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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-15

Great travel nine says the dead dad stuff

What did you love best about We'll Always Have Paris?

I enjoyed the physical travel experiences, especially in the later parts.

What was one of the most memorable moments of We'll Always Have Paris?

I enjoyed the scenes in Italy and Alhambra the most.

What three words best describe Kate McIntyre’s voice?

Too over-actorly annoying.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked when the mom got high in Amsterdam. I think the reader was a serious problem. So much over-actig that it took away from the prose.

Any additional comments?

Yes. I got annoyed with the continual references, not finely woven, about the dead father. Okay he died and ski kept going back to it so much I had to FF over these bits as they were not aligned with a TRAVEL memoir. Would have liked more of the vote of the daughter, not the father. Or even the mother, for that matter.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-15

Curiously intriguing tale of modern day society

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

I would, but would suggest they read this one before the Heartbreak Hotel. I read in reverse order.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ex-Wives?

Impossible to name just one. I liked the scenes with Poppy in the pharmacy and Buffy looking the window at Harrod;s.

Which scene was your favorite?

I cannot name just one. This question is annoying.

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

Again, you expect absolutes. No, I did not cry. Yes, I laughed. Yes, I was nostalgic and melancholy.

Any additional comments?

It might be helpful if your review questions were not to one or the other or so black and white. We're talking about literature here, not some stupid TV show with lists, etc. Thank you.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-15

Held my interest all the way until the ending

Would you listen to Our Lady of Pain again? Why?

Yes, I am almost finished with the third one and have bought the next one. Someone in a review compared her to Donna Leon. Yes, in some ways this is true. In others not, but it does not matter. I love a mystery with strong characterization and sense of place.

What other book might you compare Our Lady of Pain to and why?

Perhaps a Donna Leon, but I do not like to think this way. It seems artificial and counterproductive.

What about Ric Jerrom’s performance did you like?

I mostly like all of it with one tiny complaint. I wish his voice level would not go up so loudly at times and then I must turn the volume down to not wake my spouse and then it goes back to normal and I have to turn it up again. Consistency would be good. This is normal for most USA books, which is why I buy so very few. I haven't found this to be a problem with UK books before now. But, basically, he is really good

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

I never answer this question as it is too lame.

Any additional comments?

I hope the author continues to write and that I will have more than the four currently now available. I adore the characters and scenes. Modernity with acute social commentary. Such a worthy series that is also a great read.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-14

Charming. Perhaps the original chick lit?

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

Yes, I would. I do not care for the term "chick lit" but if we must put it into an elevated grouping, this book would suit nicely. The plot and characterizations are beyond excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

The pace, the exquisite prose, the tensions, the little moments. Quite simply, everything. I did not want this book to end.

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

As I cannot read print due to partial blindness, I cannot say. I did think this reader was exemplary and did a fantastic job with pacing and voices.

If you could rename I Capture the Castle, what would you call it?

I would not rename it as the title is perfect. Why would I want to rename it? This is a bit of a silly question, isn't it?

Any additional comments?

Probably a one off kind of book as I cannot think of any others that come close. Such a really fine read - meaty yet whimsical. Quite simply, perfect.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-14

Ian Moore writes and read this - so special!

Would you consider the audio edition of C'est Modnifique! to be better than the print version?

How would I know? I am visually impaired and can only listen to books.

What did you like best about this story?

The gentle humor and compassion for animals and human beings. I also loved the details about living in rural France.

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

Yes. I have listened to his first book, a La Mod ... that is also very good. I suppose I would say this may be a tad bit better, but again -- who can say? Because I've read the first book and read his blog posts, I feel as if I almost know him and his family.

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

I do not answer these type of questions as I find it irrelevant. I also almost never, ever go to see a film of a book I have read. They are never good.

Any additional comments?

Ian Moore's reading of this book lends it a very special touch. Not many authors can read their own books well. Perhaps because he is a comic, he can do it. It is such an easy and natural reading, that I feel as if I am there with him, nodding and laughing or crying a bit. I love his gently humanity. An intelligent humorist.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-14

A perfect Roy Grace mystery

What made the experience of listening to Want You Dead the most enjoyable?

No doubt partly it is because I have read every book in this series. This new one is even better than I had expected. A sure page turner.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Want You Dead?

I liked Grace's pre-wedding dream and then the wedding itself.
Also liked the inner conversations of Red.

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

If it is the same as earlier Peter James books, then yes. Very good.

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

I was spell bound and could not figure out what would happen next always, so this is good as in most the plot is too simplistic. Not the case with how James presents the work.

Any additional comments?

I especially like that it is set in Brighton. The descriptive prose lives up to my expectations. You do want to get to know these characters more and more.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-14

Heyer's classic mysteries are ripe & delicious

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

Yes. For any fan of the classic Golden Age mystery, this is great. I am actually rereading them. Witty, clever plot and likable and despicable characters.

What other book might you compare They Found Him Dead to and why?

I suppose all of hers are similar in that they follow traditional mystery lines and I like this.

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

A wonderful reader. Just perfect. Brings the story to life.

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

It made me laugh as I enjoy truly witty dialogue and plot twists. This book has both.

Any additional comments?

A most delightful read. If only the good Ms. Heyer had written more mysteries and less romances. Those are okay, but the mystery books are far superior.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-14

Wentworth classics never disappioint

What did you love best about Out of the Past?

I love most all things in the Wentworth mysteries. Miss Silver, most certainly!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of the Past?

Cannot define just one. Love the interactions between the lovers/friends. Wentworth is an expert at dialogue. A master.

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

Yes. I have listened to Ms. Bishop many times. She is good in that she does not over-act and keep raising her voice. Who wants to hear shouting in an audible book?

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

Mostly. I read all of Wentworth long ago when I was still able to read a proper, print book, before my eyes went wonky.

Any additional comments?

I'd say Wentworth is one of those amazing ladies of the Cozy Mystery/Tea Cake Ladies genre. I wish we had some NOW.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-14

Not as enjoyable as the real movies

Would you try another book from Ali McNamara and/or Finty Williams?

No, I think not. Yet, I did like the reader. I feel as if McNamara might grow up a bit.

Would you recommend From Notting Hill with Four Weddings...Actually to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I finished it because I was hoping for a twist. It is pretty darn shallow.

What aspect of Finty Williams’s performance would you have changed?

The reader was pretty good. It is not her fault she was given such lines.

Could you see From Notting Hill with Four Weddings...Actually being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

The premise led one to believe the book would have some depth, but it did not. This would be okay if the book held some huge humor or sardonic commentary or even a message. God forbid! The only reason I finished this book is that I was ill and in bed and had no other options. I thought the characters were beyond believable. Some, in fact, were simply as boring as if I were watching some lame tv show. Which I never do.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-14

A welcome entry into the charmed NYC theatre world

Where does Murder on Cue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I cannot rank all the books I have listened to, as it would be comparing apples to oranges. In the genre of cozy mysteries, I would rank this quite high.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

As I lived in NYC, in close proximity to the sight of Jocelyn's apartment, this was much about nostalgia. I can attest that her descriptions and sense of place are spot on. Also, I love that Jocelyn is a smart character, not some lame stereotypical woman.

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

I think she reads her own prose very well. I was engaged and have since purchased two more in the series.

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

No, not that sort of book. It was a gentle, sweet read. I read it in two days. `

Any additional comments?

I am very happy that Audible has made this series from the 80s/early 90s available on audible format. Now, get me Barbara Pym!
I think that this Jane Dentinger series is pretty much timeless. The author's wit and dry humor resonate. She is a compelling character and good read. Bravo!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful