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  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,324
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,332

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Loretta R. Cooper on 10-14-14

disregard this review

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

The stars for this review were directed to a previous book. I seem unable to erase these stars. I have not listened to this book. Audible, help!






  • Mermaids in Paradise

  • By: Lydia Millet
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 38

In this hilarious novel from Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet, a honeymooning couple makes friends with a marine biologist who discovers genuine mermaids in a coral reef - and who, the next night, apparently drowns in her hotel bathtub. As a resort chain swoops in to corner the market on mermaids, the newlyweds (opinionated, skeptical narrator Deb and handsome online gamer Chip, the world's friendliest man) join forces with other vacationers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rewarded for hanging in with this one

  • By Pictorama on 12-28-15

What a silly story.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Somebody who wants purely escapist fiction who has a low bar of quality.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lydia Millet again?

Not likely.

Any additional comments?

I ordered this because it was on several "Best of the Year' books. I can't imagine why.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Confessions of Edward Day

  • By: Valerie Martin
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

The Confessions of Edward Day follows a young man through the 1970s and early 80s as he strives for love and fulfillment. While attending a lush party on the Jersey shore, Edward encounters two fellow thespians who change the course of his life forever. The beautiful Madeleine Delavergne quickly becomes his heart's desire, while Guy Margate - after saving Edward from drowning - morphs from a savior into his chief rival on stage and for Madeleine's affections.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two thumbs up

  • By Virginia Gerst on 11-23-09

Two thumbs up

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-09

I really enjoyed this book. It is an insightful portrait of actors (could be any other creative types) struggling to make it in an odds-against-them world and have a personal life at the same time. It's catnip for theater lovers.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful