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Evelyn

Alabama, United States
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  • My Cousin Rachel

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300

Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cosy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries - and there he dies suddenly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AN INCREDIBLE NOVEL -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  • By Janna Wong Healy on 07-08-15

Rachel, my torment!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

We all three - Ambrose, Philip, and myself - feel that Rachel is guilty but of how much we are unsure. However, through both excellent writing and narration, I am in full agreement with Ambrose and Philip of one overpowering emotional conclusion: "Rachel, my torment"

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor

  • A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
  • By: Thomas C. Foster
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 584

What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey? Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface - a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character - and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you. In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and gratifying it is to unlock those hidden truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lives Up to Its Claims

  • By Evelyn on 05-22-14

Lives Up to Its Claims

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

Reviewed: 05-22-14

I had included this book in my Wish List based on both the sample narration and the publisher’s summary and was meaning to purchase it, if it ever went on sale. However, I went ahead and used a credit when I saw it listed as part of my son’s AP Literature summer reading. From the start the book “read” like a novel, so its claim of being “lively and entertaining” was definitely achieved especially in the capable hands of David de Vries. The other half of Thomas C. Foster’s stated goal of being a guide to reading between the lines, I believe was also achieved. Well at least, for someone like me, who is a wannabe comprehend-er of more than the obvious story-line. Even though I knew I was to be looking for symbols , themes and the like, I had no overall understanding of why they would be there and their significance to that particular story and their continuation from prior stories. BEWARE, however, and read at your own risk! The knowledge this book imparts requires action, so like me, you may be concerned that your shallow-surface reading days are numbered, but is this not the plan of the author all along.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Now adapted for a major motion picture directed by Tim Burton, the story of the Headless Horseman is a classic of American folklore. It is paired here with the myth of Rip Van Winkle who wanders into the Catskill Mountains for his legendary snooze.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both stories are now included!

  • By Evelyn on 10-30-13

Both stories are now included!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-13

These short stories are excellent, and the narrator is one of the BEST! There had been an issue of only Rip Van Winkle being included but this has now been corrected. The length of this audiobook at the time I purchased it had been listed as 48 minutes but now it is two hours and 14 minutes long. If you purchased this prior to this correction, you just need to download it again as I did and you will gain access to both stories.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Enormous Radio

  • The John Cheever Audio Collection
  • By: John Cheever
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Here is one of twelve magnificent stories, originally part of The John Cheever Audio Collection, in which John Cheever celebrates – with unequaled grace and tenderness – the deepest feelings we have. As Cheever writes in his preface, "These stories seem at times to be stories of a long-lost world when the city of New York was still filled with a river light, when you heard the Benny Goodman quartets from a radio in the corner stationery store, and when almost everybody wore a hat."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Good Performance

  • By Evelyn on 10-30-13

Great Story, Good Performance

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

Reviewed: 10-30-13

This story is great but the performance was just a little "flat" which left me feeling like I could not justify giving it an overall 5 star rating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Call Me Mrs. Miracle

  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

This Christmas, Emily Merkle (call her Mrs. Miracle!) is working in the toy department at Finley’s, the last family-owned department store in New York City. And her boss is none other than…Jake Finley, the owner’s son. For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before. Now Christmas means just one thing to him - and to his father. Profit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Christmas Blessing

  • By Debbie on 12-17-13

Feel Good Christmas Story

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

Reviewed: 12-07-12

I liked this book from the beginning, and it kept my interest throughout. It is the perfect light "read" for Christmas - a book to listen to and do menial tasks at the same time. Jennifer Van Dyck's narration is a good fit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bird

  • By: Angela Johnson
  • Narrated by: Quincy Tyler Bernstine
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Bird is determined and patient. So patient that she's been hiding out behind a farmhouse for weeks waiting for Cecil. Bird misses her bedroom, her friends, and especially her mother. But more than that, she misses the feeling of family, and that means finding Cecil, the stepfather who abandoned them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Written and Read

  • By Evelyn on 08-11-10

Well Written and Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-10

This book was a delight. It's not a happy feel-good story, instead it shows life in a real way through different eyes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

  • By: Jon Scieszka
  • Narrated by: Mike Ferreri
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

Includes these fairly stupid tales: "Chicken Licken", "The Princess and the Bowling Ball", "The Really Ugly Duckling", "The Other Frog Prince", "Little Red Running Shorts", "Jack's Bean Problem", "Giant Story", "Jack's Story", "Cinderumpelstiltskin", "The Tortoise and the Hair", and "The Stinky Cheese Man".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By Evelyn on 07-29-10

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-10

Jon Scieszka and Mike Ferreri are well matched. I loved it and so did my son and his best friend (ages 13).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful