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Spokane, WA USA
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  • The Wreck of the Mary Deare

  • By: Hammond Innes
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

They dismissed the Mary Deare as ‘a piece of leaking ironmongery taken off the junk heap’. For 40 years this 6,000-ton freighter had tramped the seas, suffered shipwreck twice, and been torpedoed three times in two world wars. Then one March night, battered and bruised and empty, she emerged from severe Biscay gales into the English Channel - and into the newspaper headlines. Here was a ship of mystery and tragedy... in one of the greatest sea stories of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sea tale

  • By Richard on 07-03-10

Best Rugged old sea story

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

Reviewed: 08-21-13

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

This is my favorite sea story, because it captures so well the feel of a tramp steamer and it's supersticious crew, in the wake of a terrrible storm, and the underlying story, sealing the fate of the Mary Deare, culminating in a well told court room drama. A great mixture of adventure and drama masterfully told by the master, Hammond Innes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wreck of the Mary Deare?

The first encounter at the very start of the book, has you gripped right away, which continues to build through part one.

Which character – as performed by Bill Wallis – was your favorite?

Higgins, the first mate. A great voice! Hard to believe it's Bill's voice, perfect for the character.

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

The book was made into a film with Charlton Heston as Sands, and Gary Cooper as Captain patch. It is a classic called, aptly, "The Wreck of the Mary Deare". Although not following exactly the same as the book, it is still a well done Movie, a classic old movie well worth seeing. I actually saw the movie first, and had to read the book. Neither disappointed me.

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  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,164

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!

  • By Barbara on 01-14-12

You'll be hooked on Mrs Pollifax

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

Reviewed: 07-22-13

What made the experience of listening to The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax the most enjoyable?

Mrs Pollifax is a delightful, funny, learned, surprisingly tough, and innocent character, loved it from the very start. Makes you think, what would it be like if I did that.

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

Barbra Rosenblat is an incredible reader, one of the best there is. If you go through each Mrs Polifax book in order, you will find characters appearing from earlier books, with the same voices and character. You will feel you know them. You're in on the adventure with her!

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

This book made me laugh, clap my hands yelling, "I love it!" over and over.

Any additional comments?

A heck of a lot of fun!