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  • A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Hardy's third novel, A Pair of Blue Eyes, follows the story of Elfride Swancourt. The daughter of the rector of Endelstow, a sparse, sea-swept parish in Cornwall, Elfride is caught between two suitors of very different backgrounds: Stephen Smith, a young architect restoring the old parish church; and the respectable, older man of London society, Henry Knight. The blue-eyed and high-spirited protagonist must untangle the conflicting messages of her heart and her mind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing story & unbelievable central character

  • By Molly R. on 08-14-17

Depressing story & unbelievable central character

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. While I realize Thomas Hardy is supposed to be one of the great writers, this wasn't my cup of tea. The story centers around an innocent girl who's not very decisive or clever. It's hard to imagine her last lover, an intellectual, really sees anything in common with her. Hardy is a master of the English language, but at times his using 20 words when 5 will do to get the point across, can tax one's patience.

What could Thomas Hardy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Create a more believable central character.

What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?

Anna's performance was great. I picked the book in part based on her being the narrator.

Could you see A Pair of Blue Eyes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It could be made into a movie I suppose. The leading lady could be Anne Hathaway, with Russell Crowe playing Harry, and Jude Law playing Smith. Elfride's father could be played by Michael Caine.

Any additional comments?

I persevered because of the narrator, but was annoyed with myself for investing that much time to reach a disappointing ending.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pardonable Lies

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlaugh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196

In the third novel of this best-selling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful WWI memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot's death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maisie Does It Again

  • By Nancy on 05-09-06

Story with some interesting twists

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I'd recommend the book. Interesting plot, surprise ending.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pardonable Lies?

Discovering that the deceased has a daughter.

Have you listened to any of Orlaugh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Cassidy's performance is good here. I find she can tend to talk very fast sometimes, and I have to rewind and repeat a passage to understand what she's saying.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

The author seems to be evolving Maisie's character. Even when Maisie tells a lie, you still feel she's done it for a good reason, and she still has integrity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Rather Charming Invitation

  • By: C. A. Belmond
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

Dateline: London, Paris, Antibes. It's time to get down to nuptial nuts and bolts. But while heiress Penny's distant relatives insist that the wedding be held in their native France, Jeremy's kin won't have it anywhere but England. And either choice might just re-ignite the Hundred Year's War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best of this series

  • By Robin on 03-17-17

Decent story, but author seemed to drag it out

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the author got to the point quicker about the significance of the tapestry. Also Rollo is an interesting character but he wasn't utilized much in this second book. I would have liked for the author to use Rollo more for comic relief. Also, the author seemed to drag out the engagement, and the main character's reticence to plan her wedding in a chinese-water-torture way.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A little sappy and emotionally mushy ... not my style.

Did Katherine Kellgren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. I liked her voices. She made both males and females very believable - good annunciation, good listening speed, good accents!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed. I had listened to book 1, and I did not feel this was the same calibre of story.

Any additional comments?

NO

  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,651

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

Good book. I`ll try others in this series

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

Where does Maisie Dobbs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks about a 8.5 out of 10.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Maisie Dobbs?

Dealing with the lice every day in her clothing while working and sleeping in awful conditions. Having read about WW1 conditions I knew this was an historical reality.

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

Did not think about this character much.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

CAN'T IMAGINE

Any additional comments?

NO

  • Birds of a Feather

  • Maisie Dobbs Mysteries
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776

Maisie Dobbs is back, and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress's old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable

  • By Shelly on 02-18-11

Good story, bad narration speed.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

What did you like best about Birds of a Feather? What did you like least?

The story line was OK, not as good as book 1. The narration left much to be desired. It was hard to listen to because it played way too fast, and couldn't be adjusted to a comfortable listening speed. I ended up stopping and replaying sections because I missed details. Not a relaxing listen.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was OK, and there was suspense and surprise in that the murderer was someone I didn`t suspect.

What didn’t you like about Kim Hicks’s performance?

Her annunciation was excellent, but she either spoke too fast, or there was a technical problem with the recording speed.

Did Birds of a Feather inspire you to do anything?

NO

Any additional comments?

NO

  • What's So Funny?

  • My Hilarious Life
  • By: Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
  • Narrated by: Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,295

Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tim, that is what's so funny!!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-05-14

Funny Dude

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

Would you listen to What's So Funny? again? Why?

No, I wouldn't listen again, as I got all his points the first time.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Tim spoke very fast, as many Irish and Irish descent people do. Luckily Audible has an option to slow down the dialogue - otherwise you can miss some of what he's saying.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Tim's characterization of Harvey Korman.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, it was humorous, and I enjoyed reading about Tim and his famous friends. I enjoyed hearing about the tricks he played on people.

Any additional comments?

He comes across as such a likeable guy that the listener/reader feels happy for him: happy for his successes, and that he ended up marrying the love of his life.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • This Time Together

  • Laughter and Reflection
  • By: Carol Burnett
  • Narrated by: Carol Burnett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497

Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do not listen while driving

  • By Robin on 08-12-10

Dissappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

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

I would not recommend it, because it doesn't have many interesting stories.

What could Carol Burnett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

With her vast experience in show-biz and having rubbed shoulders with many performing Greats, I'm surprised her tales were so lacklustre. Was she holding back the juicy stuff because she's such a lady? I would have expected a much more interesting book.

What about Carol Burnett’s performance did you like?

She has an expressive speaking voice.

Could you see This Time Together being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not sure.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Way Home

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,507
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,185

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Louise, what were you thinking?

  • By Sharon on 09-08-14

Interesting story .... author belaboured the painting descriptions for pages, but other than that the story had a good flow

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

I liked the language. It communicated well the French Canada culture.
I didn't like the long drawn out descriptions of paintings. It made the story drag.
Recommend it to the 35 plus group.