For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn't be higher. 007's mission is to neutralize the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to "retire" him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in - that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall. This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Dan Stevens.
I’d never read James Bond before and I doubt I’ll ever again. Dan Stevens was great, and the story moved well, but ultimately it is it a reflection of the worst parts of the culture of its time, where “men are men” and women are simply “a conquest”. There was nothing edifying or redeeming in its telling.
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....
Exceptional performance, engaging story. Everyone should read (or listen) to this book in his or her lifetime.
During the 229-year period from 1485 to 1714, England transformed itself from a minor feudal state into what has been called "the first modern society" and emerged as the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world.Those years hold a huge and captivating story. The English survived repeated epidemics and famines, one failed invasion and two successful ones, two civil wars, a series of violent religious reformations and counter-reformations, and confrontations with two of the most powerful monarchs on earth.
The author starts a bit and perhaps pompous, but he is thorough, engaging, and stirring. Well done and well worth the time.
"The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!
Would you listen to Matilda again? Why?
Kate Winslet was incredible. I couldn't believe the voices she was able to do—she was an utter surprise and delight.
What other book might you compare Matilda to and why?
Of course, the book was wonderful. Roald Dahl is a magician with words.
Which character – as performed by Kate Winslet – was your favorite?
I loved her take on Mrs. Wormwood.
In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".
Anthony Heald's reading of this classic story is the best audio book performance I've yet heard. He reads with emotion, the characters are distinguishable, and his females don't sound like they have beards.