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  • 84, Charing Cross Road

  • By: Helene Hanff
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, John Franklyn-Robbins
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

When Helene Hanff makes an innocent inquiry about the possibility of purchasing hard-to-find books through Marks and Co., Booksellers, she begins a 20-year love affair with Frank Doel, the proper English bookseller who answers her letter and sends along her first order in the fall of 1949. They are two very unlikely correspondents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Story About How Books Connect People

  • By Kitty on 01-11-18

Booklover’s delight

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

This short book of transatlantic correspondence is a delight. The personalities of letter writers come through in the readers voices. The shared love of fine books, the generosity of the writers and the mutual appreciation of the writers makes for a wonderful, funny, and wistful tale.

  • The Proud Tower

  • A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

The fateful quarter-century leading up to World War I was a time when the world of privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating history

  • By Doug on 02-18-07

inaudible tower

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-10

I found this to be an nteresting book, but the quality of the reading and recording is poor.

4 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Minotaur

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Vine
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

As soon as Kerstin Kvist arrives at remote, ivy-covered Lydstep Old Hall in Essex, she feels like a character in a gothic novel. A young nurse fresh out of school, Kerstin has been hired for a position with the Cosway family, residents of the Hall for generations. She is soon introduced to her "charge", John Cosway, a 39-year-old man whose strange behavior is vaguely explained by his mother and sisters as part of the madness that runs in the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top notch Barbara Vine

  • By Susan B. on 12-12-07

Engaging

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-09

The audio is well read and the story is terrific. The story unfolds like those told by another favorite mystery writer of mine--PD James. It is full of emotion, vivid characters, and a chilling environment that mirrors the internal lives of some of the characters. I've always liked Barbara Vine, but this is my favorite. I can still hear the narrator's voice matter of factly telling the tale of life in this highly charged country family.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful