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Wendy

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Albuquerque | Member Since 2009

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  • The Ashford Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she’s been working towards - but now she’s not sure it’s enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at 34, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s 99th birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything.

    RueRue says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Deliberately Dull"
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    What disappointed you about The Ashford Affair?

    Although several of the characters live very interesting lives, except for a stretch in Kenya, we don't get to hear the interesting bits. We spend a lot of the time hearing an attorney complain about working all the time. She herself thinks she's leading a very dull life, and I'd have to agree. One glaring example: We hear word for word a taxi driver trying to strike up a conversation with a distracted passenger. Then, just as we get to the encounter that we've been hoping for, the author cuts back to the boring attorney.


    What aspect of Nicola Barber’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. I think she did a good job of switching between English and American accents.


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

    There were some likable characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I've liked other books by Lauren Willig, especially "The Mischief of the Mistletoe."

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • For My Lady's Heart: Medieval Hearts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (353)

    Pursued by her enemies, flattered and courted for her lands, a powerful, devious princess is desperate to reach refuge. Haunted by the shadow of the young assassin set upon her, Princess Melanthe knows that an ice cold countenance is her only protection. To succumb to love is the greatest danger of all. She can trust only one man amid the lies, the mysterious Green Knight - a true knight who never wavers once he gives his heart; a man who cannot comprehend deceit.

    Jean says: "One Of The Most Authentic"
    "Goes on and on"
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    What disappointed you about For My Lady's Heart?

    I didn't like any of the characters and didn't think they were doing anything interesting. The attempts at making the dialog sound like Middle English were distracting and annoying. It was distinctly humorless. I didn't find the romance between the lead characters believable.


    Has For My Lady's Heart turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I like a good romance. This just didn't fit that description.


    What aspect of Nicholas Boulton’s performance would you have changed?

    Just give him something better to read.


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

    Not really. I will say that I liked Flowers from the Storm, My Sweet Folly, and The Shadow and the Star by this author.


    Any additional comments?

    This book went on for 17 hours. I bailed at hour 15 and skipped to the end.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Morning Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Eva Ibbotson
    • Narrated By Kate Lock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Ruth lives in Vienna and is wildly in love with Heini Radik, a brilliant young pianist. When Hitler’s forces invade, Ruth’s family flees to London, but she cannot get a passport. Quin, a young professor and friend of the family, visits Ruth and offers a marriage of convenience. On their return to London, Quin begins to fall desperately in love with her. But then Heini turns up.…

    Wendy says: "Same Storyline"
    "Same Storyline"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, the characters are likable and it takes place during interesting times. It is however, the same plot as "The Secret Countess," "A Company of Swans" and "Magic Flutes." The leading man and woman are virtually interchangeable in all four books.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It's a very satisfying ending.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    While does have a pleasant voice, she sounds like she's reading a bedtime story to a child. My biggest complaint is the way she voices the Austrian characters. They sound like Ludwig Von Drake. The children's voices sounded like Ludwig Von Drake on helium. I wanted to pull out my earbuds and stomp on them. The main character, Ruth, is supposed to have gone to an English school and had a Scottish governess. She has an English accent, with a slight "Aberdonian" lilt when she is upset. The narrator gives her a thick German accent. It's very distracting. I think she could be a good narrator, if she had more direction.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2836)
    Performance
    (1942)
    Story
    (1942)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Fascinating"
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    This is a riveting book on a disease that will effect just about all of us, directly or indirectly. Dr. Mukherjee has brought to life the doctors, patients, scientists, and politicians who have played a role in the history of cancer treatment. I found the last chapters on the biology of cancer particularly engrossing. My only criticism is that the reader's voice is a bit monotonous.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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