You no longer follow EJJ

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow EJJ

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

EJJ

ratings
77
REVIEWS
20
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1
HELPFUL VOTES
53

  • A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Paterson
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    The Victorian era has dominated the popular imagination like no other period, but these myths and stories also give a very distorted view of the 19th century. The early Victorians were much stranger than we usually imagine, and their world would have felt very different from our own. It was only during the long reign of the Queen that a modern society emerged in unexpected ways.

    Amazon Customer says: "Brief, But Insightful"
    "Riveting!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent! So far, one of my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Paterson has done some outstanding research, and Meadows was a very good narrator.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Meadows – was your favorite?

    The book had a sizable population of Victorians, and he did an impressive job with them all.


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

    Victorian Britain.


    Any additional comments?

    I wholeheartedly recommend this work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Greta Scacchi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (950)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (297)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (61)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    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.

    ReluctantReader says: "A Good First Effort"
    "Tedious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (1354)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1195)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2468)
    Performance
    (2166)
    Story
    (2152)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Pleasant Enough"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it as relatively light fiction. The story doesn't really have an enormous amount of depth, though it is diverting enough.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Ho Hum.


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

    This is the first audio book I have heard by Ms. McGovern, and she does an excellent job.


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

    Cora's meeting with her biological mother.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure that the story wouldn't have worked just as well without Louise Brooks. She didn't really add anything.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    The tumult and opulence of England’s Regency era burst from the pages in this work of literary nonfiction by acclaimed author Carolly Erickson. When dementia forces King George III to vacate his throne, the kingdom slips into a decade marked with excess, scandal, and riots. King George has suffered bouts of mental instability before, but in 1810 he shows no signs of recovering. Public and government business halts as word of his condition leaks out. Hoping to control the crisis, Parliament appoints the king’s unpopular son Prince George IV as Regent or caretaker.

    EJJ says: "Riveting History of Regency Period"
    "Riveting History of Regency Period"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Our Tempestuous Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top third.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very well-written without being the least bit dry.


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

    Prebble is an otherwise excellent narrator, but I do wish he would learn to pronouce "cavalry" (he says "caverry") and "chivalry" (he says "shiverry").


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

    The death of Princess Charlotte in childbirth is a sad event.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Celeste Ng
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1276)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1109)

    Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

    colprubin says: "Character Novel"
    "Strangely Undeveloped Characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Everything I Never Told You to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Everything I Never Told You?

    Lydia's drowning


    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Perfectly adequate narration.


    If you could rename Everything I Never Told You, what would you call it?

    A Pitiful Bunch of People.


    Any additional comments?

    Character development strangely weak. There isn't a single likable person in the story except for Hannah and Jack, the only two people who are not developed at all. Overall, the book is interesting at first, but the reader will get to the point of not caring in the least.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3131)
    Performance
    (2803)
    Story
    (2811)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "One of the Best Books of the Twentieth Century"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to To Kill a Mockingbird again? Why?

    I love this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scout.


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

    My first by Sissy Spacek, but I cannot imagine a better narrator.


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

    There is already a film made from the book, and it's wonderful.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.