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Ruth M. Penson

Ruth

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  • The Family Frying Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Melissa Eccleston, Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Mrs. Moses is a small woman with a big heart and enormous courage. The only survivor of a Cossack raid on her village, she takes with her a big cast-iron frying pan, so heavy that she can only sling it over her back. Yet this is no ordinary frying pan, it's The Family Frying Pan, blessed with a Russian soul.

    Johnnie Walker says: "Bad Narrator Decision!"
    "The Family Frying Pan"
    Overall

    I cannot even give this version one star. I'm sure the story is great, but the narrator is so awful with her phony Russain/Jewish accent, that I had to stop listening. IT WAS SO IRRITATING!!!
    I think I should get my credit refunded!!!!
    Make sure you listen to the sample reading if you should want to buy it!!!!
    Audible.com...find a new version with a narrator who has real Russian accent or no accent, but not this.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Cumming
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (465)

    With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

    Dina says: "A Phoenix Rises From the Ashes"
    "Fabulous & so honest! (A must listen!!)"
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    I love Alan Cumming! After listening to his memoir, spoken by 'himself', I love him even MORE!!!
    This is an honest, deep and, often, very painful listen, but worth every minute!!!
    To have survived such a brutal abusive childhood & come out as such a positive,successful person is a tribute to the strength he possess. Kudos, Alan Cumming!!!
    (BTW, I love his real Scottish accent, too!!!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Jack Zipes (translator and editor)
    • Narrated By Joel Richards, Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their Children's and Household Tales in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as "Rapunzel", "Hansel and Gretel", and "Cinderella" would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style.

    Donna says: "Great Stories"
    "Boring! Could NOT finish it!"
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    Performance
    Story

    Why bother translating this, is beyond me & then recording it for an audiobook. So dull & boring. Stories are silly in translation.The narrator's German (when he tries to speak German) is horrible.
    If you want to record the Grimm Fairy Tales, then translate & record the LAST edition which would be the best, not this nonsense.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Keeper of the Light: Keeper Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Dr. Olivia Simon is on duty in the emergency room of North Carolina's Outer Banks Hospital when a gunshot victim is brought in. Midway through the desperate effort to save the young woman's life, Olivia realizes who she is - Annie O'Neill, the woman Olivia's husband, Paul, is in love with.

    Marcia says: "Loved This Book!"
    "A soap opera!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a soap opera!!! I cannot believe this was written by the same author of 'The Silent Sister' or 'Breaking the Silence'.
    I could barely give this nonsense 1 star! Take my advice, skip this one!! What a waste of time!!
    The performance also left me wanting...especially when the narrator tried to use a New England accent which sounded as if uneducated people were speaking when the characters came from upper class, educated families. The attempt was to sound like a Kennedy speaking....didn't work!!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2077)
    Performance
    (1872)
    Story
    (1872)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "very interesting, but also very strange"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a very well written and very well performed book. Kudos & 5 stars to the narrators.
    I loved all the well researched information concerning elephants. We learn much about the similarity between elephant & human behavior. Yet the book is not about elephants alone. It also deals with a child's need for it's mother and a mother's need & love for her child. The book is as well written & interesting, as many of Picoult other books making important statements concerning our society. However, I found the ending of this story extremely strange (no spoilers here). I will say no more, though!! Come to your own conclusions.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Eva Alexander
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Rosanna Menici is just a girl when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other - a love that will ultimately affect the lives of those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their unison is haunted by irreversible events from the past.

    Hilde-Gunn says: "I hate faux, phoney accents!"
    "another enjoyable 'chick-lit'"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I enjoyed this story. I could not stand the narrator when she used her "faux" accents. At times she would also speed up her reading for no apparent reason. Had she just read in her normal voice instead of "trying" to use phony accents & deeper voices, the whole listen would have been far more enjoyable, but....instead it was really annoying and spoiled much of the listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hothouse Flower

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    As a child, Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where her grandfather tended the exotic flowers. So when a family tragedy strikes, Julia returns to the tranquility of Wharton Park and its hothouse. Recently inherited by charismatic Kit Crawford, the estate is undergoing renovation. This leads to the discovery of an old diary, prompting the pair to seek out Julia's grandmother to learn the truth behind a love affair that almost destroyed Wharton Park.

    ally says: "Too much like a soap opera"
    "enjoyable "chick-lit""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this story. I could not stand the narrator when she used her "faux" accents. Had she just read in her normal voice instead of "trying" to act, the whole experience would have been far better, but....instead it was really annoying and really bad!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gorky Park

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (383)

    At first, the case of the bodies found in a Moscow park looked straightforward: a "troika", probably three on a bottle, drunk together and then frozen to death together in the brutal Russian night. But Chief Homicide Investigator Arkady Renko hits a sharp and complicated turn with the arrival of the KGB's Pribluda. Suddenly, his access to a routine investigation is blocked. Why?

    IVAL says: "Still the BEST"
    "Boring! Could NOT finish it!"
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    Performance
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    Found this very dull. Just did not hold my attention & i do know it was on the bestseller list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4257)
    Performance
    (3968)
    Story
    (3952)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "A jumbled mess"
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    What disappointed you about Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

    There was really no story, just characters constantly on the move who unexpectedly meet up with each other in different locations.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    That it did not compare to the excellence of her other books in this series. I think she released this new book in the series to coincide with the TV production of The Outlander, as a $$$ grab!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She is a wonderful narrator who I could listen to, on & on. But, not even her amazing skills can save this audible book.


    What character would you cut from Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    I was extremely disappointed in this book!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (513)

    Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to the hospital to learn the fate of their son, Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno? When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

    DIANE says: "A blockbuster! Waiting for the next book!!!"
    "mediocre at best!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    very few...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffrey Archer again?

    Yes, but it needs to be much better then this book was. What has happened to a very talented writer? This is more like a daytime soap, then an intelligently written book. This dribble seems to be a money grab by the author using his past successes to entice his readers to purchase more of his books.


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

    Mr. Jennings is a wonderful narrator. There should better material for him to narrate! He tries very hard to give life to these wooden character.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Be Careful What You Wish For?

    I would not have cut, but instead added a recap of The Clifton Chronicles to refresh the reader. It's a year between each book. Does the author really believe one remembers who is who, details, character motivation or what transpired in the last books? I certainly did not. I think most readers do not. There should have been some refresher information included. For example, Mr. Archer never recounts why Martinez hates the Clifton family so vehemently. Thus, I never knew what motivated the villain in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending is terrible.....one has to wait a year for the next installment, to find out what happens. I think I shall not bother!!!! It's just down hill dribble!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (672)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "could not finish this book...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion better?

    nothing!!!!


    Has The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion turned you off from other books in this genre?

    You bet!!!


    What didn’t you like about Fannie Flagg’s performance?

    She sound like she is just learning how to read. A 4th grader would have done a better job.


    What character would you cut from The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion?

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    The story was really stupid. The characters reactions to their situation were not real.The narrator was just terrible even though she was reading material she wrote herself.Skip this book. I gave up listening half way thru. If I had a choice, I would have given this one 0 stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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