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Robin

Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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  • Vintage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Susan Gloss
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell…and so do the women whose lives the store touches.... An engaging story that beautifully captures the essence of friendship and style, Vintage is a charming tale of possibility, of finding renewal, love, and hope when we least expect it.

    Robin says: "Average"
    "Average"
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    I found this book to be engaging enough, but easily forgettable. An average read. 3 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House at the End of Hope Street

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Menna Van Praag
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Distraught that her academic career has stalled, Alba is walking through her hometown of Cambridge, England, when she finds herself in front of a house she’s never seen before, 11 Hope Street. A beautiful older woman named Peggy greets her and invites her to stay, on the house’s usual conditions: She has ninety-nine nights to turn her life around. With nothing left to lose, Alba takes a chance and moves in. She soon discovers that this is no ordinary house.

    Ariel Kane says: "A Glorious Literary Confection!"
    "Not as good as "Dress Shop of Dreams""
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    I was underwhelmed by this book. The premise is interesting, but I much preferred the more lighthearted approach of Dress Shop of Dreams. I would skip this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2844)
    Performance
    (2542)
    Story
    (2536)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Predictably odd, but endearing"
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    Once you find out that the main character has Aspergers, you shift gears, sort of adjusting expectations to fit within a framework in which most of us are unfamiliar, maybe even a bit anxious. The author, however, makes the reader feel entirely comfortable and the story unfolds in a sort of offhand but surprising way. I enjoyed this book mostly due to the likeability and honesty of the main character. The narrator only had a mild accent (to the American ear), which did not detract from the listen. I would recommend this selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dress Shop of Dreams: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Menna van Praag
    • Narrated By Jennifer Carr
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.

    Robin says: "So charmingly British!"
    "So charmingly British!"
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    This book was so sweet, and well narrated. Not particularly deep, but doesn't sacrifice good writing for that charming simplicity found in so many books coming out of UK.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Bollywood Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sonali Dev
    • Narrated By Priya Ayyar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Playboy filmmaker Samir "Sam" Rathod is Bollywood's favorite bad boy. He'll do anything for his big brother - even travel halfway across the globe to take care of the "wife" who just crawled out of his brother's past. Yet Mili isn't the simple village girl Sam expected. She's a whirlwind who sucks him into her roommate's elaborate elopement and soon has him drowning in her onyx eyes.

    Robin says: "Just average"
    "Just average"
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    I generally enjoy reading books by Indian authors. Best I can say about this one, though, is that it was an average read. With the exception of a few chapters, most move too slowly, with much repetition of old stereotypes. I would skip this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Renée Rosen
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In late 19th-century Chicago, visionary retail tycoon Marshall Field made his fortune wooing women customers with his famous motto, "Give the lady what she wants." His legendary charm also won the heart of socialite Delia Spencer and led to an infamous love affair.

    Robin says: "An average read"
    "An average read"
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    I have not read a great deal of historical fiction, but I found this book to be a bit thin ... Neither the characters nor the events comprising the story were well developed. I did not engage emotionally in this book, and so give it 3 stars as an adequate audible selection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Friendship Bread: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darien Gee
    • Narrated By Nancy Linari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    One afternoon, Julia Evarts and her five-year-old daughter, Gracie, arrive home to find an unexpected gift on the front porch: a homemade loaf of Amish Friendship Bread and a simple note: "I hope you enjoy it." Also included are a bag of starter, instructions on how to make the bread herself, and a request to share it with others. Still reeling from a personal tragedy, Julia remains at a loss as to how to move on with her life. She’d just as soon toss the anonymous gift….

    Robin says: "A pleasant enough read"
    "A pleasant enough read"
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    I would say that this is a 3-4 star read. The plot is a bit above average for this type of small town women centered book, and the characters do grow on you as the story progresses. Good enough for an audible credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1341)
    Performance
    (1151)
    Story
    (1140)

    Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

    Mark says: "A History of the Ancient Geeks"
    "Adequate, but lacked inspired storytelling"
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    Having taken computer programming classes in college in the mid1970s, before the time of personal computers, I was programming on punchcards when computers were the size of a wall. I was very interested to read this book. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in this book. Aside from a few interesting tidbits, I found the account of this topic to be rather boring. Perhaps my expectations were just too high.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Brandons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Angela Thirkell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Like Barbara Pym, E.F. Benson, and, mother of them all, Jane Austen, Angela Thirkell has created a small world of her own in the English countryside. Calf-love, village affairs, and literary effort are her nominal subjects, while people at their imperfect best are her real subjects.

    Dorothea says: "Charming!"
    "Boring, boring, boring"
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    I do read books of and about this period. I generally find them to be charming, and often quirky. This book, however, is just awful. The characters are insipid, and the plot could have been wrapped up in chapter 1. Please .... Don't waste a credit on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Committee Members: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julie Schumacher
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the midwest. His department is facing draconian cuts and squalid quarters, while one floor above them the Economics Department is getting lavishly remodeled offices. His once-promising writing career is in the doldrums, as is his romantic life, in part as the result of his unwise use of his private affairs for his novels.

    Catherine says: "Fantastically Funny!"
    "Quirky format"
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    The narration of this book is excellent. First time through, I did not really engage in the story. Decided to give it a second try and liked it. If your mind tends to wander, though, this might not be the listen for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard C. Morais
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1422)
    Performance
    (1305)
    Story
    (1298)

    Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

    Marci says: "Great details & writing in a flawed story"
    "3 1/2 stars"
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    I read this book sometime back on kindle. Thought I'd listen to it on audio now that it has been made into a movie. Honestly, I think it's a better read in print, since the listen felt a bit abbreviated. Good narration. I would recommend as it is an unusual story in an unusual setting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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