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MRS

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  • Must You Go?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated By Sandra Duncan, Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Celebrated playwright Harold Pinter and critically acclaimed biographer Antonia Fraser lived together from August 1975 until his death 33 years later, on Christmas Eve 2008. Must You Go? is an eccentric, hilarious, and often moving testimony of their life together, based partly on Antonia Fraser's own diaries and also her own recollections of their fascinating life together. It is, above all, a compelling love story.

    Catherine says: "Good writing; bad narration"
    "Very Moving Book"
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    Would you listen to Must You Go? again? Why?

    No Once is enough


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the author. It is an autobiography


    What about Sandra Duncan and Gareth Armstrong ’s performance did you like?

    Both the same


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

    `I liked the book but a single moment did not stand out


    Any additional comments?

    I promptly read her book Marie Antoinette, a Journey as I had read several of her previous books and liked them all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncommon Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Uncommon Clay delves into the intriguing world of the Nordans, a deep-rooted family of talented yet cursed North Carolina potters. Judge Knott is filling in for another judge who suffered a mild stroke. When she decrees that the divorcing Nordan couple split their valuable earthenware collection, the husband winds up dead, in his own kiln! Many people have motives and the clay wheel swirls with suspects.

    Veronica says: "Great!"
    "Htrsy light reading as always"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    unexpected ending


    Which character – as performed by C.J. Critt – was your favorite?

    Judge Knott


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

    Just another book in this excellent series


    Any additional comments?

    I have read most of the Knott series st least twice because they are relaxing, well written and characters grow in their lives -

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Live from Downing Street

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Nick Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Shepherd
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The relationship between those who wield power and those whose job it is to tell us what they are doing has always been fraught with tension. Politicians now expect to be on camera and facing aggressive questions from the moment they open their front door to the moment they return home at night. Everything they say and do is instantly broadcast and dissected on 24-hour news channels, blogs, and Twitter. It was not always this way. Live from Downing Street takes us on an absorbing journey through the hard-fought battles for the right to tell the public about the decisions taken on their behalf.

    Andrew says: "Excellent - very accessible and easy listening"
    "Early days and peculiar ways of BBC"
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    What made the experience of listening to Live from Downing Street the most enjoyable?

    The incredible stuffiness and inability to realise the value of, first radio, then television. The fact that it took the Queen to put down a firm fott with regard to the planning of her coronation


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Live from Downing Street?

    the interesting conversations and quick, witty exchanges


    Which scene was your favorite?

    President Bush 43 telling Nick to cover his Bald spot'
    Nick, mistakenly thinking he was out of earshot muttered, I didn't know you cared
    Bush . I don't


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

    Do stop asking this daft question. It took nearly a week of careful listening. Then I started it all over again and found stuff I had missed the first time


    Any additional comments?

    Fascinating. I even twittered him admiringly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Market

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Killer Market takes the quintessential steel magnolia to the hub of North Carolina's massive furniture industry. Deborah soon gets caught up in the whirl of the International Home Furnishings Market and finds herself a suspect in a high-power murder case. The feisty judge must use her courtroom experience and intuitive skills to strip through layers of deception if she is to clear her own name. Maron draws from her own rural southern roots to craft her trademark authentic settings and characters.

    Linda says: "Margaret Maron is mistress of mystery!"
    "One of her best"
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    Where does Killer Market rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really liked it


    What other book might you compare Killer Market to and why?

    She has many Deborah Knott books and I enjoy each one


    What does C.J. Critt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Accent


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

    I never listen to any book for more than three hours. This series are all just about the right length


    Any additional comments?

    A faster paced book than most of the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Mystery, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (367)

    Thirty-five years old, fresh off the bus from New York City, and nursing a shattered heart, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, she goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she’s simply moved on - her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies and no clear memory of how she got into this situation. As she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there....

    karen says: "Great book, no question. But...."
    "Great to meet Anna Pigeon again"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rope the most enjoyable?

    Telling how Anna came to be a ranger - events onlyh hinted at in the series


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rope?

    the rope event


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

    ----


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

    no idea


    Any additional comments?

    enjoyable read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making Money: Discworld, Book 36

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (121)

    It's an offer you can't refuse. Who would not wish to be the man in charge of Ankh-Morpork's Royal Mint and the bank next door? It's a job for life. But, as former con-man Moist von Lipwig is learning, the life is not necessarily for long. The Chief Cashier is almost certainly a vampire. There's something nameless in the cellar (and the cellar itself is pretty nameless), and it turns out that the Royal Mintruns at a loss.

    Ruy says: "fun"
    "Particularly suited for listeneing to"
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    What made the experience of listening to Making Money the most enjoyable?

    I had read this book before but listening toit was really enjoyable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Making Money?

    There were several


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

    As always the different voices bring the characters to life and point up nuances in what is said - or not said


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

    It would not make a suitable film


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of Pratchett's books that suit audio. Not all of them do

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janet Wallach
    • Narrated By Jean Gilpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Turning her back on her privileged life in Victorian England, Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), fired by her innate curiosity, journeyed the world and became fascinated with all things Arab. Traveling the length and breadth of the Arab region, armed with a love for its language and its people, she not only produced several enormously popular books based on her experiences but became instrumental to the British foreign office. When World War I erupted, and the British needed the loyalty of the Arab leaders, it was Gertrude Bell's work and connections that helped provided the brain for T. E. Lawrence's military brawn.

    MRS says: "A very interesting book"
    "A very interesting book"
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    What did you love best about Desert Queen?

    Details of the Arab world in the early 20th century and the extraordinary personality of Gertrude Bell


    What other book might you compare Desert Queen to and why?

    One cannot compare apples and oranges. Each biography is therefore different because of the different personalties and situarions


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did an excellent job , especially with all the arab names


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

    That would have been impossible and there was so much information one had to pause to digest each bit


    Any additional comments?

    The author took too long to describe Bell's character and personalikty and I preferred the last third with all the facts and details

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Up Jumps the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    In Up Jumps the Devil, fast-moving progress is threatening to forever destroy the leisurely, heart-warming pace of Colleton County, North Carolina. District Court Judge Deborah Knott sees trouble brewing when plans for a new interstate highway start pushing up property values. Deborah finds herself calming the combatants with down-home wit, but when the squabbles escalate to murder, Deborah is forced to search for a killer uncomfortably close to home.

    Brett says: "Enjoyable Story, but not the narator's best work"
    "Another great Judge Knott story"
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    Would you listen to Up Jumps the Devil again? Why?

    I am sure I will astheweb of the cvommunity is always a pleasure to revisit


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Up Jumps the Devil?

    The devious solution of the property problem solved of course by Kezzie Knott


    Which character – as performed by C.J. Critt – was your favorite?

    Kezzie Knott


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The whole series is always a pleasure to revisit when I need a few hours of relaxing reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bury Your Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Adam Sims
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    As Quebec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the strangest case of his celebrated career. A man has been brutally murdered in one of the city’s oldest buildings - a library where the English citizens of Quebec safeguard their history. And the death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries... a mystery Gamache must solve if he’s to catch a present-day killer.

    Qwerty1 says: "Did not live up to expectations!"
    "set in Quebec City"
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    Where does Bury Your Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Around 5 on a scale of 10


    Would you recommend Bury Your Dead to your friends? Why or why not?

    Long on description, short on story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes describing that yummy French food


    If you could take any character from Bury Your Dead out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Gomanche of course so that I could eat -and drink- a fabulous meal


    Any additional comments?

    Reminds us of the still simmering Anglo French attitudes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rituals of the Season

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Best-selling author Margaret Maron shows the form that has won her the Edgar and Agatha Awards, among many others, in this riveting mystery. Judge Deborah Knott and Deputy Sheriff Dwight Bryant are due to marry in a week. But all plans are put on hold when an assistant district attorney is killed, and the clues compel Judge Knott to investigate an earlier double murder that may be connected

    MRS says: "Good as usual"
    "Good as usual"
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    Where does Rituals of the Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If always love her characters and her lively writing style


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No


    Have you listened to any of C. J. Critt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    An excellent narrator of Maron and Joan Hess. She really nails the accent


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

    9 hours.....Get real


    Any additional comments?

    I am waiting breathlessly for MMs next book. I love them

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marie Antoinette: The Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    France's iconic queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake", was alternately revered and reviled during her lifetime. For centuries since, she has been the object of debate, speculation, and the fascination so often accorded illustrious figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted child was thrust onto the royal stage and commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in European history.

    Karen says: "Very Detailed"
    "Excellent book by respected author"
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    Where does Marie Antoinette rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The second best book I have read through Audible. The first was The Presidents Club


    What did you like best about this story?

    As usual Antonia Fraser tells a well known subject but has a different and well researched twist.


    Which character – as performed by Donada Peters – was your favorite?

    Mfarie Antoinette of course


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

    There were several


    Any additional comments?

    I have read other books by this author and always enjoyed them

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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