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Kimberly

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  • Saving Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (483)

    When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry - and selected a bridegroom for her - it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Beautifully Written Highland Tale"
    "Very Disappointing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better Diaglogue. The dialogue was quite boring and juvenile at times.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything by Laura Kinsale (unfortunately I've listened to all the ones that are out), or Laurie McBain.


    What didn’t you like about Rosalyn Landor’s performance?

    It's hard to characterize exactly what was lacking here, but when you're used to such consummate narrators as Nicholas Bouton, Grover Gardner, and Davina Porter, it can be hard to listed to anyone else. I didn't think there was much emotion or passion in the voices of the characters.


    What character would you cut from Saving Grace?

    I don't know that I would cut any of the characters, but the whole story needs a lot more suspense. It was hard to become emotionally invested in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this could be a good story with better dialogue, more sexual tension, and a bit more mystery.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    The intensely personal David Copperfield (widely regarded to be the most autobiographical of the author’s novels) is one of Dickens’ greatest works. We follow David Copperfield from birth and miserable childhood to inevitable tragedies, until he finally finds happiness later in life. Full of some of the most memorable characters in literary history. Nicholas Boulton’s depiction of the oily Uriah Heep and David Copperfield’s sinister stepfather, Murdstone, do the novel full justice.

    ML says: "Dickens would be proud"
    "Depressed When it Ended"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of David Copperfield to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I can only imagine that the audio version is so much better. Nicholas Boulton is my absolute favorite narrator, and I didn't think you could get much better than Grover Gardner. Hearing Nicholas Boulton read such a classic is like going to the theatre in the privacy of your home. I was depressed for days when the book ended.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dickens' stories are always so rich. Full of adventure, full of charm, and full of intricacies. If you want a longer read, a story that you can sink your teeth into, then choose a Dickens classic.


    What about Nicholas Boulton’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely everything! I can't say enough good things about Nicholas Boulton's narration. He imbues each character with a life of it's own, and you forget that only one person in reading the story. He does an excellent job with female voices, and male narrators tend to make them sound ridiculous. I chose this book to listen to solely because Nicholas Boulton narrated it, and I was not sorry.


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

    There were too many to mention.


    Any additional comments?

    Please listed to this audio book, you will not be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6965)
    Performance
    (6176)
    Story
    (6236)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "OutSTANDing"
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    What did you love best about The Stand?

    There was nothing I did not like about this book. This is the first Stephen King book I've ever read (listened to), as I don't normally read in this genre. The story was rich, the charaters were full and interesting, and the narration was superb. I've only recently started listening to audio books, and I've learned very quickly that a bad narrator can negatively impact the story. My hat is off to Grover Gardner for his lively depiction of the characters. I was totally absorbed by his portrayal of all the characters, and each one was distinct. Thank you Stephen King, Grover Gardner, and Random House for providing me with 45 hours of enjoyment. I don't know what to do with myself now that I've finished the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters were my favorite. Even Larry Underwood, who I really didn't like at first, turned out to be an OK guy. Your mom would be proud Larry. Ok, I lied, Kojak was my favorite character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Tom finds Stu in the desert.


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

    it made me laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I may have to listen to another Stephen King book. Too bad Grover Gardner hasn't done any of his other books. ....yet

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lavender Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (142)

    Jocelyn Minton is a woman torn between two worlds. Her mother grew up attending private schools and afternoon teas, but she married the local handyman. After her mother died when Joce was only five years old, her father remarried into his own class, and Joce became an outsider - until she met Edilean Harcourt. Although she was sixty years Joce's senior, Miss Edi was a kindred soul who understood her like no one else ever had. When Miss Edi passes away, she leaves Joce all her worldly possessions, including an eighteenth-century house and a letter with clues to a mystery that began in 1941.

    Kimberly says: "Story within a Story"
    "Story within a Story"
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    Would you listen to Lavender Morning again? Why?

    I really enjoyed this book, and frankly, thought the story within the story was better than the main character's story. I did feel that it ended rather apruptly though, and would have like a little more fleshing out of the relationship between the two main characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of Edilean and David.


    What about Barbara McCulloh’s performance did you like?

    She varied her voice well and her voice is easy to listen to. I liked her, but I thought she made the main characters sound just a tad wimpy.


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

    yes, the end of the story of Edilean and David


    Any additional comments?

    On to the next chapter of the Edilean story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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