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Melissa

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  • Circle of Friends

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Fionnula Flanagan
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    It began with Benny Hogan and Eve Malone, 2 inseparable young Irish women, growing up in the village of Knockglen. Benny, an only child, yearning to break free from her adoring parents and Eve, an orphan, abandoned to be raised by nuns, seemed an unlikely pair. Together, Eve and Benny knew the sins and secrets behind every villager's lace curtains...except their own. The pair becomes a circle when Benny and Eve leave for university in Dublin, and meet beautiful Nan Mahon and Jack Foley, a doctor's handsome son. But heartbreak and betrayal would bring the worlds of Knockglen and Dublin into explosive collision. Long-hidden lies would emerge to test the meaning of love and the strength of ties held within the fragile gold bands of a...Circle Of Friends.

    kathryn queen says: "don't waste your time"
    "TERRIBLE NARATION - OMG I'm gonna fall asleep!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better Narrator - Less monotone, more voices. No Music. Clearer recording.


    Would you recommend Circle of Friends to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend the audio version, but I think it is a great story to read with your eyes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fionnula Flanagan’s performances?

    Absolutely NOT!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is a good story.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio recording sounds awful! The voice is muffled, they used really distracting terrible music in the background, but it is so loud in places that you can't understand the narrator. If you are looking for a book that will lull you to sleep at night, then look no farther! While this is a great book (I have read it before) the narration & soundtrack absolutely destroy it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Die for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Amy Plum
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (301)

    My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "What a pleasant ride!"
    "Unique Characters, great performance!"
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Die for Me to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version


    What other book might you compare Die for Me to and why?

    It definitely has some similarities to twilight. The forbidden love, the dude only has eyes for the super special human chick. She ends up protecting him with her super special humanness...etc.


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

    No.


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

    I was hanging on the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the French descriptions that were placed throughout the book. It made it very easy to visualize Paris.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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