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Deborah

Homer, Alaska, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Red Door: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (258)

    June 1920. In a house with a red door lies the body of a woman who has been bludgeoned to death. Rumor has it that two years earlier, she'd painted that door to welcome her husband back from the Front - only he never came home. Meanwhile, in London, a man suffering from a mysterious illness first goes missing and then just as suddenly reappears. He is unable to explain his recovery. Inspector Ian Rutledge must solve the cases.

    Linda Lou says: "AN ADDICTIVE SERIES!"
    "Wish the Whole Series were Audio"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Red Door the most enjoyable?

    I spend a lot of time in the car and these novels keep my interest--excellent writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mystery! Also, love historical novels


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

    Yes--same---giving the Characters real life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (677)

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    "One Horrible Graphic Scene"
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    Would you try another book from Alison Weir and/or the narrators?

    Afraid to as I hated the rape scene---much too graphic---I have an imagination and I don't need a detailed description to get the pain of the act.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Overall the story is excellent---really giving the author's insight into the feelings of the real people involved. Absolutely enjoyed that part.


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

    Real life--loved the dramatization with different narrators.


    Could you see Innocent Traitor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes---no idea---but I would never watch it if they left graphic sex scenes in like the book did.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't feel I can recommend it or listen to other of the authors books because I am totally offended by the graphic scene. Don't understand why that had to be in there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wings of Fire: Ian Rutledge, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    When reclusive war poet Olivia Marlowe and her half-brother, Nicholas Cheney, die together in their ancestral home on the Cornish coast, it looks like suicide. The grieving relatives gather together to discuss the fate of Barcombe Hall, when another shocking death occurs. Inspector Rutledge, who is still shell-shocked from his experiences in the Great War, is sent from Scotland Yard to investigate. Rutledge is soon convinced that the answers to this baffling case lie within the family’s secret history.

    Mike says: "Both History and Mystery"
    "Great Listen---Love Charles Todd"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wings of Fire the most enjoyable?

    It is a good story with intrigue without crude language. Love a mystery and also enjoy historical novels that give a window in the past and how lives unfolded.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wings of Fire?

    I liked all the scenes that walked through how the murder might have happened---when Rutledge is trying for figure out which child might be a murderer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end of course when it is all linked together


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Bitter Truth: A Bess Crawford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (203)

    When battlefield nurse Bess Crawford returns from France for a well-earned Christmas leave, she finds a bruised and shivering woman huddled in the doorway of her London residence. The woman has nowhere to turn, and propelled by a firm sense of duty, Bess takes her in.

    Jen says: "Beloved Bess"
    "Great Mystery--love the history"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Bitter Truth to be better than the print version?

    I can only guess, as I did not read the print version---the audio version was great as the characters came alive through Rosalyn's reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy mysteries, but I especially enjoy historical fiction.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    She is able to make even the male characters believable as well as doing a good job of accents.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Love the fact that this writer does not see a need for fowl language or detailed sexual encounters. I have listened to all the Bess Crawfords mysteries and have moved on to Todd's other mystery series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Mother’s Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (286)

    Internationally best-selling author Francine Rivers—winner of a Christy Award and the ECPA Gold Medallion—crafts a riveting tale of mother/daughter bonds stretching across decades. Strong-willed Marta leaves Switzerland early in the 20th century and settles in California. Though Marta loves her eldest daughter Hildie, they often clash as they attempt to find their places in the world.

    Meaghan says: "Another Awesome Read From Francine"
    "A good historical story--W/ Christian Values"
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    What did you love best about Her Mother’s Hope?

    It was a good story and I liked the historical insights--as well as the Christian values. It was inspiring to see what can made of life in difficult situations. It is not just some fluffy romance piece. I like her writing as she can relate harsh situations without being lude or crude.


    What other book might you compare Her Mother’s Hope to and why?

    The only thing I can compare it to is Ms Rivers other series Mark of the Lion, which I liked better because of the details about life during the Roman Empire.


    If you could take any character from Her Mother’s Hope out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Marta's husband--he is unbelievably steady in tough situations.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (459)

    As a Roman trader grieves over a lost slave woman, he begins to learn about the faith that gave her enough strength to face death.

    Susan says: "Very well done!"
    "Excellent insight into Christian/Roman History"
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    If you could sum up An Echo in the Darkness in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, Historical, Refective


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus, not just because he is the center of this story line, but because of his frustrations with Christianity and finally submitting to Almighty God. Haddasah's faith is inspiring.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Marcus' submission to God.


    If you could rename An Echo in the Darkness, what would you call it?

    Submission


    Any additional comments?

    I love Judeo Christian history and this was great--very accurate from what I have studied.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Sampler of American Humor

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Twain, E. P. Butler, W. A. Butler, and others
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    These rib-ticklers include Mark Twain's "The Story of the Old Ram" and "The Story of a Speech"; E. P. Butler's "Pigs Is Pigs"; W. A. Butler's "Nothing to Wear"; Charles Dudley Warner's "How I Killed a Bear"; Eugene Field's "Oon Criteek de Bernhardt", William Livingstone Alden's "Carrie's Comedy", and Edith Wharton's "The Pelican".

    Deborah says: "Great Witty Humor!"
    "Great Witty Humor!"
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    Would you listen to A Sampler of American Humor again? Why?

    Yes, they were not just humorous---but CLEAN stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Sampler of American Humor?

    Mark Twain's story about the visitors to the old man's cabin--great story


    What about Flo Gibson’s performance did you like?

    Her characters were easy to distinguish and follow.


    If you could take any character from A Sampler of American Humor out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I don't know about a Character---but I would love to have had dinner with Mark Twain---he was intellegent and his stories were interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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