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  • The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Catherine Bailey
    • Narrated By Stephen Rashbrook
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    In April 1940, the ninth Duke of Rutland died in mysterious circumstances in one of the rooms of his family estate, Belvoir Castle. The mystery surrounding these rooms holds the key to a tragic story that is played out on the brutal battlefields of the Western Front and in the exclusive salons of Mayfair and Belgravia in the dying years of la belle époque. Uncovered is a dark and disturbing period in the history of the Rutland family, and one which they were determined to keep hidden for over 60 years. Sixty years on, The Secret Rooms is the true story of family secrets and one man’s determination to keep the past hidden at any cost.

    EJJ says: "Well Worth A Listen"
    "Well Worth A Listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A riveting book. I am not entirely certain that I agree with all of the author's conclusions, but she has done a fabulous job of detective work (a major part of the story), and this is particularly fascinating for anyone who is familiar with the era or the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one comes out looking very admirable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The boxes of old letters the duke did not manage to destroy.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent and absorbing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eloise

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Judy Finnigan
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    She was a daughter, a wife, a mother. She was a friend. But what secrets did Eloise take to her grave? Compulsively listenable and haunting, this is the Sunday Times best-selling debut novel from Book Club champion Judy Finnigan.

    EJJ says: "Ho hum"
    "Ho hum"
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    A mildly interesting plot, but the story suffers because a 21st-century woman is the protagonist of a 1930s- or 1940s-style ghost story set in Cornwall, with all the fragility and deference to her husband that one sees in books and movies of that period. Daphne du Maurier's books seem to be the author's model, and, indeed, the main character is said to have been a fan. Unfortunately, Du Maurier's characters are anachronisms nowadays, so nothing rings true in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer House with Swimming Pool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Herman Koch
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (188)

    When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high-profile doctor to the stars, Marc can’t hide from the truth forever.

    Simone says: "I am all over the place with this one!"
    "Tedious"
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    I bought this because Koch's THE DINNER was so good. This book, however, has not one likable character, entirely too much philosophizing by the protagonist, and much too long a wait for something of interest to happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23630)
    Performance
    (19639)
    Story
    (19624)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Gets Very Slow Towards the End."
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    Riveting until the last couple of hours, when the trajectory slows to an excruciatingly slow pace. The only characters developed at all are Megan and Rachel, so all the potential killers seem to be interchangeable. There are no likable characters, which is not a significant problem except for the times Rachel's penchant for self-destructive behavior is enough to make the reader want to chew nails. All in all, worth a listen (or a read), as long as you are not in a hurry for something to happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marie Therese, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Susan Nagel
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Nagel tells a remarkable story of an astonishing woman, from her birth, to her upbringing by doting parents, through to Revolution, imprisonment, exile, Restoration, and, finally, her reincarnation as saint and matriarch.

    Die Falknerin says: "Essential reading for students of Bourbon history"
    "Riveting and Highly Recommended."
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    An excellent book, and one dealing with the Bourbon side of the political upheavals in France from the 1780s through the rise of Napoleon III. While I was listening to this book, I happened to be teaching a history course on the French Revolution and Napoleonic Era, as well as spending a little time in Paris. The account led me to revisit many locations connected to the 1789 French Revolution and the Terror, and it gave these locations increased signifance. In addition, The narration is very well-done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Greta Scacchi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    Persuasion, Jane Austen's last novel, is a tale of love and marriage told with irony and insight. Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth have met and seperated years before. Their reunion, after the passage or irrecoverable years of their youth, forces a recognition of the false values that drove them apart.

    Patricia says: "Really lovely . . ."
    "Good, but My Leastt Favorite Austen Novel"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Persuasion to be better than the print version?

    No.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain Wentworth


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any involving the snobbish father and sister.


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

    The reconciliation.


    Any additional comments?

    A Jane Austen novel about dull people is still better than most novels by others.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Pleasure and a Calling: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Phil Hogan
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    You won't remember Mr. Heming. He was the estate agent who showed you around your comfortable home, suggested a financial package, negotiated a price with the owner, and called you with the good news. The less good news is that, all these years later, he still has the key. That's absurd, you laugh. Of all the many hundreds of houses he has sold, why would he still have the key to mine? The answer is; he has the keys to them all. William Heming's most at home in a stranger's private things.

    Janice says: "The Invisible Man"
    "Very Creepy and Entertaining"
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    Creepy story, but the creepiest character is the one you'll like best. Excellent narration perfect for the tale. Very well done.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Philipp Blom
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The flourishing of radical philosophy in Baron Thierry Holbach’s Paris salon from the 1750s to the 1770s stands as a seminal event in Western history. Holbach’s house was an international epicenter of revolutionary ideas and intellectual daring, bringing together such original minds as Denis Diderot, Laurence Sterne, David Hume, Adam Smith, Ferdinando Galiani, Horace Walpole, Benjamin Franklin, Guillaume Raynal, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In A Wicked Company, acclaimed historian Philipp Blom retraces the fortunes of this exceptional group of friends.

    EJJ says: "Excellent Book on Radical Enlightenment"
    "Excellent Book on Radical Enlightenment"
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    Where does A Wicked Company rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Wicked Company?

    There are many.


    What does James Patrick Cronin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have done both, and the book is excellent either way.


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

    Diderot and His Times.


    Any additional comments?

    I use this in college classes, and my students enjoy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (953)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (301)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    Shelli Bell says: "What a waste"
    "Interesting story over-acted"
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    Really riveting novel, but narrator not good. Her English accent is overdone, all male characters sound like Bela Lugosi, and the American girls speak in scratchy monotones.
    The story is a good one--buy the book and avoid this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mira Jacob
    • Narrated By Mira Jacob
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Celebrated brain surgeon Thomas Eapen hasa ben sitting on his porch, talking to dead relatives. At least that is the story his wife, Kamala, prone to exaggeration, tells their daughter, Amina, a photographer living in Seattle. Reluctantly, Amina returns home and finds a situation that is far more complicated than her mother let on, with roots in a trip the family, including Amina's rebellious brother Akhil, took to India 20 years earlier.

    EJJ says: "Tedious"
    "Tedious"
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    What disappointed you about The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing?

    Desite the author's occasional flash of genius at description, her dialogue is incredibly tedious. Each conversation appears to include sputtering sentence fragments, and characters ask "What?" any time they hear something unexpected or surprising. I almost wish I had kept track of the superfluous uses of "What." Except for a couple of lusty passages, this could easily have been a Young Adult book.


    Has The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I can't really say that I know what genre this was.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mira Jacob?

    I don't really know. Jacob does accents well, but her methods of expressing anger, sadness, surprise, and everything else are nearly identical and are over-acted.


    What character would you cut from The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing?

    Dimple and Jamie are entirely useless characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth the hype.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1238)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Narrator Saves the Day"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably. It's an interesting story, though there are loooooong stretches of too much description.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    Do you think The Wicked Girls needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It's a standalone story.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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