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Linda

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  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anne Brontë
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah Agliotta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Probably the most shocking of the Brontës' novels, this novel had an instant and phenomenal success and is widely considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels. A mysterious widow, Mrs. Helen Graham, arrives at Wildfell Hall, a nearby old mansion. A source of curiosity for the small community, the reticent Helen and her young son Arthur are slowly drawn into the social circles of the village.

    i. Ski says: "A good story ruined by the narrator"
    "A classic story deserves a more adept reader"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    With material that is so well known the reader should check the material. There were so many mispronounced words that I could hardly follow the story in places. Ms. Agliotta needs to get a dictionary and learn how to use it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alan Smyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (823)

    With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

    Margaret-Ann says: "Narration is terrible"
    "Disapointing second in the trilogy."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have liked to return to the original reader. Alan smith was fine but the change was unsettling. I found this book just repetitive of the first without really moving the story along much. Very predictable. A disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8914)
    Performance
    (8173)
    Story
    (8178)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Donna Tartt gets the details right, enjoy!"
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    Have you listened to any of David Pittu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is a great performance. The characters are believable and real all the way through. A pleasure to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story and the unlikely characters. It is modern, relevant and thought provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (419)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "Smart and entertaining- so fun!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    A great insight into dysfunctional relationships in a fun way.


    What does Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Two voices, two points of view of the same experiences that sometimes have no relationship to each other.


    Any additional comments?

    This was just a fun book to listen to. The narration was excellent, good solid story with an interesting twist. You may question your relationship with your own pet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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