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RueRue

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Ashford Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she’s been working towards - but now she’s not sure it’s enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at 34, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s 99th birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything.

    RueRue says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Guilty Pleasure"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ashford Affair to be better than the print version?

    I switched between the audio and print versions (thanks to Whispersync ! ) and the story holds up either way. However, I loved the narration. Nicola Barber did an excellent reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I referred to this as a guilty pleasure. It's really just a romantic story, chick lit, even predictable, but the author was able to sustain the momentum of the narrative and keep the characters interesting. The excellent narration helped, too. Not great literature, but very entertaining.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonder of All Things

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators, killing and injuring dozens. But when the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds miraculously disappear. Ava has a unique gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments.

    Elaine M. Panzeter says: "Where there are miracle there is greed"
    "Dissappointing"
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    Story

    I didn't have an emotional connection to the characters in this story. Too many supports that went nowhere. Ok but not special in any way, even with a good narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1336)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1188)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    Debra says: "PLEASE tell me there are MORE !"
    "A Sherlock Holmes adventure"
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    A wonderful Sherlock Holmes adventure, very faithful to the original style of Sir Authur Conan Doyle. And it goes without saying that Derek Jacobi is superlative as the narrator !
    A delight for fans of Sherlock Holmes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic Wagon

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Joe R. Lansdale
    • Narrated By Chet Williamson
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    When the Magic Wagon comes to town, folks get a genuine medicine show that includes a wrestling ape, fancy shooting, and a peek at the petrified body of Wild Bill Hickok himself. They also get bottles of a whiskey-laced elixir to drown their aches and pains. Old Albert drives the wagon, a raw-boned youngster named Buster Fogg does the odd jobs, and "champion" trick shooter and fast talker Billy Bob Daniels owns the show. Billy Bob claims to be the illegitimate son of Wild Bill himself.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "DAMN IDGIT"
    "Fun and quirky"
    Overall
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    Story

    A fun, quick book to listen to, excellent narration. Joe R. Lansdale has a special story-telling ability with plenty of humor. He's one of my favorite writers. If you are a fan, you will enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brooklyn: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Colm Tóibín
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (145)

    It is Enniscorthy in the southeast of Ireland in the early 1950s. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn to a crowded boarding house. Slowly, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life - until she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness.

    A. Cohen says: "Maturing in Brooklyn"
    "Interesting and Irritating"
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    Performance
    Story

    A hard book to review. It started slow, and I almost gave up. There seemed to be no story, just a series of vignettes in the life of Eillis. Once she leaves Ireland and sails to Brooklyn, the narrative became more engaging, as she struggles to adjust to life in America. Then, circumstances bring her back to Ireland, and this is where I got really irritated. Eillis seemed willing to let her mother and the small community where she grew up take over her life. After all she achieved in her new American life, she turned into a total doormat. Once again, circumstances pushed her to make a decision, otherwise, it seemed to me that she would have drifted along, being untruthful with everyone. Others may not interpret the character as I have. Good narration, well-written prose, but not an emotionally satisfying story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (325)

    Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family…

    C. Telfair says: "Splendid and Splendider!"
    "Great performances"
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    A delightful, slightly dark fantasy for both children and adults. The story is a bit episodic and therefore somewhat disjointed, like a series of short stories with reoccurring characters. Wonderful narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Room with a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Joanna David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    In this piece of social comedy, E. M. Forster is concerned with one of this favourite themes: the 'undeveloped heart' of the English middle classes, who are here represented by a group of tourists and expatriates in Florence.

    Joseph R says: "One Italian Spring"
    "Lovely Prose but Oblique Narrative"
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    Performance
    Story

    I tried to appreciate the subtleties of the novel, but found it hard going. Fortunately, the narration was beautiful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Jake: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Bryan Reardon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    While his successful wife goes off to her law office each day, Simon Connolly takes care of their kids, Jake and Laney. Now that they are in high school, the angst-ridden father should feel more relaxed, but he doesn't. He's seen the statistics, read the headlines. And now, his darkest fear is coming true. There has been a shooting at school.

    Big jim Picotto says: "Predictable. But a good listen."
    "So Disappointing"
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    I expected a page turner, but this was so slow, even at under (8) hours. IMHO, the author tried for a literary tone, and attempted to address too many hot-botton issues ( school shootings, stay at home fathers, intrusive media). Very disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rustication: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Palliser
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    It is winter 1863, and Richard Shenstone, aged 17, has been sent down - "rusticated" - from Cambridge under a cloud of suspicion. Addicted to opium and tormented by sexual desire, he finds temporary refuge in a dilapidated old mansion on the southern English coast inhabited by his newly impoverished mother and his sister, Effie. Soon, graphic and threatening letters begin to circulate among his neighbors, and Richard finds himself the leading suspect in a series of crimes and misdemeanors ranging from vivisection to murder.

    anne maniscalco says: "Dark story with twists and turns"
    "Unusual and suspenseful"
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    Difficult to catagorize, a very suspenseful story with an unsympathetic first person narrator.
    Definitely kept my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackmoore

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julianne Donaldson
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (208)

    Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?

    Cam says: "Heartfelt romance"
    "Romance !"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A lovely romantic story, much like a Jane Austin novel. Beautifully read by Cassandra Campbell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem for a Wren

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Damien Warren-Smith
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Alan Duncan returns to his family home in Australia after the war and several years of study in England. But his homecoming is marred by the mysterious suicide of his parents' quiet and reliable parlour-maid. A search through her belongings in search of clues leads to heart-breaking revelations about the woman's identity, the death of Alan's brother Bill, and, above all, the disappearance of his brother's fiancée, Janet.

    Sharon says: "Bittersweet"
    "Great narration, slow story"
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    Performance
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    Not much of a plot, lots of WWII detail, but an excellent narrator kept me listening. I loved "A Town Like Alice" by this author, this is not as good IMHO.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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