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MemElaina

Colorado Springs, CO USA

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  • For Kicks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    When the horse that wins a race gallops in with frothing mouth and popping eyes, what is more natural than to suspect that someone slipped a booster into his oats? With 11 steeplechasers hurtling over the finish line in this pepped up states and all the dope tests conclusively negative, the Earl of October had something of a problem if he wanted to preserve the health of his favorite sport.

    MemElaina says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What about Tony Britton’s performance did you like?

    Britton's accent - somewhere between Australian and Cockney - was very well done and added verisimilitude to an important premise of the story.


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

    I found the denoument unexpected but very much in character with the development of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the earliest Dick Francis stories, and it makes it clear why Francis' books achieved their overnight success. Well worth reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Sophy

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (114)

    Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humourless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving. With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

    Carol says: "Can we get it unabridged?"
    "ABRIDGED!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Grand Sophy? What did you like least?

    Somehow I missed the note that this is an abridged version. It's one of my favorite Heyer stories, but in taking out details to curtail the length they took out some of the best wit and converstaion, and fair amount of the underlying story.


    Would you recommend The Grand Sophy to your friends? Why or why not?

    NO. I suggest you go for an unabridged edition.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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