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  • The Secret Language of Knitters

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Beth Temple
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Temple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    The Secret Language of Knitters is a humorous dictionary of knitting terms. Knitters use terms like "frog," and "WIP". Mary Beth explains them all, from A-Z, with humor and wit, drawing on knitting experiences and stories gathered over a lifetime of knitting.

    IRINA says: "Fun Fun Fun"
    "Excellent Book for Knitters & their family members"
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    If you could sum up The Secret Language of Knitters in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Funny, and upbeat.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Language of Knitters to and why?

    Knitspeak. It's all about the definitions of the shorthand of knitting.


    Have you listened to any of Mary Beth Temple’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. She does others? I'll have to look into that.


    What did you learn from The Secret Language of Knitters that you would use in your daily life?

    Didn't realize goat fibre was Mohair, but I did know the angora and bunny association.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone who knits or knows someone who knits - really should listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Cashmere: Seaside Knitters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sally Goldenbaum
    • Narrated By Julie McKay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    Not long after Isabel "Izzy" Chambers opens up a knitting shop in the sleepy fishing town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, a diverse group of women begins congregating each week to form the Seaside Knitters. Izzy raises some eyebrows when she rents the apartment above her shop to Angie Archer, whose reputation for loose behavior and a quick temper has made her unpopular with many locals. But could any of them have wanted her dead? Angie's body is discovered drowned in the harbor, her long red hair tangled like seaweed in a lobster trap.

    Donna Prothro says: "Good storyline kept me listening."
    "Lost a credit on this one"
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    The narrator had a nice voice, but I am not sure if it was her performance or just the story that was disappointing. I have a feeling it was both. I generally like books that incorporate the yarn hobby, but this one didn't seem to have a character to like nor a character to hate. The killer came out of left field and I don't remember a good setup. I had no desire to try to predict the killer like I do in other mysteries. That means there wasn't anything to go on to spur my interaction with the story. I didn't like the overabundance of descriptions. It didn't make me feel like I was there or visualize the scene, it felt like unnecessary bloat. I was very disappointed because I’ve wanted to read this series for a very long time. I must not click with the author - I am sure there are those who do.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Knitting Lessons: Tales from the Knitting Path

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lela Nargi
    • Narrated By Julia Olson
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Lela Nargi traveled across the country interviewing knitters at the beginning of the knitting craze. While learning how to knit herself, Nargi discovered the profound importance knitting has in the lives of the knitters she meets. Among the many wonderful knitting stories Nargi hears are those of Mel Clarke, Teva Durham, Edith Eig, Vickie Howell, Linda La Belle, Trisha Malcolm, Suzan Mischer and Clara Parkes.

    patrish says: "Knitting essays"
    "Comforting Good Listen (read)"
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    Would you listen to Knitting Lessons again? Why?

    Yes, I liked the stories from all the people she interviewed.


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

    Pretty good character voices.


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

    Actually, when everyone talked about how they learned to knit and why they knit now, I really enjoyed that. I could identify with them. I felt as if I was among other knitters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost King: Forgotten Realms: Transitions, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (207)

    When the Spellplague ravages Faerûn, Drizzt and his companions are caught in the chaos. Seeking out the help of the priest Cadderly - the hero of the recently reissued series The Cleric Quintet - Drizzt finds himself facing his most powerful and elusive foe, the twisted Crenshinibon, the demonic crystal shard he believed had been destroyed years ago.

    M.Mussio says: "Another great book by Mr. RA"
    "Good story but grab the kleenex"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because I am a great admirer of RA Salvatore's writing and the narrator was very talented.


    What other book might you compare The Ghost King to and why?

    Pirate King because it is the sequel to the Orc King.


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

    It's the same guy.


    Any additional comments?

    Great work from both author and narrator.

    PS my husband listened to these books not me. He is the fan of RA Salvatore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate King: Forgotten Realms: Transitions, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (203)

    The Arcane Brotherhood has long held the city of Luskan in their power, but when corruption eats away at their ranks, Captain Deudermont comes to the rescue of a city that has become a safe haven for the Sword Coast's most dangerous pirates. But rescuing a city from itself may not be as easy as Deudermont thinks, and when Drizzt can't talk him out of it, he'll be forced to help.

    Steve Hotz says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Fantasy adventure from the master"
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    Where does The Pirate King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good writing coupled with good narration equals good listening experience.


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

    He has a great voice and his characterization brings depth to an already good story.


    Any additional comments?

    First audiobook with this narrator was a good experience. Would listen to more of his work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spy Killer: Free Version

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By Lori Jablons
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (306)

    Kurt Reid may be innocent of the murder he's charged with (and of grand larceny, for that matter), but he's got no time to be thrown in jail and defend himself. Instead, Reid flees to pre-Communist China and Shanghai, the exotic city of mystery and death. Reid takes refuge in a tea house where he meets a Russian woman, Varinka Savischna, whom he manages to rescue from certain death. As beautiful as she is smart, she recruits him in her crusade against Chinese intelligence services.

    Amazon Customer says: "ugh"
    "Horrid Narration"
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    What disappointed you about Spy Killer: Free Version?

    The narration. Unable to finish the book because the narration was so bad.


    What could L. Ron Hubbard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Unable to finish the book because the narration was so bad so I don't know if the plot was any good.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lori Jablons’s performances?

    absolutely not!


    Any additional comments?

    Narration is key to any audiobook, PARAMOUNT even. A good narrator can make the worst of stories better and great stories exquisite. I would listen to the newspaper if David Suchet, Tom Baker, Norman Dietz, Tim Curry, or John McDonough read them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The County Fair

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Katherine Valentine
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    With the Lichfield County Fair just around the corner, Dorsetville is a beehive of activity. But is there still time for faith and compassion to help a failing carnival, an aged debutante, and a disillusioned teen?

    Odelia says: "Excellent Narration"
    "Excellent Narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to The County Fair the most enjoyable?

    John McDonough's narration of course.


    What other book might you compare The County Fair to and why?

    The prequel of course. (A Miracle for St. Cecilia's)


    What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

    He has a great voice and a good sense of timing and drama.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was supposed to be considered an "inspirational" book. "Recorded Books Inspirational" "Dedicated to stories of faith and the human spirit." This is what the introduction to the book says. So how can you (the publisher - not Audible) classifiy it that way when a couple of times in the book, God's name is taken in vain - yet the author uses alternative slang for other curse words like heck and darn. Except for those curses, the story was ok. Not as good as the prequel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Knitting

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anne Bartlett
    • Narrated By Beverley Dunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    It's been 10 months since Jack died, and Sandra, a tightly wound academic, copes with her grief by immersing herself in the history of textiles. When she and Martha, a gifted knitter, meet over an unconscious body on the footpath, the unlikely threads of their lives tangle into each other. Sandra invites Martha to join her in a professional collaboration, but what begins as a working relationship becomes something deeply personal.

    yoderfamily01 says: "Not good"
    "Naration was good"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The description of the story used to entice the reader.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Erase it and start over.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite.


    Could you see Knitting being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was ok. A bit sad. It would be nice if the description of the story (any story) indicated the tone. I didn't agree with the description. It lead you to believe that even though the main character's husband died, she found a new life. There was not a happier ending. The sadness/sense of loss was from start to finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Baker Reads 'A Christmas Carol'

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tom Baker
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Charles Dickens' story of solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of Christmas by the three ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, has become one of the timeless classics of English literature. First published in 1843, it introduces us not only to Scrooge himself but also to the memorable characters of underpaid desk clerk Bob Cratchit and his poor family, the poorest amongst whom is the ailing and crippled Tiny Tim.

    Sarah Hadley says: "Tom Baker Brings New Life to Old Xmas Chestnut"
    "A Must for Tom Baker Fans"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tom Baker Reads 'A Christmas Carol' to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. Tom Baker has an excellent voice and his delivery is perfect.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Well, it is a classic story even if Charles Dickens is a bit off.


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

    No I haven't. I did realize he did. I would listen to the newspaper if Tom read it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Old grouch gets a personality overhaul.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Miracle for St. Cecilia’s

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Katherine Valentine
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    A Miracle for St. Cecilia’s is a heartwarming story that all lovers of Christian fiction will find uplifting and entertaining. St. Cecilia’s, an old, outdated Catholic Church in a small New England town, is about to be closed down, much to the dismay of the faithful townsfolk. What will become of Father James Flaherty and the aging Father Keene - and what of the flock? When faith and hope endure, even miracles are possible.

    A. J. Mcdonald says: "Good, but not great"
    "It Makes You Feel Good Inside"
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    If you could sum up A Miracle for St. Cecilia’s in three words, what would they be?

    heartwarming, neighborhood, friends


    What other book might you compare A Miracle for St. Cecilia’s to and why?

    The Jan Karon Mitford series. It is about a Man of God, his church members, and the towns people living together. How God works everything out and the choices we make.


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    Yes I did. He has a warm voice. Very expressive.


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

    Yes, but life wouldn't allow such luxury. Besides it prolonged the ending. Like the Jan Karon books, I find that I miss the characters once I'm finished reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the author plans to write a series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb

    • UNABRIDGED (34 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Poirot is consulted by Lady Willard, the widow of the famous Egyptologist, Sir John Willard. He was the archaeologist on the excavation of the tomb of the Pharaoh Men-her-Ra together with the American financier Mr. Bleibner. Both men died within a fortnight of each other, Sir John of heart failure and Mr. Bleibner of blood poisoning. A few days later Mr Bleibnerᅵᅵs nephew, Rupert, shot himself and the press has been full of stories of an Egyptian curse.

    Odelia says: "David Suchet is the quintessential Poirot"
    "David Suchet is the quintessential Poirot"
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    What did you love best about The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb?

    David Suchet narration.


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

    It is a typical Agatha Christie story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love to be read to, David Suchet is the perfect reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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