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  • The Last Night at the Ritz

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth Savage
    • Narrated By Janet Metzger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (11)

    The charming, and not entirely trustworthy, unnamed narrator of The Last Night at the Ritz invites three friends to join her for lunch at the elegant Ritz-Carlton in Boston to celebrate her birthday. Two of them, Gay and Len, are a long-married couple and her best friends from college. The third, Wes, was once her lover. As the afternoon gives way to evening and as the drinks flow, the past and present intrude upon the festivities and the atmosphere turns somber. Before the night is through, truths and secrets slip out that will change their relationships forever.

    Libby says: "Smart and sassy"
    "Smart and sassy"
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    Would you listen to The Last Night at the Ritz again? Why?

    The reader, Janet Metzger, got just the right tone for the unnamed first person narrator, who has a witty, devil may care attitude even in the face of tragedy.


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

    The sassy, witty tone that permeates the narration. I don't think I would have gotten it in quite the same way if I had read the book instead of listening. She has a flip way of expressing herself like when her friend is talking about her grandparents' graves and the narrator says, "I thought we were here to have fun."


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

    When the narrator gives advice to Charlie, her best friend's son. Also, when her friend says if she won't sleep with her boyfriend someone else will and we suspect that she knows that the narrator has done so.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Janet Metzger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (476)

    The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future. That was half a lifetime ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband, George, is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone.

    Jen says: "Pure Sarah Addison Allen"
    "Enjoyable listen"
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    What did you love best about Lost Lake?

    I instantly fell into the story and was carried along. If this were a movie it would be considered a romantic comedy


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

    Janet Metzger, has a pleasing delivery as the narrator, then has a distinctive voice for each character. That southern accent for some of the characters is spot on and the voice of the elderly woman sounds old without being demeaning.


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

    Kate and her daughter Devin go to Lost Lake and discover new lives.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secrets of Mary Bowser: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lois Leveen
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Based on a remarkable true story, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is an inspiring tale of one daring woman's willingness to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of history.... All her life, Mary has been a slave to the wealthy Van Lew family of Richmond, Virginia. But when Bet, the willful Van Lew daughter, decides to send Mary to Philadelphia to be educated, she must leave her family to seize her freedom.

    Jay says: "Wonderful performance of a great story."
    "Ripped From the History Books"
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    Would you listen to The Secrets of Mary Bowser again? Why?

    Based on a true story, this was enjoyable and informative. Robin Miles is one of my favorite narrators.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2350)
    Performance
    (2070)
    Story
    (2057)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Compelling story, nice reader"
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    Would you listen to The Chaperone again? Why?

    Probably not. I don't usually listen more than once.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Surprising growth of the main character.


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

    No.


    If you could take any character from The Chaperone out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Raymond.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So Cold the River

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (216)

    It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past.

    Vicki says: "Incredible!"
    "Videographer becomes addicted to healing waters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of So Cold the River to be better than the print version?

    No, I haven't read the print version, so I can't say.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The elderly woman who tracked storms. It is refreshing to have an old woman who wasn't a stereotype. She had intense interests and important insights.


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

    No.


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

    I could have. As it was, I listened to it very quickly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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