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  • The Dog Who Came in from the Cold: A Corduroy Mansions Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (203)

    Literary agent Barbara Ragg has agreed to represent a man writing a book about his experiences hanging out with the Abominable Snowman. Terence Moongrove’s residence has become the target of New Age cosmologists. And pint-sized terrier Freddie de la Hay is being recruited by MI6 to infiltrate a Russian spy ring.

    Robert says: "Comfort food"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not particularly. Not very amusing, entertaining or enlightening.


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

    Hardly a surprise


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Prebble?

    Yes


    Could you see The Dog Who Came in from the Cold being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think this is as good as the first book in the series, which was OK, not great. The story is the major problem. It is farfetched. Not much goes on and there isn't much character development. It's boring. I wouldn't listen to any more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henrietta: Regency Love, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Even the inhabitants of secluded Nethercote looked pityingly upon young Henrietta, the vicar's sister; her plain features seemed to almost guarantee her a solitary future. And yet she had a determined spirit and magnificent hazel eyes. So when her great-aunt Hester left her unexpected wealth, Henrietta set out to conquer London's glittering high society and confound them all.

    christine rubino says: "Early M.C. Beaton beware!"
    "Early M.C. Beaton beware!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I've tried these early Marion Chesney (M.C. Beaton) Regency romances before and found them to be mostly very poor. I tried this because of the 4 stars and good reviews. I shouldn't have. The writing is bad. It is a miserable Georgette Heyer rip-off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2331)
    Performance
    (1668)
    Story
    (1686)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The premise was good and original. The beginning of the book was good, then it degenerated into boring make-believe futuristic technology. The narration was fine. Not recommended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blotto, Twinks and the Riddle of the Sphinx

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    The Dowager Duchess has decided to sell off the less important family possessions. Blotto and Twinks are dispatched to help the valuer. He spies some Egyptian artifacts and in some excitement rushes back to London, leaving Blotto and Twinks alone in the attic, where they are drawn to a sarchophagus decorated with hieroglyphs. Twinks starts to translate: "Anyone who desecrates this shrine will be visited by the Pharoah's curse..." - just as Blotto prises the lid off.

    Anna says: "Verry funny"
    "Big Brett fan, but this series fails"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Blotto, Twinks and the Riddle of the Sphinx better?

    Several things didn't add up. Twinks can read heiroglyphs, but doesn't know where the valley of the kings is. A sarcophagus isn't going to fit in any car-possibly a coffin, but never a sarcophagus.

    This series is humorous. This is the second in the series I have listened to. At first the humor is new and enjoyable, but after sooo many repeats, it gets old.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Simon Brett again?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I'd highly recommend Simon Brett's other 2 series and he is a great narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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