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Desperately Seeking a Good Read

Eagle River, AK, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 85 titles in library
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  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (920)

    A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

    Teddy says: "Truly a Classic"
    "Bittersweet Tale"
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    If you could sum up A Tale of Two Cities in three words, what would they be?

    Grim historical time. I'm past the half-century mark and read this in high school...didn't remember it at all except that I didn't do so well on my book report! I am living in Paris for a few years so I have been trying to listen to some European classics. I just didn't realize/appreciate the gravity of the French Revolution until I came to live here. As an American, I just don't have much appreciation for world history...I'm getting some! The opening lines of this novel are iconic...they are familiar even to me...if I was a contestant on Jeopardy I would not have put Dicken's poetry with this tale...I feel so much better prepared now for any future contests. The narration is outstanding. I tend to favor male narrators as I find very few women's voices do justice to male roles, and this novel is dominated by male characters. As with the few books I have read placed in this time period, it is a tale full of extreme sadness...at times...hopelessness. To my limited view, it captures the terror of the French revolution all too well. If time travel becomes possible at some point, avoid Paris during the French revolution because no one was safe from Madame Guillotine.Dickens is able to take a sad storyline and somewhat give us a happy ending. If you are a fan of Dickens, this is definitely a story you will want to hear as he takes this time in history and creates a timeless tale.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Unknown Ajax

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (397)

    Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

    bebe says: "Another great Georgette Heyer romance"
    "Thoroughly Entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book. It has been over a quarter of century since I have read a Georgette Heyer book. I decided to give this book a try since I definitely didn't remember any of her books that I had read previously. I sure hope I didn't start with the cream of the crop! The narration was spot on! I will be looking for more books narrated by Philpott. The supporting cast of characters was a treasure. A good, old fashioned romance, with a nice mystery that was predictable, but handled so well. I chuckled many times during the last scene. I had gotten to know the characters so well at that point it was funny to hear their performances to ensure the family name was spared any tarnishing. Just goes to show a well written book can stand the test of time!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow and the Star

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (327)

    In defense of her honor, innocent Leda Etoile has burned all her bridges and taken refuge in her tiny attic room in a shabby boarding house in London. But her last safe haven is invaded when she wakes to find a man hidden in the dark - a man with golden hair and the face of a fallen angel, who moves in the night like a shadow. Will he be her savior, or her ruin? Samuel Gerard draws her inexorably into the richest circles of aristocratic England. But even as Leda falls in love with a man she can never have, she must keep his secrets.

    Melissa Bee says: "Heart crushing plot, exceptional narration"
    "My Favorite Kinsale Book"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I'm pretty sure Kinsale wrote this book just for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I have lived in Hawaii, Japan and now Europe. I loved how Kinsale brought all these cultures together in one story. It was a such a treat for me. I would love to discuss the book in great detail but I don't want to give any of the storyline away because I enjoyed every little twist and turn. There were despicable characters but the truly wonderful Lady Ashland consistently steered Samuel and Leda in the right direction for success. After listening to Boulton doing European accents in other Kinsale books it was fun to hear him do (very well) Japanese and American voices...and Hawaiian!

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • For My Lady's Heart: Medieval Hearts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (284)

    Pursued by her enemies, flattered and courted for her lands, a powerful, devious princess is desperate to reach refuge. Haunted by the shadow of the young assassin set upon her, Princess Melanthe knows that an ice cold countenance is her only protection. To succumb to love is the greatest danger of all. She can trust only one man amid the lies, the mysterious Green Knight - a true knight who never wavers once he gives his heart; a man who cannot comprehend deceit.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Refreshingly Different"
    "Kinsale with Boulton's narration is always a treat"
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    This is one of my favorite Kinsale audible books. I wouldn't want to read the text with the old English dialogue but listening to Boulton makes it so easy to place your mind in a different time. While there are similarities with Kinsale's characters and story lines she always amazes me with her tales. Like some of her other works, the characters go for many years with a nearness of the object of their love but no way to have a relationship. People lacked control over so much of their personal freedom even when they were noble born that it is hard to imagine how at one time it was unrealistic to find love and true happiness. Ruck starts out as such an ordinary man, plagued by his thoughts of lust that the church teaches him to constantly fight to put aside. Though ever honorable, it was wonderful to learn how a man without much bedroom experience has gained his knowledge...an ironic source of sexual information. And like a true knight, Ruck fights for what is right...period...no gray areas. He possess incredible faith. Melanthe is consumed with fear for most of her life. She is a real princess who is hopelessly trapped. Her freedom definitely requires a knight in shinning armor to rescue her...one who is always truthful to her as there is never anyone else she can ever trust. It was a great book to listen to despite what sounds like a typical fairy tale.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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