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Nicole

I mostly read historical non-fiction and fiction and I love it when it's done well.

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  • Scaramouche: A Romance of the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Rafael Sabatini
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The passionate Andre-Louis Moreau makes an unexpected entrance into the French Revolution when he vows to avenge his best friend's death. His target: Monsieur de La Tour d'Azyr, the aristocratic villain who killed his friend. Andre-Louis rallies the underclass to join him in his mission against the supreme power of the nobility. Soon the rebel leader must go underground, disguising himself as "Scaramouche" in a traveling group of actors. In the midst of his swashbuckling adventures and his country's revolution, he discovers the secret of his own identity.

    Nicole says: "Great Fun"
    "Great Fun"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Scaramouche to be better than the print version?

    Yes - I would have had trouble with the French names and I liked having them pronounced correctly and beautifully.


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

    Toward the end I neglected my life and had my headphones on for a good four hours. I was transported. :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fever: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Beth Keane
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (286)

    Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

    Margaret says: "Walk a mile in my shoes..."
    "Story Flamed Out"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is such an interesting story that I'm surprised by how boring it was most of the time. I love this genre, too. Maybe the focus was in the wrong place? I would have liked to get some of the doctor's point of view as well. He was right about Mary, after all. He couldn't have been the evil villain he was made out to be. I think his story may be more interesting than Mary sitting on an island not cooking for half the book.


    Which character – as performed by Candace Thaxton – was your favorite?

    I really liked Mary's Irish accent and matter-of-fact way of speaking.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Screwtape Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Joss Ackland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (337)

    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation - and triumph over it - ever written.

    James says: "This is the Best Audio Screwtape, a Masterpiece"
    "Will Come Back Again and Again"
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    If you could sum up The Screwtape Letters in three words, what would they be?

    Life altering. (I don't have a third word!)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Screwtape Letters?

    Speaking of the time we spend doing things that are uncomfortable - how we think of time as our own. We would do anything the Savior asks of us, but we don't think of that when we have to spend time with an exasperating person. I loved that - it made me more conscious of my own irritability at other people taking up "my time."


    What about Joss Ackland’s performance did you like?

    I'm partial to British accents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2916)
    Performance
    (2596)
    Story
    (2598)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Broadbent Makes it Better"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I really enjoyed Broadbent's performance.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rachel Joyce? Why or why not?

    Probably not. While I liked listening to the book, I didn't care as much for Joyce's writing style. It was a little manipulating and the "reveals" toward the end of the book should have come sooner, in my opinion.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Broadbent – was your favorite?

    Harold Fry.


    Do you think The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I thought it was too long as it was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Old True Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sheila Kay Adams
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The Stantons and the Nortons were families in the truest, oldest sense: extended networks of kin stretching across the mountains, everyone within hiking distance. They’d come from the British Isles and settled in the Appalachians of North Carolina during the 1700s, bringing with them their dearly loved songs and their clannish ways, their ties to the land ultimately becoming as strong as their ties to one another.

    Catherine Whitmore says: "lovely"
    "Wrong Book for Audio"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I only listen when I'm doing house work or yard work, so I never feel like I've wasted time listening.


    Would you recommend My Old True Love to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not as an audio book, but maybe as a regular one. There was a lot of not-great singing on the audio version.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think maybe a man's voice would have worked better as two of the main characters were male and singers. Having a woman's voice try to replicate old songs sung by young men didn't really work. Also, I could hear doors shutting and coughing in the background in some places when I had my headphones on.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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