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Charlotte A. Stanford

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  • Tombland

  • By: C.J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle, Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Edward's regent and Protector. In the kingdom, radical Protestants are driving the old religion into extinction, while the Protector's prolonged war with Scotland has led to hyperinflation and economic collapse. Rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry's younger daughter, the lady Elizabeth. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book- download in parts

  • By Oh Good Grief on 02-11-19

Recording is missing a chapter!!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

This is a fabulous story and series, and I was so thrilled to read/listen to this new novel, but tragically, when I got to chapter 68 the recording skipped and I missed a whole chapter!! The labeling is at fault here, since the file labeled "chapter 1" is actually the prologue, and then the file labeled "chapter 2" is actually chapter one, and so the numbering of the file is off by 1 from the actual chapter number, all the way up through chapter 68-so-labeled (which is actually chapter 67). Then the file labeled chapter 69 actually is the real chapter 69 - so the recording is missing a critical chapter (the real 68) which contains crucial information in the middle of the story.
There is a way to solve this by downloading the book in sections rather than as a whole (which the tech people walked me through), but that didn't stop me from getting spoilers and having a really confusing time until I figured out what had happened. This is a bug that NEEDS FIXING!! Readers, beware!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

In the life of Precious Ramotswe, a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build, there is rarely a dull moment, and in the latest installment in the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, there is much happening on Zebra Drive and Tlokweng Road. Mma Ramotswe is experiencing staffing difficulties. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni asks to be put in charge of a case involving an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as successfully as the number-one lady detective can?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • #1 Ladies continued enjoyment

  • By Joanne on 10-14-07

Fabulous books

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

Reviewed: 02-14-12

If you could sum up The Good Husband of Zebra Drive in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, encouraging, delightful.
Also, very well read/performed.

What about Lisette Lecat’s performance did you like?

Her accents are terrific. And it's nice to know how to pronounce these names which are not familiar to the general American audience.

  • The Shadow of the Torturer

  • The Book of the New Sun, Book 1
  • By: Gene Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,483

The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "All of you are torturers, one way or another"

  • By Jefferson on 10-21-12

Great reading of an intellectual masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-10

Thought-provoking, image-rich and intricately plotted. This series has had a prized place on my bookshelf for years and I was thrilled to see it available as an audiobook. Even better, Jonathan Davis as narrator has a moderately slow (but not too slow) pace, great voice characterization, and handles the author's challenging and singular vocabular with ease.
Wolfe is subtle, profound writer and demands close attention from his readers/ listeners; this is not a surf-along novel. If your attention is distracted for a minute, you could miss something vital, and need to rewind -- I sometimes have had to do that as I listen. But most of the time I am completely engrossed. This is one of the best finds I've made, ever.
I hope to see more Wolfe audiobooks- beginning with this series' sequel/ continuance, "The Urth of the New Sun".

32 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • To Say Nothing of the Dog

  • Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,651
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,655

In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sentimental Favorite

  • By Margaret on 05-28-16

Humor on half speed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-09

I love this book; I have a hard copy and have read it four or five times. This reading, however, is so slow that when I turned my iPod to 'fast' play it almost sounded normal! The deliberate, plodding pace completely wrecked all of the humor I so love in this book. I hope audible gets a new reading of this, one a bit more lively.

4 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,082
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,399

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09

Gaiman at his best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-08

I have mixed feelings about Neil Gaiman's children/young adult fiction, but "Graveyard" was a winner. "Coraline" was charming and creepy, but I found "Stardust's" sex scenes plain inappropriate, especially for that genre. (Gaiman's occasional sliding into graphic coarseness is the reason why I avoid his adult fiction altogether.) He is a skilful storyteller, though, and I took a chance on "The Graveyard Book." I was very pleased by both the smoothness of the plot, the enjoyable characterization, and some well paced surprises (one of which at least did take me completely by surprise). And it was genuinely older kid/young adult friendly with no inappropriate scenes in my opinion; the scary bits were handled with tact and discreet detail hinted but not spelled out whenever something violent or scary was occuring. Gaiman's own reading style is one I find delightful and so "Graveyard" is a risk that paid off in full for me.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Lives of Christopher Chant

  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

Christopher Chant has no real power. He can't perform spells or do anything magical. However, he does possess something that most humans do not. Christopher has nine lives. Gerard Doyle's spellbinding narration is sure to capture every listener's attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating!

  • By G. Rokosz on 10-07-06

"Lives" is well read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-08

I am a fan of Diana Wynne Jones, and I like most of her books. This is vintage Jones at her peak, a charming child/young adult book that I have liked in the print version for a long time. The voice reading in this strikes me as just right- a nice plummy British voice that pronounces things correctly and does not read too slow or too fast for my taste. I am hooked; I want to get more of her books read by Gerard Doyle. (I only hope that they add others that are not in the Chrestomanci series, such as "Howl's Moving Castle," which is my absolute favorite Jones book.)

6 of 6 people found this review helpful