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  • The Piano Teacher

  • A Novel
  • By: Janice Y. K. Lee
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 118

In 1942, Will Truesdale, an Englishman newly arrived in Hong Kong, falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their love affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese as World War II overwhelms their part of the world. Will is sent to an internment camp, where he and other foreigners struggle daily for survival. Meanwhile, Trudy remains outside, forced to form dangerous alliances with the Japanese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, and the narrator a jewel

  • By Martha Finney on 12-19-09

Didn’t want it to end.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I found this book riveting. Since both of my parents grew up in Shanghai prior to being ousted by Chairman Mao, I found the multi-cultural world this book takes place in very real. I found the narration to be perfect and not at all too slow for the character nor the others having grown up among speakers of several languages. I’d love more books in a similar vein.

  • The Beautiful Mystery

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,485

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking.

  • By Sparkly on 09-04-12

Heavy hearted

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I’ve been listening to this series from book one and love them all thus far. This particular book brought about reactions in myself that I found surprising. Louise Penny could easily be a psychologist. Her insights into control and manipulation by institutions (in this case the Catholic Church) were so precise. I can’t wait for the next one.

  • A Conspiracy in Belgravia

  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,039

Being shunned by society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. As "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective", aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, she has had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but she is not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker Street office. Lady Ingram, wife of Charlotte's dear friend and benefactor, wants Sherlock Holmes to find her first love, who failed to show up at their annual rendezvous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story awesome characters superb narrator

  • By mary hohman on 10-30-17

Loved every minute of this book.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

I love this series and am anxiously awaiting the next. I thoroughly enjoy that the
main character and her coterie of investigators are multidimensional and not cliche. This book (second in the series) is far more complicated than the first.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Past Imperfect

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Richard Morant
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 815

Damian Baxter is hugely wealthy and dying. He lives alone in a big house in Surrey, England, looked after by a chauffeur, butler, cook and housemaid. He has but one concern--his fortune in excess of 500 million and who should inherit it on his death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read Snobs instead

  • By cristina on 02-14-13

Best book I've read in a very ling time

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

Julian Fellowes reminds me a bit of Tolstoy in his social observations over the last 60 years. He expresses this in target social commentary within the story of seven friends who spend a social season together but then go their seperate ways. As often happens once members of a generation begin to pass on, acts from one's past sometimes circle back in strange ways. I loved this book so much I listened to twice back to back and sent both of my daughters hardcopies (they are in college) as well as one for my mother-in-law and sister. I first listened to it when one of my closest teenage friends died and I found that I too was forced to remember things I had long forgetten.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Tudor Secret

  • The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 352

The summer of 1553 is a time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, has been reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king’s brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth’s protector, William Cecil, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • English History

  • By joan on 06-17-13

Not historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

I like historical fiction but this ho hum book doesn't fall into that category. Yes, it takes place during Elizabethan times and yes, The Princesses Mary and Elizabeth actually lived . My problem is with the main charaacter being fictional and the situation which the book revolves around is too. It's a nice light romantic read but I didn't learn anything from it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dissolution

  • A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,559

This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Story, Writing, and Narration ...

  • By Snoodely on 09-13-13

Couldn't get through the monotone voice.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

I stopped listening halfway because it constantly reminded me of Umberto Eco's Book "In The Name of the Rose". It is amazing how similar they are.

  • The Other Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen, Jenny Sterlin, Ron Keith
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 803

New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the "guest" of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing to Write Home About

  • By Theodore on 06-11-13

History Uncovered

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

Reviewed: 01-05-15

I have been listening through the Tudor Series after having listened through the Cousin's War series and found this book full of information re Mary Queen of Scots which is never discussed. I also found the fact that Elizabeth 1 was highly influenced by her advisor Cecil. Who knew that it was he who truly ruled the country.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Perfume Collector

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Tessaro
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761

London, 1955: Grace Monroe is a fortunate young woman. Despite her sheltered upbringing in Oxford, her recent marriage has thrust her into the heart of London's most refined and ambitious social circles. Then one evening a letter arrives from France that will change everything. Grace has received an inheritance. There's only one problem: she has never heard of her benefactor, the mysterious Eva d'Orsey. Told by invoking the three distinctive perfumes she inspired, Eva d'Orsey's story weaves through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved It

  • By Violin 2 Lover on 07-26-14

Well written and the performance hypnotic.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-14

Where does The Perfume Collector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my top two.

What did you like best about this story?

The world woven around the world of scent. We are sensual beings in a brutal world and yet in this story I felt hypnotized with the descriptions of how perfumes are developed, how the essences are collected and the world created to tell the story.

What does Heather Wilds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a wonderful voice and her cadence, tempo and voice nuances made me look for other books she has performed.

If you could rename The Perfume Collector, what would you call it?

I wouldn't. It's the perfect title.

Any additional comments?

I really loved that it was a mystery which made me think as well as act upon. I've stated wearing perfume more often and it's for my pleasure vs only for parties and occasions with other people. It taught me the sensual identification one can instill in others through the sense of scent.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful