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Elizabeth

I record audiobooks for Librivox.

BURBANK, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 21 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 127 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • All She Ever Wanted

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    A three-time Christy Award winner, Lynn Austin crafts rousing tales of hope and redemption. All She Ever Wanted stars Kathleen Seymour, a woman who seems to have it all, though she hides a dark family secret. To her horror, everything comes crashing down when she loses her job and her daughter is caught shoplifting. Desperate to regain control over her life, Kathleen returns to her estranged family to mend her severely broken relationships before it is too late.

    Carla says: "Pure Enjoyment"
    "Not Austin's best"
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    I'm still not sure what the theme of this book is. Austin seems to make it about the relationship between characters but the story is told in a disjointed fashion. Kathleen and her daughter's story was resolved in far too pat a ending and the insertion of a murder mystery was rather ill advised. Eleanor, Kathleen's mother was a terrible parent although you understand the source of her bitterness. Nevertheless, to see her go from strong and fun loving to weak and bitter because of a man was disturbing. Fiona, Kathleen's grandmothe, was more exciting but once again the reader is left with a morally weak woman who has two long affairs with married men without considering the effect on anybody but herself. Austin certainly does not excuse such behavior but Fiona self pitying attitude was annoying. You want Fiona to actually do something with her life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Goose (BBC Radio 4: Classic Serial)

    • ORIGINAL (57 mins)
    • By Paul Gallico
    • Narrated By Steve Mackintosh, Georgia Groome, Deborah Findlay, and others
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Paul Gallico’s The Snow Goose by Nick Warburton, starring Steven Mackintosh.

    When Open Book asked various authors to champion a favourite neglected classic on the programme, Michael Morpurgo chose The Snow Goose - perhaps no surprise, with his own story 'War Horse' depicting a friendship between a boy and his horse which takes them both into the horror of World War I.

    Elizabeth says: "The Book is better"
    "The Book is better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book version had luscious prose and a sentimental but not cheesy story. The audible version is a dramatic reading so it is very much abridged. The actual book has a feeling of the grey, winter landscapes of Northern England. Philip Rhayader reminded me a little bit of Mr. Rochester although his personality is far nicer. Frith is a character very much like her surroundings with her wildness, fear and gentleness. The ending is tragic and yet is very beautiful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Private Patient

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    Cheverell Manor is a lovely old house in deepest Dorset, now a private clinic belonging to the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell. When investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn arrived there one late autumn afternoon, scheduled to have a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar removed, she had every expectation of a successful operation and a pleasant week recuperating. Two days later she was dead, the victim of murder.

    R. Sentman says: "Problem with narrator."
    "This P. D James's most frightening tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    P. D. James is one of those authors that describes things so well you could listen to her describe a flower pot. This book has some terrifying moments and I detected a slight gothic feeling much like the "Black Tower." Some things were not explained at the end and the murderer was revealed quite a while from the end. Partly this was due to James's wish to not be confused with Agatha Christie. Her books never have the fantastic endings of a Christie novel and are in fact not her strongest point. It is the journey not the destination that is key.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2898)
    Performance
    (1669)
    Story
    (1663)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Interesting"
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    I did enjoy this novel even though it was a bit different. The characters are slightly type cast and the mystery element was very unbelievable but it was a fun, fluffy read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life Management for Busy Women: Living Out God's Plan with Passion and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Aimee Lilly
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Elizabeth George: speaker, teacher, and best-selling author of A Woman After God's Own Heart, admits to being a disorganized, goal-less woman when she was in her 20s. Over the decades, the love and patience of God and the transforming power of his Word and Spirit have taught her the life-changing principles she shares here.

    Elizabeth says: "Practical"
    "Practical"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Elizabeth George does get a bit repeitive over time and this book while practical is not unique. I found that she tends to assume that you have the same sort of life she does and it is geared for married women with children. If you don't have that sort of life then this may not be the best book for you. But on the whole I enjoyed it and found it helpful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Key: A Miss Silver Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    It's nearing the end of World War II, and Michael Harcsh has been working for the government on a secret project for years. Finally, he is ready to hand over his precious formula. But the next morning, he is found dead, shot in the church where he used to go and play the organ.

    Mrs. Eve Smith says: "Great, just downoaded another Wentworth!"
    "Miss Silver is special"
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    Performance
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    Another Miss Silver mystery. The ending was pretty unexpected. I liked that she portrayed the Jewish victim well and without racism. I detected a slight gothic undertone. As usual Miss Silver is wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3079)
    Performance
    (2550)
    Story
    (2564)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "Interesting but I don't agree"
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    First of all I was disappointed that this book has a Buddhist theme and yet it was never mentioned in the description. Also there is no mention of Christmas so it hardly seems like a Christmas gift. Ann seems a like someone who has seen a whole lot yet I did not see anything very inspiring. She was practically dragged into her second marriage and seemed frankly to be very lucky that a guy was willing to wait ten years. A interesting listen but not one I would hear again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Listening Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (172)

    No one would ever have guessed that Paulina Paine was deaf, and that her ability to lip-read was astonishing. So the two men who met one day during the showing of a new art exhibition did not realise until too late that the middle-aged tweedy figure sitting out of earshot could understand every word they said. And it had been no ordinary conversation. In fact, Paulina was so shaken by its implications that she went to see Miss Silver straight away.

    Constance says: "Elegant classic mystery"
    "Classic Wentworth"
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    This book is like most Patricia Wentworth books. Calming and cozy without a startling ending. This ending was pretty easy to figure out but nevertheless I Iiked it. There was an interesting subplot about one of the characters nude photos which I imagine was terribly shocking for the 50's. Of course it is dealt with in a very careful way because Patricia Wentworth is even more old fashioned than Christie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Taken at the Flood: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    A few weeks after marrying an attractive young widow, Gordon Cloade is tragically killed in the London blitz, and overnight the former Mrs. Underhay finds herself in sole possession of the Cloade family fortune. Shortly afterwards, Hercule Poirot receives a visit from the dead man's sister-in-law, who claims she has been warned by "spirits" that Mrs. Underhay's first husband is still alive.

    James Gordon says: "Divine Poirot"
    "Not Christie's best but still great"
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    Agatha Christie's worst books are still better than most people's best. This book starts out painfully slow but picks up a third of the way through. I did not like the end as Christie seems to be encouraging girls marrying possibly abusive people. Christie seems to often pair handsome and possibly dangerous young men with smart and strong young women. She does understand how attractive such people can be. The ending is not quite as clever as many of hers. Hugh Fraser is one of the best readers I have heard and his range of voices is truly amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune's Bride: The Brides of Montclair, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Jane Peart
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (12)

    Slowly she turned to face the door just as Graham came through at full stride. At the sight of him a wild kind of joy seized her. Graham halted on the threshold. He drew in his breath sharply, and in spite of himself, his pulse thundered at the sight of the tall, willowy figure. The last time he had seen Avril she had been a child. Here in her place was a graceful young woman. "Avril, my dear," he said, finding his voice. "Welcome home!" Readers of Fortune's Bride will be smitten with the charm of the old South as they follow Avril's development into womanhood.

    Elizabeth says: "Good story but terrible reader"
    "Good story but terrible reader"
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    Once again Renee Raudman almost ruined this story for me. She does really bad male voices and her famale voices are not much better. The story is light and fluffy as all Jane Peart books are. Avril is a bit selfish and immature but l still like her. This book is a little like eating cotton candy, enjoyable once in a while but not very good for a steady diet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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