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Judith M. Nimmo

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  • Salmon Fishing In The Yemen

  • By: Paul Torday
  • Narrated by: Paul Torday
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Author Paul Torday makes his debut with this clever absurdist novel. Fisheries scientist Dr. Alfred Jones is approached by an extravagantly wealthy sheik with a novel plan. To foster goodwill, the sheik would like to introduce salmon fishing to Yemen - the same Yemen that is largely a desert - and politicians think it's a great idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously funny

  • By Aunt Crabby on 05-11-12

Sardonic but warm with themes of faith and courage to follow dreams

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Quasi epistolary structure that built nuanced characters. Very well performed in almost a tv doco style.

  • Viscount Vagabond

  • Regency Noblemen
  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

Catherine Pelliston has just escaped a forced marriage to an obnoxious friend of her unreliable father; and now she's truly in the soup; kidnapped and helpless in a London brothel! And though she's been rescued by the very inebriated Max Demowery, Viscount Rand, she may be in even greater danger of falling in love with the shockingly outrageous, scandalously improper Viscount Vagabond!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book; horrid production

  • By Maine Knitter on 01-09-15

Regency cutie

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

Well narrated light and fluffy romance. Nothing to take seriously, but well written. Even with the bordello opening scenes - all is pure fun with a few hot kisses between the scrappy heroine and irreverent hero

  • Venetia

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323

Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent, 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
  • No Guilt Here!

  • By Carole T. on 05-16-14

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 01-27-15

Sweet romance with witty dialogue. Wonderful narration. Sure to put me in a good mood whenever I read it again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,229

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

Slow start but worth getting through

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

Reviewed: 01-01-15

Slow start - and too much detail about the 'modern day'. However a truly moving story of the Middle Ages. Well narrated

  • J

  • By: Howard Jacobson
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace, Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

Two people fall in love. Kevern doesn't know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a world starting with a J. Ailinn too has grown up in the dark about where she came from. On their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn't ask who hurt her. Hanging over the lives of everyone is a past event shrouded in suspicion, now referred to as What Happened, If It Happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • J

  • By Colleen T. on 10-01-15

Well written conceptual novel of the ugly human

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

I did not love it, but neither did I hate it. It is a book about ideas - ugly ideas - thus not a comfortable companion for the hours of reading and reflection.

This is the first book I have read by Howard Jacobson - while I enjoy reading the Booker Prize long list books each year - I have often read all but the winner - including the author's "The Finkler Question" - because I just do not relate to the subject matter.

I happened to watch a documentary this morning presented by Howard Jacobson - and he was warm and charming in his presentation - talking fondly of an episode in his youth working in Sydney. I think the pessimism is more conceptual than lived?

The characters that ostensibly drive the narrative of the book were my biggest problem - Kevern was so 'Woody Allen' and newrotic - I know the point was his prickliness and otherness, which was well drawn - but I could not find the link between he and the female character to give the characters credibility.

Thus - my early impression on finishing was well crafted ugliness - and there is a place for this type of book - maybe one a year for me!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Harsh Cry of the Heron

  • The Last Tale of the Otori
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Destroys the happy ending of the trilogy

  • By Elizabeth on 01-20-08

Best of the series

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

Reviewed: 04-15-14

I have listened to this series over the last few weeks, and found this fourth book well written, well structured, immersive and well read.

The character development and plot points illustrate the tensions between personal choices versus responsibility to others and responsibility to the greater good. However, the characters were real enough to me to make the ultimate tragedy plausible and very moving.

Due to negative reviews, I nearly did not down-load this book. However, I did not find anything disturbing about the performers - I was able to fully immerse myself in the story and characters.