Barbara Barbara's Comments (member since Dec 02, 2007)

Barbara's comments from the Audiobooks group.

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March 2014 (353 new)
Mar 03, 2014 06:47PM

596 Sandy wrote: "I just finished "One Summer: America 1927" written and read by Bill Bryson. I like Bryson's narration - perhaps because I was introduced to his books by his reading at a book fair. I enjoyed the bo..."

I'm listening to One Summer too, Sandy. I love his narration but I know that some people don't. Bryson does a great job of finding fascinating details in history. Once or twice in this book, I started to lose interest but he did a quick change and hooked me again.
February 2014 (434 new)
Feb 01, 2014 07:24AM

596 John wrote: "A couple of hours into Sue Grafton's W is for Wasted, and I'm interested in the story; as I bailed on the previous Kinsey mystery, wasn't sure about this one, but as long as it's mo..."

John, midway through I sort of lost interest but it gets better again at the end.
November 2013 (310 new)
Nov 29, 2013 07:21AM

596 Sandra wrote: "All of you were discussing Ernest Hemingway a while back and I haven't read him since I was a teenager and LOVED his books. So I decided to listen to some. Am listening to a short story book [boo..."

I'm not a big Hemingway fan but I do like his short stories. The collection In Our Time is my favorite.
Nov 25, 2013 04:07PM

596 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens read by Jim Dale is my favorite holiday audiobook.
November 2013 (310 new)
Nov 10, 2013 06:07AM

596 The audiobook production of The Prince of Tides that I listened to was outstanding, Cherie, part of what hooked me on audiobooks forever. Is yours produced by Recorded Books and read by Frank Muller?
September 2013 (352 new)
Sep 01, 2013 11:34AM

596 Julie wrote: "I'm going to start the Stoneheart Trilogy. Jim Dale narrates. As much as I love Jim Dale, I don't know that I'll be able get my mind to accept that he's not reading Harry Potter to me. I listened t..."

I love Jim Dale too, but some of his voices in other books sound a lot like the characters in Harry Potter. I'm talking about ones that are not his natural voice. That can be distracting but he is so good that I put up with it.
August 2013 (395 new)
Aug 31, 2013 06:20AM

596 And, regarding the Hemingway discussion, I've always liked his short stories more than his novels. Look for the collection, In Our Time.
August 2013 (395 new)
Aug 31, 2013 06:09AM

596 I just finished Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery and was disappointed. I had read the first in this series, Mr. Churchill's Secretary, and liked it. Part of the difference was the narrators. The first was done by Donada Peters and she did a lovely job. The second was read by Susan Duerden. I've heard her before and thought she was okay. This time, every voice was so overdone as to be distracting. I also wasn't impressed with the story, too simple, not terribly believable and some of it seemed borrowed from the TV show, Alias. Ah well, I finished it, so I supposed that is something.

Now, I'm just starting Still Life, the first in the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny, and am loving it. What a relief! I've traveled a little bit in Quebec where it is based so that adds to the enjoyment.
August 2013 (395 new)
Aug 13, 2013 02:07PM

596 Thanks, Xe. I've listened to two of Gaiman's novels which he narrated. He does such an excellent job that I was reluctant to listen to anyone else do them. However, my library owns this production of Anansi Boys with Lenny Henry narrating so I'm going to give it a try.
August 2013 (395 new)
Aug 10, 2013 11:32AM

596 Chrissie wrote: "Barbara, I absolutely loved it. Don't be put off the narration in the beginning. After a while it feels just perfect. It has sweet moments mixed with some really heart wrenching parts too. And the ..."

Sounds like my kind of book.
August 2013 (395 new)
Aug 10, 2013 05:44AM

596 Chrissie wrote: "I would like to recommend To the End of the Land to everyone. It is the best book of fiction I have read this year. Why? Because it is so close to real life, that's why.
My review: http://www.goodr..."

Chrissie, I've heard good reviews of To the End of the Land before. Thanks for confirming them.
July 2013 (330 new)
Jul 31, 2013 06:20PM

596 I just finished listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane and loved it. Neil Gaiman continues to astound me with his ability as a narrator, but this is also simply a very good book.

Now, I've started Princess Elizabeth's Spy. I liked the first book in this series, entitled Mr. Churchill's Secretary but it was read by Donada Peters. This one is read by Susan Duerden and, in the first bit of it, the voices are so overdone as to be distracting. I've noticed good comments about her here though, so I'm hoping that it gets better.
July 2013 (330 new)
Jul 04, 2013 07:38AM

596 Philip Blake wrote: "WARNING: WALL OF TEXT AHEAD

Sorry for saving all of my June books for July, but I was just too busy to do this last month. On the bright side, I got a lot of books done because of it!

I started w..."

Philip, Bastard Out of Carolina is one of my favorite books because of the writing but also because the main character refuses to be a victim. I don't think I would have read it if I had realized the subject matter but I'm so glad I did. I also saw Dorothy Allison speak in Ann Arbor years ago and she was great fun. I was delighted to hear her say that it was important to her that the character be seen as strong, not a victim. She was not happy with the film version of the book, made by Anjelica Huston, because it went against that concept though Huston promised her that it wouldn't.
April 2013 (421 new)
Apr 18, 2013 07:45PM

596 I think so. I'm guessing that the idea is to introduce more people to AudioFile. I downloaded a free Alice In Wonderland from them last year (or maybe two years ago) read by Michael York.
April 2013 (421 new)
Apr 18, 2013 07:38PM

596 I just got an email from AudioFile providing a free download of The Great Gatsby, available April 19th through the 25th. You can get it on their website:
April 2013 (421 new)
Apr 02, 2013 03:56PM

596 I knew that Otis is related to Harrison Chandler (grandson, right?), but I didn't know that HC proposed to Julia Child. That's an interesting little tidbit.
February 2013 (425 new)
Feb 27, 2013 07:31PM

596 Tanya/dog eared copy wrote: "Kimberly wrote: "I'm listening to Shantaram read by Humphrey Bower. I cannot imagine reading this book to myself when I can have Mr Bower read it to me. He's amazing! I'm still in the first part..."

Thanks for reminding me of this title, Tanya and Kimberly! I recently talked to an Indian woman at the airport who recommended this book. It didn't occur to me to check for an audiobook production before, but now I find that my library owns this one.
February 2013 (425 new)
Feb 10, 2013 11:35AM

596 I've listened to those, John. They're outstanding.
February 2013 (425 new)
Feb 10, 2013 09:22AM

596 Thanks, Travis! I love George Guidall too.
February 2013 (425 new)
Feb 10, 2013 08:10AM

596 Wow, Travis. You are reading two of my favorite books. Was the audiobook production of Les Mis good? If so, please post the narrator and the company, if you still have the info.
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