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Glutenfreegirl

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  • 19 reviews
  • 67 ratings
  • 106 titles in library
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  • How to Train Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (285)

    Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.

    melrailey says: "Terrific Fun!"
    "Loved the movie, had to listen to the book."
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    Where does How to Train Your Dragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was well read by David Tennant and a funny Viking adventure story. But, after all it is a children's book and I am an adult so it would not rank in my top 50 books.


    What other book might you compare How to Train Your Dragon to and why?

    Cannot really compare as I do not read many books like this.


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

    The main character, Hiccup the Useful was cute and had a good heart.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book for children that like adventure stories featuring dragons. Has a bit of humour and action with a good ending. The book is not like the movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Seven Dials Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Gerry Wade had proved himself to be a champion sleeper, so the other houseguests decided to play a practical joke on him. Eight alarm clocks were set to go off, one after the other, starting at 6:30 a.m. But when morning arrived, one clock was missing and the prank then backfired, with tragic consequences. For Jimmy Thesiger in particular, the words "Seven Dials" were to take on a new and chilling significance....

    Glutenfreegirl says: "Audio book could not keep my interest"
    "Audio book could not keep my interest"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The beginning of the book is fine but after about an hour into it, I started to lose interest and could not figure what was supposed to be going on. It was not until the denouement at the end, that I got a glimpse of what the plot of the story was.


    What could Agatha Christie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Agatha Christie is one of my fave authors of all times, but this book was dull. The characters weren't interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Emilia Fox – was your favorite?

    None of them.


    Did The Seven Dials Mystery inspire you to do anything?

    Take a nap.


    Any additional comments?

    The Seven Dials Mystery is supposed to be a pseudo-sequel to the Secret of Chimneys, to me, it is not. Yes, there are some four repeat characters and a murder takes place at Chimneys in both books, but that is it, It is not a continuation of Chimenys at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (758)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Tad Davis says: "Delightfully silly"
    "Delilghtful Parody of Victorian Life"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the actors were good and the play was performed quite well. If you like the movie, you will enjoy this full cast audio production.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of Chimneys

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Little did Anthony Cade suspect that an errand for a friend would place him at the center of a deadly conspiracy. Drawn into a web of intrigue, he begins to realize that the simple favor has placed him in serious danger.

    G. Allen says: "My favorite Agatha Christie novel"
    "Early work of Agatha Christie"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a stand alone mystery by Agatha Christie. It does not contain Poirot or Miss Marple. It is worth listening to because it is interesting to hear a mystery using amateur sleuths.


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

    I simply adore Hugh Fraser narrating A. Christie books. His voice and inflections are superb. His voice makes for a delightful listening experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Links (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot. When Poirot arrives in France, following an urgent appeal for help, he finds he is too late. His client, a South American millionaire, has been stabbed to death and his body flung into a freshly dug open grave on the golf course adjoining the property. Meanwhile the millionaire's wife is found bound and gagged in her room. Poirot launches an investigation and the baffling mystery begins to unfold.

    Glutenfreegirl says: "Wonderful Full Cast Radio Drama"
    "Wonderful Full Cast Radio Drama"
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    What made the experience of listening to Murder on the Links (Dramatised) the most enjoyable?

    All the actors were superb. The sound effects make it realistic.


    Which character – as performed by John Moffatt – was your favorite?

    Poirot and Hastings, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Agatha Christie novels, you will enjoy this radio production. Murder on the Links is one of Christie's earlier works and a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreadful Debutante: The Royal Ambition Series, Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Arranging a season for an unruly young lady whose habit is to enter drawing rooms by sliding down banisters presents a challenge at best - especially since the hoydenish Mira has a sister of incomparable grace and beauty. Mira isn’t at all daunted by the local society and its ridiculous marriage mart. Her heart belongs to Lord Charles, who has been the object of her dreams ever since she was a child. But alas, Charles has eyes only for her ever-perfect sister, Drusilla.

    Glutenfreegirl says: "Enjoyable, lighthearted historical romance."
    "Enjoyable, lighthearted historical romance."
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    Where does The Dreadful Debutante rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dreadful Debutante was a light read. The characters were interesting and the dialogue was fun to listen to. A nice audio book to listen to at the end of the day. Nothing heavy or too dramatic or vulgar.


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

    Lindy Nettleton does a great job narrating, as always.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 4.50 from Paddington (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By June Whitfield, Ian Lavender, Joan Sims, and others
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    A Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring June Whitfield as the deceptively mild Miss Marple with Ian Lavender, Joan Sims and Susannah Harker. Elspeth McGillicuddy is down from Scotland for a holiday and boards the 4:50 train from Paddington station to visit her friend, Miss Marple. During the journey, another train pulls alongside, and through the window Mrs McGillicuddy witnesses a tall, dark man strangling a blonde woman. She reports what she has seen, yet no one takes any notice.

    jocelyn says: "4.50 from paddington"
    "Wonderful Radio adaptation of a Miss Marple story"
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    Would you listen to 4.50 from Paddington (Dramatised) again? Why?

    Yes, I really enjoyed the full cast combined with the sound effects. Excellent production.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miss Marpe, naturally.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I really cannot pick a favorite. All of the narrators did a great job and made the story a pleasure to listen to.


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

    Yes, it was so entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Savage Marquess: The Royal Ambition Series, Vol. 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Certainly the two should never have met. The handsome, wealthy Marquess of Rockingham was the most notorious man in London, as infamous for his violent temper as he was for his intemperate ways. Miss Lucinda Westerville was a country vicar's daughter, as innocent as she was lovely and as proper as a young lady could possibly be. Yet when this improbably matched pair met at a glittering social ball, they had struck the dubious bargain to become man and wife.

    Yuefang says: "It's Something New To Me!!!"
    "Excellent narrator, Terrible story."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A completely different plot. It is hard to believe this is historical romance at all. In is not until the last four minutes of the audio book that there is even a hint of feeling between the two main characters. What makes this a 2 star rating for me is that the main story line is about side characters. Mainly, the hero's murderess mistrees and two lady's maids, one who ends up murdered. There are chapters where there is no mention of the hero and heroine at all! The communications between the hero and heroine is comical and childish. The Marquess of Rockingham has a terrible temper and it is sooo not sexy but rather childish and boring when it happens everytime he is written about.


    Would you ever listen to anything by M. C. Beaton again?

    Absolutely. Historical Romance written by M. C. Beaton are among my favorite audio books.


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

    Yes! I simply adore Lindy Nettleton's audio performances. She reads this book quite well as she does the others I have listened to.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Savage Marquess?

    The Marquess' mistress needn't be an maniacal, opium crazed women to seem unlikeable. Any scene where she is murdering or attempting murder I could have done without. Also, any scene with the stupid fop, Zeus Carter ( the cousin of the Marquess) could have been deleted.


    Any additional comments?

    Where was the romance? This book was like a poorly written Victorian crime book. Not good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Nicola McAuliffe, Philip Jackson, Simon Williams, and others
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    This is the very first Poirot/Hastings story. Set in 1916, we meet Captain Hastings as he is invalided out of the Great War and goes to convalesce at Styles Court, the family home of his great friend, John Cavendish. By an extraordinary coincidence, billeted in the village is a brilliant little retired detective with an egg-shaped head, who made a considerable impression on the Captain when he was in Belgium. Styles is not a happy household and in the blistering summer heat, tensions mount.

    Glutenfreegirl says: "Most Entertaining!"
    "Most Entertaining!"
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    Where does The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Dramatised) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoy the BBC radio dramatizations of the Agatha Christie novels. They are well done and the Mysterious Affair at Styes, is no exception.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is Agatha Christie's first novel. I read the book and then wanted to listen to the full cast audio. Really enjoyed the whole performance.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I was able to tell the different characters voices apart. All the actors were lively and engaging in character. Love, love all the background noises and side effects.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful way to relax in the evening after a long day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • By the Pricking of My Thumbs & Postern of Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Tommy and Tuppence are at it again. This detective couple can never walk away from a mystery and these two later novels are no exception. By the Pricking of My Thumbs: When Tommy and Tuppence visit an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home, they think nothing of her mistrust of the doctors; after all, Ada is a very difficult old lady. Postern of Fate: Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have just become the proud owners of an old house in an English village. Along with the property, they have inherited some worthless bric-a-brac, including a collection of antique books....

    Glutenfreegirl says: "Last two books of the Tommy and Tuppence series."
    "Last two books of the Tommy and Tuppence series."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of By the Pricking of My Thumbs & Postern of Fate to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! It is well read by Hugh Fraser which made it highly enjoyable to listen to.


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    He reads quite well.


    Any additional comments?

    By the Pricking of my Thumbs is my least fave Agatha Christie novels as I did not like the story line but do enjoy the Tommy and Tuppence characters and Hugh Fraser's voice made it worth listening to. Postern of Fate is the last Tommy and Tuppence story and takes place when the characters are retired.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (641)

    Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

    Coffee Lover says: "Wonderful story, perfect narration!"
    "Hooked on Mrs. Pollifax"
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    What did you love best about The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax?

    Dorothy Gilman creates likeable characters and keeps the adventure story going without a dull moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing Mrs. Pollifax was well read by B. Rosenblatt. The spy story line is fun to listen to, the characters were interesting and likeable and there is no unnecessary violence or strong language.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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