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Lyric G. Eads

Buffalo, WY USA
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  • Jane Austen at Home

  • A Biography
  • By: Lucy Worsley
  • Narrated by: Ruth Redman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Take a trip back to Jane Austen's world and the many places she lived as historian Lucy Worsley visits Austen's childhood home, her schools, her holiday accommodations, the houses - both grand and small - of the relations upon whom she was dependent, and the home she shared with her mother and sister towards the end of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As a Devoted Janeite - I loved this book!

  • By Dorothy on 07-17-17

More interesting than I expected

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

As a devoted JA fan, I wanted to learn more about her life, and didn’t know if this would be entertaining or boring. Hooray! Never boring at all, loved the different voices and the historical insights. I will listen to this again.

  • The Perfume Collector

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Tessaro
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648

London, 1955: Grace Monroe is a fortunate young woman. Despite her sheltered upbringing in Oxford, her recent marriage has thrust her into the heart of London's most refined and ambitious social circles. Then one evening a letter arrives from France that will change everything. Grace has received an inheritance. There's only one problem: she has never heard of her benefactor, the mysterious Eva d'Orsey. Told by invoking the three distinctive perfumes she inspired, Eva d'Orsey's story weaves through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved It

  • By Violin 2 Lover on 07-26-14

Pretty good, but lacking something.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I agree with another reviewer that some parts were hard to believe - a novice having this acute perception of the different elements in perfumes- but there are many satisfying things in the story. You find yourself fearing that the heroine won’t make the right choice at the end - but she does. It wraps up rather quickly and I wish the latter part of the book contained as much detail as the former. Almost as if the author was in a hurry to wind it up, which is a shame as her prose is delightful to listen to. She could have done better. Still, it kept me engaged all the way through.

  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,182

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

A wonderful moving story, an educational journey

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

This is one of the best stories! It contains so much insight into Chinese customs, not to mention so much education about tea! Yet the human story it unfolds is the sweet core at the center. At times tragic, sometimes euphoric, it is exquisitely crafted, never dull. And the ending is perfect! The narration is very good, but I felt that while the main character’s voice sounded fine portraying her as a young girl, a more mature voice would have better for her once she reached her twenties after having endured so much. To me she sounded irritatingly young in places, as though she’d reverted back to age 15, which is why only four stars. Perhaps there should have been a different narrator for the older version of her, as is done in other audiobooks. But everything else, narration-wise, was excellent. Listened to this twice now and wept at the end both times!

  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

  • By: Theodora Goss
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' deaths, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father's former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture...a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hyde's daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, erratic, sloppy but not without charm

  • By Rachel on 07-07-17

What an imaginative ride!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but having been raised on the horror classics, the premise sounded so interesting to me. Ok, you have to not be ‘picky’ about the details but rather let your imagination have free rein to enter wholly into the spirit of the book and then - enjoy the ride! When it ended I had a smile on my face and a feeling of “oh, no, is it over already?” At first the interrupting voices threw me off, but I adjusted as I figured out what was going on, and it became part of the book’s charm. And the narrator was excellent with handling all the characters and making them distinct, and gave the right tone to the story. Looking forward to more like this from this author!

  • Jubilee, 50th Anniversary Edition

  • By: Margaret Walker
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

Jubilee tells the true story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. Vyry bears witness to the South's antebellum opulence and to its brutality, its wartime ruin, and the promises of Reconstruction. Weaving her own family's oral history with 30 years of research, Margaret Walker's novel brings the everyday experiences of slaves to light. Jubilee churns with the hunger, the hymns, the struggles, and the very breath of American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely riveting!

  • By purp on 12-14-16

Will break your heart

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Story excellent, narration excellent. I see why it’s a classic. My heart broke for the characters in this story, indeed it was painful to listen to at times, and I was sorry when it ended. The history of slavery in this country is shameful, and I am appalled by the thoughts and justifications and cruelty of the Southern slaveholders. Praise God those days are well behind us.

  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,302

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice break from the usual-

  • By Carrie on 12-18-04

Delightful Period Piece

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Excellent performance. Great story full of mystery, peril, humor, and romance. I love the character of Amelia Peabody. Got a bit tired of some of the swooning and martyrdom but one has to consider the time period where it all takes place. Have listened to it twice and will again. It’s a keeper.

  • I Will Always Write Back

  • How One Letter Changed Two Lives
  • By: Martin Ganda, Caitlin Alifirenka, Liz Welch
  • Narrated by: Chukwudi Iwuji, Emily Bauer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 425

It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. All the other kids picked countries like France or Germany, but when Caitlin saw Zimbabwe written on the board, it sounded like the most exotic place she had ever heard of - so she chose it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got a pen pal?

  • By THoward on 03-19-17

All I can say is, Wow!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

One of the most uplifting and heartwarming stories I have ever listened to. It made me smile, laugh out loud, and shed a few tears. I highly recommend it. It’s not just a story for the young - I’m in my 50’s and it kept me enthralled for the whole journey!

  • A Beautiful Poison

  • By: Lydia Kang
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 815

Just beyond the Gilded Age, in the mist-covered streets of New York, the deadly Spanish influenza ripples through the city. But with so many victims in her close circle, young socialite Allene questions if the flu is really to blame. All appear to have been poisoned - and every death was accompanied by a mysterious note.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It had potential, but faltered in execution

  • By Constance Jenkins on 01-14-18

Disturbing, dark & tragic, but excellent

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

This thriller was darkly disturbing but with a well written, unique approach. As the story unfolds later by shocking layer, one doesn't know whether to love or hate the main characters because of their quirks and how they treat one another. The happenings led me toward one suspect, but I was reeling with horrified surprise when the story twisted to its conclusion. Having recently learned about the sad history of the 'radium girls', I was pleasantly surprised to see it incorporated into this story line. Darkly tragic, well crafted, but the final chapter seems incongruous, even while leaving the reader with a sense of hope for the wounded survivors of the book's events. Perhaps the author felt it necessary to dispel some of the darkness created by the previous chapters.

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  • A Proper Pursuit

  • By: Lynn Austin
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

Fresh from finishing school, Violet receives a double shock. Her dad announces his upcoming wedding and then confesses an old lie - her mom didn't really leave for a sanitarium 11 years ago. But why then did she leave? Under cover of visiting the World's Fair, Violet travels to the stately Chicago home of her saintly grandmother and three eccentric great aunts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just simply entertaining and FUNNY!

  • By Christine on 12-25-10

A Proper Delight

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

Wonderful tale full of all the things that make a good story - action, humor, wisdom, a little sadness, and Christian values shared without being 'preachy'. I figured out who Silas was early in the story, but Violet's determination to cling to her erroneous assumptions about him was all part of the plot. Ending is most satisfactory. Would like more stories like this one - it was great entertainment!

  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,273

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CHAOS THEORY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16

Fantasy about morality of scientific advancement

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

I purchased this audiobook years after seeing the movie, and have listened to it over and over. The narrator's tone really makes this audiobook, and he channels Ian Malcomb perfectly. Its only drawback is that it gets too wordy in spots, which makes the plot drag, but the overall novel is excellent. The ending disappointed me in some ways, and I was sad to see the demise of characters who survived in the movie. Yet the end was realistic per the events which had gone before. There is a strong point made about the ethics - or lack of same - of scientific advancement. Just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean that you should.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful