I purchased this book hoping to find smart, interesting characters and a somewhat upbeat story.
What I found was Skye, the main character, living in an intolerant small town surrounding by some of the most awful family members I could imagine. I'm sure these situations exist in real life. However, they are not what I Iook for in recreational reading.
I really wanted to like Skye. However, at the time this story is set her life seems rather grim. When I got to Chapter 10, I just couldn't listen anymore. I had completely lost interest.
Christine Leto's narration was fine.
Sometimes I am in the mood for a "cosy" style mystery. A mystery that has an intriguing plot, likable characters, an interesting setting, a bit of humor, and moves along at a relaxed, steady pace. For me this was that kind of book.
In order to enjoy this book you will need to be able to suspend your disbelief to accept a skeleton who walks, talks, and loses a few bones when he's feeling down, You must also accept that this skeleton (whose name is Sid) has been part of a family for over 30 years.
Main character Georgia Thackery is a college professor, daughter of two college professors. I know almost nothing about the academic world, so this aspect of the story was interesting to me.
Narrator Katina Kalin is excellent. I was never confused about which character was speaking. And I was never distracted by extreme character "voices".
This is a book you can listen to while driving, doing chores, going to sleep, or just relaxing. I found the book to be very entertaining. I look forward to reading more books in this series.
Drama and comedy shows were still being broadcast on the radio when I was a child. I remember sitting in front of a large console radio to listen to "The Green Hornet". Television became the prime broadcast medium, but I still enjoy listening to dramatized radio shows.
The Paul Temple series was broadcast on the BBC for over 30 years, ending in 1969. Writer Paul Temple and his wife, Steve (a woman), assist Scotland Yard in solving crimes. Red herrings and plot twists are part of the formula and part of the fun. The "final act", in which the criminal is revealed, usually takes place at some form of cocktail party.
The acting and production of these shows is excellent.
If you are looking for pure entertainment and a bit of nostalgia, this series is a good bet.
The mystery starts early in this book, and continues until the end. Clare Cosi manages a coffee house. She is also an amateur sleuth whose significant other is a detective for the New York Police Department. Clare's adventures as a detective are probably unlikely, but very entertaining. She is smart and usually sensible enough not to put her life in danger.
This book had enough plot twists and interesting characters to keep me entertained and interested. I found Clare to be a likable protagonist. Narrator Rebecca Gibel has a pleasing voice and a deft talent for character voices.
This book is a later entry in a series, but stands on it's own. I look forward to reading other books in the series. This one is a winner for me.
I was in the mood for a relaxing "cozy." Based on the publishers comments this book sounded like a good bet. I listened to the entire book, but was never drawn in to the location, the story or the characters.
Candy Holliday is a first time amateur sleuth. When a family friend is accused of murder, Candy decides to find the "real killer". Amateur sleuths are fine with me, but not when they risk their own lives and the lives of friends. Candy believes she has to do this because law enforcement in her small town is totally inept - another thing that irritates me in mysteries.
None of the characters seemed very well defined or unique. The pace was a little slow for my taste; some scenes went on longer than they needed to without adding anything to the story.
Narrator Tavia Gilbert often has a breathy quality to her voice that sounded melodramatic in some scenes. I found the voice she used for Candy's best friend Maggie to be distinctive, but irritating.
I wish I had liked this book better.
I read alot of books in the "mystery" category. I've read several of Julie Kramer's earlier books. Throughout this book there were plot twists that I did not aniticipate. That pleased me.
Main character Riley Spartz is an investigative reporter for a local TV station. Julie Kramer was an investigative reported at a local television station in my area - she knows what she's writing about.
The pace of the story is quick, and there are plenty of twists and turns. The book is entertaining - a "good listen". I won't mention specific plot points - they could be "spoilers".
Narrator Bernadette Dunne is very good. Her voice adds to the story without being distracting.
I discovered this series a few months ago. It has quickly become one of my favorites.
In this adventure Judge Deborah Knott travels to High Point, North Carolina. She arrives at the start of the International Home Furnishings Market. Early in the story Deborah meets an eccentric woman who is central to the mystery that unfolds.
The descriptions of the "Market" are vivid and interesting. I felt like I was there with Debrah Knott, seeing everything she was seeing. The characters are varied and unique. The plot moves right along without feeling rushed.
I can't wait to read the next entry in the series.
I was not a big fan of Laverne and Shirley. I did enjoy some of the films Peny Marshall directed, particularly "Big" and "A League of Their Own". I doubt I would have bought this book had it not been on sale.
My first concern was whether I could tolerate Ms. Marshall's unique voice. I got used to it and didn't find it irritating. This is a very personal story. It wouldn't seem authentic if it were narrated by anyone else.
I grew up in a suburb in a reasonably well functioning family. I enjoy my rather ordinary life, Ms. Marshall's life has been vastly different from mine and I was intrigued to learn about it. Much of the book is a recitation of events in a mostly chronological order.
What appealed to me most is Ms. Marshall's honesty and lack of pretention. I don't believe this is a great book. but liked it and I like Penny Marshall.
I have read and enjoyed several books in this series, all of them "out of sequence". I was able enjoy each book on it's own. In this first book of the series, I learned how Masie's story begins.
I like Masie very much. She's caring. intelligent and brave without being foolhardy.
The story begins in the years just before World War 1, and ends a few years after the war's end. Most of what I know about this period I've learned from this series of books (and Downton Abbey). Reading these stories has made me curious about the era and I intend to read some non-fiction books about it.
The plot was intricate enough to hold my interest. The pacing was brisk, but allowed time for character development.
Narrator Rita Barrington is excellent. Her voice is pleasing. Her diction is excellent.
This is a well plotted mystery. However, this book seemed to drag a bit in comparison to some of the contemporary writers I enjoy.
Narrator Diana Bishop has excellent diction. However, there was a quality to her voice that irritated me slightly.
The characters didn't "come to life" for me. They were described well by the author, but they never seemed very real to me.
Perhaps it was just this particular book that didn't work for me. I may try an earlier book in the series to see if that appeals to me.
I discovered the Hamish Macbeth series years ago and was delighted when reading the books. Listening to the books is even more fun. One reason is that I can hear the correct pronounciations for some of the words that I could only guess at when seeing them on the page.
Hamish Macbeth is a policeman in a small village. The village is populated with quirky, interesting characters. Hamish is just as quirky and interesting. He is also very perceptive and very clever. He regularly outsmarts the police from a nearby large city. And he regularly dodges the promotions they want to give him. He's happy in his village.
All of these factors combine to make great stories with plenty of witty humor.
Narrator Graeme Malcolm is excellent. His voice is pleasing. He manages to differentiate character voices in a way that is not distracting. His Scottish accent may not be accurate. , I suspect if the accent was accurate someone like me, from the Upper Midwest of the USA, might not be able to understand it!
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