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Grapevine, TX, United States | Member Since 2015

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 46 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Pickwick Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Pickwick Papers, Dickens's first novel, is a delightful romp through the pre-Reform Bill England of 1827. Samuel Pickwick and the rest of the Pickwickians are some of the most memorable of all Dickens's creations, and it is a joy to hear of their adventures in search of "interesting scenes and characters", and the repeated efforts of the quick-witted Sam Weller to rescue them all from disaster.

    Darwin8u says: "Watch Dickens Emerge from a Literary Chrysalis"
    "Just terrific!"
    Where does The Pickwick Papers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fabulous stories and so beautifully read. One of Dickens very best.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. pickwick, of course

    Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favorite?

    Could not choose, he was the best reader I have heard. All the characters came to life. i could not wait to go to the gym or ride my bike so I could get back to hear him. It was just like listening to a play.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Way too long for a single sitting, but totally engrossing

    Any additional comments?

    I will look for more books read by David Timson, i wrote his name down on my notes to help me remember when I was halfway thru this reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Flannery O’Connor
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This now classic book revealed Flannery O’Connor as one of the most original and provocative writers to emerge from the South. Her apocalyptic vision of life is expressed through grotesque, often comic situations in which the principal character faces a problem of salvation: the grandmother, in the title story, confronting the murderous Misfit; a neglected four-year-old boy looking for the Kingdom of Christ in the fast-flowing waters of the river; General Sash, about to meet the final enemy.

    Darwin8u says: "O'Connor's Words Shoot Me Every Minute of my Life"
    "Bleak. Who wants to listen to this?"
    What disappointed you about A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories?

    In all fairness I only made it though the first two stories. I found the stories so bleak that I could not wallow in another one.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Flannery O’Connor? Why or why not?


    Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never heard of her, but I thought her reading was very good.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories?

    ICK! not interested in drenching my soul with these dismal tales.

    Any additional comments?

    No matter how well written or well read a story might be, there are some things that are just distasteful to readers looking for something a little more uplifting.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Very good reading of above average murder mystery"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    I liked the contempory London setting, the war veteran detective and the difficulty in figuring out the killer

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

    When the detective slept with the super model

    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the detective wasa interviewing the dying mother.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When we found out that John killed Charlie

    Any additional comments?

    The Latin passages were annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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