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myz

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  • A Foreign Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple are brutally murdered. Days later, a meticulously planned kidnapping takes place on the streets of Paris. Amelia Levene, the first female Chief of MI6, has disappeared without a trace, six weeks before she is due to take over as the most influential spy in Europe. It is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Desperate not only to find her, but to keep her disappearance a secret, Britain’s top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell.

    John says: "After a good start, story drifts"
    "Entertaining..."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Foreign Country the most enjoyable?

    The main character was likeable and the story engaging.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Foreign Country?

    The story starts off strong, but wanes a bot toward the last third.


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

    He does the different accents well and gives them character.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    It's a solid, engaging caper, but not a must-hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hanging Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal: Lorne Woods - beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Zoe Benedict - Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault - is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case.

    Dorothy says: "Enjoyed it"
    "A Little Disappointing, but Engaging"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending was a bit disappointing.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the fact that Sally and Zoe were sisters.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was fine, nothing that really stood out, but fine.


    Do you think Hanging Hill needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It could, but it's not necessary, the story is essentially over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (479)

    Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

    Jen says: "Exceeded My High Expectations"
    "Quite Boring"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes boring books...


    What could Anna Quindlen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't really know. She is generally a good writer, but I found the story so dull and unabsorbing. Nothing really seemed to happen the whole time. Fortunately, it wan't very long.


    What three words best describe Carrington MacDuffie’s performance?

    Adequate, fitting, fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Still Life with Bread Crumbs?

    I have already forgotten quite a lot, that's how unmemorable it was, unfortunately.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anne Brontë
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah Agliotta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    Probably the most shocking of the Brontës' novels, this novel had an instant and phenomenal success and is widely considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels. A mysterious widow, Mrs. Helen Graham, arrives at Wildfell Hall, a nearby old mansion. A source of curiosity for the small community, the reticent Helen and her young son Arthur are slowly drawn into the social circles of the village.

    i. Ski says: "A good story ruined by the narrator"
    "Disappointing narration for a brilliant classic!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would wholeheartedly recommend the book, as it is one of my favourites. However, I would recommend reading it, or finding a different audio version.


    What other book might you compare The Tenant of Wildfell Hall to and why?

    Jane Eyre, Northanger Abbey - the style and stories have similar elements.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Sarah Agliotta?

    Davina Porter or have Juliet Stevenson do the unabridged version. Mary Sarah Agliotta kept mispronouncing words and does not have an English accent.


    Could you see The Tenant of Wildfell Hall being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It has been made into a very nice TV mini series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2820)
    Performance
    (1600)
    Story
    (1593)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Surprisingly fun and entertaining!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and I have. It is quite amusing with strong characters and excellent dialogue. Further, I felt I actually learned something about Egypt.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Elizabeth Peters does a wonderful job creating memorable characters through her excellent use of language. The dialogue is funny and witty and really sets Amelia apart as a unique character in literature.


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

    I haven't but she is very good, really bringing the story to life.


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

    No, it wasn't a very moving book, but entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of the Pharaohs: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1384)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (797)

    The sun rides high over the British Empire and the light still sparkles brightly in Amelia Peabody's eye as she returns for her second adventure in archaeology and romantic mystery as recounted in her lively journal, The Curse of the Pharaohs.

    Michelle says: "So much fun!"
    "Not as good as the first but still quite entertain"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's an amusing sequel to 'Crocodile on a Sandbank', which introduced us to the memorable and entertaining character, Amelia Peabody.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and the language, the story is so-so.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't really say, though I like all of Amelia's conversations with Emerson.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marching Season

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    A former television producer and journalist who has covered assignments from Washington to the Middle East, Silva fills The Marching Season with the political suspense that churns through present-day Northern Ireland. In 1998, as the Good Friday peace accords go into effect, world leaders hope for an end to the bloody Irish troubles, but terrorists are moving to shatter that fragile peace through a series of brutal assassinations. CIA Officer Michael Osbourne’s job is to stop October, their deadliest hit man.

    Snoodely says: "A Slight Stumble for Silva, but Still Intriguing"
    "Not as good as Mark of the Assassin"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Marching Season to be better than the print version?

    I can't really say, but maybe


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was intricate and well written, but the characters weren't very likeable, even the hero was kind of blah.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He seems to run out of breath quite a bit, and ends his sentence in a bit of a whisper. Also he does his women's voices in a whispery voice, which is better than the odd chirpy voice some male narrators do for women, but it's a little weird. he does a good Irish accent, better than his American.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make it into a movie


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prison Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    On July 19, 2001, Jeffrey Archer is sentenced to four years in prison for perjury. He serves the first three weeks of his sentence in a high-prison that houses some of Britain's most violent criminals. Archer contemplates suicide; he is allowed out and followed by 100 reporters on the day of his mother's funeral; he's moved to the Lifer's wing because of the security; and he becomes a trusted confidant for fellow convicts. A Prison Diary is Archer's account of these events.

    Jeffrey says: "A Worthwhile Listen"
    "Interesting but not a must-listen"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up A Prison Diary in three words, what would they be?

    unique interesting sad


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I suppose it must be Archer himself, as the diary is focused on him and written by him


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

    He narrates very well, with all the different accents and nuances of different speekers


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A look behind the bars...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (683)

    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

    Cynthia says: "The Art Forger"
    "Narrator spoils the story"
    Overall
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    The story might be okay, though the protagonist, Claire, comes across as enormously whiny and self-centered, I might have listened to it till the end, had the narrator not be so awful. She does all the voices in the same snooty-sounding, bored drone, as if she is stoned or half asleep. I don't like to criticize, but it just is not a voice I personally found very pleasant. I just couldn't care about the characters because they were so bland and self-obsessed, it seemed to me.Maybe I would have liked the print version better, because the premise of the story has a lot of potential, but in the audiobook, I was very disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2474)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (510)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Well worth hearing..."
    Overall
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    As I was only familiar with Archer's fictional stories, I was curious to listen to this one, an account of his time at Belmarsh prison as an inmate. The story is very engaging and interesting. It unearths a certain injustice towards certain prisoners in the legal system, but also shows the progress others make. The narration is very well done, and I felt as though Archer himself was reading his tale to me. My only issue is, that I somehow didn't sympathize all that much with the author himself. But overall, it was certainly a worthwhile listen and one I would recommend to other Jeffrey Archer fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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