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RueRue

RueRue

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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
    (138)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    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
  • A Touch of Stardust: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kate Alcott
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When Julie Crawford leaves Fort Wayne, Indiana, for Hollywood, she never imagines she'll cross paths with Carole Lombard, the dazzling actress from Julie's provincial Midwestern hometown. Although the young woman has dreams of becoming a screenwriter, the only job Julie's able to find is one in the studio publicity office of the notoriously demanding producer David O. Selznick - who is busy burning through directors, writers, and money as he begins filming Gone with the Wind.

    RueRue says: "Major Disappointment"
    "Major Disappointment"
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    This seemed like a great book for a film buff ( me ), read by a favorite narrator, Cassandra Campbell. Wow, what a disappointment ! Poorly written, badly narrated ( I never thought I'd say that about the usually great CC ), over-all a flat, uninteresting story about an exciting Hollywood era. Film fans, skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5583)
    Performance
    (5132)
    Story
    (5136)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Loved It !"
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    I loved this charming fantasy ! I'm not a reader of fantasy, but after this, I am anxious to read more by Neil Gaiman. In addition to writing a great story, he narrated the story perfectly ! A definite thumbs up !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kind Worth Killing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Peter Swanson
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

    RueRue says: "Loved the story, disliked the narration"
    "Loved the story, disliked the narration"
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    A compulsive page-turner, marred by irritating narration by the (3) primary narrators.
    (The only good narrator is Keith Szarabajka.). If you can tolerate the narrators, it's a great story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Spear of Summer Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah Drummond is already notorious, even among Paris society. But her latest scandal is big enough to make even her oft-married mother blanch. Delilah is exiled to Kenya and her favorite stepfather's savanna manor house until gossip subsides. Fairlight is the crumbling, sun-bleached skeleton of a faded African dream, a world where dissolute expats are bolstered by gin and jazz records, cigarettes and safaris. As mistress of this wasted estate, Delilah falls into the decadent pleasures of society.

    Annette Thompson says: "Like Out of Africa"
    "A Trip to Africa"
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    Fun story, excellent narration. I'd prefer it without the steamy romantic interludes, but otherwise, a nice diversion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (490)

    It was love at first sight. From the moment 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do anything to possess her. But Christine is no lady. She is Stephen King's ultimate vehicle of terror.

    marvin says: "excellent novel made better by great narrator"
    "A Stephen King Masterpiece"
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    Great story, excellent writing, and a fabulous narrator ! Skip the movie and listen to the book. Stephen King is is a wonderful, discriptive storyteller. This one has all his trademarks, horror, gore, and great characters. Great audio book !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fingersmith

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (511)

    Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

    shopper from Palm Springs, Ca says: "The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!"
    "What a Story !"
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    I loved this book ! Admittedly, there are a few over-long sections ( part 2 was a bit slow, but having a second perspective on the events in part 1 was intregel to the dynamic of the story ). The discriptions were almost cinematic, placing the reader in the scene. And, of course, the narrator ! Fantastic performance ! If you enjoy atmospheric stories set in Victorian England, similar to a Charles Dickons epic, this is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2469)
    Performance
    (2259)
    Story
    (2247)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "Dad is Funny"
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    Lots of insight and humor the experience of being a Dad. It started to be a little one-note at the mid-point, but the love Jim Gaffigan has for his family is really touching. I'd recommend this one to parents with young kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9450)
    Performance
    (7918)
    Story
    (7922)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "This Is Not Another "Gone Girl""
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    This one did not live up to the hype. It's not terrible, and the structure of (3) alternating narrators is engaging. But, it is too drawn out, and I could see where the story was going at the half-way point, so the suspense was diluted. Clare Corbett's narration was excellent, the other (2) narrators were not as compelling.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Hannah Pittard
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Five minutes before her flight is set to take off, Kate Pulaski, failed screenwriter and newly failed wife with scarcely a hundred dollars to her name, learns that her estranged father has killed himself. More shocked than saddened by the news, she gives in to her siblings' request that she join them, along with her many half-siblings and most of her father's five former wives, in Atlanta, their birthplace, for a final farewell.

    Jennifer says: "The secrets we keep"
    "Bitterly funny"
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    Lots to like about this darkly humorous novel about a family crisis. The narration by Julia Whelan was perfect. She brought humor and some likability to the self-absorbed Kate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2846)
    Performance
    (1584)
    Story
    (1587)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "Excellent narration, compelling non-fiction"
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    As compelling as a fictional novel. Highest accolades to Scott Brick for the superior narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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