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J. Elliott

Virginia Beach, VA | Member Since 2011

  • 2 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 213 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Simply Amazing Story--2 missing chapters"

    This story is absolutely amazing. It is captivating and enthralling. However, the unabridged Audible copy of this story is missing two chapters near the end of the second file (as the story is so long that it requires two files). As it is, KEY story ending information is left out. Audible has been informed of this problem and I assume it will be corrected at some time.

    Ultimately this is not a story to be missed. However, if you are looking for an unabridged copy of the book, this is not currently it.

    79 of 80 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of an Englishman: The Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Book 25

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin

    Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of Babes in the Woods, Agatha watches as the baker, playing an ogre, struts and threatens on the stage. Then a trapdoor opens… followed by a scream and then silence. Surely, this isn't the way the scene was rehearsed?

    Pamela C. Alger says: "Voice actor"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Keeping the original narrator from the last 20 or so books. Where's Donada Peters? Or when she can't do it, Penelope Keith? This woman makes it apparent that she has NEVER listened to the previous books' narrations and so her work here does not complement their work. She makes Mrs. Bloxby sound like a stupid tart, her Agatha Raisin delivers none of the hilarious characterisms that make people love her. All around Fail for Allison Larkin.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Couldn't bear to make it through it. I read it instead. Agatha is always my favorite -- she's so flawed and endearing.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alison Larkin?

    ANYONE. But certainly Donada Peters or Davina Porter.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, the actual story is wonderful. Charming as ever, this is another hit for Beaton.

    Any additional comments?

    After waiting for this to be released eagerly for a year, Larkin is more than a huge disappointment -- she's a waste of a good credit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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