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charlotte

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  • David Mitchell: Back Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By David Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (225)

    David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.

    Delia says: "One of the Funniest, Clever Brits around"
    "One of the best books I've have read all year!"
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    Would you listen to David Mitchell: Back Story again? Why?

    Yes, and in fact I have already listened to it twice, it is very enjoyable. I find David Mitchell to be a fascinating and humorous person, and I have greatly enjoyed listening to him tell the story of his life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think he has related the story of his life very well and made it very funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    it's all good


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    where he talks about how he met Victoria and they got together it was very lovely.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very funny and enjoyable and I would highly recommend to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • More Fool Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    Following on from his hugely successful books, Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles, comes the third chapter in Stephen Fry's life. This unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of More Fool Me is performed by Stephen Fry himself.

    Sherri says: "And more fool me for buying it."
    "Another compelling volume"
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    If you could sum up More Fool Me in three words, what would they be?

    Funny and Compelling, I have read all of Stephen Fry's Novels and this prior memoirs and this is a great addition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen of Course!


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favorite?

    Well, of them this is a memoir


    Any additional comments?

    Read/ Listen to his novels first if you are going to as this book does contain spoilers

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dancing on the Wind: Fallen Angels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By William Kirby
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    From New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney - a classic love story that has become one of her most beloved and acclaimed historical romances.

    charlotte says: "Wonderful book, Lacklustre narrator"
    "Wonderful book, Lacklustre narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dancing on the Wind to be better than the print version?

    No, I usually do feel the audio versions are better but not this time and there have been a lot of great Narrators so far for the Mary Jo Putney novels, but William Kirby is not very exciting. He mainly talks in a monotone and does not have a good female voice which is essential. I really enjoy men reading romance novels but not if they are bad.


    What other book might you compare Dancing on the Wind to and why?

    I think Mary Jo Putney's whole Fallen Angel series is fab! and have really enjoyed all the stories. My favourites are Petals on the Storm (which I hope will be next!), One Perfect Rose and Angel Rogue.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by William Kirby?

    Not, if I could help it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would have been, this book is a combination of Spy novel, Romance novel and Indiana Jones (I swear at the last chapter Mary Jo knew the historical details and saw how she could fit a overtop action sequence in and it worked wonderfully, except for the which was as dry as dust).


    Any additional comments?

    it is a fab fab story but it won't make your heart sing like so many of the Mary Jo Putney audiobooks do, perhaps try another Mary Jo Putney Audiobook, they might re-do it with a better Narrator.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Otherwise Engaged

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Louise Jane Underwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands. But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . . One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight.

    Susanna says: "An engaging return to earlier Quick style"
    "This must be the most annoying Amanda Quick book"
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    What did you like best about Otherwise Engaged? What did you like least?

    The narrator had quite a high nasal voice, which was very irritating. Also the story was not engaging, I think if there had been a better narrator it would be ok, but all I got was headache!


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

    I couldn't make it past the first 4 hrs


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Louise Jane Underwood?

    Anyone! (actually thats a lie) I really enjoyed Anne Flosnik versions of the Amanda Quick books.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO, I would rather get a root canal.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Autumn Glory and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Barbara Metzger
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Originally published in separate anthologies, and out-of-print for many years, these three novellas by legendary Regency romance author Barbara Metzger are in one volume for the first time ever! This collection includes the following stories: "Autumn Glory", "The Management Requests", "A Match Made in Heaven - Or Hell".

    E. Didi says: "Just Clever Enough to Keep You Interested"
    "Very good almost as I imagined it!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would because it was a lovely hilarious book, I feel Barbara Metzger has the best Georgette Heyer feel and love all her books! While I love her longer books, I feel there is a place for the slightly shorter regency!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how she is scheming to get all her sisters married to the people they love and while she is doing it the grandest gentleman is falling in love with her.


    What does Stevie Zimmerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    while I love Stevie! I think she needs a bit of early Phyllida Nash A la The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer, if she could listen to that audiobook before recording the next Barbara Metzger that would fab!


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see all the Barbara Metzger books in audiobook form especially
    1. An Affair of Interest
    2. Saved by Scandal
    3.The Primrose Path
    4.A Suspicious Affair

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (698)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "So wonderful to finally have an audio version!!"
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    Where does Lord of Scoundrels rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Perhaps in the top 100? (out of around 2000?)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marquis of Dain of course!!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She could have been a bit more lively I think they needed a more lively narrator perhaps Rosalyn Landor? I think Jess needed to be bit more tart, I felt she was portrayed with very little vivacity


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are tons! I love this book


    Any additional comments?

    I really hope they bring out 'The Last Hellion' next as that is my all time favourite book by Loretta Chase!! *Fingers crossed* but this time I think they will definitely need a different narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Brian Donovan
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (993)

    Forty million people in the US have tried Internet dating, which means 40 million people have probably gone on some pretty crappy dates. Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters is about one guy who experienced more than his fair share. Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, and Chapelle's Show, has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness.

    Erin - Audible says: "Dating in New York is a Horrible Crapshoot."
    "This is the worst dating guide imaginable!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This guy is very deluded, he constantly lies to women telling them he is interested in the same things they are then complains when they figure out that 1. he's been lying and 2. he is not into dancing/craziness/music.
    One example is that he tells this girl, he is hugely into music and then when she invites him to a music festival (as friends and in her mind have music in common) he is very angry thinking that its a date and that she has trapped him at this horrible music festival (she thinks he loves music! he told her so! What a Jerk!)


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ax Norman?

    Yes, he has a lovely voice and good comedic timing


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

    Not really it's just a disingenuous jerk complaining about dating ladies who are usually honest about their situation and then complaining because he trapped himself in said situation.


    Any additional comments?

    I really hope the author reads this and reflects on his actions and can see that he is doing himself no favours

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Tiny Bit Marvellous

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dawn French
    • Narrated By Dawn French
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Everyone hates the perfect family. So you’ll love the Battles. Mo is about to hit the big 50, and some uncomfortable truths are becoming quite apparent: She doesn’t understand either of her teenage kids, which as a child psychologist, is fairly embarrassing. She has become entirely grey, inside, and out. Her face has surrendered and is frightening children....

    rosie says: "A big bit marvellous."
    "Totally Marvellous would be a better description!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Tiny Bit Marvellous the most enjoyable?

    I think I loved Oscar the most, being an eccentric myself I was drawn to Oscar. The story is very funny but very touching.


    What does Dawn French bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dawn has amazing comic timing which makes this book laugh out loud funny, she is a true genius!


    Any additional comments?

    I really recommend this book, it was amazing and I really enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swept Up by the Sea: A Romantic Fairy Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Determined to seek his fortune, Percival Taylor leaves behind his sleepy hometown and sets out to become a legendary pirate - only no one at the roguish seaport of Blackshore will allow him anywhere near a ship! Percival must find other means to win the heart of the beautiful Tuppence Magrathia-Paddock, who has mistaken him for a pirate rogue out of one of her romantic tales. She is entirely willing to swoon into his arms if he can prove his buccaneer soul - and she is willing to arrange her own kidnapping to prove it.

    charlotte says: "Excellent Story, really funny and enjoyable!"
    "Excellent Story, really funny and enjoyable!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Swept Up by the Sea to be better than the print version?

    I am a dressmaker who listens to audiobooks while working and I really enjoyed this audiobook, Simon Vance is a top rate performer and the story is very funny, with that perfect mix of humor and seriousness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story, how it evolves and the humor that is conveyed with it.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simon Vance is a genius! (his perfomance of 'The Prestige' is amazing!) and he manages to blend the humor so well in to the story. Also in the serious moments he manages to retain a dignity, whereas so many narrators descend into a whinny or overly serious tone of voice he manages the perfect balance.


    Who was the most memorable character of Swept Up by the Sea and why?

    well.... they were all really good, I liked Verity and her evolution from a small town girl to realising she didn't need a man to complete her, and I liked Abel and am very much looking for to his book (which I am guessing must be book 3 in the series)


    Any additional comments?

    I think this was a very smart well thought out book with an excellent performance and also recommend Eventide which was the first book in the series and was also excellent!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Match Me If You Can: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2294)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (959)

    Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

    Daniela says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Excellent Audiobook, would recommend to everyone"
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    What does Anna Fields bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Anna Fields is an amazing narrator, I have listened to other SEP books and what brings a typical SEP from 7/10 to a 9.5 to 10/10 is Anna Fields reading. Her voice manages bring bring out all the humour in a situation which other readers can't convey.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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