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Karen

White Plains, NY, United States

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  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Ian Holm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers, and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror. This gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication.

    Leslie Grey McCawley says: "The outstanding narration is what I enjoyed most"
    "Great gothic story!"
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    Where does The Woman in White rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I give it an 8 only because I think it would have benefited from readings by various voices. Though this narrator was very good and played the characters well, the story is so intricate that at times I had to go back and re-listen to some parts that I missed along the way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved Marian -- not only strong, but a "class act" as a devoted sister, loving friend and intuitive thinker.


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

    He played the characters as well as he could, but I would rather have had the characters read by different narrators.


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

    It would give the story away.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book and its many twists and turns. And I loved the way the author chose to tell it from so many points of view -- my favorite literary device. Wilkie is clearly a master storyteller and it kept me busily listening for many enjoyable hours.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2569)
    Performance
    (2361)
    Story
    (2350)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "A great listen on all levels"
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    Not only is this a great novel but hearing it performed by one of my favorite actors was a thrill. I was so disappointed when it ended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Michael Cochrane
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold is a semi-autobiographical story, which tells of the mental breakdown of an ageing writer. Gilbert Pinfold takes a cruise to try to rebuild his shattered life, but what should his life be, and is he important to the world, anyway?

    Erez says: "What a gem"
    "Highbrow & hilarious!"
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    In true "The Loved One" satire, Waugh describes a droll college professor in denial of his addition to pain meds and sleep aids. His journey blends a strange mix of reality and fantasy in quite humorous fashion, leaving the "reader" to wonder which was which -- an entertaining journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2704)
    Performance
    (2280)
    Story
    (2284)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Riveting"
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    Not only is Herman Wouk's pre-WWII tale engaging and informative, Kevin Periseau's performance is delightful. I hope he will be tapped to do the sequel "War and Remembrance!"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (550)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "Enough already!"
    Overall

    OK -- I get it, Ms. Piccoult: you dislike the homophobic, born-again, conservative Christian right, and strongly approve of the gay lifestyle and marriage. Your proselitizing made me stop reading many times because it was so heavy-handed that I couldn't stand it. However, I did finish it and found the whole experience disappointing. Won't be so quick to pick up her next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    Middlemarch is a recognized masterpiece that explores the complex social world of 19th century England. It is concerned with the lives of several ordinary people, albeit ones with high social standing. The novel explores the very fabric of Victorian society in the 1800s, showing how various human passions, heroism, egotism, love, and lust, interrelate within this society.

    Francis says: "Such books make reading sacred..."
    "Ugh!"
    Overall

    I bought this because I thought it seemed a good value for the money. Not only is the subject matter a snooze, the author is dry and droll. I am using it to put myself to sleep at night.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Solstice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rosamunde Pilcher
    • Narrated By Lisa Burgett
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    Elfrida Phipps tries to exorcise the pain of the past and find peace, taking refuge in a rambling Scottish house called Corrydale. Almost like a magnet, Corrydale attracts various waifs and strays, each of them escaping difficult personal pasts. As the holidays approach and the weather turns foul, it seems a perfect recipe for disaster.

    Sara says: "Atmospheric winter tale"
    "Absolutely fabulous!"
    Overall

    A great story and a great read. I just finished going through it for the second time and it is one of my favorites. The story is wonderful and I will look for more books performed by the narrator. I couldn't get enough of these characters and was so sorry when it came to an end! Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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