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Dallas, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

  • 6 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 384 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Stories

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor

    In this delightful audio collection, Garrison Keillor reads 14 of his own favorite stories from his many years as a writer for The New Yorker and from two of his best-selling books, Happy To Be Here and We Are Still Married. These selections embody all of the qualities that make Keillor such a beloved storyteller; his effortless blending of humor and poignancy, his keen observations and gentle insights, and his rare ability to bring a sense of truth to every tale he tells.

    Chris says: "good for fans"
    "At times endless dribble of words"

    A few funny quips - otherwise dull.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

    Michelle says: "Not As Interesting as Print Reviewers Suggested"
    "Great narrator, somewhat disappointing story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narration of this is outstanding, and feels just as a follow on from Pride and Prejudice should.

    Would you recommend Death Comes to Pemberley to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe - it is clearly very difficult to write something as a continuation of and homage to something as famous and fabulous as Pride and Prejudice, and in many ways James does a really good job. It just feels like there is too much information dumping at times, and that the true driver of the story is recreating the ambiance of Pemberly and its inhabitants, rather than James' usual intricate murder plots (of which I am also a fan). This is good for someone who is primarily interested in wallowing in the world of Pride and Prejudice, but not as a mystery per se.

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

    I cannot imagine the print version being anywhere near as good, as much of the ambiance comes from the excellent narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Missing Servant

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In hot and dusty Delhi, Puri's main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests. But when an honest public litigator is accused of murdering his maidservant, it takes all of Puri's resources to investigate. How will he trace the fate of the girl, known only as Mary, in a population of more than one billion? Who is taking pot shots at him and his prize chilli plants?

    Brooke says: "Great mystery with local India color"
    "Wonderful Delhi English and sense of modern India"
    What did you love best about The Case of the Missing Servant?

    The narration is, to put it in the words of Vish Puri, truly first class. Dastor beautifully captures the nuance and rhythms of Delhi English just as Hall captures the details of upper middle class Indian life.

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

    The twists of the plot are engaging, as is Vish Puri.

    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend for anyone who knows anything of the culture, or indeed anyone who wants to get a charming (and realistically dodgy and corrupt) taste of modern India.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hungry Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji

    Internationally best-selling author Amitav Ghosh, winner of the Pushcart Prize and numerous other prestigious accolades, pens a sweeping novel full of romantic adventure. Favorably compared to the masterworks of Joseph Conrad and V.S. Naipaul, The Hungry Tide is an atmospheric tale set in a world of wondrous sights...and terrible danger.

    Elizabeth says: "One of the Best Audio Books I've Read"

    A wonderful listen. Keeps one captivated right to the end. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Interesting Times: Discworld #17

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    David says: "Great reading of a Pratchett classic!"
    "Interesting Times :Disworld #7"

    An excellent listen - very witty.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.

    Gene says: "Riveting"
    "Very well presented"

    A well written book. Clearly well researched and brought togther in a masterful way.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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