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Ursula

COLUMBIA, MD, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 13 reviews
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  • Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (189)

    Posing as a tourist, Emily makes her way to China with the job of protecting a CIA treasure.

    Nancy J says: "Delightful!"
    "Love Dorothy Gilman and Mrs. Pollifax!"
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    First of all Barbara Rosenblat is an excellent performer. She brings Mrs. Pollifax to life as well as the other characters. I have all of Ms. Gilman's books and this is one of my favorites. I'm totally addicted to all of Mrs. Pollifax's adventures. I like the surprises in the books and in this case who is the villain in the tour group that Mrs. Pollifax is the group leader of. The place comes to live and one can believe that one is actually there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (545)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Disappointed"
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    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or John Lee?

    I'm not sure. I really liked the first two and I was looking forward to this one. But I don't think it measures up to the others.


    Has Edge of Eternity turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not at all. I like the genre very much.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Martin Luther King's meeting with George


    Was Edge of Eternity worth the listening time?

    Mmm. Well, some of the time. But I wanted it to get better and it didn't. There was such an opportunity to tell this story well but there were quite a few discrepancies.

    Example: "the FDP was not socialist like the SPD" when the FDP was a lot more liberal leaning.

    The parts about East Germany. I was in East Germany several times as a child. My parents couldn't afford camp in the West, so I went to the camp in the East. Lots of love and good food is what I remember. It's a bit one-sided. I also know a lot of "Fluechtlinge" (refugees) from the East and they didn't always have an easy time.

    Maybe I didn't like it as much because this was "my" times and I was so familiar with the happenings.


    Any additional comments?

    The performer has a very nice voice and reads well. However, his accents are not always on the mark. Particularly, the Maryland and DC accents are way to southern.

    What really turned me off were the sex scenes every few minutes. They really didn't add anything to the story and just made me cringe. I won't even mention the Kennedy affair. We all know it went on but it was just a bit much.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2915)
    Performance
    (2561)
    Story
    (2583)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Sad story but excellent writing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It depends on who the friend is. If the friend enjoys really good writing and isn't squeamish, I would. But for many it is way too sad a story.


    If you’ve listened to books by J. K. Rowling before, how does this one compare?

    I listened to this book because I had just listened to Silkworm and The Cukoo's Calling. I wanted to listen more to the author's excellent writing.


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    He has a wonderful voice for one and he brings the characters to life. I would love to listen to more books performed by him.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Casual Vacancy and why?

    Crystal (sp?). She was the one of the few characters I really cared about. I so wished a good future for her.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a very long listen. I don't regret listening to it. It was an eye opener and a view into a small town with small minded people and the distance between the haves and have-nots. It was interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6951)
    Performance
    (6330)
    Story
    (6339)

    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"
    "This book ruined me..."
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    for the next few audiobooks I'll be listening to. I already tried listening to two others and I had to turn them off. But alas, now I have to wait for book 3 in the series.

    I loved the book and didn't want it to end but eventually it did. I love the writing and the performance. I hope that the author will stick by the promise of 7 books in the series and I hope she keeps this reader. He is an excellent reader. I could listen to him all day.

    But because the book has lots of twists and turns, I was not able to listen to it for a long time at a time. One has to really pay attention. The prose is excellent and I love the descriptions. An example: Strike picked up the cardboard towel. One can just imagine what that looks like. Unlike other authors she sprinkles the descriptives and doesn't bash you over the head with them by overuse.

    My favorite character is Cormoran Strike's intrepid assistant. I hope she dumps gorgeous rich Mathew and becomes a detective herself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3372)
    Performance
    (3126)
    Story
    (3121)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "I didn't want it to end but.."
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    ...I wanted to know what happened. The performance was so good and the whole plot so reminiscent of a good British Detective story.

    Although it is a gruesome story of a murder (sensitives beware), it didn't make me have nightmares. Usually I avoid anything that is the least bit sadistic. But the story was so will written and there are so many twists and turns.

    I can't wait for more from the author and I hope she will keep this reader!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1111)

    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    "Have always loved this book"
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    I have read this book many times. It's a fascinating story of how scientists think they can improve a mentally challenged person's life by operating on him and raise his IQ. The best part for me was when Charlie Gordon realizes that he was a whole person even when he was still "retarded". Saw the movie years ago as well where some of the plot line was changed but still loved it as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Time to Time

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    The long-awaited sequel to Time and Again . Si Morley is back and the world may never be the same. When Time and Again was published in 1970, it immediately developed a loyal following that has grown with each passing year. With this book, Jack Finney returned to the same magical territory and finds Ruben Prien still at work with the Project, still dreaming of altering man's fate by going back in time to adjust events... to interfere, some might say, with destiny.

    Simone says: "The Fate of a Sequel"
    "Love the performer but..."
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    the story is a bit long-winded in places and not as intriguing and exciting as the first. Seems there were some holes in the story or I missed something.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1395)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1115)

    Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

    A. Yoshida says: "Feel good therapy session"
    "Like content"
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    I had a hard time listening to the book. I will need to get the book. Taking a class with Brene Brown and supposed to read the book. I really don't like the presentation. Puts me to sleep and I agree with another reviewer that the "s" is sharp and annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Down

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (270)

    In his eagerly awaited fourth novel, New York Times best-selling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line.

    Julia's aunt says: "Seems made for audio format"
    "A most unusual story"
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    I won't give anything away but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I will reread it again soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8307)
    Performance
    (5004)
    Story
    (4994)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Could not stop listening"
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    I was fascinated by the characters in this book. I don't normally like these kind of "epic" books but I love this one. Can't wait for Book 2 to see how the characters develop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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