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Barbara Dumas

Newton, MA USA
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  • Wishes and Wellingtons

  • By: Julie Berry
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,270

Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for “Upright Young Ladies.” When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master. Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t want it to end

  • By Julia on 10-05-18

What absolute fun!!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-19

You can read the signposts along the way to see where the book is going, but it does not diminish in the least the enjoyment in getting there. A great read for days when only a fun story will do.

  • The Dark Angel

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

It’s not every day that you’re summoned to the Italian countryside on business, so when archaeologist Angelo Morelli asks for Ruth Galloway’s help identifying bones found in the tiny hilltop town of Fontana Liri, she jumps at the chance to go, bringing her daughter along with her for a working vacation. Upon arriving, she begins to hear murmurs of Fontana Liri’s strong resistance movement during World War II and senses the townspeople are dancing around a deeply buried secret. But how could that be connected to the ancient remains she’s been studying?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The characters all seem real

  • By Barbara Dumas on 07-27-18

The characters all seem real

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I do like this series. As some say, they are not pure mystery, although generally a part of the plot is focused on trying to figure out how or why someone died - no matter when they died. The cast of characters includes interesting people, all with a wart of two. They are not great books, but they are good reads, they are informative and they are fun. When I am working hard - a good read is just the ticket.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Travels with Charley in Search of America

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,804

In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the Journey

  • By Rebb on 12-15-11

I want to run into John on my road trip

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I read this book years ago - loved it then and loved listening to it again today. Not sure I'm up for the road trip, but I would take it if there was a chance of our running into John and Charlie at a diner somewhere in America. I would love to share a coffee, with a shot, and a conversation with Steinbeck. Thanks Gary for loaning him your voice!

  • Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Imbolo Mbue
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,267
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself; his wife, Neni; and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty - and Jende is eager to please. Clark's wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story About Life

  • By A on 01-15-17

Beautifully written and beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Through happiness and sadness, I liked the people Imbolo introduced me to - even when I didn't like the things they did. The New York that I also love came alive, as did The Town of Friendship.

This is an author I will follow.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Pastoral

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Ron Silver
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,857
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,844

Philip Roth presents a vivid portrait of an innocent man being swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard - a story that is as much about loving America as it is hating it. Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, and the prosperous heir of his father's Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even a most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall ... a strong, confident man, a master of social equilibrium, overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. For the Swede is not allowed to stay forever blissful living out life in rural Old Rimrock in his 170 year-old stone farmhouse with his pretty wife (his college sweetheart and Miss New Jersey of 1949) and his lively albeit precocious daughter, the apple of his eye ... that is until she grows up to become a revolutionary terrorist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relentless

  • By Jeff on 12-29-04

Absolutely incredible story, perfectly read

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

I read this book decades ago and rated it among my top 25 at the time, however, it is interesting how time and culture have changed my responses to the story

I opposed the war in Viet Nam, (as the Swede so often: says" we all did"). But decades later we can't even count the wars we are in, and the murder of Americans by young Americans only make the front page in home-town papers.

The listen is finished, but the message will resonate for a long time.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • After the Fire

  • By: Henning Mankell, Marlaine Delargy - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

Fredrik Welin is a former surgeon who retired in disgrace decades earlier to a tiny island on which he is the only resident. He has a daughter he rarely sees, and his mailman, Jansson, is the closest thing he has to a friend and to an adversary. He is perfectly content to live out his days in quiet solitude. One autumn evening, he is startled awake by a blinding light - only to discover that his house is on fire. With the help of Jansson, he escapes the flames just in time wearing two left boots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting view of life, aging and death

  • By Barbara Dumas on 12-01-17

An interesting view of life, aging and death

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Those looking for a standard Mankell police procedural may be disappointed with this book, may even find it boring, but it is anything but. I replayed so many sections, that I finally bought the book so that I could read as I listened and then reread. I shall not soon forget Fredrik's transition to 'The place where memory is swallowed up by forgetfulness'.

Loved it!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,898

One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming of age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens’ dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Performance of a classic!

  • By Steven on 08-18-13

Awesome story performed by a master.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

This is one of my all-time favorite books and Simon Prebble does it justice.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jar City

  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,019

Gold Dagger Award winner Arnaldur Indridason’s novels featuring Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson became international sensations on their way to selling millions of copies worldwide. The debut of morose detective Sveinsson finds the inspector and his team delving into the murder of a retiree with horrifying secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cerebral Police Procedural

  • By Aaron on 09-14-13

Interesting plotting and an excellent read

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

What did you love best about Jar City?

Erlender is not just another cop following his own instincts, he's a man with warts and with character. Part of the mystery in Jar City was in trying to figure out (or guess at) how all these seemingly disparate threads would tie up at the end - but they did.
The glimpse into the world that is Iceland is also incredibly interesting; the population is under 335,000 - the size of a small city in most of the world - which makes for intriguing policing possibilities. Looking forward to a great series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Meema on 04-16-17

Great fun!!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

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

Keeps you walking, or whatever it is you are doing while listening. I sometimes hesitate to give 5 stars to a light reading - but this was fun while making some excellent points concerning societies sexist history (a point that definitely needs some exposure).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 7-9
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 7 - 9: THE BODY IN THE LAKE, SNOWBLIND and PLAYING DEAD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended!

  • By Marge on 10-03-16

Easy Listening While walking or driving

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

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

Absolutely - pleasant books that entertain.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

These are not "edge of your seat" plots - just nice ones.

Have you listened to any of Neil Dudgeon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is a good reader.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful