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  • A Reliable Wife

  • By: Robert Goolrick
  • Narrated by: Mark Feuerstein
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 490

When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a "simple missionary's daughter." But he doesn't know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reliable Wife

  • By Katydid65 on 04-30-09

Brings Winter Blues to new Level

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-11

I am a big audio listener. I love Mark Feuerstein, the narrator, but I think he might have been the wrong narrator for this book. The book was so purple on its own that it required little inflection and perhaps a Midwestern accent, a voice that sounds less modern. I don't know if that's what distracted me, but I didn't like the book at all. Too bleak, too repetitive. No need for an author to keep recapping. None of the characters were likable and I could neither feel empathy for them nor much interest. Being inside this book made me feel like the many characters in it who went inexplicably insane.

  • The Evil Genius

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: John Bolen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Wilkie Collins' most financially successful novel, The Evil Genius, opens with a jury determining the fate of a sea captain whose ship allegedly facilitated a diamond theft. The story develops into a powerful novel of Victorian private life, including deception, adultery, and divorce...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Story is fine, but not a mystery.

  • By Margaret on 06-06-07


2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-10

liked the story. The reader was strange though. First of all, I would have preferred it be read by an English man instead of an American one. The reader changed his voice for the characters in a way that was distracting and sometimes ridiculous. He pronounced Edinburgh wrong and it's that kind of simple thing that makes you lose confidence in the reader. His intonation was often off, too. So, though I enjoyed this simple tale, I would have much preferred it to be read by Simon Vance or Martin Jarvis.

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