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  • The Child's Child: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    When their grandmother dies, Grace and Andrew Easton inherit her sprawling, book-filled London home, Dinmont House. Rather than sell it, the adult siblings move in together, splitting the numerous bedrooms and studies. The arrangement is unusual, but ideal for the affectionate pair - until the day Andrew brings home a new boyfriend. A devilishly handsome novelist, James Derain resembles Cary Grant, but his strident comments about Grace’s doctoral thesis soon puncture the house’s idyllic atmosphere. When he and Andrew witness their friend’s murder outside a London nightclub, James begins to unravel.

    Yennta says: "Wha?"
    "Loved it until the ending...."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Child's Child the most enjoyable?

    Wonderful voices by Coomes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Child's Child?

    Switching to past story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Maude's daughter's announcement.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish the ending had been a bit less ambiguous; wanted to really know what happened to the main character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vows of Silence: Simon Serrailler 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Gunmen are terrorising young women in the Cathedral town of Lafferton. What - if anything - links the apparently random murders? Is the marksman with a rifle the same person as the killer with a handgun? Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler falls back on well tried police methods such as questioning neighbours and house-to-house searches.

    Ruth says: "taut writing, narrator perfect - read in order!!!"
    "Still love Susan Hill's books!"
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    If you could sum up The Vows of Silence in three words, what would they be?

    Real surprise ending.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cat is my favorite, even though I like Simon, even with his flaws.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only hear him on Hill's books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really, really am put out with the fact that Hill kills off characters that we have come to know and care about. If I wanted doom and gloom, I'd read True Crime novels.


    Any additional comments?

    Even with the comment above, I still come back for more of Susan Hill's books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pure in Heart: Simon Serrailler 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (172)

    Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, first introduced in The Various Haunts of Men, is on a painting holiday in Venice when he is summoned home by a telephone call. He has family problems to face, and the stress and grind of running a busy police station. When a little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school, an ordinary community realises that terror and evil are in their very midst.

    Rebecca says: "Love This Series!"
    "Love Susan Hill's Serrailler books!"
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    Would you listen to The Pure in Heart again? Why?

    Probably not; I don't reread books (or listen to them twice).


    What other book might you compare The Pure in Heart to and why?

    Anything by Ruth Rendell. They are just a cut above most of the quickly hammered out books.


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads beautifully and the subtle difference in voices of characters is masterful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Can't say without ruining the story for others.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The St. Zita Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Carol Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    From three-time Edgar Award-winning mystery writer Ruth Rendell comes a captivating tale of residents and servants on one block of a posh London street - and the deadly ways their lives intertwine. Life in the well-manicured London locale of Hexam Place is not as placid and orderly as it appears. Behind the tranquil gardens and polished entryways, relationships between servants and their employers are set to combust. Henry, the handsome valet to Lord Studley, is sleeping with both the Lord's wife and his university-age daughter.

    Susianna says: "Cast of Unlikable Characters Doing Very Little"
    "Latest great book from an always-wonderful writer."
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    If you could sum up The St. Zita Society in three words, what would they be?

    Twists of fate.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The St. Zita Society?

    Rad's last visit to Lucy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    June's triumph.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Shock at some of the twists.


    Any additional comments?

    Felt as though the end could have used more detail to what happened to the characters. I think I can figure out what came next but I tend to like the author to spell it out a bit more for me so I can be sure my thoughts are the same as hers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1316)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1147)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Wonderful story; great cliff-hanger"
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    What did you love best about The Beautiful Mystery?

    This book sweeps you up in a story about beautiful music and a thought-provoking mystery. The end of the book keeps you hanging waiting for the next one to resolve a mystery in Gamache's own life. Can't wait for the next book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gamache -- always!


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    All good; hard to choose.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A forgotten monastery sweeps you up in a mystery within a mystery....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2573)
    Performance
    (2210)
    Story
    (2198)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Another great book from Tana French!"
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    What did you love best about Broken Harbor?

    Always love her books and this is an absolutely absorbing story from a great author.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely!


    What does Stephen Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wonderful variety of voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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