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Pauline Baird Jones

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  • Sun in the Morning

  • By: Elizabeth Cadell
  • Narrated by: Maddy Everington
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Although this story's particular events could not have happened anywhere except in British-India, everyone will feel at home in its sunny atmosphere. The three girls who lived these adventures were completely different, but they formed a close-knit trio and shared all of each other's joys and problems. Poopy possessed a face that seemed blank to everyone but her two friends, who read it with ease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrated by the author's great granddaughter!

  • By Pauline Baird Jones on 06-06-17

Narrated by the author's great granddaughter!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Sun in the Morning to be better than the print version?

I think both are lovely, but hearing the story adds a new layer of lovely, particularly with such a fine narration.

What about Maddy Everington’s performance did you like?

I LOVED her performance!

Any additional comments?

The story is quite different from Cadell's other books, but the writing and characterization is familiar and the narration is delightful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Iris in Winter

  • By: Elizabeth Cadell
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Reynolds
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

High Ambo, in England, is the setting. It is winter, and Caroline West - a very human, placid, and unexcitable person - has gone there to escape her late husband's relatives. Like so many good-hearted people, she is immediately put upon. Caroline's sister Iris comes first, full of impulse and determination to be a reporter - an ambition abruptly deflected by a handsome young schoolmaster - an authority on birds. Then comes Robert, with his sweet, ingenuous fiancée Polly, and thus making the three-ring circus of a genuine Cadell household.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh my! It's so romantic!

  • By topcatrules on 05-26-17

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Would you listen to Iris in Winter again? Why?

I loved this narration by Cadell's great-granddaughter! What a treat!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Iris in Winter?

The story is delightful, but knowing the narrator was a great-granddaughter of the author! That was just wonderful.

Any additional comments?

Don't miss this story OR the wonderful narration!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Corner Shop

  • By: Elizabeth Cadell
  • Narrated by: Helen Taylor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Lucille Abbey runs her London secretarial agency with utmost efficiency. When, therefore, a certain Professor Hallam rejects three girls sent by her to apply for the post of his secretary and they each pronounce him "impossible", Lucille herself sets out to interview the Professor at his home in Hampshire. He is, she finds, eccentric—even impossible; but he represents a challenge and, what is more, an excuse to delay what promises to be a trying holiday in Paris. She stays on to tame and to organize him—a less formidable task than she had imagined; in fact, she grows fond of him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another lovely recording of a favorite author/sto

  • By Pauline Baird Jones on 06-06-17

Another lovely recording of a favorite author/sto

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As a longtime fan of Cadell, I always recommend the books, but the recording of the book adds a new level to the experience. Narrator does a great job of bringing the story to life.

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

I did want to and have re-listened.

Any additional comments?

If you love gentle listens with great characters and writing, try Cadell. :-)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo in Spring

  • By: Elizabeth Cadell
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Julian was in love with Alexandra, Alexandra was in love with Julian. She had no doubts about that, and being engaged to Julian was delightful. Yet, somehow, as a husband, she felt he might prove less perfect - until she had taught him the little lesson he needed. Julian learnt it in Scotland, Yorkshire, Devon, London. His mystified family looked on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favorite Cadell with wonderful recording!

  • By Pauline Baird Jones on 11-28-16

A favorite Cadell with wonderful recording!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo in Spring to be better than the print version?

I like them both. :-)

What did you like best about this story?

How unexpected the story is. Cadell always manages to surprise.

Which scene was your favorite?

That would be a spoiler!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh, smile and sigh.

Any additional comments?

This is such a fun story and the narration is delightful, a perfect pairing, IMHO. There's just so much to enjoy here.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Lark Shall Sing

  • By: Elizabeth Cadell
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

There was no money, the family was scattered, and Lucille, who had mothered them all since she was 16, was going to be married. So the house must be sold; Lucille knew that was the only sensible things to do, but the family had other ideas. Home they came by whatever way they could, penniless and bedraggled but with certain newfound friends who were to help them to upset Lucille's plans - all her plans for a calm, settled, and sensible life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It’s a miracle! The Waynes of Wood Mount trilogy is now on Audible!

  • By topcatrules on 07-20-16

So much fun!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

Would you listen to The Lark Shall Sing again? Why?

I have already listened to it again. It's just a happy story and the recording is lovely.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lark Shall Sing?

So many fun moments in this book. Love the humor and irony.

Which scene was your favorite?

When all the kids arrive home. :-)

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

Oh yes!

Any additional comments?

All of us who are fans of Elizabeth Cadell have been hoping for these books to be released in both digital and audio! So glad to see it happening so that new generation of readers can read/hear these fun stories.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Unfinished Clue

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Clifford Norgate
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

The Unfinished Clue is a clever and humorous murder mystery set at a British country estate in the 1930s. There, each of the invited guests, along with the victim's wife and the estate's staff members (the butler, the maids, the gardener), had good reason to hate the arrogant and abrasive victim. Sir Arthur Billington-Smith had successfully alienated each and every one of them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There are more Georgette Heyer mysteries!!

  • By Karen on 01-17-12

Always enjoy Georgette Heyer

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

Would you listen to The Unfinished Clue again? Why?

I often re-read GH, so re-listening is even more fun.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Inspector Harding, hands down.

Which scene was your favorite?

I like the happy ending, so the scene where he and Dinah get together is my fav.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Venetia

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578

Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent woman, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Georgette Heyer book

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 03-31-13

Lovely surprise!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-12

What made the experience of listening to Venetia the most enjoyable?

When I downloaded this, I did not notice who read it, and was delighted to discover it was Richard Armitage. Huge fan of the novel, I also wish it weren't abridged. I think whoever cut it was a little too harsh. And I could listen to him read on and on.

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

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