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  • The Sweetness of Forgetting

  • By: Kristin Harmel
  • Narrated by: Kim McKean
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

At 36, Hope McKenna-Smith is no stranger to bad news. She lost her mother to cancer, her husband left her for a 22-year-old, and her bank account is nearly depleted. Now, Hope’s beloved French-born grandmother Mamie, who wowed the Cape with her fabulous pastries for more than 50 years, is drifting away into a haze of Alzheimer’s. But in a rare moment of clarity, Mamie realizes that unless she tells Hope about the past, the secrets she has held on to for so many years will soon be lost forever. Arming her with a scrawled list of names, she sends Hope to France.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • the WORST narration I have ever heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Lori on 09-10-13

Good story but poor story editing and delivery

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

The premise of this story was engaging and interesting. Bakeries, pastries, a WWII mystery all should have been right up my alley.

Oh my goodness though, I lost count of how many times the main character or her daughter spoke or said something [in a small voice.] Good GAD. I almost started a drinking game. Gallery Publishing is an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Did they run out of editors to notice things like this? Honestly I think Kristin Harmel uses the expression at least 10 times. Why not [in a soft voice] or [softly] or [murmured] or [whispered] or .... When the last two [in a small voice] moments occurred withing 5 minutes of each other, I burst out laughing. Not the right reaction at that dramatic point in the story.

The narrator Kim McKean makes a valiant but unfortunate stab at a French accent. Ordinarily, I do not ding a narrator for a missed vowel or wrong accent on a syllable but McKean was so inconsistent that is was a major distraction for me. Was she going for a French accent or a German or Russian or American Tourist? When 50% of your characters are speaking in a French accent, you have to get either the accent or the cadence right or else abandon the effort all together. Also the vocal fry in her delivery was so disconcerting that it took me out of the story frequently. The growl at the end of each sentence was irritating to listen to. I really enjoy most of Audible's productions. This was was a bit of a miss for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than I expected

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 07-25-15

Fun

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

Highly entertaining, fun story. Loved the narration. Price-Lewis captured the sly humor and tone perfectly. Fans of Taylor's St. Mary's series will not be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,957

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

Beguiling and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-18-14

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

This is a highly entertaining and laugh out loud funny book. I cannot recall the last time that I listened to a book this engrossing and humorous. Dan O'Grady is the perfect narrator for this story. He is the voice of Don now in my imagination. I am telling everyone about this book. It was just pure fun and provided very thought provoking discussions with others who have read it.

What about Dan O'Grady’s performance did you like?

Perfectly captured the tone and voice of Don Tillman and the humor of the story.

Any additional comments?

I will be back to get the audiobook of the sequel, The Rosie Effect. There are some series I can only listen to when the blend of story and narrator are this perfect.

  • Agatha Raisin: Potted Gardener and The Walkers of Dembley (Dramatisation)

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Penelope Keith stars as Agatha Raisin in two more full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramas. Agatha Raisin, the Columbo of the Cotswolds, is back in two more full-cast dramas based on the bestselling books by M. C. Beaton.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dramatized Radio Production, Not Unabridged Book

  • By Ellen on 01-02-11

Radio play

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-10

This is performed more like a radio play than a pure audiobook. Penelope Keith is a perfect Agatha Raisin. Very fun.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Revelation

  • A Matthew Shardlake Mystery
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657

C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mysteries whisk listeners back in time to the tumultuous court of King Henry VIII. Shardlake has his hands full this time defending a young religious fanatic who has been thrown into Bedlam. On top of that, Shardlake's friend is murdered, and the quest to find the killer leads Shardlake right to the steps of the king's latest romantic conquest, Catherine Parr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great entertainment!

  • By Fara on 09-25-09

History and mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-10

I am such a fan of this series. Sansom mixes history and mystery in these superb historical thrillers. Revelation is a fascinating glimpse into the religious turmoil that marked Henry VIII's reign. Steven Crossley's narration is so well done. Cannot recommend this series too highly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Way of All Flesh

  • By: Samuel Butler
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

This brilliant satirical novel, tracing the life and loves of Ernest Pontifex, has continued in popularity since its original publication in 1903. Every generation finds in The Way of All Flesh a reaffirmation of youth's rightful struggle against the tyranny of harsh parents and its admirable will for freedom of personal expression.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece&the narrator isn't so bad after all

  • By Eric on 08-15-05

Victorian humor

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-08

Frederick Davidson brought Butler's humor and irony to life with his pitch perfect reading of this story. I was running out of time to finish the book for a my reading group when I found this version.
This is not a book I would have chosen for "light" reading but Davidson's delivery really brought the story of the hapless Theobald Pontifex and his hypocritical Victorian parents to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sabriel

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,618

Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enraptured

  • By T. HICKS on 06-20-09

High fantasy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-08

Tim Curry has the perfect voice for this unusual fantasy. I had tried to read Sabriel several times because so many people told me I would enjoy it. I found the audiobook a great way to finally experience the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,516

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

Splendid

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-08

With out a doubt, this is one of the BEST audiobooks I have every listened to. John Lee's narration is brilliant. His characterizations are true and never forced. A treat, really.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mister Monday

  • The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1
  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death. But then his life is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book by Nix

  • By B. Manowski on 09-27-05

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-07

I found this book because I was looking for other reads by Allan Corduner. He is a terrific narrator. I had been hoping to read this series at some point so I was pleased that I could listen to his performance of the book. He reads all the books in the series. I am looking forward to the next one.

You can read the plot summary above. The idea that a "will" can be fragmented into pieces of print or text was an imaginative and original idea.

This is also a very positive "adoption" story. Arthur is is adopted because his parents died in a pandemic. The loving devotion of his adoptive parents and his strong relationships with his siblings were a very happy aspect of the storyline.

Very entertaining listen. Would be good as a family listen on a car trip.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Diana Chronicles

  • By: Tina Brown
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them: among them, Diana's sexually charged mother, her bad-girl sister-in-law, Fergie, and, most formidable of them all, her mother-in-law, the Queen. Add Camilla Parker-Bowles, the ultimate "other woman" into this combustible mix, and it's no wonder that Diana broke out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Privileged people behaving badly

  • By Chris on 08-27-12

Fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-07

If you are not an Anglophile or did not get up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the wedding of Diana and Charles, you are probably not going to be interested in this book.

I thought it was an interesting and riveting listen. Rosalyn Landor's narration was wonderful. The quality of my download was excellent. I did not have any issues with echo or hollowness of sound as another listener did.

Diana did not make a world-altering discovery or lead a country but there is no doubt she had a gift for touching peoples' hearts and giving comfort. She could have been an asset to the royals. Their own jealousy and inability to help her along with her own self-centered, destructive and selfish behavior doomed the marriage.

Tina Brown presents a fair and well-rounded look at the royal family and Diana. Brown knew Diana but fairly paints her manipulativeness as well as her compassionate and loving side. At the end of the book, you can really feel sympathy for all the players in this real-life drama.

What potential, what a waste and lost opportunity for them all. Hopefully her sons will benefit and learn from the story.

I thought this was a great listen.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful