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Virginia

Addicted to Dickens, Charles Dickens. I've listened to all his novels at least twice. Our Mutual Friend and Little Dorrit are my favorite.

GLADEWATER, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Love and War: Volume Two of the North and South Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (518)

    The Main and Hazard families clash on and off the Civil War’s battlefields as they grapple with the violent realities of a divided nation. America's master storyteller continues his reign with Love and War, a story steeped in passion and betrayal. With the Confederate and Union armies furiously fighting, the once-steadfast bond between the Main and Hazard families continues to be tested. From opposite sides of the conflict, they face heartache and triumph on the frontlines as they fight for the future of the nation and their loved ones.

    Hunter says: "The second is as good as the first!!!"
    "Listen, Listen!!"
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    If you could sum up Love and War in three words, what would they be?

    United States Nightmare


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charles Maine...the different situation he went through and the way he went through and came out of them.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, only the North & South Triology


    If you could take any character from Love and War out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Constance Hazzard...she is very lovely lady and would enjoy her company.


    Any additional comments?

    John Jakes Triology - North & South, Love & War, Heaven & Hell. What amazing novels!!! Far much better than the tv show which starred Patrick Swayze (RIP a great actor), it was a wonderful tv show but the books are better because of the more details. The books tell of things that the show could not. Please use your credits to listen to them. They are as good as Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove series, which John Jakes quotes in the third book of the series. Also, what I loved about the novels is how John Jakes mention many times Charles Dickens and several of his novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Christmas Collection: 'A Christmas Carol' Narrated by Sam Goodyear & 10 Other Christmas Short Stories

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Sam Goodyear
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    This audiobook features the classic A Christmas Carol, narrated by actor and performer Sam Goodyear, and ten more of Dickens' most famous and best-loved Christmas stories to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth. Dickens was the man who almost literally created the spirit of Christmas as we know it today.

    KKH says: "Spend a bit more money for a better recording"
    "Great Story, Terrible Narrator"
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    What would have made Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Christmas Collection better?

    Another narrator, I could not enjoy the story because I could stand the narrator, and I am a huge fan of Charles Dickens. The narrator for the Christmas Carol, Sam Goodyear was good, I wish he had read all of the other Christmas stories, then I could have finished the book and enjoyed it.


    What didn’t you like about Sam Goodyear’s performance?

    I like Sam Goodyear performance. It was Deaver Brown performance that was not enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Ghost & Thriller Collection: The Trial for Murder, Hunted Down, Going into Society, The Lamplighter, The Queer Client, The Signal-Man, & To Be Read at Dusk

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (11)

    Seven of Charles Dickens' best ghost and thriller stories, which have been widely read and beloved worldwide. This collection celebrates the 200th anniversary of his birth. These stories provide a wonderful introduction Dickens before embarking upon his long novels; after these stories, listening to his longer novels becomes even more of a pleasure. Perfect for students and teachers seeking an understanding and appreciation of Dickens, without the time to engage with his long novels.

    KM says: "Really awful performance."
    "Love Charles Dicken, did not like narrator"
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    What disappointed you about Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Ghost & Thriller Collection?

    The narrator. I will have to find another version of these stories so I can listen to them again. I just could enjoy the stories because of the narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deaver Brown?

    Anton Lesser or Sean Barrett or David Timson or Simon Vance or Simon Prebble.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (880)

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "WONDERFUL BLEND OF HISTORY AND FICTION"
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    Would you listen to North and South again? Why?

    Again and again


    What other book might you compare North and South to and why?

    Lonesome Dove Series...it also blended history and fiction into a wonderful entertaining way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first time George and Orry meet and instantly become lifetime friends.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had extreme reaction to through the whole 3 book series. The horror of the war. The evil of Bent was horrible but the villainy of certain member of the Maine and Hazzard family most of them the females was deplorable. I love the way Virgilia came to be in the end and actually help the Maine in a most surprising way, it was very humorous. It has many extreme scenes which makes extreme reaction automatic.


    Any additional comments?

    John Jakes Triology - North & South, Love & War, Heaven & Hell. What amazing novels!!! Far much better than the tv show which starred Patrick Swayze (RIP a great actor), it was a wonderful tv show but the books are better because of the more details. The books tell of things that the show could not. Please use your credits to listen to them. They are as good as Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove series, which John Jakes quotes in the third book of the series. Also, what I loved about the novels is how John Jakes mention many times Charles Dickens and several of his novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven and Hell: Volume Three of the North and South Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (379)

    From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the dramatic conclusion to the North and South saga. The Civil War has ended, but the Hazards and Mains have yet to face their greatest struggles. Even as the embers of old hatreds continue to burn in the heart of a nation torn apart by war, a new future in the West awaits a new generation of Americans seeking a life of their own - and a place to call their own.

    jeffrey says: "Surprisingly good."
    "Wonderful, Wonderful"
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    Would you listen to Heaven and Hell again? Why?

    Oh yes I would. Because of the history and the fiction that blended together so wonderfully.


    What other book might you compare Heaven and Hell to and why?

    The Lonesome Dove series. For the same reason I would listen to them again. The history blended so beautifully with the fiction. The characters of both series so worth knowing.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Yes, I did. He had good clear voice.


    If you could rename Heaven and Hell, what would you call it?

    I would not change it. The title fit the story.


    Any additional comments?

    John Jakes Triology - North & South, Love & War, Heaven & Hell. What amazing novels!!! Far much better than the tv show which starred Patrick Swayze (RIP a great actor), it was a wonderful tv show but the books are better because of the more details. The books tell of things that the show could not. Please use your credits to listen to them. They are as good as Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove series, which John Jakes quotes in the third book of the series. Also, what I loved about the novels is how John Jakes mention many times Charles Dickens and several of his novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Darcy's Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Maya Slater
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    For the first time we discover what really happened between his sister and the dastardly Wickham. How did he distract his friend Bingley from pining for his beloved Jane? Why did he propose to another young woman? Only to his diary does he tell his true story. At last we see Darcy as he really is; and, beneath his polite facade, we find a sensitive, private and passionate man.

    connie says: "Why another P&P homage?"
    "It's pretty good"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it especially for P&J fans. It gives Darcy view on the Bennetts and all. All in all this is worth the read but not the best I've read on Darcy's view point.


    What other book might you compare Mr Darcy's Diary to and why?

    It is good but not the best that I've read from Darcy's view. Pamela Aidan's "A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman" is better. In Darcy's Diary Georgiana is rape, I did not like that part but in Aidan's she isn't but saved just in time.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    Yes I liked the narrartor voice and tone.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was more negative than I like but it did have a laugh or two and a few tears too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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