought of him 'that way'


    Any additional comments?

    Just once more, to all Brit narrators, beloved as you are: Not all Americans come from Texas, S Carolina, and/or Tennessee. Just as annoying to the American ear, as must be the American narrators' habit of making all UK dwellers either cockneys or dowager duchesses. But I still love you all!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries: Mrs. Jeffries Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Emily Brightwell
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    She keeps house for Inspector Witherspoon...and keeps him on his toes. Everyone's awed by his Scotland Yard successes - but they don't know about his secret weapon. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, Mrs. Jeffries's polished detection skills are up to the task...proving that behind every great man there's a woman - and that a crime-solver's work is never done.

    Sally says: "Very Entertaining"
    "I don't even care...just stop talking, please."
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    Would you try another book from Emily Brightwell and/or Lindy Nettleton?

    Probably not.


    What was most disappointing about Emily Brightwell’s story?

    The main character is lost in a sea of cut outs and caricatures--most with really bad accents. But, accents aside, the story is just a big, lumbering lummox of a thing; tedious and ill-conceived. The author has forced outrageous stupidity into the Detective Witherspoon character--a SY detective!-- for the purpose of creating the Mrs Jeffries (smart servant helps hapless employer while giving employer all glory and making same believe he is the smart one) character. Yawn.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I made it through the South Texas for American accent on one of the 10000 minor characters- because, I've heard much worse- but the Frenchie French-French maid did me in.


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

    Mrs. Jeffries, taken out of the employ of the buffoon SY detective, and allowed to solve cases on her own, could be of interest. Even the narrator seemed to recognize that this role deserved her best effort. But she (Mrs J) just labors and labors the point of 'oh, sirrrh; aren't you clever..?' Like a mother encouraging a backward child through sheer, slavish indulgence. Maddening.


    Any additional comments?

    After some time has passed, I might try a book far down in the Mrs Jeffries series, just to see if her author ever turned her loose

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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