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EJJ

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  • Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alison Light
    • Narrated By Gale Van Cott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Virginia Woolf wrote A Room of One’s Own in 1929, she established her reputation as a feminist, and an advocate for unheard voices. But like thousands of other upper-class British women, Woolf relied on live-in domestic servants for the most intimate of daily tasks. That room of Woolf’s own was kept clean by a series of cooks and maids throughout her life. In the much-praised Mrs. Woolf and the Servants, Alison Light probes the unspoken inequality of Bloomsbury homes with insight and grace.

    EJJ says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is primarily suitable for the general reader, but the narration is terrible, so listening is a painful experience. The narrator mispronounces so many words and names that it's obvious she hasn't the vaguest understanding of the material. In addition, her voice is bland, and her inflections are annoyingly repetitive. A robotic performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mrs. Woolf and the Servants?

    Sorry--I listened for four hours and then couldn't take it any longer.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gale Van Cott?

    Siri would have done a better job.


    Did Mrs. Woolf and the Servants inspire you to do anything?

    Avoid anything with this narrator in the future.


    2 of 2 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
    (2230)
    Performance
    (1967)
    Story
    (1955)

    >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"
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    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
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    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"
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    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
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    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.

    Bonny says: "Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet."
    "Strangely Undeveloped Characters"
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    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (749)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (702)

    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"
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    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
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (345)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    bernadette says: "Wow!"
    "Don't get complaisant when you listen...."
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    If you could sum up Watching You in three words, what would they be?

    Don't get complaisant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Watching You?

    The very, very end.


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

    Excellent narrator, though he really can't sound like a four-year-old boy and shouldn't try.


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

    The final lines gave me chills.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going right back for another book by this author!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Daughter of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (241)

    Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is bored. To divert his attention from his pain, a friend brings him pictures of faces. He becomes engrossed with the portrait of Richard III. How is it possible that such a sensitive-appearing soul could have been portrayed as the odious villain, the Wicked Uncle of history, responsible for the murder of his young nephews, heirs to the British throne, in order to secure the line of succession for himself?

    Sheila says: "very interesting"
    "Entertaining book but wrong reader"
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    If you could sum up The Daughter of Time in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining and re-readable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Derek Jacobi is an excellent actor but not really the best for this sort of task. His English accent is too high-brow for the main character, and his "American" accent is just weird.


    Any additional comments?

    A good story, based upon solid history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    Overall
    (1095)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (997)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "Tedious"
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    Would you try another book from Wally Lamb and/or the narrators?

    No. Absolutely not.


    What was most disappointing about Wally Lamb’s story?

    The narration was overwrought and overacted. There wasn't a single character who was likable or sympathetic.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    There really wasn't any pace to match. The characters spend half of every segment reflecting and asking themselves rhetorical questions about the same old events, and the other half is spent in meaningless detail and answering questions with "uh huh."


    Was We Are Water worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished this because I'm one of those readers, but I can't think of a single redeeming quality about the book. Each character was damaged, bitter, self-pitying, and poisonous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (842)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Stunning and Surprising"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The subtle shifts in this book drew me in, entirely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dinner?

    When I began to realize that things were not as they seemed.


    If you could take any character from The Dinner out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None--I would not want to be near any of these people.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3014)
    Performance
    (2591)
    Story
    (2603)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Pot-Boiler"
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    What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

    The narrator was very good and could change accents seamlessly.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It would have made an excellent short story.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Morton can take the seed of a good story and flog it into a shapeless mess.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wordy Shipmates

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Eric Bogosian, T. Bone Burnett, Jill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (344)

    Sarah Vowell's special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun. She takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where "righteousness" is rhymed with "wilderness," to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America's most celebrated voices.

    Mari says: "Vowell Nailed It Again"
    "Interesting and Witty"
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    Would you listen to The Wordy Shipmates again? Why?

    I might.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wordy Shipmates?

    The Pequot Wars.


    What about Sarah Vowell, Eric Bogosian, T. Bone Burnett, Jill’s performance did you like?

    I like Sarah Vowell. The others were a nice touch, but they were not absolutely essential to the work.


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

    Not necessarily.


    Any additional comments?

    Sarah Vowell's delivery is so much a part of the experience that this is one instance in which merely reading the book would have been a lesser experience than listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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