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  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,125

Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem

  • By Sara on 05-12-16

Most heartwarming story

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

After listening to My Grandmother Asked Me to Say She's Sorry, it was difficult to imagine a story focused on Britt Marie. This story is so insightful and so charming and so satisfying to my soul that I want dearly to spend more time with Britt Marie and more particularly with characters created by Fredrik Backman. If you want to get in touch with what is real and what is important in life, Fredrik Backman has it 'in spades'. And the narrator is the best - she is so so perfect! Highly recommend both.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,011

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus crazy. She is also Elsa's best and only friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing author

  • By Book Addict on 07-24-15

A real hidden treasure of the heart.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

Read it twice, so far! Plan other readings in the future util I absorb all the deepest meaning from 'each kingdom' in The Land Of Almost Awake. This is a very sweet, funny and touching story of an 'almost eight year old' girl who dearly loves her free spirited granny, then loses her granny to cancer, then finds all about her granny and her granny's life and goodness through a very clever treasure hunt (and the deeper meaning of fairy tales.) There is love, danger and true delight in Elsa's story. I give it five stars and recommend it as essentials reading for young and old alike.

  • The Serpent of Venice

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,136

Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shakespear, E.A. Poe, and Pocket the Fool

  • By Sires on 05-11-14

Top Performance. Delightful story, clever, pure Fun

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

Reviewed: 11-21-15

Phenomenal performance by Euan Morton. It was sheer joy just listening. Fun. Never boring. Will listen again to grasp fully all the many characters in The Serpent. However, one must tolerate the anti-Semitic tone inherent in the story. BUT I rooted for Shylock throughout, not as an underdog, but as a principled man with a love of his family's do his amazing daughter!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Fling of the Flexible Chicken and other Dead Romantic Nuggets

  • A Collection of Short Stories for Adults by the The Wye Valley Writers
  • By: Zina Pearce-Tomenius, Rosemary Parkhouse, Susan Peterken, and others
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

In the Wye Valley Writers' first audio anthology, discover the truth about love with tales of dogs, zombies, chickens and vampires. Whether looking for love, finding it on the side, or falling out of love, there is a story for all. Join a mysterious stranger searching for his dream in the dead of night, sympathise with Henry and his broken home, and mourn the loss of Gloria.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not Fascinating

  • By BL on 02-08-15

Interesting but not Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

Short , short stories with some promise for satisfying reading. I guess a short story leaves one hanging on the proverbial limb in a way that is unfulfilling. Why bother is my overall thought. One must have "some" interest in zombies as well (afraid I don't).

  • Winnie the Pooh: Tigger Comes to the Forest (Dramatised)

  • By: A. A. Milne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Geoffrey Palmer, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 71

A wonderful adaption of Winnie the Pooh, featuring an all-star cast including Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench.Story 1: In which a house is built at Pooh corner for eeyore. Store 2: in which tigger comes to the forest and has breakfast. Story 3: In which a search is organdized. Story 4: In which it is shown that Tiggers do not climb trees.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Fine, but Flawed Product--

  • By Jefferson on 10-26-10

A wonderful dramatization of Pooh and his friends!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-15

This performance is soooo perfect! A perfect listening experience . . . delightful - for an adult or a child. As an adult who has read "The Zen of Pooh" multiple times, this book does not disappoint!

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,673

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

A volume of delightful fun

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

Reviewed: 04-11-14

Such fun, oh my! This story brings Carlson's past history and his current life to the reader in a humorous and fascinating way. Historical world events intermingle with his unassuming personality. And, such "characters" with whom he shares his adventures! These include, believe it or not, Sophie, an elephant!

General wisdom says the opening sentence of a book carries much importance. I believe the "ending" of a book is doubly important. Isn't the ending what one remembers most? The ending of this book was sweet and satisfying.

I believe the narrator can make (or ruin) a book; and Steven Crossley was excellent.!

  • The President's Hat

  • By: Antoine Laurain
  • Narrated by: Luke Thompson, Peter Noble, David Timson, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Dining alone in an elegant Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly believe his eyes when President François Mitterrand sits down to eat at the table next to him. After the presidential party has gone, Daniel discovers that Mitterrand’s black felt hat has been left behind. After a few moments’ soul-searching, Daniel decides to keep the hat as a souvenir of an extraordinary evening. It’s a perfect fit, and as he leaves the restaurant Daniel begins to feel somehow...different.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You need this book. I need that hat.

  • By Amber on 10-25-13

A Delight

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

Reviewed: 01-17-14

Enjoyed both the story and each of the narrators. Clever and charming. Must admit I failed to understand the ending -will listen again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bertie Plays the Blues

  • A 44 Scotland Street Novel, Book 7
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

Domestic bliss seems in short supply at 44 Scotland Street. Over at the Pollocks', dad, Stuart, is harbouring a secret about a secret society and Bertie is feeling kind of blue. Having had enough of his neurotic hot-housing mother, he puts himself up for adoption on eBay. Will he go to the highest bidder or will he have to take matters into his own hands? Will the lovelorn Big Lou find true love on the Internet? And will Angus Lordie and Domenica make it up the aisle? Catch up with all your favorite faces down in 44 Scotland Street as we follow their daily pursuit of a little happiness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eternally 6+

  • By Pauline on 03-23-14

Most Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 11-10-13

I always feel a little sad when I reach the end of one of hese delightful books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Whisky Galore

  • By: Compton Mackenzie
  • Narrated by: Ken Stott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Love makes the world go 'round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go 'round twice as fast. This is the hilarious story of wartime bootlegging in the Scottish islands.

Wartime food rationing is bad enough, but when the whisky supplies run out on the Hebridean islands of Great and Little Todday, nothing seems to go right. Then the fifty-thousand-bottle cargo of the shipwrecked S.S. Cabinet Minister brings salvation - in its most giddily intoxicating form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, Wicked and irreverently Scottish.

  • By Scott on 01-03-13

A Scottish Delight!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-13

Having watched and then read the Monarch of the Glen (by Compton Mackenzie), I had high expectations for Whiskey Galore. And I wasn't disappointed! My favorite character did not appear until the end of the book until the wedding of Sergeant Odd and Peggy Macroon. Mother Odd is a colorful "Cockney" character with something witty to say about everything (particularly when she compared a seal which jumps out of the sea to her butcher back in "good old London"!) Fun.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dandruff Hits The Turtleneck

  • By: John Mayfield
  • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

From the moment pub landlord and keen amateur entomologist, Arnold Matson, arrives in Blinkington-on-the-Treacle to take over his new hostelry, the listener is guided superbly by one of Britain’s best-loved actresses, Prunella Scales, as she introduces local characters and intimately narrates her way through a colourful collection of vignettes and poignant flashbacks that are both comically funny and disturbingly familiar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars for Laugh Out Loud "English" wit

  • By BL on 06-01-13

5 stars for Laugh Out Loud "English" wit

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

Reviewed: 06-01-13

I selected "Dandruff" because it is narrated by Prunella Scales (I could listen to her forever!) I questioned whether a book of less than one hour would be worth purchasing. The answer is YES! Humor in every line, characters one can love (even the Rev Colin Wheatchief). A delight from start to finish. I've listened at least 5 times and catch a clever line each time which I missed the time before. I highly (and I emphasize "highly") recommend this for any listener who enjoys English humor, quaint backwater villages and fun, fun, fun!