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Magritter

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  • Vanity Fair [Tantor]

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Vanity Fair features two heroines: the faithful, loyal Amelia Sedley, and the beautiful and scheming social climber Becky Sharp. It also engages a huge cast of wonderful supporting characters as the novel spins from Miss Pinkerton's academy for young ladies to affairs of love and war on the Continent to liaisons in the dazzling ballrooms of London.

    Joseph R says: "Clever, Witty, Splendid and Wonderful"
    "Wonderful from beginning to end"
    Overall

    This is a fine classic novel, narrated superbly. I highly recommend it to all lovers of English literature.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Plains of Passage: Earth's Children, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (467)

    Ayla and Jondalar set out on horseback across the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe. To the hunter gatherers of their world - who have never seen tame animals - Ayla and Jondalar appear enigmatic and frightening.

    Thomas says: "Part IV of a great read"
    "Don't waste your time"
    Overall

    It seems you get decreasing returns with this series. "The Clan of the Cave Bear" was great fun, "Valley of the Horses" was pretty good fun, and "The Mammoth Hunters" was fun enough to not make you want a refund of what you paid for it. "The Plains of Passage," has left the realm of fun and headed straight into Yawnsville. It's dreadfully boring, with far too many overwrought sex scenes and descriptions of native fauna and flora. If you have been caught up into the series, as I was, and now find you have to keep going, as I did, do yourself a favor and skip past "Plains of Passage" straight to "The Shelters of Stone." You won't be missing anything of any importance if you do so.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Little Dorrit

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (56)

    "Little Dorrit" is Amy, born in debtor's prison, the youngest child of debtor William Dorrit, an inmate of the Marshalsea. The two are befriended by a man whose wife hires Little Dorrit as a seamstress. When William Dorrit inherits a fortune, he escapes the Marshalsea, and the newly wealthy family travels to Italy.

    Meg says: "Little Dorritt"
    "Glad I listened"
    Overall

    I was unsure whether or not to purchase this book because while I love Dickens, I've not been so impressed with some of his minor works. I just finished "Little Dorrit" and am happy to say I'm glad I heeded the recommendations of the listener-reviewers here. It was highly enjoyable with some very amusing characters. If you like Dickens, you'll like this effort.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Thank You, Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    In high dudgeon, Bertie disappears to the country as a guest of his chum Lord "Chuffy" Chuffnell, who naturally employs the services of the recently resigned Jeeves. Along the way, we meet a memorable cast of characters including Bertie's ex-fiancee Pauline, her formidable father, and the eminet looney-doctor Sir Roderick Glossop. When Chuffy falls in love with Pauline, chaos ensues...until Jeeves step in to save the day.

    Mama C says: "Great Story, Just Not This Recording"
    "Who doesn't love Jeeves?"
    Overall

    Okay, so maybe the narrator sounded a bit old to be narrating this, but it was still very enjoyable. You can't beat P.G. Wodehouse for a light and fun read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shelters of Stone: Earth's Children, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (503)

    After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone-age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

    Thomas says: "Part V of a great read"
    "Repetitive"
    Overall

    Book is okay, but could have used some major editing. Auel repeats herself too often. Can be annoying. Even more annoying is that suddenly the reader has made Ayla speak like she's Natasha the Russian spy on "Bullwinkle and Rocky." Bizarre.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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