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  • Elegy for Eddie

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel, Book 9
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021

To the costermongers of Covent Garden Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a gift for working with horses. When Eddie is killed in a violent accident, the grieving costers are skeptical about the cause of his death. Who would want to kill Eddie - and why? Maisie Dobbs' father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, so she had known the men since childhood. She remembers Eddie fondly and is determined to offer her help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A time of conflict--look for the deeper message

  • By Jean on 05-27-12

This is narrated by the "Queen of Dialects"?

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

Reviewed: 09-21-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'd recommend the Maisie Dobbs series in print, but where on earth does Orlagh Cassidy come up with all these awful phony (and largely pathetic) accents and "unique" pronunciations.

What other book might you compare Elegy for Eddie to and why?

Although nothing like Elegy for Eddie, for the sheer pleasure of listening to a spectrum of British, African, Caribbean and American accents done superbly well, without a single inflection out of place, listen to the Ghanaian-born actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

Would you be willing to try another one of Orlagh Cassidy’s performances?

Never

Was Elegy for Eddie worth the listening time?

Somehow, years ago, I managed to get through listening to the previous audiobooks in this series. But with this one - no doubt being spoiled by recent great narrations - I was ready to scream half an hour in. Returning it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297

You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming book with an excellent narrator

  • By jc on 03-05-10

Listening spoiled by phoney prounciation

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

Reviewed: 03-14-10

A brilliant book well acted by the narrator I cruicringed at each phoney pseudo Brirish pronunciation .

  • State of Fear

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,545

Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did I read the same book as some of you?

  • By F on 10-05-05

How did this narration pass editorial review?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-09

Despite the far-fetched action plot, Crichton's research into the climate change issues here seems sound. But unless you can stomach someone else's swallowing, burping and dispeptic rumbling directly your ears I recommend the print version. Surely other narrators swallow, but of the hundred of books I've listened to, I've encountered only about 5 audible swallowers. Most of the interruptions in this audiofile could readily have been edited out, and the dispeptic sections could have been re-read when the narrator's stomach was more comfortable. Shame on Harper Audio for releasing this. George Wilson has been added to my blacklist of narrators.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,599

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration

  • By Mary Lynn Richardson on 03-20-09

Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-09

This is an epic surely destined to become a "cut in stone" classic, a gem so perfectly cut that it sparkles from every facet. Best of all, the story is filled with characters so human and alive, even in death, that I for one wish to keep them close by me forever. And Sunil Mulhotra's mastery of narration for both sexes, over a large spectrum of age and accent, is so good I am grateful my first exposure to Cutting For Stone is through his voice.

80 of 83 people found this review helpful

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,828
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,512

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like a bit of a voyeur

  • By Ella on 03-10-09

If there were seven stars available...

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

Reviewed: 03-10-09

Everything I want it a book, doubly enhanced by having it read so convincingly. Usually I treat myself to books as I do physical work; this one kept me awake at nights concentrating on listening with laughter and tears.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Hit

  • By: Tara Moss
  • Narrated by: Tara Moss
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

She's beautiful, street-smart, and hoping to leave her troubled past behind her. Makedde Vanderwall has finished her studies and is ready to start practising as a forensic psychologist. She's also starting a new life in Australia with her detective boyfriend Andy Flynn. Hoping to scrape together some extra cash, Mak begins doing part-time work for an infamous Sydney PI.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • boring

  • By Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker on 11-13-06

Sophomoric

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-08

So awful it was nearly funny -- and might even have been amusing with a better narrator. But despite frequent cringing, I somehow managed to get to the end: I was trying to determine whether the heroine ever opened her mouth without the listener being informed that "she lied."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Garden

  • By: Mary Stanley
  • Narrated by: Mary Stanley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

The face Esme Waters presents to the world is not the face she sees in the mirror. Even her three daughters don't know the truth behind her careful smile. But a chance meeting with a psychiatrist in Paris opens the first crack in Esme's mind. While her own children are falling in love, learning about loyalty, and rebelling against the rules, Esme discovers that sometimes the walls you build for protection need to come tumbling down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved the book

  • By Douglas on 01-19-08

Painfully amateurish

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-08

Painfully amateurish in both the writing and the reading. With unbelievable paper doll characters in stereotypic settings that can barely stand up.

  • Aftermath

  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ron Keith
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

When Inspector Banks of Yorkshire investigates whether an abusive husband might be guilty of an unsolved string of murders, his suspicions are aroused by the details of the man's marriage. Is the suspect's wife a victim or could she be his accomplice?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Police Procedural

  • By Kev on 11-22-04

Appalling narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-07

This is a perfect example of how a good book can be ruined by almost unbelievably awful narration.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Star

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 596

Acclaimed author Alan Furst has written several historical fiction novels. In Dark Star, Andre Szara, a Polish journalist who becomes a spy for the Soviet Union in the late 1930s, is ordered to complete many tasks of espionage in Paris. Through Szara's character, the beginnings of World War II are revealed. George Guidall's gripping narration complements this suspenseful tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bright Star

  • By Jeff Parent on 07-31-04

Narrator's voice unconvincing...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-05

The narrator, George Guidall, who seemed perfect reading "Niagara Falls All Over Again," reads as well here but never sounds convincing with this work.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    5 ratings
    Overall 2.8
  • Harnessing Peacocks

  • By: Mary Wesley
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

After her unexpected pregnancy, 19-year-old Hebe overhears her family debating whether to force her...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A memorable gem

  • By Mary Lynn Richardson on 06-09-03

A memorable gem

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-03

Brilliant. Delightful. A memorable gem ? indeed a ?harnessed peacock?! And the reading is perfect. A pity only formats 1 and 2 are available...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful