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Miriam King

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  • Family Matters

  • By: Anthony Rolls
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Robert Arthur Kewdingham is an eccentric failure of a man. In middle age he retreats into a private world, hunting for Roman artefacts and devoting himself to bizarre mystical beliefs. Robert's wife, Bertha, feels that there are few things more dreadful than a husband who will persist in making a fool of himself in public. Their marriage consists of horrible quarrels, futile arguments, incessant bickering. Scarcely any friends will visit the Kewdinghams in their peaceful hometown, Shufflecester.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Portrait of an Unhappy Marriage

  • By Miriam King on 08-06-18

Portrait of an Unhappy Marriage

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Family Matters is not a traditional whodunnit, with a crime committed at the beginning and a perpetrator unmasked at the end. Rather, this enjoyably sardonic tale from the golden age of British detective fiction portrays ongoing attempts to kill off an annoying character, from the perspective of the perpetrator, and leaves us wondering how things will end (somewhat in the tradition of Frances Iles' "Malice Aforethought.") Characters are distinctive and sharply drawn, particularly in the portrayal of a deeply unhappy marriage. Dark humor runs through the work, from the opening description of the shambolic layout of the country town setting to the closing lines. Highly enjoyable.

  • Voyage of the Liberdade

  • By: Captain Joshua Slocum
  • Narrated by: Andre Stojka
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

A tall ship is trapped on a sandbar in 1885, broadsided by heavy seas and doomed to destruction on a lonely Brazilian Beach. Thus begins an incredible sea odyssey by a North American sea captain, his wife, and two sons. To return his family to safety, Captain Joshua Slocum builds a new boat out of the wreckage of the old. With his family, he sails along the perilous South American coast, crosses the Caribbean Sea, and navigates up the United States coast to Washington, D.C.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Glad it was cheap!

  • By John S. on 11-16-14

Annoying narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

This book has a narrator whose mannered, over-dramatic style was extremely annoying and odd. He raises his voice in a questioning tone for no clear reason and seems to think that that old-fashioned prose style calls for weird delivery, with an affected accent, rising and fall tones, and excessive emphases. Background sound effects of wind, waves, and seabirds are distracting. I have no difficulty enjoying books written in earlier centuries, from Greek tragedies to Victorian novels, but the narrator made this unbearable and hard to understand. I might have enjoyed this with a different narrator or as written text, but I found this book ruined by poor narration.

  • Mrs. Molesworth's Ghost Stories

  • Four Uncanny Tales
  • By: Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • Narrated by: Susie Berneis, Robert Bethune
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 3

Unlike most ghost story writers, Mary Louisa Molesworth does not want to make you wake up screaming in the middle of the night. You may wake up with a shiver, but you'll also wake wake up feeling thoughtful, musing on how the mysteries of love, compassion, and memory can extend themselves into the realm of the supernatural.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dull, dull, dull

  • By Miriam King on 04-15-18

Dull, dull, dull

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing other than a different author could have made this book enjoyable. I like 19th century literature in general, and ghost stories in particular, but very little happens in these stories, and what does happen is more "odd" than "scary." The narrators are fine, but the material is poor.

What was most disappointing about Mary Louisa Molesworth’s story?

There is no suspense and nothing scary--"no there there." The stories generally have a long dragging prelude to any action, and the conclusion is disappointing.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Robert Bethune and Susie Berneis ?

The narrators were okay; the fault lies with the author.

What character would you cut from Mrs. Molesworth's Ghost Stories?

None of the characters were memorable enough for me to even recall their names. None were worthwhile.

Any additional comments?

Readers looking for 1i9th and early 20th century ghost stories would do better reading such works by Edith Wharton, Charles Dickens, M.R. James, Kipling, and others, not Mrs. Molesworth.