In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning "death" and städning meaning "cleaning." This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner rather than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs listeners to embrace minimalism.
A helping hand for when we are faced with the accumulation of a lifetime, written with grace. Juliet Stevenson lends a comforting, gentle style, so we are not overwhelmed with what can be a difficult stage of life.
When Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, are invited to Lord Riddlethorpe's country estate for a week of motor racing and parties, they both agree it sounds like a perfectly charming holiday. But when one of the drivers dies in a crash during the very first race, they discover that what seemed like an uncharacteristic error in judgement may have a more sinister explanation.
Even better than the first two in the series. and Elizabeth Knowelden is simply marvelous.
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.
It takes a bit to get into the story, but the adventure excitement continues to build. Rosario Dawson is perfect for such a spirited, sassy heroine. Great fun all around.
In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive?
Fun and fascinating. Full of historical details written with great wit. Michael Kitchen's performance is perfect.
Max, Leon and Matthew - together at last for Christmas at St Mary's, a time of conspicuous consumption, riotous misbehaviour and the traditional illegal Christmas jump. And this time it's intergenerational. Donning her unfamiliar mother hat, Max takes Matthew back to 19th-century London, where they plan to deliver a parcel of Christmas cheer to his former friends but find themselves confronting the terrifying Old Ma Scrope in the process.
One of the best St. Mary's short stories. Zara Ram is as wonderful as ever.
Crime pays. And pays well. Sal, Max, and Enzo Bruschetti have proved this over a lifetime of nefarious activity that they have kept hidden from law enforcement. Nowhere in any file on any computer is there a record of anything illegal from which they have profited. But Max has a problem. His body is getting old, and his doctor has told him to take it easy. Max has decided that the time has come for the family to retire.
An intelligent and funny suspense story, with plot twists every which way. Another display of talent from the modern Renaissance man, David McCallum.
Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.
This review actually applies to the complete series. The stories are witty and clever, with just enough gross stuff that kids love, as well as inside jokes for grown-ups like me. David Tennant's performance is brilliant, with a vast array of voice characterizations that made me laugh out loud. The stories start out with Hiccup much younger than the movies, and a far different storyline, but tons of fun. After 5 years with Audible, these might be my absolute favorites.
Follow the further adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as his Viking training continues and his father leads a stranger and the Hairy Hooligans to the Isle of Skullions in search of a pirate's treasure.
Fun story. David Tennant is brilliant. Rollicking good time to listen and laugh out loud.
Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage ( The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely. The well-known story has been dramatized so many times that I had forgotten parts of the novel that are often left out on screen. Dickens' language is so vibrant, and the Richard Armitage's performance is extraordinary. I have already raved about it to all my friends.
What was one of the most memorable moments of David Copperfield [Audible]?
Hearing the voice of Miss Betsey Trotwood for the first time was great fun.
What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?
He usually plays such serious roles, who would have thought that he had such a treasure of voices. Not a one of them didn't sound authentic...men or women, from regions all over Britain. His characterizations were brilliant.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
At 35 hours long that would have been a struggle. But I did listen for long stretches, without wanting to stop.
Any additional comments?
The audio really breathed new life into this classic story.
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Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.
Would you consider the audio edition of American Gods [TV Tie-In] to be better than the print version?
I enjoyed both the print and this audio version. I think my print version was the longer, "anniversary text", but they worked well together.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Yes, once it got going. There was plenty of suspense, that kept building until the very end.
What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?
I much preferred George Guidall's performance to the multi cast one. His voice drew me more easily into the story, and the narrative moved smoothly among the various characters.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Honestly,even as a Neil Gaiman fan, I found the book a bit hard to get into, and even a little off-putting for about the first half. Both excruciatingly funny, and punch in the stomach sad. Then the story sort of climbed out of the dark hole it had created, and I couldn't put it down. A very satisfying ending. By the time I got there, I loved it all.