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Kia

Cambridge, MA | Member Since 2008

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  • 22 purchased in 2015
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  • 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Elizabeth London
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    There are 168 hours in a week. This book is about where the time really goes, and how we can all use it better. It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. With the rise of two-income families, extreme jobs, and 24/7 connectivity, life is so frenzied we can barely find time to breathe. We tell ourselves we'd like to read more, get to the gym regularly, try new hobbies, and accomplish all kinds of goals.

    Marc says: "Ironically, this book takes too much time"
    "heard it all before"
    Overall

    For me the value was in the initial premise - you're responsible for how you use your time. The rest of the "do what you love the money will follow" text did not add anything new.

    4 of 4 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
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    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"
    "Listen before buying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Being a fan of the series, I didn't listen to the sample before buying. Ouch. Different narrator of the type that overdoes everything making it a very painful listen. Hopefully narrators take note and back off. Excessive pandering and bad acting really distracts from listening to books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6228)
    Performance
    (5650)
    Story
    (5645)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Nice writing, nice narration, yucky story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Having completed the first book in the series, I started reading this one, but it makes me feel sad and disgusted. Couldn't a gifted writer who created interesting characters give us a less cynical and depressing world to enter? The only genuine feeling seems to be between the detective and his secretary, but there isn't enough there to keep me going and even that seems pro forma. I hope if the series continues the author finds some joy in life and brings it to the page.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne Goes to York: The Traveling Matchmaker, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Helen Lisanti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    The shy Miss Yvonne Grenier, a beautiful fugitive of the French Revolution, is quite terrified when a dangerous enemy boards her stage to York. Luckily, Miss Hannah Pym is also on board. Ever the matchmaker, Miss Pym sees the answer to Yvonne's plight in the hands and heart of another passenger - the Marquis of Ware. Handsome and tailored to perfection, the marquis' birth and fortune are armor enough to defend Yvonne.

    Jay says: "A great ending to the series"
    "Love the series, but the French accent bothers me."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from M. C. Beaton and/or Helen Lisanti?

    Absolutely yes.


    If you’ve listened to books by M. C. Beaton before, how does this one compare?

    Hard to listen to the bad French accent of the lead character.


    What didn’t you like about Helen Lisanti’s performance?

    The French accent of Yvonne made her character unlikable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Mad: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (335)

    On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide on a busy London street. The following day, the prime minister's office receives a letter threatening a massive loss of life if certain demands are not met - and the writer mentions Maisie by name. After being questioned and cleared by Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane of Scotland Yard's elite Special Branch, she is drawn into MacFarlane's personal fiefdom as a special adviser on the case.

    Peter says: "Maisie Dobbs Series - Fabulous"
    "good, but"
    Overall

    I've read all the books in this series. The main characters are great and the reader wonderful. However, the author seems to dwell relentlessly on morbid topics. The first book had more hope as Maisie rose to fulfill her talent. She hasn't evolved since.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14146)
    Performance
    (6382)
    Story
    (6422)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Painful and horrid"
    Overall

    I expected a fascinating tale of medieval life, but it is relentlessly full of sadistic voilence, rape and sexual sadism. I continued as far as Part 3 hoping for better sections, but I am mystified as to what people see in this book. I took pity on myself and my sick feeling and stopped for good.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (98)

    A sinister masterpiece, Our Mutual Friend was Dickens' last completed novel. It is perhaps his ultimate vision of a dark, macabre London and the corrupting power of money.

    Erez says: "Worth six stars"
    "Beautiful read and reader"
    Overall

    One of the very best Dickens I've read and the reader is superb: subtle, smooth and does the voices wonderfully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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