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  • Time to Be in Earnest

  • A Fragment of Autobiography
  • By: P.D. James
  • Narrated by: June Barrie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In this very personal book, part diary, part memoir, P.D. James considers the 12 months of her life between her 77th and 78th birthdays, a "time to be in earnest" as Dr. Johnson had said of his life two centuries ago. Baroness James records and reflects, of her childhood in the 1920s and 1930s, of working as an administrator in the NHS, entering the Home Office, serving as a Governor of the BBC, and eventually entering the Lords. And along the way she deals with her burgeoning career as a novelist.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • a good sleeping aid

  • By Nina on 04-12-09

a good sleeping aid

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-09

Really. Altho I adore her novels, my hopes for her atuobiography were dashed after about 10 minutes. I did manage 2/3 of it, but it really did put me to sleep. Too bad

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,442

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once you finish it, you'll listen again!

  • By Cathleen on 10-05-06

Unusual, but worth it

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-09

This very much puts me in mind of "Turn of the Screw". I wonder if the author had this on her mind. It is a story within a story within a story, and a mystery within a mystery. In addition, there are supernatural elements, and an "unreliable witness" (a narrator who cannot necessarily be believed).
Not an easy read, but a good one -- and satisfying.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Prisoner of Birth

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434

One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later, Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Randall on 01-10-10

Where's the editor?!?!?!?!?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-09

This is a really good story, and it's pretty well written. But it's 4 times as long as it should be. A tightening up by an editor would have made this move like a thriller. Quelle dommage!

13 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Three Shirt Deal

  • A Shane Scully Novel
  • By: Stephen J. Cannell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

Truit Hickman is a small-time crook doing life in California's notoriously brutal Corcoran State Prison for the murder of his mother. He admitted to the crime, but now Hickman claims his confession was coerced by the cops. A beautiful Internal Affairs detective, Secada "Scout" Llevar, asks Shane Scully to help investigate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Plausibility problems

  • By Anne on 10-24-08

Good plot, but not well written

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-09

The title sums it up. This book goes around and on and on. I've listened to enough books (and read a good many:-) to know when something is well-written. Shame because underneath all the wordiness is an interesting story. Not the best reader either.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The English Major

  • By: Jim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Newly divorced and robbed of his farm by his real-estate shark of an ex-wife, 60-something Cliff is off on a road trip across America, on a mission to rename all the states and state birds and redeem them from the banal names men have given them.Cliff's adventures take him through a whirlwind affair with a former student from his high-school teaching days 20-some years before, to a snake farm in Arizona owned by an old classmate, and into the high-octane existence of his son, a big-time movie producer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A picaresque novel for baby boomers

  • By SW Clemens on 12-02-08

"caustic as draino"

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-09

Yep, that's a quote from the book, and it's also the tone of the book. You don't want to listen to this if you're a bit depressed. Yet, it's got redeeming passages and ideas. Of course, part of the cynicism is the reader, but it's not written for a happy reader:-)

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Secret

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Dominic and Clarice Corde, who met and fell in love in Brunswick Gardens, journey to a quaint hamlet to replace the local vicar who is away on holiday. The holiday takes a nasty turn when the vicar is discovered not to be away at all, but brutally murdered and stashed in the cellar. So instead of fulfilling the vicar's duties, the Cordes are charged with solving his murder. All the while, the picturesque village is becoming increasingly and dangerously snowbound, its residents trapped as a killer remains at large.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Love the Anne Perry Books.....

  • By Cricket on 11-09-16

She's not as good at shorter stories

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-08

It's not bad, but it pales in comparison to the Victorian mysteries. Probably because she is used to taking her time to develop complex, fascinating characters, this shorter form just doesn't cut it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Monday Mourning

  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Michele Pawk
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec, has come from Charlotte to Montreal during the bleak days of December to testify as an expert witness at a murder trial. She should be going over her notes, but instead she's digging in the basement of a pizza parlor. Not fun. Freezing cold. Crawling rats. And now, the skeletonized remains of three young women. How did they get there? When did they die?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Andrew on 06-29-04

"Bones" is better

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-08

Sad when a TV show is better than the books it is based on. But I think that may be because the show has time limits. As far as I can tell, there are no more editors alive and working.
This is way too long, so it's difficult to tell how it would be when well-edited


2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dark Assassin

  • A William Monk Novel #15
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

A superintendent in the Thames River Police, William Monk is on a patrol boat near Waterloo Bridge when he and his men notice a young couple standing at the bridge railing, apparently engaged in an intense discussion. The woman waves her arms and places her hands on the man's shoulders. A caress or a push? He grasps hold of her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brought to life

  • By Professor Sombrero on 09-15-08

Another winner for Inspector Monk

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-08

If you like the Monk/Hester characters, this doesn't dissapoint. No one does character development like Perry!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Painted House

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: David Lansbury
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805

In a departure from the legal thriller genre, John Grisham's latest novel draws inspiration from his own rural childhood in Arkansas. Listen and enjoy this moving tale about a 7-year-old boy and the dose of reality that comes, one autumn during the harvest, to take away his innocence. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Departure and Yet Another Solid Story

  • By Christopher on 04-06-03

get an editor, PLEASE

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-08

It's a good story and there are many good passages, but it's very wordy and way too long. Do writers get paid by the page? I find this to be a common problem.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Princess

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Sarah Crewe is treated like a princess at Miss Minchin's boarding school - until her father dies, leaving her peniless. Now she must struggle as a servant to evil Miss Minchin, but the intellgent, kind-hearted girl never loses hope. From her garrett, she soon makes friends and finds incredible adventures. And good will and imagination ultimately triumph by this book's glorious ending. This beloved classic has been continuously in publication since 1905. Experienced Shakespearean actress Wanda McCaddon captures all the drama of Sarah Crewe's adventures as well as the accents of Miss Minchin, the scullery maid, and Sarah herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love the narrator, but the sound quality is poor.

  • By David C. Straut on 12-28-18

fun story - not easy to listen to

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-08

We all remember the Shirley Temple movie, and I don't think I'm spoiling anything to say that the ending in the book is different. That said, I did enjoy the story, but found it difficult listening. I normally have no problem w British accents, but I think this recording is not the best.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful