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RueRue

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ratings
135
REVIEWS
130
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
8
HELPFUL VOTES
125

  • The Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Harwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    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
  • Florence Gordon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brian Morton
    • Narrated By Dawn Harvey
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Meet Florence Gordon: blunt, brilliant, cantankerous, and passionate, a feminist icon to young women. At 75, Florence has earned her right to set down the burdens of family and work and shape her legacy at long last. But just as she is beginning to write her long-deferred memoir, her son Daniel returns to New York from Seattle with his wife and daughter, and they embroil Florence in their dramas, clouding the clarity of her days with the frustrations of middle age and the confusions of youth.

    Caro says: "Unsentimental"
    "Fascinating Characters"
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    I really enjoyed this literate, engaging book. It's all about a somewhat dysfunctional, but highly functioning, family, lead by the title character, Florence Gordon. There isn't a plot so much as a series of seemingly slight but significant events that build to significant changes to each member of the family. Warning: this is not a plot-driven narrative, and, like life, nothing is wrapped up in a tidy resolution. The ending is abrupt, but exactly suited to the bluntness of Florence Gordon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Casino Royale: James Bond, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn't be higher. 007's mission is to neutralize the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to "retire" him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in - that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall. This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Dan Stevens.

    Amazon Customer says: "Bond. James Bond."
    "What Can You Say....it's Bond, James Bond"
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    Story

    (He never says this, by the way). Fun listening. Dan Stevens is one of the BEST narrators ever ! His ability with voices and accents makes each character distinct.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (564)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Amazon Customer says: "Book: flawless. SKIP THE RECORDED INTRO!!"
    "Timeless !"
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    Although this book was written and published in the late 1940's, it's story of life in Brooklyn, circa 1912 - 1918, is timeless and very moving. Wonderful narration makes the characters come alive. So glad I read this classic !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bedbugs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (314)

    FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee. Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic narration! Good, creepy story."
    "Mildly entertaining"
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    Good narration makes this an entertaining book. Decent writing, well-paced to build suspense. A nice change of pace from literary reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Year of Meats

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (54)

    Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break, a chance to travel through the United States to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by American meat exporters. Meanwhile, Akiko, a painfully thin Japanese woman struggling with bulimia, is being pressured by her child-craving husband to put some meat on her bones, literally.

    Emily says: "Entrancing story, unbelievable narration"
    "Emotional, Educational, Entertaining = Excellent"
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    Outstanding story and superior narration. There is a good narrative, interesting characters, and eye-opening information about the business of "meat" in the US. One of my favorite books of this year !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Judith Kinghorn
    • Narrated By Jane Wymark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Clarissa is almost 17 when the spell of her childhood is broken. It is 1914, the beginning of a blissful, golden summer - and the end of an era. Deyning Park is in its heyday, the large country house filled with the laughter and excitement of privileged youth preparing for a weekend party. When Clarissa meets Tom Cuthbert, home from university and staying with his mother, the housekeeper, she is dazzled.

    RueRue says: "Downton Abbey meets The Great Gatsby"
    "Downton Abbey meets The Great Gatsby"
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    This seemed like a mash-up of Downton Abbey and The Great Gatsby. Entertaining ultimately insubstantial, and MUCH too drawn-out. Lovely narration, however, which kept me listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Belzhar

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She'd be watching old comedy sketches with him. She'd be kissing him in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn't be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English. But life isn't fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

    RueRue says: "Y/A Story, Suitable for Adults"
    "Y/A Story, Suitable for Adults"
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    Pretty good story, with good narration. Jorjeana Marie had the right voice for the 1st person narration. Unfortunately, the big "twist" in the plot was no surprise AT ALL. (Hint: if you've read "We Were Liars", this is quite similar).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4161)
    Performance
    (1866)
    Story
    (1884)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Narrator really makes this a good story"
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    Great narration by Jeff Woodman ! The story, told in first person, has some slow spots, and the character of Christopher Boone can be grating because he is at some degree of autistic/ Aspergers Syndrome. Good resolution to the story, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Murders: Roaring Twenties , Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mary Miley
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Vaudeville actress Leah Randall took on her most daring role ever when she impersonated missing heiress Jessie Carr in order to claim Jessie's inheritance in The Impersonator.Now that the dust has settled around that tumultuous time in her life, Leah has adopted Jessie's name as her own and moved to Hollywood, where she's taken a modest but steady job in the silent film industry.

    RueRue says: "Rather Trite"
    "Rather Trite"
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    Tavia Gilbert works hard to elevate the flimsy story. The setting ( 1920's Hollywood ) and the "appearances " of famous personalities from the time are the most interesting aspect of this trite mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1594)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1047)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Wonderful, sweeping story"
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    An uplifting story of courage and perseverance. Wonderful narrator. Although it was written in the 1950's it does not seem dated. Definitely a hidden gem !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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