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  • The Amber Keeper

  • By: Freda Lightfoot
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

After her mother's suicide, Abbie Myers returns home to the Lake District with her young child - and no wedding ring. Estranged from her turbulent family for many years, Abbie is heartbroken when she hears that they blame her for this tragedy. Determined to uncover her mother's past, Abbie approaches her beloved grandmother, Millie, in search of answers. The old woman reveals the story of how she travelled to Russia in 1911 as a young governess and became caught up in the revolution.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narrator

  • By Lulew on 04-28-15

Great story, really annoying reader

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

Reviewed: 03-14-15

I'm sorry Susan, I found the narration of this story very annoying, with the voice so slow and deliberate, that sometimes I even felt you were almost mocking the reader! I could forgive the fact that the Russians sounded more Scottish or even Irish, (accents can be hard, particularly when you are playing various characters, with female and male) but the English was just so unnatural.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lady of the Forest

  • Robin Hood & Marian, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Roberson
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 30 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

As the gates of Ravenskeep swing open and a young woman flees into the primeval depths of Sherwood Forest and into the arms of the man she loves, a saga of exceptional power and remarkable passion begins... He is Sir Robery Locksley - the heroic nobleman who has turned his back on all he knows to embark on a dangerous quest for justice in an England torn apart by treachery, betrayal, and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robin Hood Story, but so much more

  • By Joan on 01-04-15

Robin Hood Story, but so much more

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

Very well written and read version of the old folktale, but with much deeper examination of the characters, their motivations, personalities and history both of the families involved and the politics of the time. If he or they did in fact have any historical basis (really exist), we now know why without losing the enjoyment of a great 'yarn'.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Jack of Diamonds

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 26 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,080

Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On the Day we lost Bryce

  • By Brodie on 11-23-12

A really good read

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

Reviewed: 01-18-13

A thoroughly enjoyable, interesting and believable story, with well defined characters. Humphrey Bower tells it well.