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  • Midnight at Marble Arch

  • Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, Book 28
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

In this superbly accomplished new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt adventure, Anne Perry takes us beneath the glittering surface of wealthy Victorian society into a nightmare world of fear and intimidation, where women are too often blamed for the violent attacks against them, and powerful men take what they want, leaving others to pay the price. The horrifying rape and apparent suicide of Catherine Quixwood, wife of a wealthy merchant banker, falls outside the new jurisdiction of Special Branch head Thomas Pitt, but so pervasively offensive are the rumors about the victim that Pitt quietly takes a hand in the investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Excellent Pitt/Charlotte Story

  • By Nancy J on 04-15-13

Another good read from Anne Perry.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

I am not sure that men in Victorian England would care if women were raped. Given this I found the story less compelling than most of her books. Still a good summer read.

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Alexander Scourby
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Feel the texture of Fitzgerald's language as master reader Alexander Scourby, with cool precision, unfolds the mystery of Jay Gatsby. A true classic of American literature, The Great Gatsby celebrates a "heightened sensibility to the promises of life," an American capacity for hope that remains unsullied even by the falsity of what it pursues. Fitzgerald's clean, elegant style evokes to perfection the glitter and charm of the Jazz Age, as well as the falseness of its values.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Great Gatsby

  • By Edward on 08-08-03

I never appreciated Gatsby until now.

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

For the first time (I read Gatsby about 50 years ago), the story came together. I was immersed in it. I was at East Egg, at the parties, and at the funeral.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Gatsby?

The swimming pool. That's all I will say to prevent a spoiler.

What about Alexander Scourby’s performance did you like?

An excellent voice. Easy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

As I mentioned earlier, I was assigned Gatsby when I was in college. Try as I might, I could not read it; and I was a voracious reader even then. The book never caught my attention and interest again until I listened to Scourby's narration.

  • The Glass Rainbow

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523

Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God help me if I outlive James Lee Burke

  • By John on 07-23-10

Burke and Patton - an unbeatable combination

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

Reviewed: 06-26-13

If you could sum up The Glass Rainbow in three words, what would they be?

Gut-tightening poetry.

What did you like best about this story?

Burke's descriptions of Lousiana.

What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Patton's accent for each character is perfect. You can always tell who is talking. Beyond that his reading of descriptions is absolute lyric poetry.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Beware of those you trust.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Iliad

  • By: Homer, Stanley Lombardo - translator
  • Narrated by: Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

The first of Homer's great epic poems, the Iliad portrays the final days of the Trojan war. The Iliad has stood the test of time and is still one of (it not the) best depictions of ancient warfare. It is an essential precursor to the infamous journey of Odysseus. Translated by Stanley Lombardo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Iliad made pleasurable.

  • By Anthony on 12-02-07

Best translation

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

Reviewed: 08-22-12

What made the experience of listening to Iliad the most enjoyable?

Lombardo's delivery was excellent and his translation reflected well the mood and meaning of the original.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hector is probably the most engaging character because of the scene with his wife and child. Hector is three-dimensional: a warrior, husband, and father. No one else in the Iliad is shown like that.

What does Stanley Lombardo and Susan Sarandon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Having Sarandon give an overview of each book is very helpful.

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

My! It is bloody and gory.

Any additional comments?

I have been trying for years to read all the way through the Iliad. This is the first translation that has not lost me somewhere around the Catalog of Ships (Book II).

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,276

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Pamela on 09-22-11

Mesmerizing

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

Reviewed: 10-07-11

I have not listened to such a fascinating book in a long time. The language is rich and vibrant; the narrator, perfect. The Night Circus (Cirque du Reve) is indeed a dream, with illusion and fact intertwined. Certainly not a book for those who live only in the real world.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter Garden Mystery

  • A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

In this second installment of Carola Dunn's cozy mystery series set in 1923 England, plucky Daisy Dalrymple embarks on another assignment for Town and Country magazine and discovers that daffodil bulbs aren't all that's buried in a country estate's flower bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for more

  • By Wadie on 02-05-10

Great narrator. So-so book.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-11

Daisy goes on assignment for her magazine and runs into a murder at Occles Hall. She calls in her friend, a chief inspector from Scotland Yard, to investigate when the local police are intimidated by the Hall's titled inhabitants. The characters are stock. The dialogue is filled with cliches and 20's slang. With all that, I had to continue listening because the narrator did such a superb job bringing the characters to life -- at least as much as the writing would allow.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Katherine Swynford

  • The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

In this remarkable book, Alison Weir recounts one of the greatest and most remarkable love stories of medieval England. It is the extraordinary tale of an exceptional woman, Katherine Swynford, who became first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. But Katherine Swynford was much more than that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-14-08

Enthralling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-08

I cannot imagine how someone could find the story of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt boring. While Weir's book does not have the intimacy of Katherine, by Anya Seton, it is more accurate historically. There have, after all, been another 50 years of scholarship. I found this book as compelling as I did Katherine many years ago. I listened every chance I got.

This book is for those people with an interest in history, who find in various points of view as absorbing a story as a romance.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Rapid Greek

  • Volume 1
  • By: Earworms Learning
  • Narrated by: Andrew Lodge
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

By listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of Greek and English a few times, you pick up over 200 essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue, but will be burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-12-06

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-06

This is one of the best ways to learn a language. I have several other Greek teaching tools, but this is by far the best. The phrasing is short enough to allow you to repeat the phrases. There is plenty of repetition without boredom. The phrases are useful ones, in the order you might use them. The book contains the Greek characters, as well as the phonetic spelling, so you can learn to identify some words as they appear in Greek.

The use of music to anchor the language learning is superb.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Eleven on Top

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075

Trouble seems to find Stephanie Plum no matter where she goes, and once again she's struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her God-given gift for destroying every car she drives. This time, Stephanie has decided to quit her job as a bounty hunter. She wants something safe. She wants something normal. She's tired of creeps, weirdos, and stalkers. But just when she thinks she's out, they pull her back in!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Plum Fun

  • By Gail H. on 06-24-05

A tasty

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-05

Stephanie has decided that being a bondswoman is too dangerous. She is off looking for another job. In the process, she just may find that being Stephanie Plum is dangerous.

I have read--or listened to--every Stephanie Plum novel Evanovich has written. For pure fluff, the combination of Evanovich and King is unbeatable. Great literature? Probably not. A wonderful bit of entertainment? Absolutely! I won't miss a single one of these. I've even downloaded some Plum that I've already read because I think King does such a great job of creating the characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Listener

  • By: Armistead Maupin
  • Narrated by: Armistead Maupin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

This unprecedented audio project is as thought-provoking as it is mesmeric. The Night Listener is a meditation on the power of voices and the faith we place in them, and an extraordinary audio experience from an American literary icon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wheels within wheels

  • By Naomi on 07-06-03

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-05

A wonderful treatise on reality -- as it appears to each one of us. I really enjoyed Tales of the City. This is so much more, so rich, so multilevel. It ranks right up there with the best audiobooks I have heard.

Maupin's narration, while not delineating or differentiating characters as many readers do, is immediate, engrossing, and real.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful