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Deborah

Quitman, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries: Mrs. Jeffries Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Emily Brightwell
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    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
  • Five Little Pigs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, but just like the nursery rhyme, there were five other "little pigs" who could have done it: Philip Blake (the stockbroker), who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist), who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcee), who had her roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess), who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister), who cried all the way home.

    Sixteen years later, Caroline's daughter is determined to prove her mother's innocence.

    Kathi says: "Good, but not Christie's best"
    "Fraser always delivers!"
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    Nice twist in this one, and I was glad to find one I had not previously read. Thank you, audible!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Maid

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    The story follows the life of Tina, a young woman caught between the mother who adopted her - the beautiful, upstanding Delia - and her true mother, her plain, unmarried ‘aunt’ Charlotte, who gave Tina up to provide her with a socially acceptable life. The three women live quietly together until Tina’s wedding day, when Delia’s and Charlotte’s hidden jealousies rush to the surface.

    Anita says: "Touching story, well read"
    "Classic Edith W"
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    Enjoyed this little gem.
    Calm, self- assured narration much appreciated . More of these shorts would be most welcome by me

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Egg & Spoon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (208)

    Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. Her brothers have been conscripted into the Tsar's army and taken as servants in the house of the local wealthy landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in St. Petersburg - a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena's age.

    Carol says: "Best Book Ever!!!"
    "Goes ever, ever on."
    Overall

    Fun and fascinating, to a point; but keeps trudging far too long- for my interest, at least. Baba Yaga is fabulous, however, to the end!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (601)

    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

    Mary says: "Laugh out loud"
    "More, please!"
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    New favorite. I've always loved Stephanie Cole, and who doesn't enjoy Benedict Cumberbatch? But my new favorite is Roger Allam; he's marvelous! Thanks to John Finnemore for this series, and for darling Arthur!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (665)

    John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

    Sara says: "Mad Cap Comedy Silliness By The Experts"
    "Happy discovery!!"
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    Bought season 4 thru audible's Daily Deal, and SO glad I did! Have now added this, the 1st season, and am going back to complete the series. Great witty fun, or, as Arthur would say, "Brilliant!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Gallery: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Maryrose Wood
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    Thanks to the efforts of Miss Penelope Lumley, their plucky governess, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf pups now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees.

    Margaret says: "Too good for kids!"
    "I adore these woodie children!"
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    The incomparable Katherine Kellgren brings the Incorrigibles to life as no one else could. I cannot wait to spend more time with them, and with their lovely and loving governess- next book in my cart, please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You've Got It, Haunt It

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Rose Pressey
    • Narrated By Tara Ochs
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Cookie Chanel has a passion for fashion - and a murder mystery to solve! Cookie Chanel has opened her own vintage clothing boutique, It's Vintage, Y'all, in the charming town of Sugar Creek, Georgia. Always on the lookout for stylish second-hand steals, she attends the estate sale of deceased socialite Charlotte Meadows. But she gets a lot more than she bargained for when Charlotte's ghost appears before her - offering fashion advice and begging Cookie to find out who murdered her.

    Charlene says: "Cute"
    "More psychic cat next time, please!"
    Overall
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    Why is Cookie so annoyed with her ghost? Why is she annoyed with Charlotte, at all? A vintage clothing dealer and lover should be thrilled to be adopted by a chic, wealthy, clothing- conscious ghost! A dramatic tension device of the author that just really doesn't make sense. Overall ok cute story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (409)

    Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

    Naomi says: "Delightful! Entertaining! And beautifully written!"
    "Deserved a professional narrator."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes; but better in print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    SUCH a clever story; it was wonderful to take a trip into FairyTale land (Land of Stories)!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Colfer?

    Someone who knows, for instance that the word "FRUSTRATION" has 2 r's. Someone who knows that, when a person has an accent, say, a British accent, he or she has it all the time, and for all words, sentences, and paragraphs of speech he or she utters. Someone who would've known to inject Alex, the main character, with some (or, a) personality.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book, seriously marred by yet another author imagining that she must certainly be the best person to read the story she has written. Too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1719)
    Performance
    (1365)
    Story
    (1358)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "First, fire the narrator; then, the fact-checker"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Perhaps if the narrator had been clued in to a few important details; for instance: 1) Some of these characters are female, and some are male, and- here's the thing- they don't ALL sound alike. The deepest vocal range in the whole reading is given to a woman whom Abby deems, through a psychic session, "gay"; 2) The main and secondary characters are all purported to be in their early to mid-thirties, NOT -sixties (oh, the irony of hearing Michaels speak for Abby, 31, that she "doesn't always act [her] age"); and, 3) The story does not take place in South Philly-- all Michaels' characters- young, old, female, not quite so female- all refer to things, people, events, whatever, having been 'arrestet', 'decidet', 'educatet', people 'remindet' Abby of other people, she realizes she 'neglectet' to lock something, etc. Clearly, this comes to us from Michaels herself, and is not part of Victoria Laurie's story. It is not charming. Nor, by the way, is the peculiar accent--Southern? Afro-American? Southern Afro-American?- accent Michaels give to 'Mary Lou', a weak-willed victim of domestic violence who lives near Abby.


    Has Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye turned you off from other books in this genre?

    She's okay, I suppose, but full of contradictions and snap judgments. Ridiculous disregard for safety on blind (social media site) dates--3 margaritas!? Oh, and on that same date, her date--a cop--allows her to drive herself home, after just a brief walk around to get some fresh air. Wha..?Also, she is up Dutch's butt about all details of their shared cases, except when she herself receives threatening photos in the mail---oh well; I'll just call him Tuesday; then, on Tues, oh, yeah, I forgot...ridiculous.

    WAIT a minute: You know who did it, but you decide to GO TO SLEEP, and call the cops in the morning?? So much nope. Nope.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Elizabeth Michaels’s performances?

    No; definitely not. I do not know how Ms Michaels gets narration work; she certainly should not have had this particular job. Main reasons given above.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye?

    So many: The drunk driving first date; the trip to Boston--who cares where Abby's sister lives?; the psychological evaluation Abby feels free to give to her psychic clients (see above: "You're GAY!"); the whole infanticide case; why such a grisly vehicle just to show us, and the cops, Abby's powers?


    Any additional comments?

    To Ms Laurie and her fact-checker: The well known phrase "I want to be alone" is attributable to the great Greta Garbo; not, as you intimate here, to "Miss Dietrich"Also, even as far back as the 90s, there was this magic feature on phones; it was called *69. So, when Alisson called and you brushed her off then felt bad about it and wanted to call her back but didn't have her #, you could've just, you know. Oh, YEAH, you did use *69, just pages later, you know, when it wouldn't have such a dramatic impact on your storyline!Also. THE KILLER TAKES THE AUDIOTAPE (yeah, audiotape) CASSETTE CASE, but leaves the ACTUAL AUDIOCASSETTE at the scene of the crime!!!???Also, and, more importantly, when (the hell) was all this supposed to take place- meaning, in what decade or era? Some seems almost 80s, some modern, and some is pure 90s. Decide.I think perhaps it was actually written sometime between the 80s- 90s, then attempts were made to inject modern elements into the story for post-2000 release. It just doesn't work.I won't move on to a second installment--not even for $4.95

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jane and the Ghosts of Netley

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephanie Barron
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    The 18th century novelist-of-manners-turned-sleuth returns to delight readers with another nimble-witted investigation of mayhem in the pastoral landscape of rural England. When Jane's gentleman friend Lord Trowbridge sends her, in the utmost secrecy, to retrieve a parcel hidden amidst the ruins of Netley Abbey, Jane finds not only the parcel but also a dying man. When events take a regrettably sinister turn, only Jane is clever enough to pursue the miscreant.

    Shaddi says: "Quite enjoyable."
    "Jane's great love deserves better showcase"
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    This effort was disappointing, frustrating, and more focused on the concerns of secondary characters than on Jane. For this particular story of our heroine's life, I would have loved to spend more time examining the relationship between Jane and Lord H- such was the attention given to her somewhat problematic yet undeniable friendship with Sophia (Sofia?)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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