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Linda

snowbyrd13

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  • Murder of a Sweet Old Lady: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    When she left Scumble River years ago, school psychologist Skye Denison thought she’d never be back. But after a run of bad luck in the big city, she has a new appreciation for the down-home charm of small-town life - and decides to start over in the town where she started out… When Skye’s beloved grandmother is found dead in her bed, the family consensus is natural causes. Still, Skye insists on an autopsy - an examination that proves the sweet old lady was, in fact, murdered! But who could have done the deadly deed?

    Karen says: "Good small town cozy"
    "Not What I Hoped For"
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    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.




    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Cumming
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (955)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (874)

    With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

    Angie says: "If You've Been Through Something Similar..."
    "NOT A LIGHTHEARTED "SHOWBIZ" STORY"
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    This book deals with a difficult period in the life of Alan Cumming. It is the story of how he came to terms with issues that had troubled him since childhood.

    I usually don't seek out books like this. However, I like Alan Cumming as an actor and this title was on my "wish list." When it popped up as a "Deal of the Day", I purchased it. I'm glad I did.

    In this book, Cumming relates shocking stories of childhood incidents that haunted him into his adult life. He also discusses the actions he took to come to grips with his emotional pain. He uses a "then" and "now" approach to tell the story. I liked this style very much. I might not have finished this book if it had been page after page of childhood misery

    Hearing Alan Cumming tell this story in his own voice made this book very special for me. I love the tone of his voice and his Scottish accent. This book had an emotional impact on me that I don't believe would have occurred had I read it.

    Understand this is not a light hearted story. It is a heartfelt story, made more impactful by the narration of the author.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Body in the Belfry: Faith Fairchild, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Katherine Hall Page
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    During her years spent in New York City, Faith Fairchild was convinced she had seen pretty much everything. But the transplanted caterer/minister's wife was unprepared for the surprises awaiting her in the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford. And she is especially taken aback by the dead body of a pretty young thing she discovers stashed in the church's belfry.

    KC Burrows says: "Great debut"
    "Good Cozy With a Sense of Humor"
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    I enjoyed this book. The characters are interesting and likable. The small town setting is pleasant. The mystery element is good. There are touches of humor that caused me chuckle out loud as I listened.

    The only thing that didn't appeal to me was a protagonist who decided she had to solve the murder herself. In the process she ended up in mortal danger. Based on the tone of the book I expected she would be rescued, and she was. This is a common thing is many mysteries and it annoys me.

    This is a good choice for an "easy listen" cozy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2124)
    Performance
    (1891)
    Story
    (1901)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Heartfelt and Moving"
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    I purchased this book because I have enjoyed watching the TV version on PBS.

    The description of the conditions in some of the stories is heartbreaking. Sometimes I would set the book aside for weeks or months at a time because it was so troubling to me to read about the situations. The book is structured in an episodic manner, so it was easy to pick up the story where I'd left off, even if it had been many weeks.

    I'm glad I finally finished the book. It ends on a hopeful and positive note. There are even some episodes that are laugh out loud funny.

    Jennifer Worth has done an excellent job of making the characters and locations come to life in her descriptions. My mental images may have been enhanced by watching the TV show.

    By choice I do not have children. Even so, I found this book compelling and enjoyable.

    Nicola Barber's narration is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Play Dead: A Museum Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The new exhibit at the Philadelphia children's museum, Let's Play, isn't meant to be shocking - but when one of the installers is zapped with a fatal electrical charge, it's up to Nell to put her detective skills on display.

    Beatrice says: "Fun and entertaining"
    "Interesting Setting and No Cats"
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    I like cats. However, it seems to me that many cozy mystery series feature a protagonist who has cats. I read and enjoy some of those series. However, it is refreshing to find a series in which the protagonist does not have cats.

    Nell Pratt has recently been promoted to Director of a museum in Philadelphia. I like Nell.
    And I find her work, as described in this book, interesting. This is the second book of this series. The action picks up a month or two after the events in the first book. The "back story" is briefly explained in the second book. I believe a reader could enjoy this book without reading the first one.

    The pace of this book is moderate. The mystery is not especially complex. What I enjoy about this book is the day to day events of Nell's life. Two unique new characters are introduced; I believe they will add interest in future books.

    This is an easy going book with no graphic sex, violence or language. I don't find it as compelling as some of my favorite authors. However, I plan to read the next entry in the series because I look forward to more time with Nell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder at the Opera: A Capital Crimes Novel #22

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Margaret Truman
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When Charise Lee, a young Asian Canadian soprano, is found stabbed in the heart backstage during rehearsals, she suddenly goes from scarcely being seen as a star to taking center stage. Georgetown law professor Mac Smith thought he'd just be carrying a rapier in Tosca as a favor to his beloved Annabel, but now they're both being pressured by the panicked theater board to unmask a killer. Providing accompaniment will be former homicide detective, current P.I., and eternal opera fan Raymond Pawkins.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another good story."
    "Love This Series"
    Overall
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    This book has a complex plot that held some surprises for me. As the story progessed I found myself guessing how it would end . . . and I was wrong. Though I am not an opera fan, I found the parts of the book that dealt with opera to be interesting. There are many characters, all of whom I found interesting, even the ones who weren't very admirable.

    There are murders in this book. However, there is no explicit violence.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
    Overall
    (1676)
    Performance
    (1524)
    Story
    (1518)

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

    Anne Morris says: "I don't normally write reviews but..."
    "Enchanting"
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    This is a fascinating story made superb by the narration of Cary Elwes. He's simply amazing.

    I don't remember if I first saw this movie in a theater or as a video. I do remember that I enjoyed it very much. The next time I see the film I feel certain I will enjoy it even more.

    As I listened I was able to visualize the scenes, feeling as though I were there. There was never a dull moment.

    If you've seen the movie and liked it even a little, I believe you will enjoy this book. Even if you haven't seen the movie, this book is entertaining and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silencing Sam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Julie Kramer
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    TV reporter Riley Spartz publicly clashes with local gossip writer Adam Lorenzo and throws a drink in his face after he implies in his newspaper column that she cheated on her dead husband. When the gossip is found shot to death, she is shocked to be charged with murder. Though the victim was widely despised, police seem unwilling to look any further for suspects, and Riley must use her skills to secretly investigate the case before it's too late and she winds up in jail.

    tcols says: "Fun, Easy, Listen"
    "Entertaining Mystery"
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    Main character Riley Spartz is fiesty. She's also driven, smart and vulnerable. She is never boring. I like her,

    This is a good mystery with a plot that had some surprising twists for me. Author Julie Kramer was a TV news reporter in the area where I live. I believe there is truth in what she writes about the way things work in local TV news.

    I've read all of Julie Kramer's Riley Spartz books and never been disappointed with them. If you are looking for an entertaining mystery this is a good bet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Walks through Walls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (598)

    When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Richard Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.

    Christopher says: "Great book, presentation was disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    I have recently reread Heinlein's "Stranger In A Strange Land" and "The Puppet Masters" and enjoyed them very much.

    I simply could not get interested in this book. I gave up at Chapter 12. The dialogue seemed stilted and old fashioned, like the script from a mediocre 1940's film. In fact I did an internet search to see when this book was written, thinking that it might be an early effort. I was surprised to learn that the book was published in the 1980's (if the information on Wikipedia is correct).

    Perhaps one day I'll try to finish the book. I just can't listen to anymore of it right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mobbed: A Regan Reilly Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carol Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    New York Times best-selling author Carol Higgins Clark is a native of New Jersey. So is her sleuth Regan Reilly. In Mobbed, Clark sends Regan “down the shore” where they have both vacationed since childhood. But this trip turns out to be no vacation for Regan!

    M. Giorgi says: "Jealous and Obsessed"
    "Good "Background" Book"
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    I believe this book would be a good listen as "background". It would a good choice for listening while traveling by car or doing household chores. I like "quirky" characters, and there were some in this book. The pace is brisk. In fact, it felt a little rushed to me.

    I may purchase more books in the series, but only if I need something to listen to while I'm also doing something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cinderella Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (194)

    In a first-time collaboration, "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark partners with best-selling author Alafair Burke to deliver a brand new suspense series about a television program featuring cold case murders.

    Jean says: "Engrossing"
    "Good Plot Predictable Characters"
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    I expected more from the "Queen of Suspense" Carol Higgins Clark and "best sellng author" Alafair Burke. While I didn't guess the who did the crime(s). I did guess which character would be in mortal peril as the book drew to a close.

    The plot was good and the pace was brisk. However, the characters were predictable and not very interesting to me. This is the first book of what may become a series. If there are more books, and the characters become more interesting, I might consider reading another book in this series.

    Julie Kramer writes mysteries about a TV reporter. I find her books much more satisfying than "The Cinderella Murders."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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