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  • Orlando

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Clare Higgins
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (105)

    Fantasy, love offering, exuberant celebration of English life and literature, Orlando is a uniquely entertaining novel. Originally conceived by Virginia Woolf as a playful tribute to Vita Sackville-West, Orlando's central character lives as both a man and a woman through four centuries.

    Mayca says: "Magical"
    "Went on and on and on"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I kept thinking the story was going to get better but it never did.


    Has Orlando turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was somewhat boring.


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

    No reaction besides wasting time & credit.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9730)
    Performance
    (7224)
    Story
    (7262)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Held my interest very well!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am one of those people who loses interest easily. For example I couldn't make it through Divergent although I really liked the movie. This audio book held my interest easily. So many interesting characters. My favorite was the tempormental house. This isn't the very best audio book I have ever listened to but it was very enjoyable. Not great literature but great fun. I am here today to get the other two books in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The house that takes things.


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    She was good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bruno, Chief of Police

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life - living in his restored shepherd's cottage; patronizing the weekly market; sparring with, and basically ignoring, the European Union bureaucrats from Brussels. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno's attention.

    Sara says: "Good but hardly cozy and gentle!"
    "Needs a French narrator!"
    Overall
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    What would have made Bruno, Chief of Police better?

    A narrator with a French or neutral accent would have made this audio book spectacular.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bruno


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator has an upper class British accent. Bruno is a lower class French person. The British accent is completely distracting. The narrator would be great for a James Bond novel but ruins this book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I loved the story and will read the other novels in the series instead of listening to them.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Vineyard: A Mystery of the French Countryside

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    A prolific journalist, Martin Walker has crafted a mystery series that deftly blends the stylings of Peter Mayle and Alexander McCall Smith. Chief Bruno Courreges loves life in his small French village. One day his idyll is disturbed when a local research station for genetically modified crops is burned down. An enclave of environmentalists seems to be the most likely culprit, but soon Bruno uncovers evidence that makes the case infinitely more complicated.

    Cary says: "Another winner...."
    "Needs different narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Martin Walker and/or Robert Ian Mackenzie?

    This is a great series that takes place in a small French village. Why in the world do they have the most British man in the universe narrating it? This book cries out for a narrator with a French accent or at least a neutral accent. The narrator is very good but should not be narrating this particular series. It is so annoying I intend to read the rest of the series instead of listening to it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Ian Mackenzie?

    Somebody with a French accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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