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Marianna

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  • A Shilling for Candles

  • Inspector Alan Grant Series, Book 2
  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

When a woman's body washes up on an isolated stretch of beach on the southern coast of England, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is on the case. But the inquiry into her death turns into a nightmare of false leads and baffling clues. Was there anyone who didn't want lovely screen actress Christine Clay dead? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it, well thought through and amusing.

  • By Marianna on 06-12-18

Loved it, well thought through and amusing.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Please give us more Josephine Tey. She really is one of the best there is.

  • Macbeth: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,633
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,629

Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator choice inspired

  • By Beverly on 07-10-11

Hated it, could not finish, though I tried.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

For all the rave reviews this audiobook garnered, for me it never took on life. The flat story and reading is both dark and garbled. Where is the insight it promised? There's little dialogue and far too much exposition to be what it is purported to be ''a novel''. I am thoroughly disappointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Man in the Queue

  • Inspector Alan Grant Series, Book 1
  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

The first of Josephine Tey's Inspector Grant mysteries concerns the murder of a man, standing in a ticket queue for a London musical comedy. With his customary tenacity, Grant pursues his suspects through the length of Britain and the labyrinth of the city. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unerringly dull...

  • By Marianna on 04-27-18

Unerringly dull...

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Would you try another book from Josephine Tey and/or Jennifer M. Dixon?

Up until now I have loved Josephine Tey's books, but this story and narration is so relentlessly boring, that I am beside myself as to how to describe my disappointment. What a waste of time and money to purchase.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing linked to a Jennifer M. Dixon narration you can be sure!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She added a greater dullness to the entire listening experience.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Give us more to select from Josephine Tey's body of work, and please give us first rate narrators, instead of this lackluster offering. The other two selections Audible offers are brilliant...namely ''Brat Farrar'' and ''The Franchise Affair'', both well narrated by Carolyn Boyd.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • In the Great Green Room

  • The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown
  • By: Amy Gary
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

The extraordinary life of the woman behind the beloved children's classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes alive in this fascinating biography of Margaret Wise Brown. Margaret's books have sold millions of copies all over the world, but few people know that she was at the center of a children's book publishing revolution.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A terrible waste of time.

  • By Marianna on 04-18-18

A terrible waste of time.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

What disappointed you about In the Great Green Room?

There really is nothing here of interest. There is no insight, no examination of the character, just the bland narration pulled from diary material recorded over time by an extremely self-center woman, who by an accident of fate produced a few much beloved children's books for preschoolers.

What could Amy Gary have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Examined the character of her subject.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's delivery was flat as flat as the bio.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'm afraid not.

Any additional comments?

Biographies can be inspired...just as one example think of the brilliant Judith Thurman bio... ''Isak Dinesen, The Life of a Storyteller''.

  • The P.G. Wodehouse Collection

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

This title includes not only the entire audiobook of Right Ho, Jeeves, but also all of the P.G. Wodehouse titles in the current Classic Tales library. It also includes a Jeeves short story only available in the collection: "Extricating Young Gussie". The complete running time is over 15 hours. All titles have been remastered, and have never sounded better!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating and distracting, the confused accents!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-28-16

B.J. Harrison has ruin me for any other narrator!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

Where does The P.G. Wodehouse Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm rating this collection high up among many I've enjoyed.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the wit and the brilliant delivery by the narrator.

Which scene was your favorite?

No one scene.

Any additional comments?

As I started my review writing, BJ Harrison has ruined me for any other when it comes to P.G. Woodhouse. Nobody does it better. Sadly he's only undertaken two thus far. I hope there will be more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Traitor's Story

  • By: Kevin Wignall
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,545

When fifteen-year-old American Hailey Portman goes missing in Switzerland, her desperate parents seek the help of their neighbor, Finn Harrington, a seemingly quiet historian rumored to be a former spy. Sensing the story runs deeper than anyone yet knows, Finn reluctantly agrees to make some enquiries. He has little to go on other than his instincts, and his instincts have been wrong in the past - sometimes spectacularly wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated but pretty well done

  • By cristina on 09-12-16

Excellent. Perfectly narrated with a superb text.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The novel is well constructed, and the narration is perfectly modulated.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the characters were well constructed.

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

Simon Vance did justice to every character

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, it was not about emotions with the exception of the original death.

Any additional comments?

I would love to see a return of this protagonist.

  • Unusual Fairy Tales

  • By: John Ruskin, Katherine Pyle, Leo Tolstoy, and others
  • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

A delightful collection of lesser known traditional and modern fairy stories: 1. "The King of the Golden River"; 2. "The Empty Drum"; 3. "The Fire Spirit"; 4. "The Tree of Death"; 5. "The Smuggler’s Daughter"; 6. "A Dream of Wild Bees"; 7. "The Fisherman"; 8. "The Masked Ball"; 9. "The Petrified Man"; 10. "The Were-Wolf"...and many more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • If this had a chance,

  • By Marianna on 12-30-16

If this had a chance,

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

Would you try another book from the authors and/or Cathy Dobson?

Never anything with this narrator. Dreadful to listen to.

Has Unusual Fairy Tales turned you off from other books in this genre?

No it is not about the material.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her voice was so dull and dragged every single bit of the writing right down to the ground.

What character would you cut from Unusual Fairy Tales?

It had nothing whatever to do with character, and all to do with the dreadful narrator.

Any additional comments?

Want to return this audio book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mourning Bells

  • By: Christine Trent
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

One of Victorian London's most respected undertakers, Violet Harper has the new duty of accompanying coffins from various undertakers on the London Necropolis Railway for respectful funerals and burials in Surrey. But on her fateful first trip, the mournful silence of the train is shattered by the shrill ringing of a coffin bell - a device that prevents a person from being buried alive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, narration is annoying

  • By IceDancingKaren on 04-21-15

Poor and rather too gruesome for my taste.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

Would you try another book from Christine Trent and/or Polly Lee?

No...sadly too disappointing.

Has The Mourning Bells turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes...and indeed it has.

Would you be willing to try another one of Polly Lee’s performances?

No....unlikely, even if it were free.

What character would you cut from The Mourning Bells?

It's not about which character.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dreaming of the Bones

  • By: Deborah Crombie
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Often compared to both Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, Deborah Crombie is internationally acclaimed for her deftly written mysteries that combine suspense, with lyrical prose. Sharply etched characters further enrich this story of tangled relationships and dark secrets. Twelve years after their divorce, Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid receives a phone call from his ex-wife Victoria asking for his help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A subtle british procedural

  • By Rollin on 08-13-11

Engaging series.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

What did you love best about Dreaming of the Bones?

I could listen to Jenny Sterlin narrate anything. In fact it was because she was narrating that I chose this series in the first place.

  • Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1

  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Miranda Raison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851

A sinister problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see - and eradicate - these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Young Heroine since Sabriel

  • By Tango on 03-16-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-01-14

What made the experience of listening to Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

Story and narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1?

My listening enjoyment was an overall experience.

Which character – as performed by Miranda Raison – was your favorite?

All the characters were well balanced.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I wanted it to last.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful