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  • A Proper Cuppa Tea

  • By: K G MacGregor
  • Narrated by: C.C. Sinclair
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

A disastrous office affair has left Channing Hughes unemployed and (very bloody) cynical. What better time to leave Boston for her native England, where her late grandfather has named her sole heir of the Hughes fortune, along with the centuries-old manor house that’s been in the family for generations. Only one problem with that plan - there is no Hughes fortune. If anyone deserves to be cynical about life, it’s Dr. Lark Latimer. She overcame a dysfunctional upbringing in East Boston only to lose both her college sweetheart and a promising medical career when her Ma fell critically ill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OUTSTANDING!

  • By Justdar on 08-17-18

OUTSTANDING!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

A thoroughly enjoyable romance by one of the masters (mistresses?) in the field. A bi-continental story of an American on a business trip and a Brit headed home to handle her grandfather's estate; whose chance encounter on a flight from Logan to Heathrow leads in directions neither expected. This author has a definite gift for creating characters who come to life on the page, with conversations and experiences that feel authentic. All of her secondary characters help form a picture of the main characters, as well, and provide a depth to the story that increases it's appeal. What made this novel especially engaging was that in addition to the romance, each character had a fully realized secondary story going on, with possible rewards or repercussions completely separate from the expected denouement of the romance. The majority of the story is set in England, near Cambridge to be exact. Channing, the Brit, comes from a well regarded family, with an lovely ancestral manor home and connections to aristocracy, including her best childhood friend. He's heir to a fortune and as queer as Channing herself. Lark, the American, is an MD employed by a drug company, who is sent to Cambridge to investigate problems with a drug trial. In both of their stories, the attention to detail, clear evidence of the author's research, provided a richness to this story that puts it a cut above many other standard romance stories. As far as the experience of this as an audiobook, this narrator has an amazing gift for accents and changing gender in her voice. The drawl of an American southerner, the rhythm of a Nigerian male, cadence of an Indian female, Irish, British and others really enhanced my experience of the story. It's one I would highly recommend in any format.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,497
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,121

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Wil Wheaton is perfection as Wade

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Read this book a few years ago and loved it. Since this was narrated by Wil Wheaton, a voice I knew, I thought I'd give it a try. So glad I did. He brought the story to life in a way that merely reading it did not. Even though I knew the story and what would happen, I was still on the edge of my seat as I experienced everything again through the narration. And damned if I didn't have tears in me eyes at the end. If all audio books were as great as this, I'd never need to read again.

  • Patience and Sarah

  • By: Isabel Miller
  • Narrated by: Jean Smart, Janis Ian
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

Set in the 19th century, Isabel Miller's classic lesbian novel traces the relationship between Patience White and Sarah Dowling, whose romantic bond does not sit well with their puritanical New England community. In addition to being an inspiring love story, the audiobook for Patience and Sarah is an ideal listen for young-adult audiences. It is a story that shows how irrelevant race, religion, and gender are to love and that loving and being loved are what keep us human and sane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful tale blooms with great narration.

  • By Nancy J on 05-14-16

Even better than I imagined!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

Would you listen to Patience and Sarah again? Why?

I'm familiar with this story, but the voices of Jean Smart and Janis Ian brought these characters to life in a way the voice in my head never did. I will listen to this many times, especially when I share beautiful passages with others.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them

Which character – as performed by Jean Smart and Janis Ian – was your favorite?

Jean Smart's voice of Patience was so sweet and delightful, with a touch of naughty that was just delicious.

Any additional comments?

I laughed out loud, chuckled and at times wept with joy throughout this story.
Can't wait to listen again.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Hild

  • A Novel
  • By: Nicola Griffith
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 23 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 298

A brilliant, lush, sweeping historical novel about the rise of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages: Hild. In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods are struggling, their priests worrying. Hild is the king's youngest niece, and she has a glimmering mind and a natural, noble authority. She will become a fascinating woman and one of the pivotal figures of the Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd give it 10 stars if I could

  • By David on 03-27-14

Excellent book in all formats!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

Where does Hild rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high!

What did you like best about this story?

The details were fascinating, and as dense as it was at times, every detail furthered the story.

Which character – as performed by Pearl Hewitt – was your favorite?

Hild

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stars

  • Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian
  • By: Janis Ian (editor), Mike Resnick
  • Narrated by: Janis Ian, Gabrielle De Cuir, Emily Rankin, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 19

Thirty original stories - each inspired by a Janis Ian song - from some of the biggest names in science fiction and fantasy, including: Tad Williams, Harry Turtledove, Orson Scott Card, Joe Haldeman, John Varley, Mercedes Lackey, Judith Tarr, Janis Ian, and others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listening was even better than reading!

  • By Justdar on 07-20-14

Listening was even better than reading!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Stars to be better than the print version?

Yes, which surprised me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stars?

Janis Ian reading Kage Baker's story

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

The maiden aunts, in Nightmare Mountain as read by Janis Ian

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

Loved the whole thing

Any additional comments?

Never thought I'd get more out of listening than reading a book, but in this case I did.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful