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Ruth A. Swinney

Member Since 2006

  • 4 reviews
  • 170 ratings
  • 221 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014

  • Miss Mapp

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By E. F. Benson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Miss Elizabeth Mapp, magnificent grande dame and heiress, is always on the lookout lest her neighbors fall outside the bounds of perfect, exemplary manners. But her tightly controlled world is soon beset on all sides by interlopers, first in the disturbingly masculine form of two very different retired army officers, both of whom are anything but retiring in their conflicting aims upon her heart.

    G. Griffin says: "Classic British Turn of the Century Comedy"
    "Fun and joyful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, itis a funny, endearing story, a reminder of another time when life was so simple!

    What did you like best about this story?

    Mapp's character is funny and sooo hypocritical!

    Have you listened to any of Nadia May???s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "Silly book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this book is very childish and poorly written. The action is simply unbelievable, and the "old lady" tricks get old really soon. Simply a waste of time.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Dorothy Gilman again?


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a great voice, I like her narrations, the only bearable aspect of this audiobook

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Italian Secretary

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble

    The best-selling author of the Alienist series returns with a chilling elaboration on the Sherlock Holmes canon, as the famed detective investigates a pair of gruesome murders, which cast an otherworldly shadow as far as Queen Victoria herself.

    Sagar says: "A True Delight for the Holmes Enthusiast"
    "The Italian Secretary"

    I found this book extremely booring, it almost seems like a parody of Sherlock Holmes. Very dissapointing.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kissing the Gunner's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey

    Sergeant Caleb Martin of Kingsmarkham CID had no idea just how terminally unlucky Friday the 13th of May would prove. Even alive, he could have had no inkling of the chain of bloody events that would follow. First, the bloodbath at Tancred House: it looks like the work of an opportunist burglar panicked into killing. The sole survivor of the massacre, 17-year-old Daisy Flory, remembers the events only hazily, her confused account of the fatal night seeming only to confirm this theory.

    Lawrence says: "Another good Rendell mystery"
    "Kissing the Gunners' Daughter"

    The boopk is suspenseful at the beginning, but it gets tedious, with too many twists and turns to nowhere. By the end, I really did not care "who done it".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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