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  • Best Practice

  • The Larkford Series, Book 3
  • By: Penny Parkes
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Dr Alice Walker has become accomplished at presenting a façade to the world - to anyone watching, she is the epitome of style, composure and professionalism. But perhaps it was to be expected that the cracks might begin to show at some point. Thankfully Grace is on hand to offer both friendship and support when it’s needed most. Meanwhile, Dr Holly Graham has her hands full both professionally and personally. Planning a wedding with Taffy Jones is challenging enough, even before some surprising news changes everything. At least beloved Larkford resident Elsie still has a few tricks left up her sleeve!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story - narrator dreadful

  • By Always sewing on 10-07-18

Eagerly awaited but other narrator and fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

It is such a pity that this book is not narrated by the same narrator as the other two.
It is just not the same.

I do sort of like to listen to it, but the negative point are highlighted now that the narration is not as good.
I am not through yet, but some things just do not seem right.
And they were wrong in the first two books too.

-not taking up the boys father on child support
-no family on Holly's side
-taking free childcare from best friend for granted
-no role (at least so far) for boy's grandmother who previously provided free childcare
-GPs who can not manage birth control
-replacing real family with choosen friends as family without a blink.
-GP who are barely managing with their income

It would be ok, if this would not pretend to be a real life story with iPhones. It is would be a fairy tale ok, but a GP who is hard pressed to live on the money earned it just taking things too far. And anyway, who actually has a relationsship with a GP like in the book, it is a fairy tale, in 9 years at my practice I still have to see a GP for the second time.

  • Someone to Wed

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can't afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life.... A recluse for more than 20 years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate and oh-so-dashing earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will agree only to a proper courtship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit slow, great narration.

  • By Julia on 17-07-18

A bit slow, great narration.

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

The narration was as good as expected.

The story was slow. it was pleasant, the characters nice, but somehow I did not engage quite as much as I could have hoped for.

Also I am wondering why the subject of face paint never came up.

  • Cast in Ruin

  • Cast in Scandal, Book 2
  • By: Laura Landon
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Benjamin Waverley, second son of the Duke of Townsend, knew he'd never marry. How could he? The moment some unsuspecting female took his name, the world might find out the despicable secret his family had been keeping and he'd be ruined. As far as he was concerned, his lot was cast. He would play the rake and that would be that. Until his father forced his hand in a marriage he knew would destroy not only him but his brilliant and beautiful bride.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration, super weak story

  • By Julia on 12-07-18

Great narration, super weak story

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

The narration was fantastic.

But the story used so many so strong plot devices but nothing resonated. I did bond with the characters nor found anything believable (even with the pinch of salt given to any historical romance).

There were just too many events that did not drive the plot and big stuff resolved in an unengaging way.

  • Summer at the Cornish Café

  • The Cornish Café Series, Book 1
  • By: Phillipa Ashley
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Demi doesn’t expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get. That’s until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak story

  • By mrs on 04-08-18

Title is somewhat misleading

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

The books story does not mainly plan at a Cornish Cafe, which I found a bit irritating.

Overall it was an easy listen and truly not too much happened. It was not dreadful but not great either.
And there are a great many open ends which would be ok, if the story would be crowded with action, which it was not.

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  • A Perfect Gentleman

  • By: Barbara Metzger
  • Narrated by: Pippa Rathborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Viscount Aubrey "Stony" Wellstone is at the end of his rope - and the end of his family's once-great fortune. Desperate, he tries his luck at the gaming tables, where an offer to exchange his debts for a gentlemanly favor leads to a profitable new profession. The fiercely independent, flame-tressed Miss Ellianne Kane would normally have no use for an upper-class attendant - even one as striking as Stony - but she needs Aubrey's help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, awful narration

  • By Julia on 19-06-18

Great book, awful narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-18

I really enjoyed the story. Even though the narration was truly awful.
But the story was so varied, that I could somehow bear it.

  • Too Wilde to Wed

  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Eloisa James's dazzling new Georgian-set series continues with the Wildest hero them of all.... The handsome, rakish heir to a dukedom, Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde - known to his friends as North - left England two years ago, after being jilted by Miss Diana Belgrave. He returns from war to find that he's notorious: polite society has ruled him 'too wild to wed'. Diana never meant to tarnish North's reputation, or his heart, but in her rush to save a helpless child, there was no time to consider the consequences of working as a governess in Lindow Castle. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • awful narration..

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-06-18

No Story dreadful narrator

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

If you want a great book by Eloisa James turn to.
Your Wicked Ways: Duchess in Love, Book 4

I am not sure what happened here, if that was even the same author. No story, dreadful narrator.
And I honestly waited for most of the book for Horatio to be resurrected but he was not, but the plot device used in the end was possibly even worse.

I would have happily have slapped the heroine for her stupidity, for just being thoroughly unlikable. The hero was not much better.

And did I mention nothing of note happened in the book.

And what happened was uninteresting far fetched and disjointed.

Do not asked me, why I did listen to the whole. A case for not giving up hope without any reason I guess. A better narrator with have saved a bit, but with this narrator even the few funny bit did not sparkle.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Leave it to Psmith

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

The idyll of Blandings Castle is about to be disturbed, for the Hon. Freddie Threepwood is poised to make his debut as a jewel thief. Freddie, however, is not alone: Blandings is simply brimming with criminals and impostors all intent on stealing Aunt Constance's 20,000 pound diamond necklace. It is left to the debonair Psmith, with his usual aplomb, to unscramble the passion, problems, and identities, of one and all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A classic Wodehouse

  • By Ruth on 03-02-08

Poor audio quality!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Great book, great narrator. But apalling audio quality. But I still listened to the whole story, because it is a great story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • PostCapitalism

  • A Guide to Our Future
  • By: Paul Mason
  • Narrated by: Paul Mason
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 291

From Paul Mason, the award-winning Channel 4 presenter, PostCapitalism is a guide to our era of seismic economic change and how we can build a more equal society. Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone continual change - economic cycles that lurch from boom to bust - and has always emerged transformed and strengthened. Surveying this turbulent history, Paul Mason wonders whether today we are on the brink of a change so big, so profound, that this time capitalism itself has reached its limits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating perspective on economic history...

  • By Peter on 01-02-17

This book is a lot about communism

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I would not have expected a book titled A Guide to Our Future to be in such large parts about communism. I have listened to the whole thing and am a bit at a loss what to say, surely no big spark there that makes me enthusiastic.

  • Hold Me

  • Cyclone, Volume 2
  • By: Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands, Sean Crisden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Jay na Thalang is a demanding, driven genius. He doesn't know how to stop or even slow down. The instant he lays eyes on Maria Lopez, he knows that she is a sexy distraction he can't afford. He's done his best to keep her at arm's length, and he's succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Maria has always been cautious. Now that her once-tiny, apocalypse-centered blog is hitting the mainstream, she's even more careful about preserving her online anonymity. She hasn't sent so much as a picture to the commenter she's interacted with for 18 months.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great if you are LGTB with a fetish for heels

  • By Julia on 21-01-18

Great if you are LGTB with a fetish for heels

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

Ok, this book tries to much at once and completely looses the regular listener in my opinion.

A really great idea about people getting to know each other online and in real life without knowing about it. Would be enough to carry a book without all the other problems packed into this one.

But there are simply too many problems packed into one book.

Bisexual character that acts straight through the story, so if feel he should be straight.

Transsexual character, I admit I should have know about from the first volume but I forgot and only caught up halfway throught the narration and them thought, what the hell is this in term of consistency, in the first volume there were problems that she was left home in the dorm because the other girls claimed she was not a girl and now nobody even notices? Weird. And I am sorry there should be some explainations for people who have no idea about the subject and how no talk about the operation or the medicamentation is necessary is too much for me. Or if it is not, same explanations at the end of the book for the uninitiated?

Subplot marriage with different faiths, Buddhism and Islam, really interesting but completely underdeveloped.

Subplot dealing with anxiety with therapy and medication, again there are already enough problems in the book, so that could have been left out.

Dealing with suicide, actually that was the sub plot I thought was reasonably well dealt with, but quite honestly made the book overloaded in my humble opinion.

Racial minorities. Actually this book made me feel sort of bad, because I would never look at somebody and think, might they be half chinese half thai, if at all they look asian to me. I sort of thought myself ok that I see people and might be interested where they come from, but this book had the weird concept of you should not see anybody any different while at the same time expecting you to know about every subgroup somebody might belong too. That honestly made my head spin.

And I have lived in Berkeley and can honestly say, there are non minority people to be found there too...

That leaves the final straw, heels. I know this hill in Berkeley and nobody would be dumb enough to walk up this hill in heels expecially nobody who can proof read physics slides without even studying physics (that said, I can understand how one might spot a missing sqared in r as oposed to r sqared, but spoting a differend of a constant like 2 pi, I am really not so sure).

Maybe I am just very unfond of heels, but I do think this book is overdoing it.

Ah and I forgot the workoholic that works all working hours but still has a wonderful body with muscles in all the right places.

The grating sould of one of the narrators doing a female voice did not help and the fact that the last quarter of the book was spend whinning by one of the characters did not help either.

Give me a break! (Not sure, why I did not give up on this one, but suffered through the whole).

  • The Developer's Code

  • What Real Programmers Do
  • By: Ka Wai Cheung
  • Narrated by: Don Azevedo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

You're already a great coder, but awesome coding chops aren't always enough to get you through your toughest projects. You need these 50+ nuggets of wisdom. Veteran programmers: reinvigorate your passion for developing web applications. New programmers: here's the guidance you need to get started. With this book, you'll think about your job in new and enlightened ways.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Save yourself the time to listen to this

  • By Julia on 24-11-17

Save yourself the time to listen to this

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

Reviewed: 24-11-17

I listened to the whole thing and there was not much in it.
I got the impulse, that maybe I should get a book about code generation (then again maybe not, because my framework does for me, what the author needs to generate code for).
Then there was the bit of wisdom that being able to do something does not mean you can teach it, but is that news?
And thinking about his login example and the fact he seems to have to justify buying a new computer after 7!! years (after all he could just have upgraded the old one (eye roll)) I have severe doubts on how serious a developer this guy is.
I nearly stopped listening altogether when he outlined why being a project manager is real hard work, probably he is a project manager who occasionally write a line of code and lost contact with reality, like most of them do. (I have to admit that I am currently the sole developer on a project with 3 project managers that have stopped to fill me in what they discuss with the client, so I have stopped developing and somehow the project seems to miss its deadlines (double eye roll)).
I should have stopped listening and gotten my credit back, but the book was so short that I missed my chance.