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KB's Mom

I love books, no matter the form. They have always been the place to go for peace and quiet.

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  • The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    When Richard Hannay offered sanctuary to the man he found on his doorstep, he took the first step on a trail of peril, murder, and espionage.

    Paul says: "The First Spy THriller"
    "Buchan - maybe the father of this genre."
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    Would you listen to The Thirty-Nine Steps again? Why?

    Yes. I like the story. I like the movie adaptations. It is a war story with enemy agents daring do and a good plot.


    What other book might you compare The Thirty-Nine Steps to and why?

    All of his books. I particularly liked this because there are no damsels in distress.


    What aspect of Robert Powell’s performance would you have changed?

    His voice is a little grating, flat, and slow at the same time. His reading didn't convey the excitement of the most, well, exciting parts.


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

    "The Thirty Nine Steps not an adaptation"


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  • Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Vanity Fair, with its rich cast of characters, takes place on the snakes-and-ladders board of life. Amelia Sedley, daughter of a wealthy merchant, has a loving mother to supervise her courtship. Becky Sharp, an orphan, has to use her wit, charm, and resourcefulness to escape from her destiny as a governess. This she does ruthlessly, musing: "I think I could become a good woman, if I had £5,000 a year."

    hannah says: "OUTSTANDIN!!!! EVERY MOMENT A JOY TO LISTEN TO!"
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    Would you listen to Vanity Fair again? Why?

    Maybe. I spent a great deal of my life dodging this book. I've seen some screen adaptations. I never got far enough into it to find out that Vanity Fair is the place.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I read trashy period romance all of the time. Oh and I also listen. There are a lot of entitled people in the story. People who live in a privileged world of inherited wealth. The only true vocations to this class are military and clergy. I have neither love nor respect for any of the major characters. These are people who make disliking them so easy.


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

    Yes and I love the sound of her voice. It is very mellow. She doesn't screech.


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

    ThAt would be a big NO.


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  • Greenmantle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    The second of Richard Hannays’ adventures takes him from the trenches of the First World War on a mission of vital importance to the British campaign in the East. In an attempt to manipulate their Turkish allies the Germans have created a religious figurehead, a prophet of a new order to unify the disparate tribes of Asia and crush the allied offensive.

    KB's Mom says: "Greenmantle"
    "Greenmantle"
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    Would you listen to Greenmantle again? Why?

    Yes. I have listened more than twice.


    What other book might you compare Greenmantle to and why?

    The Thirty Nine Steps. It's the first book in the Hannay series.


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

    Joyce gives good voice to a story written in first place. And growing up in the days of black and white movies and radio drama I can see in my mind what I am listening to.


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

    A spy and his friends. A woman whose lures cannot be denied. A villain to. flee from. A War to End all War's.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always loved radio drama. Closing my eyes and just listening and imagining the sights that go with the sound.

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  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Christopher Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    Since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 and Through the Looking Glass six years later, Lewis Carroll’s nonsensical tales have delighted the world with wildly imaginative and unforgettable journeys. While charming children with a heroine who represents their own feelings about growing up, the Alice stories are also appreciated by adults as a gentle satire on education, politics, literature, and Victorian life in general.

    Eclectic Reader says: "Wonderful Book, Wonderful Performance"
    "Alice"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass to be better than the print version?

    Yes. So much better.


    What other book might you compare Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass to and why?

    None


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

    Christopher Plummer's narration is spot on. Every character has its own voice. I love the sound of his voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


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  • Sharpe's Tiger: Book I of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (395)

    1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.

    Angela says: "Believe the Hype!"
    "Sharpe's Tiger"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. There is no such thing as a bad Sharpe book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharpe's Tiger?

    Yes it has. I have read all of the Sharpe books. I read them before I bought the Audible narration.


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

    Cornwell is a wonderful story teller. As the volumes increased there are many instances of Cornwell plagiarizes himself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As with other read and listen narration, it's a bit slow.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've watched Sharpe's Rifles you have a face to go with the characters. It makes the story so much better.

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  • Greenmantle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Secret agent Richard Hannay travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic messiah. He is joined by three others: John S. Blenkiron, an American who is determined to battle the Kaiser; Peter Pienaar, an old Boer Scout; and the colorful Sandy Arbuthnot, who is modeled on Lawrence of Arabia. Their success or failure could change the outcome of the First World War.

    Johnny says: "Incredible!"
    "Greenmantle is the second book in the Hannay saga."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Greenmantle to be better than the print version?

    Not really, but it was pretty good. The narration was a tad slow, the ability of my Kindle to speed up the narration made all the difference in the world.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. WWI was being fought and they had to make it completely across Europe, separately,and meet up some place behind the German lines and through the lines to get to the Turkish army.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That would be spoiler. Let's just say it was the Greenmantle.


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

    I did listen to it all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a thriller. Not the best writing when compared to the thrillers of today. John Buchan was the Mickey Spillaine of his day. This is the beginnings of that genre.

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  • The Thirty Nine Steps: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    Among the first espionage thrillers and an acknowledged classic, The Thirty-Nine Steps well deserves its accolades as one of the best adventure stories of all time. Leaving aside the improbable denouement, the fast paced, brilliantly conceived narrative still excites and carries one along with the sheer suspense of the manhunt - a recurring theme in literature - and Hannay’s struggle against the evil that is the ‘Black Stone'.

    Amazon Customer says: "epic!!!!!!!"
    "John Buchan"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Thirty Nine Steps the most enjoyable?

    I have read this book several times. I also watched the movies. Listening to the story while reading made it very pleasurable.


    What other book might you compare The Thirty Nine Steps to and why?

    There are 5 Hannay books. Hannay is the protagonist in all 5 books. I have read them all and although the stories reflected the attitudes regarding racial predjudics and the religiou s beliefs and I cringed at reading them. I am mature enough to understand that that was the way it was. The books were written at least one hundred years ago and the stories are of that time.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Joyce – was your favorite?

    Hannay


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

    Surely. But life goes on and there are more things to do.


    Any additional comments?

    I stumbled my way into John Buchan. The 39Steps was a free ebook @Gutenberg Press. I thought that it was the story behind the Hitchcock movie. Twas better. One of the most unexpected things was the female character and the role she portrays in the story. There are very strong characters and this book is definitely a thriller.

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