In this second installment of the Books of Beginning, Kate, Michael and Emma have been sent to the Edgar Allen Poe Home for Children for their safety while Dr. Pym takes care of some needed tasks.
It isn't long until the whereabouts of the children is discovered, forcing them to flee. Kate ends up going back in time and becoming trapped, while Michael and Emma remain in the present, searching for the Book of Life, known as the Fire Chronicle.
While at times you will be reminded of Harry Potter, this story does set itself apart and is very entertaining in its own right. Narrated by Jim Dale, whose performance is flawless, as I've come to expect. Listening to Dale is like being tucked in to bed with an epic adventure about to begin.
Dearly departed Bailey Ruth is back in Adelaide, her hometown, for another emissary assignment - but the details aren't quite clear. Normally Wiggins, the head of the Department of Good Intentions, gives Bailey Ruth detailed instructions but this time, she didn't even see Wiggins before her departure. She soon learns who she is there to protect and as usual, Bailey Ruth isn't very adept at keeping the precepts, especially the one on not appearing unless it is absolutely necessary. So when Bailey Ruth tries to disappear and finds she can't, she knows that she is stuck on earth and Wiggins has no idea she is there.
While the story sounds intriguing, the narration did not hold my attention to get past even 10 minutes of the book.
When Holly, who is overweight and recently widowed, learns that her plane seat cannot be upgraded to first class, she groans. She hates the tight, compact seats in coach, especially, when she sees the man she will share the next five hours with, spilling into his seat because of her size. She doesn't miss the look on his face either when he sees she is about to sit beside him.
But during that long flight, Holly and Logan share some conversation and when they depart, Holly has an invitation for personal fitness training lessons with Logan, who not only lives in her town but is also a personal fitness trainer.
Logan is surprised when Holly calls to set up her first training session, and as time goes on, he is even more surprised at the feelings he is beginning to develop for Holly.
I wanted to like this book but the narration didn't grab me and the story line couldn't keep me.
This story is told by the daughter of one of the first women accused of witchery. Through Sarah Carrier's eyes we see how the family struggled with every day life during these Puritan times and how Sarah and her family dealt with Martha's imprisonment and subsequent death when accused of being a witch.
Winningham's performance was a bit dry and lacking, even though the story is meant to show how difficult life was during those times.
Things are just not going well for Sookie, she seems to have her plate full most of the time. First, the vampire king of Las Vegas, Arkansas and Louisiana is in town and causing Eric some problems. To add to Eric's woes, a young woman is found murdered in his yard and it is the same woman Eric just had a drink from.
Sam is dating a new were, the enforcer for Alcied's Longtooth pack and this were doesn't seem to like Sookie, for reasons unknown.
Sookie's fairy cousin Claude is also causing Sookie problems, just by being his usual selfish self and Sookie learns there are strange things going on at Claude's strip club.
Sookie is still worried about her rare and one-of-a-kind magical fairy object and it seems as though someone would like to take it from her, at any cost.
Fans of Sookie Stackhouse books will not be disappointed. Johanna Parker does an excellent job at the narration, in fact, her portrayal of Sookie is what drew me in to this series.
This is not a story as much as it is a history or documentary of the 1860 murder of a young boy, Saville Kent, and the well known and respected Scotland Yard detective, Jonathan Whicher. I will confess, it gets a bit boring at times so if you are looking for something with action, you may want to pass this by. If you are looking for a history lesson of the British police, their words and phrases, and how investigations were handled, you'll enjoy this book.
Claire Cosi, manager of the iconic Village Blend coffee house, finds herself pulled into another murder investigation after finding her friend, and traveling Santa, shot dead in a nearby alley. Worried the police are going to chalk it up as a random mugging gone wrong, Claire refuses to let her friend's murderer get away.
Rebecca Gibel's performance is crisp and delightful.
Johanna Parker is lively, animated, and entertaining in the Sookie Stackhouse books, everything she is not in this story. At times it seems like she is rushing through the sentences. The reading was so poor, I couldn't continue past the first 45 minutes of the story. I'd rather read the book myself. I can't even say if the story is engaging, since the reading turns you away.
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