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Jennifer Dickinson

yogini, knitter, quilter, sewist, stitcher, reader, cook, foodie, wine snob, francophile, wife, dog mom, SF Giants fan

Bay Area, CA United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (359)

    Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver. Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike.

    Jessica Kos says: "Wonderful!"
    "Utterly Absorbing"
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    If you could sum up Treasure Island in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, adventurous escape.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Alfred Molina brought this story to life as only he could. Each character was so distinctly and perfectly rendered, I felt like I was actually there witnessing the events as they unfolded.


    Which character – as performed by Alfred Molina – was your favorite?

    Captain Smollett.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldn't. Alfred Molina's rendering was so perfect, I wouldn't even consider watching a movie of this book. It wouldn't be as good. :)


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend. I normally do not go in for adventure/pirate/seafaring tales. But on the strength of her recommendation and Alfred Molina as the narrator, I did, and I loved every second of it. I do think the story is slightly predictable and otherwise would not interest me that much. But Alfred Molina's telling of it made it breathlessly compelling. Bravo!

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  • Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (295)

    On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a midlevel agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them. Armed with foreign film visas, Mendez and an unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders traveled to Tehran....

    Debra Garfinkle says: "Better Than the Movie"
    "Suspenseful and Riveting True Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Argo the most enjoyable?

    The events described seemed so immediate and real. The action and emotion were evident in the writing. I felt like the author was telling me the story in my living room.


    What other book might you compare Argo to and why?

    Anything by Frederick Forsyth because if the similar themes of espionage, statecraft, geopolitical issues and the like.


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

    Hearing the story read made it so much more immediate and real.


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

    Definitely!!!!


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  • Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Countess of Carnarvon
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey, a transporting companion piece to the New York Times best seller Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, tells the story of Catherine Wendell, the beautiful and spirited American woman who married Lady Almina's son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon.

    Jennifer Dickinson says: "More Fascinating Tales From Highclere"
    "More Fascinating Tales From Highclere"
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    If you could sum up Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey in three words, what would they be?

    History, family, society


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey?

    Spoiler alert!


    Porchie's affairs, the scandal with Almina' second husband/his ex-wife.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Spoiler alert!


    Catherine's second marriage.


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

    While I did enjoy this book, I found it just a tiny bit less compelling than Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey.


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  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Countess of Carnarvon
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (238)

    Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes's Emmy Award-winning PBS series, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants: Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.

    connie says: "the lowdown on Downton times"
    "Thoroughly Absorbing"
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    If you could sum up Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey in three words, what would they be?

    history family service


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey?

    There are many, but one that struck me was how generous Lady Almina was to her secretary when she married, setting them up in a house, and lending them the Lake House at Highclere for their honeymoon.


    Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

    Again -- they were all so perfectly portrayed, but one of my favorites was Aubrey, the Earl's younger brother.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The sweep of history through the lens of one of Britain's great families. Or something like that. :)


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely loved this book and wanted to listen in one sitting! Obviously, the war years are just shatteringly sad, but Lady Almina and her family's, friends' and colleagues' sacrifices are ultimately so hopeful. I also loved Wanda McCaddon's narration and have already added two more of hers to my library, one of which was written by the Countess of Carnarvon.

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  • Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (265)

    Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a Chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back in this hotly anticipated third installment.

    Marci says: "Love this book for exactly what it is"
    "Funny, Poignant and Authentic"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy the most enjoyable?

    Samantha Bond read the book beautifully. Her voicing of the characters was spot on. I loved the story and honestly wasn't totally expecting to after reading reviews elsewhere (disappointment at certain elements of the plot). However, I found the story to be very honest and emotionally authentic. Bridget is as funny and scattered as ever. As ever, she manages to pull everything off with aplomb. At the same time, she had endured one of the worst things a person can endure in life, and her reflections on that are equally honest and all the more powerful. She seemed to feel what I think I would feel in the same circumstances, which left me tearful at certain plot points. I would definitely listen to it again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bridget of course! She is always very candid about the way daily life can drive you mad, and in this third book of the series, equally candid about the things in her life that make it worth muddling through the worst bits.


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

    I haven't; not applicable.


    If you could rename Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, what would you call it?

    Not sure; I don't think the title was totally applicable though.


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