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Janie N.

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  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • Written by: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Surprise.

  • By Laurie Hoyda on 2018-09-14

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 2019-06-01

Great story, but a bewildering number of character names, since so many had nicknames. I needed to go to the print book to check on who was who. But the world of 1950's Naples is compelling and the narrator was excellent.

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • Written by: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely listen.

  • By Janie N. on 2019-04-01

A lovely listen.

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-01

The narrator was amazing! This is a cosy mystery made more wonderful by the performance.

  • The Widows of Malabar Hill

  • Written by: Sujata Massey
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's legal rights. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Might have enjoyed reading book more.

  • By Janie N. on 2019-03-17

Might have enjoyed reading book more.

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-17

The setting was interesting and the story was good, but it was spoiled by the narration. The narrator did a good job on the different voices of the characters, but for the rest of the story, she had an unusual rhythm of emphasizing some words (perhaps trying to add to the drama) which was distracting.