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  • Mary Anne

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

She set men's hearts on fire and scandalized a country. An ambitious, stunning, and seductive young woman, Mary Anne finds the single most rewarding way to rise above her station: She will become the mistress to a royal duke. In doing so, she provokes a scandal that rocks Regency England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully done

  • By Penny C Roberts on 06-03-16

Absorbing.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-17

Daphne Du Maurier is as compelling an author of historical fiction as she is in the mystery and horror genres. Knowing that the main character was based on the author's own ancestor adds even more interest and authenticity. I am eager to do some research into the facts of the case!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,639
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,832

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

An perfect match of narrator to a beautifully written novel!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-17

This is an elegant and engaging story made even better by the excellent pairing of narrator and protagonist. The Count is perfect!

  • The Old Maid

  • By: Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 505

The story follows the life of Tina, a young woman caught between the mother who adopted her - the beautiful, upstanding Delia - and her true mother, her plain, unmarried ‘aunt’ Charlotte, who gave Tina up to provide her with a socially acceptable life. The three women live quietly together until Tina’s wedding day, when Delia’s and Charlotte’s hidden jealousies rush to the surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching story, well read

  • By Feather on 06-13-10

Classic Wharton

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-15

Excellent story and one of Wharton's best for quickly moving plot and characters accessible to modern readers. Narration was seamless!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Barnaby Rudge

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 23 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

In a case of mistaken identification, Barnaby Rudge, a pale half-wit with long red hair who dresses all in green and carries a large raven on his back, is arrested as the leader of a mob of anti-Catholic rioters. He is condemned to death on the gallows, but an upright locksmith named Gabriel Varden comes to his aid.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overlong but under-rated Dickens

  • By David on 08-14-09

Dependable Dickens

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

A Dickens novel is always an enjoyable read, and this book gives a very good historical account of the Gordon riots.