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  • A Well-Behaved Woman

  • A Novel of the Vanderbilts
  • By: Therese Anne Fowler
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Alva Smith, her Southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America’s great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Alva defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women's suffrage movement. In A Well-Behaved Woman, Therese Anne Fowler paints a glittering world of enormous wealth contrasted against desperate poverty, of social ambition and social scorn, of friendship and betrayal, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A most unpleasant woman

  • By Creeda on 08-02-19

A most unpleasant woman

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Alva Smith manages to marry a Vanderbilt! After 20 years of having fun, improving the Vanderbilt situation in society and behaving "like a plank" when in bed with her husband, she discovers he has been finding his pleasures elsewhere (can't blame him!), is outraged and gets a divorce.She then forces her daughter into marriage to a duke.... That part of the story is quite interesting - clothes, houses, jewels, etc.
Unfortunately we now veer into saccharine romance with another millionaire; bossy-boots Alva proves to have a soft centre and we are treated to some geriatric sex scenes.
She then becomes involved in feminist activism - which is when I gave up the book - assuming it was just another vanity project on her part.
Narrator was excellent.

  • Night Train to Jamalpur

  • By: Andrew Martin
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

North East India, 1923. On the Night Mail to Jamalpur, a man is shot dead in a first class compartment. Detective Inspector Jim Stringer was sleeping in the next compartment along. Was he the intended target?Jim should have known that his secondment to the East Indian Railway would not be the working holiday he had hoped for. Aside from the Jamalpur shooting, someone is placing venomous snakes in the first class compartments of the railway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Creeda on 20-01-19

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

I got this after seeing Andrew Martin's television programme about forgotten trains of Britain.
This has fascinating details about railways, in addition to a bizarre mystery - which our hero solves eventually.- mainly using brainpower.
He is a very likeable person, who is very well described. The story has good touches of humour as well.

  • Driving the Saudis

  • A Chauffeur's Tale of the World's Richest Princesses (plus Their Servants, Nannies, and One Royal Hairdresser)
  • By: Jayne Amelia Larson
  • Narrated by: Jayne Amelia Larson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

When she got hired to drive for the Saudi royal family vacationing in Beverly Hills, Larson thought she’d been handed the golden ticket. Each day the royal women spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on plastic surgery and mega-shopping sprees on Rodeo Drive. But Driving the Saudis also reveals how Larson grew to understand the complicated nuances of a society whose strict customs remain intact even across.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected little gem

  • By S on 08-09-16

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

A very good and logical story. The atmosphere of heat and general pandemonium in Baghdad after the retreat of the Turks in WWI is wonderfully evoked - you get quite thirsty just reading this! The hero is very well described - you really feel you know him
The details about the trains and railways are fascinating - in fact I only got this after watching Andrew Martin's television programme about forgotten trains of Britain.

  • The Yellow Diamond

  • By: Andrew Martin
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Detective Superintendent George Quinn - Mayfair resident and dandy with a razor-sharp brain - has set up a new police unit dedicated to investigating the super-rich. When he is shot in mysterious circumstances, DI Blake Reynolds is charged with taking over. But Reynolds hadn't bargained for Quinn's personal assistant - the flinty Victoria Clifford - who knows more than she's prepared to reveal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly disappointing

  • By Creeda on 19-01-19

Slightly disappointing

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

Reviewed: 19-01-19

Having enjoyed the 2 other Andrew Martin titles available on Audible, I was looking forward to this.
However the whole concept was quite irritating: the hoity toity PA of a shot policeman keeps information from her new boss, out of loyalty to her old boss, who is in a coma after being shot. He is able to work out the various mysteries in any case, while reporting dutifully to this woman (whose boss he is) in a rather subservient manner.
The snobbery gets quite tedious (of course he is a semi-rough Yorkshire person!) - specially as the plot concerns New Mayfair types - Russians and hedge-fund people- as opposed to Old Mayfair toffs! The story itself is a bit of a mish-mash.

  • The Dry

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009

I just can't understand how someone like him could do something like that. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and intense

  • By Robert E. on 18-04-17

Unreliedly grim

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

This story - set in a drought ridden country town - is absolutely depressing!
The countryside is very well evoked - certainly don't want to go there. The inhabitants are mostly frightful - bullying types who gang up against someone who left town 20 years ago when he was suspected of a murder, for no real reason.
The fact there is a drought doesn't excuse their behaviour - but of course they have nothing else to think about, as their farms are going under. So this passes the time for them.
The actual murder mystery (the recent one) is solved after much deduction - I must say I was wrong about it for about 75% of the time.
All in all an interesting read - presumably sponsored by the Australian anti-immigration society!!
I shall certainly look out for another book by this author, although I hope it will be more cheerful!
The narrator was excellent.

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  • Adventures in the Scream Trade: Scenes from an Operatic Life

  • By: Charles Long
  • Narrated by: Charles Long
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

For over two decades Charles Long thrilled opera audiences, performing at some of America's and the world's most famous venues, and singing alongside some of its greatest stars. In his insightful, frank and humorous new memoir, Long recounts many of those experiences. In the process he sheds light into a world many of us respect, admire and love, but which few of us have ever encountered in such intimate detail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating insight into the music world

  • By Creeda on 10-12-18

Fascinating insight into the music world

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This is a most interesting account of the life of an opera singer - from the early struggle to become known to the sad ending of a glorious career. The account is split up into episodes, rather than just a chronological account.
The stories are all most entertaining and cover the complete gamut of the operatic world.
At the beginning and end of each chapter there is a piece of music - it is most diverting to try to identify them (did not succeed with all of them!).
All in all, an excellent read - narrated by the author in person.

  • Uncommon Type

  • Some Stories
  • By: Tom Hanks
  • Narrated by: Tom Hanks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game - and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ten Hours With Tom Hanks

  • By Agatha on 28-10-17

So entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

These stories are so well written! They really evoke a certain type of America, rather like a modern Norman Rockwell. Tom Hanks manages to write from the point of view of so many different types: a chap who is rather like the Dude, a child, a Bulgarian immigrant, a young actress- the reporter from a non-New York paper is hilarious. This versatility , to my mind, is quite an unusual achievement . Generally the characters in novels obviously come from the same stable,
A typewriter features in every story; being rather aged and having worked on a number of the models described (including a portable Hermes), I found this a most nostalgic aspect. The noise of a typing pool was so special.....
The narration is of course excellent!!
All in all, highly recommended.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • balanced and the text is served well by narration.

  • By David W. on 12-09-18

Terrifying

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

An absolutely terrifying account of the White House under Trump! Tremendous research has gone into this, as we would expect from Bob Woodward.
In a way, the White House is reminiscent of a dementia ward - the same things have to be explained every day and discussions go around in the same circles...The language is astonishing - I've been in some rough neighbourhoods but have never heard such continuous profanity!!!
Between unentitled family members (such as "the first daughter"!!) to whom staff have to report , turf wars and a an out-of-control person at the helm. the prospects for the outside world look grim!
Great reader - all characters are clearly differentiated.

  • West Cork Aftershow: Bonus Episode

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde, Jesse Baker
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Finished listening to the story of Sophie Toscan du Plantier's mysterious murder? Hear the latest from Executive Producer, Jesse Baker, and Producers Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey as they discuss all the burning questions of the Audible Original, West Cork: what it was like to spend a year of their lives with a suspected murderer, how the investigation was bungled, and where does the case stand now? This is a must listen for fans of the hit Audible Original series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping from start to finish

  • By Nidge on 17-07-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 16-09-18

An interesting but rather sordid story. Most of those involved seem quite ghastly - apart from Sophie's family.
As an Irish person, I find it fascinating that the neighbourhood of Schull seems to be totally colonised by English people!! They appear to think they are adding to the pleasures of the place......I can certainly sympathise with the locals who resent their lordly behaviour - the locals are just funny little natives, who should be delighted to have such charming blow ins!
Hopefully Brexit will sort them all out.

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  • Snobs

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Richard Morant
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Edith Lavery is a woman on the make. The attractive only child of a middle-class accountant, she leaves behind her dull job in a Chelsea estate agents and manages to bag one of the most eligible bachelors of the day: Charles Broughton, heir to the Marquess of Uckfield. But is life amongst the upper echelons of 'good' society all that it seems? Edith soon discovers there's much more to the aristocracy than dancing in Anabel's, shooting small birds and understanding which fork to use at dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Maureen on 29-06-17

Really most entertaining

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

Reviewed: 15-09-18

This was a really fun read. The portrait of British aristocracy and upper class was fascinating - and seemed quite accurate from what I have seen over the years.
The story was quite interesting and quite life-like but also quite satirical.
I have also read the other Fellows book, Imperfect Past, which is equally good

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