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The Forgotten Affairs of Youth audiobook cover art

Gentle Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

The story continues the interfering daily life of philosopher Isabel Dalhousie. These are gently entertaining stories with interesting observations of humanity. At times I find myself becoming slightly annoyed at Isabel's intense navel gazing but these times pass. I also get a bit frustrated at the repeated references to the same Auden quotes & other repeated details from previous stories. I understand Isabel is an Auden fan but I'm over the "being in love with a pumping engine" story.
However, with this particular book I found the narrator the biggest issue. Leslie Mackie, a fine actress, reads the book well but her attempts at Australian & New Zealand accents leaves a LOT to be desired. As an Australian, I found these awful accents really grating & the listening hard going. Aussie & Kiwi accents are very different yet Ms Mackie made them sound exactly the same & equally awful. And no Australian pronounces Melbourne, MEL-BORN. Americans call it that. Aussies say MEL-bun!

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Narrator serially needs replacing

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

The whole Wicked Witches series is just a bit of lighthearted fun. Certainly not the best written books around & certain facets are annoying such as the same phrase popping up again & again. I mostly listen to them to lull me to sleep. This particular book is narrated by a different actor & I'm not impressed. Her voice is plain annoying & her voice characterizations are inconsistent & frankly bad. I'll be avoiding any book narrated by her in the future.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing drivel!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-13

It is official....Lillian Jackson Braun has run out of ideas! That is the only reasonable conclusion to which I can come having just finished the Audible version of this "story". Disjointed and with no real point to the tale, this book is a complete disappointment. I have quite enjoyed her earlier "Cat Who" books but this is utter rubbish. There are a couple of incidents in the story which may be crimes but nothing ever develops with these. Save your money & don't bother with this one. Braun's earlier works are much better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining but a curiously unsatisfying finish.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-12

A Scottish island has reluctantly been plunged into a state of sobriety due to a whisky shortage cause by WWII. As luck would have it, a ship bound for the USA, and laden with the finest Scottish whisky, is shipwrecked on the island's coastline.
This tale has a great deal of the customary Compton Mackenzie charm with various minor stories of island life and love interwoven with the main plot. I must say though, that I found the book ended abruptly. In fact, I thought there had been a mistake and the recording had somehow jumped a chapter, but no. I felt the book needed a little more finishing but obviously Mackenzie didn't agree.
In all, it is an entertaining, frothy listen well presented by David Rintoul. However, it does leave you with the feeling that the vast majority of islanders must be alcoholics if Mackenzie's portrayal is accurate!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Ballet Shoes (BBC Children's Classics) audiobook cover art

Somewhat charming but highly improbable story!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-12

If you are a fan of this tale from childhood, I'm sure you'll enjoy this adaptation of "Ballet Shoes". That being said, the storyline is highly improbable to the point of absurdity. Coming from a professional dance background myself, I found the whole dance school set-up to be preposterous. It is definitely a dated book. The actors present the play well however I did not find the character of Posy very likeable at all. I could only recommend this book as a curiosity.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A classic Canadian tale.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-12

I love the "Anne" books and was looking forward to again hearing the wonderful story of the little red-haired orphan who steals our hearts. Sadly, the narrator lessened my enjoyment enormously. I'm sure Ms McCarthy gave it her best but unfortunately, this is not a very inspiring reading of Anne's story. Ms McCarthy has some curious pronounciations of certain words, including a strange way of saying Avonlea, which becomes very annoying. She also makes Anne sound as though she is part bullfrog, using any extraordinarily raspy tone for the character. It is such a shame that the reading is not of a quality fitting this classic tale. I cannot recommend this particular version due to the inadequacies of the narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Joyce Grenfell Requests the Pleasure audiobook cover art

A delight from beginning to end!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-12

Ms Grenfell narrates her own life story in this utterly charming Audible book. Written with great skill & self-deprecating humour, we join Ms Grenfell's journey through her early years which were dominated by the eccentric personality of her American mother. Throw in her Waldorf & Astor cousins, add her very English father and her brother & we have a fascinating listen ahead. This is a truly charming book filled with wonderful anecdotes of theatre life. I highly recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Learn Italian with Innovative Language's Proven Language System - Level 1: Introduction to Italian audiobook cover art

Don't bother!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-12

This series gives the impression it will teach you basic Italian but I found it to be a complete waste of time.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Classic!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-12

This classic tale of the magical nanny is brought beautifully to life by Sophie Thompson. As a long-term fan of the Poppins books, I was hesitant to purchase this version but I have been very pleasantly surprised. Ms Thompson embues each of the characters with great personality and individuality through her skillful reading. This is a wonderful addition to any children's (or adult fans's) library.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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An absolute delight!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-12

If you have never read or heard any of Lillian Beckwith's stories, do yourself a favour and buy this book! Many of Beckwith's tales are based on her real-life experiences when she moved from London to the Scottish Hebrides. Suffering from ill-health, she was advised by doctors to go where the air was fresh and the life-style simple. Instead of heading to the English country-side, Beckwith moved lock, stock and barrell to the Hebridean Isles where she became so entranced with the people and the crofting life that she stayed for some 20 years.

Bruach Blend is just one book in a series by Beckwith which details her comical struggles to become a crofter and to fit in with the Hebridean people. Her book is filled with much humour and some quite touching tales of the harsh existence of the proud people of the Islands. There are many colourful characters who have a unique way of expressing themselves and of dealing with the challenges of daily life. The Bruach-ites are always the first to laugh at themselves, making their stories incredibly endearing. Beckwith is such skilled writer. She is able to capture the people, their stories and the landscape in such detail and yet, the details never gets in the way of the flow of the story. Her books are very easy and enjoyable to read or listen to.

Hannah Gordon is a wonderful choice of narrator, coping well with the snatches of Gaelic dialect and various accents. She skillfully conveys the dry humour of the Island's inhabitants and draws you, as the listener, right into the story.

My only regret is that there are not more of Lillian Beckwith's wonderful Hebridean stories available on Audible. I'd buy every one!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful