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Ruth M. Penson

Ruth

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  • The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (442)

    A sophisticated, pause-resistant double love story spanning 40 years - an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times. It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing - not the tragic car accident, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband. Years later, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives....

    Corinne says: "Wonderful book!"
    "Wonderful love story"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is the best of Jojo Moyes' books in my opinion. Even better then her two books which are presently on the NYTimes best seller list.
    Susan Lyon's performance is simply wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mightier than the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (413)

    Harry Clifton is more successful than ever as a novelist, and has just been elected president of PEN Britain. He learns of a writer in Russia whose memoir of life inside Stalin's palace has landed the writer in prison for life, his book taken off shelves and destroyed. Harry becomes obsessed with freeing the writer and telling his story. His wife Emma, meanwhile is the chair of Barringtons Shipping, having escaped a plot to destroy their company by bombing one of their luxury liners, and now the company is thriving.

    Yvonne says: "Wonderful book!"
    "Better then the last one!"
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    Better then the last on, but not great. And...leaves you with a cliff hanger to make sure you buy the next in the series.
    I wish Mr Archer would include a short recap of the last story. It is a year between books & who remembers all the characters & what has happened to them...not me!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (9103)
    Performance
    (8207)
    Story
    (8223)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Bye! Bye! JK Rowlings!"
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    Is this really the same writer of the Harry Potter series? If so, where did all that writing talent go?
    This book is dull, boring and tedious. And...totally predictable. I stayed with it in hopes that it would get better...NOT!
    This is the second book of JKR's I've bought to after the HP series, and it's last last for me!!!!!
    Bye, Bye JK Rowlings!

    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1025)

    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.

    Angie says: "If You've Been Through Something Similar..."
    "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 18 mins)
    • By Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Jack Zipes (translator and editor)
    • Narrated By Joel Richards, Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    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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    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.

    2 of 18 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
    (191)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    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.

    Katrina says: "Easy Listen"
    "A soap opera!!!"
    Overall
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    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!!!!

    2 of 4 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
    (3706)
    Performance
    (3290)
    Story
    (3284)

    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
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Italian Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Eva Alexander
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    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'"
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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
    (93)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    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.

    alison says: "Life's Too Short"
    "enjoyable "chick-lit""
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    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
    (593)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (407)

    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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    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
    (5180)
    Performance
    (4815)
    Story
    (4804)

    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

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