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  • Murder Flies the Coop

  • By: Jessica Ellicott
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

Sharing lodging in the sleepy English village of Walmsley Parva has eased some of the financial strain on the two old school chums, but money is still tight in these years following the Great War. So when the local vicar - and pigeon-racing club president - approaches them with a private inquiry opportunity, the ladies accept. There's been a spot of bother: The treasurer has absconded with the club's funds and several prized birds. But when they visit the man's loft, they find their elusive quarry lying in white feathers and a pool of crimson blood - the only witnesses cooing mournfully.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Do So Love This Pair Of Sleuths..!!..Hilarious Highbrow Hijinks..!!

  • By John on 10-22-18

Entertaining Listen

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

I am such a big fan of Barbara Rosenblat's narrations that I have to admit I started to listen to this series because of that. This is the second in the series. I have become a fan of Jessica Ellicott as well. I hope there are more installments to the series!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Feminist

  • Essays
  • By: Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,371

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay. In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman ( Sweet Valley High) of color ( The Help) while also taking listeners on a ride through culture of the last few years ( Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • "I am a mess of contradictions" - RG

  • By Cynthia on 12-27-15

Brilliant - even when I didn't always agree

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This book created a seesaw of emotions in me. I started by giving it 4 stars and then determined I needed to give it 5 because of that seesaw - it made me chuckle, it made me mad, it made me cry, it made me think! The premise of the set of essays was brilliant really. I appreciated that she put a name to my brand of feminism ("Bad Feminist"). I loved how she spoke not so much of the hardened myth of "the feminist" but the overall treatment of women as a whole - by men, by themselves, by other women, by society, and so cruelly last year and this by politicians, in the context of books that she has read or movies she has seen. She also taught me something in her essays regarding race and my perceptions. Something I need to always keep with me. I highly recommend this book. Not to read just once but to read multiple times.
Bahni Turpin excellently narrated the audio.

  • Lean In

  • Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
  • By: Sheryl Sandberg
  • Narrated by: Elisa Donovan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,589

Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lean In, Lead On

  • By Cynthia on 03-14-13

I waited too long to read this

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Reading this three months before my planned retirement was not quite effective enough. But it did make me understand those things that I have done incorrectly (and correctly) over the years. And it certainly made me appreciate those young women who work for/with me for whom I hope things improve.

  • The Sea, the Sea

  • By: Iris Murdoch, Mary Kinzie - introduction
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor, both professionally and personally, and amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure pleasure

  • By laurel on 06-07-17

Yes, it's an unfair rating

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I never made it past Chapter 1, which was a very descriptive and very long hour of detailed analysis of the book. It was the equivalent of reading Cliff Notes and by the time the hour ended I could not decide if it were a case of not needing to listen to the next 20 hours or not wanting to. So I returned it.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425

Mrs. Pollifax has a new hat, and only she and Mr. Carstairs know it conceals eight false passports which she must smuggle into Bulgaria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Delightful Adventure

  • By Nancy J on 03-17-13

Never fails to make me feel better

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

The Mrs. Polifax series is my go-to "feel good" listens, particularly after I have read lengthy, intense books (e.g. A Little Life). They are fun, make me chuckle at least, and are interesting.

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,333

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

You cannot read this book as drama. it is a delightful tongue-in-cheek historical fiction with a hint of fantasy. Listening to it is the best route i believe with the narrator giving it just the right amount of inflection to take you in the right direction. i loved this!

  • Pittsburgh Noir

  • By: Kathleen George (editor)
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, David Ledoux, Jennifer Van Dyck, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Pittsburgh has recently (and more than once) been called the most livable city in America; yet the old image of smoky skies and steel mills spewing forth grit has never quite disappeared. Its history as a dirty industrial center is a part of its residents, a part of their toughness. The people of the steel city fight.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overall good

  • By Jason A. Labash on 11-28-18

I wanted to love it

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

Would you try another book from Kathleen George (editor) and/or the narrators?

Kathleen George as an author- definitely. This group of narrators- no

Would you ever listen to anything by Kathleen George (editor) again?

Yes

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

I wanted to love it. I didn't. Some of the narrators were not very good, others were downright terrible and it made listening painful.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,407
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,554

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

WOW

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

Would you listen to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry again? Why?

I want to both listen to it again it again and read it for more of what I missed because I didn't fully understand!

What about Neil deGrasse Tyson’s performance did you like?

His passion for the topic.

Any additional comments?

I gave it five stars not because I understood it all, but because I learned quite a lot, Tyson's narration was terrific, I actually stayed engaged listening to it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Foucault's Pendulum

  • By: Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

One Colonel Ardenti, who has unnaturally black, brilliantined hair, a carefully groomed mustache, wears maroon socks, and who once served in the Foreign Legion, starts it all. He tells three Milan book editors that he has discovered a coded message about a Templar Plan, centuries old and involving Stonehenge, a plan to tap a mystic source of power far greater than atomic energy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • too much missing

  • By Kenneth on 01-29-07

Range of emotions listening to this

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

What did you love best about Foucault's Pendulum?

Tim Curry's performance gave this book a level of intensity that I was never able to get from attempting to read the book.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

On the edge of my seat, a few nights of being slightly unnerved during the final scene in the Conservatoire. And the end? I was so angry at how it ended that I yelled "Umberto!!!" as I was pulling into the parking lot at work.

What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

His range of emotion in the performance was excellent. He made me "feel" his emotion.

Any additional comments?

I've owned the hardcover for so long and attempted getting through it so often, that my kids actually read it years before I did. I'm a big fan of the author, but was stymied with this one. This audio is exceptional.

  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157

With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it!

  • By bleadof on 10-04-16

Magical experience.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Kafka on the Shore to be better than the print version?

"Reading" this book on audio was a magical experience. The prose is beautiful and (mostly) calming. In a written book, I think i would have floundered in it a bit. But on a 45 minute commute each morning and evening, it was wonderful. (less)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful