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Lissa

GRAND RAPIDS, MN, USA | Member Since 2014

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  • The Tiger in the Smoke: An Albert Campion Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    Jack Havoc, jail-breaker and knife artist, is on the loose on the streets of London once again. In the faded squares of shabby houses, in the furtive alleys and darkened pubs, the word is out that the Tiger is back in town, more vicious and cunning than ever. It falls to Albert Campion to pit his wits against the killer and hunt him down through the city's November smog before it is too late.

    Meep says: "Not really a mystery-unique among Campions"
    "Too great!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The crime is that a novel can be this good! I ignored my work, family and chores last night and laid on the couch for three hours listening to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tiger in the Smoke?

    The discussion between Geoff and the "band". It started with the power on one side and swung around gracefully. Her characterizations were fabulous.


    Which character – as performed by David Thorpe – was your favorite?

    Probably Dahl. I think David Thorpe is fabulous. Frances Matthews is, too, in a different way. Thorpe is colorful and lively. People criticize how he voices Campion, but, in fact, that's how the author describes his voice in Black Dudley.


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

    Just amazement, as well as enjoyment. Wikipedia says that she started writing these books to parody Lord Peter Wimsey. If that's the only reason, how can they be so sublimely good?


    Any additional comments?

    The Campion series are hot and lukewarm for me. This one was red hot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The China Governess

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Timothy Kinnit needs Albert Campion's help. He is rich, handsome and successful but his past is a mystery to him and he needs Campion to find out how it connects him to the notorious Turk Street Mile slum. In addition, his own illustrious adopted family has a sinister secret of his own - involving a murderous nineteenth-century governess - that must also be brought to life by Campion's investigations. An Albert Campion mystery.

    Lissa says: "Allingham's always good, but this one's confusing"
    "Allingham's always good, but this one's confusing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The China Governess to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version.


    Would you recommend The China Governess to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoyed this book, although I found it the most confusing of all the Campion books. I am reading them all in order, and will grieve when they are done.


    Which character – as performed by David Thorpe – was your favorite?

    I liked Julia so much, as I find young people with firm, strong personalities and self-knowledge to be refreshing.


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

    Might have been less confusing if I had. Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Although "legend" has it that Allingham wrote these novels as an imitation of Dorothy Sayers, she was immensely talented. Campion is a fantastic character and the sense of atmosphere, especially over the decades, is thorough. Allingham IS as good as Sayers, and that is saying a huge amount in my book!

    David Thorpe, as always, is non-traditional and excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hide My Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    In Hide My Eyes, Campion finds himself hunting down a serial killer. A spate of murders leaves him and his friend and colleague Inspector Luke, with only the baffling clues of a left-hand glove and a lizard-skin lettercase. However a chain of strange events leads them to an odd museum of curiosities hidden in a quiet London neighbourhood where there is more going on than meets the eye.

    Lissa says: "Very good, not great"
    "Very good, not great"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hide My Eyes to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print edition.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her characterizations are always excellent. People are vivid, well-rounded, unusual and individualistic.


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

    David Thorpe is fantastic. Although most people say that Frances Matthews reads Allingham better (and he is great), David Thorpe pushes the envelope and makes each character so individualistic. He has great enthusiasm and attention to detail in his reading. People don't like the high whine he puts into Campion's voice, but that is how Allingham describes Campion's voice in Black Dudley.


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

    I wouldn't make a film of it as, although it was good, it was kind of a pale shadow of Tiger In The Smoke.


    Any additional comments?

    Allingham can do no wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Tyneford

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Natasha Solomons
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (314)

    It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When Kit, the son of Tyneford’s master, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford - and Elise - forever. An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden romance in a great English country house.

    Emily - Audible says: "Mixed Opinion"
    "Not Downton Abbey!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you love romance novels, you will love this. If you hate romance novels, you will hate this.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Natasha Solomons again?

    Probably not. Did not find heroine at all likeable. Annoying small mistakes in historical research.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very precious, with a peculiar and affected curling of the R's, like Barbara Walters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The House at Tyneford?

    It's just not ok to have someone hit in the head with a boat boom and cowering in the bottom of the boat, and then the next second deciding that she's thrilled because loves boating and the water.


    Any additional comments?

    Quit in the middle. I'm Jewish and I already knew what was going to happen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alice Dugdale

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Sheila Lash
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Anthony Trollope is known primarily for his epic novels like Barchester Towers. However, he also wrote a number of smaller "gems". This is one of the best. Alice Dugdale is a plain but intelligent girl who sees the love of her life pushed by society to marry the beautiful, but somewhat vacuous, rich girl in town. Alice's reaction to this situation makes a wonderful and insightful story.

    Joseph R says: "Mr. Right and Miss Wrong"
    "ok"
    Overall

    This is a very old recording, with lots of background noise (like cassette tapes going bad, which it probably is) and read in a monotone. The story is interesting in that people are much franker with each other than in, say, Jane Austen or in Trollope's more famous works. They will say you lied, you insulted me, etc., so the people seemed more realistic. Ended rather suddenly.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity Fair

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (7)

    Becky Sharp, a willful, resourceful, and charming pleasure-seeker, uses her finishing school credentials and connections to get a job as a governess. In her new position, she wins the hearts of the moneyed young and old and is soon living well beyond her means. Meanwhile, her boarding-school friend Amelia Sedley is honest but poor and must give her son into the care of his grandfather, who will have nothing to do with her. The two meet up again at the novel's ironic climax.

    Lissa says: "Improved quality recording?"
    "Improved quality recording?"
    Overall

    This is a fantastic book, and I am so glad to be able to replace my 24-cassette version with a download! I didn't download it before because the quality was poor (#2).. I think Audible must have upgraded it. The previous reviewer should contact Audible and try to get a new download.

    This book proves that people have not changed in a hundred years. It is a satire on social climbing. The only comparable book, one I hope Audible will buy, is The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Make the Most of Your Mind

    • ABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Tony Buzan
    • Narrated By Tony Buzan
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Is your brain in high gear? Discover how to "turn on" your brain to achieve high-speed problem solving, right brain logic/left brain creativity, speed reading and learning, and improved memory with this guide from best selling author Tony Buzan.

    Lissa says: "Old audio, minimal help"
    "Old audio, minimal help"
    Overall

    This audio seems to have been recorded in about 1960. I interpreted a memory class in 1975, and it had more helpful information in it than this program did. The highlights? Attach an image to a feature on a person's face, and read faster by running a pencil tip under the words in your book. I don't think so.

    A glance at the bookstore shelves tells me that this author is a 1-trick pony getting a lot of mileage for a little material!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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