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Heidi

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  • The Golden Egg: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    In The Golden Egg, as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor violation committed by the mayor’s future daughter-in-law. Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to comply. Then Brunetti’s wife, Paola, comes to him with a request of her own. The mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaners has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him.

    PhilR says: "A British Brunetti"
    "Hooray David!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Just thrilled to find that one of my favorite actors is now narrating one of my favorite mystery series! Wow! What a great Listen!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2493)
    Performance
    (2243)
    Story
    (2254)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Great story"
    Overall

    A little nostalgic but the interweaving of the Great Depression, the dust bowl, and the rise of hitler into the story of the Olympic crew team was fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4025)
    Performance
    (3575)
    Story
    (3583)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Sandra says: "Be prepared to love the characters."
    "If you liked the Book Thief you'll love this!"
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    What made the experience of listening to All the Light We Cannot See the most enjoyable?

    The book interweaves stories of the main characters, playing with the chronology in a surprising and masterful way.


    What other book might you compare All the Light We Cannot See to and why?

    The first comparison that came to mind is the Book Thief. Loved that book too and loved this book just as much. Found that I really cared about the characters: French and German.


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

    At first I didn't care for Appelman's voice--it seemed too dead pan American for such a European book, but he had the German and French right, so after a while it ceased to bother me.


    Any additional comments?

    Two big thumbs up for a highly enjoyable book. Couldn't stop listening to it and found myself "binge" listening (e.g. inventing household chores to do so as not to interrupt the narration.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Niccolo Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Bruges, 1460. Street smart, brilliant at figures, adept at the subtleties of diplomacy and the well-timed untruth, Nicholas van der Poele rises from wastrel to prodigy in a breathless adventure that wins him the love of the strongest woman in Bruges and the hatred of two powerful enemies. Niccolo Rising combines history, adventure and high romance in the tradition stretching from Alexandre Dumas to Mary Renault.

    Theresa says: "A Classic Favorite Returns"
    "Sci Fi recommends Renaissance!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Loving the Sci Fi author Lois McMaster Bujold I was intrigued by her dedication of a Civil Contract to Jane (Austen), Georgette (Heyer), and Dorothy (Dunnett). I knew the former two but who was Dorothy Dunnett? Turns out she's written character-centered series set in historic Europe. Niccolo Rising, book 1 of a series is set in Rennaissance Flanders, France, and Italy and is a wonderful, engrossing tale with characters you grow to love. Any Bujold fan will love this first book setting up the series as will any fan of historic fiction. If you don't mind a few battles and narrow escapes, Austen and Heyer fans will enjoy the book as well. The characters are well drawn, the story engrossing, and the narrator is perfect. I hope Audible makes the rest of the books in the series available soon--I can't wait for the next one.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (5015)
    Performance
    (4319)
    Story
    (4297)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Fun and Funny! Loved it!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Her Royal Spyness to be better than the print version?

    Katherine Kellgren just makes this audio sing! Irish, cockney, plummy aristocratic accents were dead-on. I laughed and laughed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can't decide who my favorite character is--but the Queen and Belinda are hoots.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any thing with the Queen, or HM, in it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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