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  • Whose Body?

  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Roe Kendall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Meet Lord Peter Wimsey, stylish, eccentric, seeming a fool, but in fact one of the great English detectives. The discovery of a body in a bathtub wearing only a pair of spectacles launches a motley set of sleuths and suspects toward a ghastly conclusion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story; not so great narrator

  • By Sarah on 09-08-09

WHY Have A Female Narrator???

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

I love Dorothy L. Sayers and this is a good story, but having a woman read the part of Lord Peter is all wrong. My head spins as male after male character speaks and I'm trying to figure out when it's our Lord Peter. It's disconcerting and a shame. The reader is good--that isn't the problem. I was doing well overall until suddenly I wasn't, and I realized I was struggling to keep up at times. I have no idea how narrators are chosen, but more care should be taken with the stories of our beloved writers. I'll keep listening, but it simply could have been SO MUCH BETTER.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mini Habits

  • Smaller Habits, Bigger Results
  • By: Stephen Guise
  • Narrated by: Daniel Penz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297

One afternoon - after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise - I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. I initially committed to do one push-up, and it turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This "stupid idea" wasn't supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success with this strategy continued for months (and to this day). I had to consider that maybe I wasn't the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as "the way to change" in countless books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breaks Things Down Into Tiny Do-able Bits

  • By Sara on 11-26-14

Procrastination In A Whole New Light!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

I enjoyed this book very much, including the narrator. And I asked myself this morning--after all the books I've read and listened to--why I was still procrastinating, checking off lists, putting lists into shorter lists, etc. etc. etc. Is it just me or does this book resonate with the very core of the problem, which is always the "getting started" part? This book is light (which I liked), but to the point. I began using it before I'd finished it, which was over two days. If you are someone who feels overwhelmed by the projects you want to do, I believe this book will help you. I'm sure I've never had a book get me moving so quickly and easily.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • A Town Like Alice

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,167

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, beautifully told

  • By Mary on 03-27-11

Thoroughly enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-14

I bought this book because it was a Deal of the Day which had good reviews. And I'm glad I did, because I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. I liked the narrator, Robin Bailey, very much and will listen to more books by him.The story is so well told that it flows from chapter to chapter without a hitch--something that many books fail to do. The story line is mesmerizing--the horror of war with its inevitable atrocities hit at your very soul. From the time Jean is caught by the circumstance of war, she steps up and makes the most of the situation for the sake of herself and others. The war years are spent walking from town to town because no one wants the responsibility for the women POWs. Women and children die almost daily. As their leader, she finds a place where they might stay and bargains for their lives. Back in London two years after the war, she is left a legacy which changes her life, not simply because she has money to live on, but because she has resources to make life better for the people who helped her during wartime. And having gone to Australia to find a man who befriended and helped the women, she makes her home there. She decides to create a better town there as well. This takes vision and guts, but she's up to the task with the help of her lawyer and her lover. This story is full of romance in every way--the kind of romance we all crave, I think. Now which Nevil Shute book is next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Life in France

  • By: Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893

This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia Child embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a pleasure!

  • By Sara on 07-03-08

Dear Julia~

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

Reviewed: 02-22-14

This was an endearing book because it was about Julia Child, and I listened with interest throughout. I would just say that her energy and enthusiasm were noticeably missing because she simply waited too long to write it. It's more of an overview than a fully detailed description. Having said that, I'm still glad that I know the story of her life and would listen to this book again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Whisky Galore

  • By: Compton Mackenzie
  • Narrated by: Ken Stott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Love makes the world go 'round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go 'round twice as fast. This is the hilarious story of wartime bootlegging in the Scottish islands.

Wartime food rationing is bad enough, but when the whisky supplies run out on the Hebridean islands of Great and Little Todday, nothing seems to go right. Then the fifty-thousand-bottle cargo of the shipwrecked S.S. Cabinet Minister brings salvation - in its most giddily intoxicating form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, Wicked and irreverently Scottish.

  • By Scott on 01-03-13

Lighthearted, Well-Written & Fun!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-13

I just finished listening to this book, and I probably enjoyed it so much because it was so well-written and had an actual event to back it up. The effect of a whiskey shortage, which is due to the war, seems funny when its effects are so far-reaching, dramatically affecting the lives of most of the people on two islands off the coast of Scotland. Adding to the picture is the fact that one island is Catholic and the other is Protestant. I liked the writing so much that I'm going to download Monarch of the Glen, which is the basis (though loosely, I think) for the TV series. It's my first book from Compton Mackenzie and in my opinion he's an excellent storyteller. The narrator was perfect for the book and I found myself listening closely as he used different voices for the characters. Great job all round!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Can You Forgive Her?

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 28 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

Can You Forgive Her? is the first of the six in the Palliser series. Trollope inextricably binds together the issues of parliamentary election and marriage, of politics and privacy. The values and aspirations of the governing stratum of Victorian society are ruthlessly examined, and none remains unscathed. But above all Trollope focuses on the predicament of women. 'What should a woman do with her life?' asks Alice Vavasor of herself, and this theme is echoed by every other woman in the audiobook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb performance and sound

  • By David on 05-21-10

Trollope Takes 'Ordinary Writing' to a High Level

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

Reviewed: 10-03-12

I recently joined Visual Thesaurus--a site with articles as well as words. Yesterday there was an essay by Michael Lydon, writer and publisher, on "The Power of Ordinary Writing." In this essay, he says that if he were banished to a desert island and could only take the writing of one author with him, it would be Anthony Trollope, because his writing is so "ordinary." He explains that Trollope writes beautifully about ordinary people living ordinary lives. Having just finished listening to this book after listening to the six books which are the "Chronicles of Barchester," I made a comment which included my own appreciation for Trollope's novels. The "Chronicles of Barchester" is a series of stories about the lives of the clergy, while this series focuses on the political world. "Can You Forgive Her" is the first book in the Palliser series, where we are introduced to Lady Glencora McCluskey and Alice Vavasor, two of the women who ask the question, "What should I do with my life?" Trollope focuses on this very theme and adds the lives of other women who are asking the same question. And the story is superb. When I think of it, Trollope has captured the essence of a young woman (Alice) who is influenced by her friends while hoping above all else to do the right thing. But like many young women in Trollope novels who are young and innocent, she doesn't see her own value and vacillates dramatically. She isn't the only one who vacillates, and thereon hangs the tale. I highly recommend this novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 30 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

In the last and most complex of the Barsetshire novels, many of Trollope's best-loved characters appear, but the mood of the novel is darker and more uneasy than in earlier volumes. At the heart of the novel is the penniless Reverend Josiah Crawley, first encountered in Framley Parsonage, who in the opening of the book is accused of theft, creating a public scandal that threatens to tear the community apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Clever Mr. Trollope

  • By Michele Kellett on 03-17-10

Last Chronicle Is A Beautifully Interwoven Story

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

Reviewed: 09-15-12

First of all, I'll say that I absolutely loved this book! Timothy West is a wonderful narrator and I enjoyed his reading to the end. And what I mean by "interwoven" is that if you've listened to the first five books in the series, you'll see that the families from the other novels are interwoven in this last one. However, as another reviewer has said, this book would also stand on its own. The words flowed so freely and with such energy that I didn't want to stop listening until it was over. No matter what I've done in the last three-four days, I've also listened to this book. There are disappointments for some of the characters (and for me) and triumphs for others, all of which are brought about in an ingenious way. In a world where rank and money is everything, the poor and lowly can be discounted so easily. But Trollope doesn't allow only bad things to happen to good people, and thereon hangs the story of the Crawleys. You'll recognize most of the characters as they enter the story in one way or another, and I felt that it was the coziest way to experience a summing up of the Chronicles. And, as with all of Trollope's stories, the lessons learned from an honest look at the lives of our fellow man are of value in our own.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Barchester Towers

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

Barchester Towers is the second of six in the series known as Chronicles of Barsetshire. Narrator Timothy West brings life to the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor. It chronicles the struggle for control of the English diocese of Barchester after one Bishop dies and a new one is selected. The rather incompetent new Bishop, Dr. Proudie, led by his formidable wife, and ambitious chaplain, Mr. Slope, begin to create turmoil with their desire to shake up the church establishment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read The Warden first

  • By Janet on 12-30-08

Trollope Triumphs!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-12

I agree with the other reviewers...this book is a fascinating listen. Trollope's story is well-written, tightly woven throughout with a thread of gold. I admire his vocabulary and his use of it in telling the story of Barchester and its people. The variety and number of characters is impressive, and Trollope evokes my sympathy or disgust at will. I also enjoyed the way Trollope takes the reader deeper into the psyche of the characters as the story moves along. And don't we all enjoy poetic justice? I loved the book and enjoyed the narrator very much. I'll be listening to more of both by A. Trollope and recommend you do the same.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Warden: Timothy West Version

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

The first novel of six in Trollope's series of the Chronicles of Barsetshire introducing the fictional cathedral town of Barchester and the characters of Septimus Harding, the Warden, and his son-in-law Archdeacon Grantly. The Warden concerns the moral dilemma of the conscientious Reverend Septimus Harding, who finds himself at the centre of a bitter conflict between defenders of Church privilege and the reformers of the mid-Victorian period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Old Man & His Terrific and Single Daughter

  • By Joseph R on 08-30-09

Enjoyable story!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

This is a beautifully written story, reminding us once again how easily things can go wrong, even when we're minding our own business, thinking we're living good lives. Not only is the warden a good man, but he does everything he can to make up for the wrong he's accused of doing, In some way, he's the "everyman" who is going about his life in the best way he can, when someone else comes along and spoils it. Intertwined relationships only send the suspense higher. I enjoyed listening to this story partly because the narrator is excellent. I'll be looking for other books by Timothy West, and I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys authors like Anthony Trollope. I'm going to listen to all the Barchester Towers series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • True Spirituality

  • How to Live for Jesus Moment by Moment
  • By: Francis A. Schaeffer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

True Spirituality is a treasure trove of wisdom for Christians trying to discover what true spirituality looks like in everyday life. What is spirituality and how is reflected in Christian living? This thoughtful classic is sure to impact you in growth to spiritual development.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo! Incredibly Inspiring and Uplifting!

  • By Meredith on 09-17-11

Bravo! Incredibly Inspiring and Uplifting!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-11

To me this material is wonderful and amazingly easy to understand.The narrator is absolutely perfect for this material! I couldn't stop listening once I'd begun, and I immediately listened to it again. (I'm listening to "He Is There and He Is Not Silent" right now.) There is much in this material for everyone, and it's presented in a way that allows you to take it into your heart and begin right in the moment to change and to see who you are meant to be. Some of the insights are so striking to me and answered questions that I've had most of my life. You may be thinking that I'm pretty ignorant, but you'd be wrong. I've studied the Bible my whole life and I'm 71 years old. I've written Bible lessons that are going into many parts of the world, which I tell you to impress on your heart the need to listen to this material. I honestly believe that everyone who hears Schaeffer's message will make the world a better place. I'm not a member of the same church as Schaeffer was, but he has converted my heart to his way of thinking and living. And I'll add that I've had a sensation of joy and peace that I haven't known for many years since listening to this audio book. As you can imagine, I'm very thankful for the gift of this message.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful