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RueRue

RueRue

ratings
117
REVIEWS
112
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
108

  • The Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Harwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor Maynard Straker tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before and then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: "Your patient must be an imposter." Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary....

    Shaliali says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Great Begining and Wonderful Narration"
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    Would you try another book from John Harwood and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    Loved Rosalyn Landor's narration ! I might try another John. Harwood story. I liked the writing, but the plot became much too convoluted, and I felt there were some plot threads left dangling.


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

    A less convoluted plot and more character development would have made this a better narrative.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    She did all of the characters, male and female, very well. Great narration !


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

    It certainly has cinematic potential, but the plot would need to be simplified.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (536)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "Good book read by wrong narrator"
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    So disappointed in this audiobook ! It would have been such an interesting listening experience with a different narrator. Lorna Raver sounds much too old and gives an overly dramatic (almost melodramatic) reading to much of the story. I almost gave up because the narration was so grating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Domestic Violets: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Matthew Norman
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    Tom Violet always thought that by the time he turned 35, he’d have everything going for him. Fame. Fortune. A beautiful wife. A satisfying career as a successful novelist. A happy dog to greet him at the end of the day. The reality, though, is far different. He’s got a wife, but their problems are bigger than he can even imagine. And he’s written a novel, but the manuscript he’s slaved over for years is currently hidden in his desk drawer while his father, an actual famous writer, just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His career, such that it is, involves mind-numbing corporate buzzwords....

    glamazon says: "What a rollicking ride!"
    "Great story !"
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    This is funny and insightful, some laugh out loud scenes as well as lump in the throat moments. The narrator was great with male characters but AWFUL with female voices. Otherwise, great story and entertaining listen. ( better than anything by Jonathan Trooper, IMHO )

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Typist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Suzanne Rindell
    • Narrated By Gretchen Mol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (162)

    Rose Baker seals men’s fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee. This is a new era for women, and New York is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair, they smoke, they go to speakeasies.

    Pamela says: "Intriguing, Original Story"
    "Loved This One !"
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    I really enjoyed this one ! I loved the Gatsbyesque setting and the fascinating first-person narrator. And I especially LOVED the ending ! Soooo unusual. Excellent reading by Gretchen Mol. Her almost emotionless dictation suits the character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amy and Isabelle: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Stephanie Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    With compassion, humor, and striking insight, Amy and Isabelle explores the secrets of sexuality that jeopardize the love between a mother and her daughter. Amy Goodrow, a shy high school student in a small mill town, falls in love with her math teacher, and together they cross the line between understandable fantasy and disturbing reality. When discovered, this emotional and physical trespass brings disgrace to Amy's mother, Isabelle, and intensifies the shame she feels about her own past.

    RueRue says: "Real life"
    "Real life"
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    A dramatic, well paced narrative centered on a hot, oppressive summer in a New England mill town. Excellent narration. This is a character driven story, and I found it quite compelling. Especially loved the "supporting" characters of Fat Bev and Dottie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Rainbow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Claire King
    • Narrated By Diane Piron-Gelman
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It is summer in the south of France, and Pea and her little sister Margot spend their days running free, inventing games in the meadow behind their house. But Pea has worries beyond her five and a half years. Her father has died in an accident, and her mother has just lost a baby. Maman is English, already isolated in this small, foreign village, and in her compounded grief, she has retreated even further. Pea and Margot stay out of her way and try to make things better, but they can't make Maman happy again.

    RueRue says: "Sad but Lovely"
    "Sad but Lovely"
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    This is a sad little story, told in the voice of a (5) year old girl. The narrator really captured the imagination and wonder of a child with her voice. The story made me sad, but it ends on an upbeat note. Lovely !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hearts in Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (468)

    All the stories in this collection from Stephen King are related to the Vietnam War. King fans will recognize echoes of The Dark Tower series in the collection's first story, "Low Men in Yellow Coats." As the characters develop over the next four stories, King's version of the Vietnam War becomes one of his most frightening tales ever.

    Steve says: "Touching, Funny - Amazingly well written and read."
    "A fabulous performance !"
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    Absolutely spectacular narration by William Hurt and a compelling (if long) story. Stephen King isn't an actor so his narration pales in comparison, but he does a serviceable job of narrating as well. It was William Hurt's performance that pulled me into this story. One of my favorite audio books ever!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4479)
    Performance
    (3831)
    Story
    (3809)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Fabulous performance !"
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    Nothing heavy here, just a fun story with engaging characters, brought to life by an EXCELLENT performance. The mystery is slight, but the misadventures of Georgie are entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pink Suit: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nicole Mary Kelby
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    On November 22, 1963, the First Lady accompanied her husband to Dallas, Texas dressed in a pink Chanel-style suit that was his favorite. Much of her wardrobe, including the pink suit, came from the New York boutique Chez Ninon, where a young seamstress, an Irish immigrant named Kate, worked behind the scenes to meticulously craft the memorable outfits. When the pink suit becomes infamous, Kate's already fragile world - divided between the excess and artistry of Chez Ninon and the traditional values of her insular neighborhood - threatens to rip apart.

    RueRue says: "Just doesn't come together"
    "Just doesn't come together"
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    A good narrator can't quite bring this story to life. There is some fascinating historical information woven into the story and some truly interesting detail about the creation of couture fashion. The writing is fine, but something is missing.....maybe a story to bring the factual and historical detail to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Margarite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was first published in 1813. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, moral rightness, education and marriage in her aristocratic society of early 19th century England. Elizabeth is the second eldest of five daughters of a country gentleman living in the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, not far from London.

    Laura says: "Excellent version to choose"
    "Classic Jane Austen"
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    A wonderful way to make an acquaintance with the writing of Jane Austen. Perfect narration !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shanghai Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (619)

    Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl's parents arrange for their daughters to "Gold Mountain men" who have come from Los Angeles to find brides. But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel's Island (the Ellis Island of the West, where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months) they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she's pregnant, the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

    Frances says: "Touching, sad, and enjoyable"
    "Good combination of History and Culture"
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    A well-written story combining history and culture. It was just a little too long, and the story lost momentum about 2/3 of the way through. Good narrator, her voice suited the chararacters and the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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