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Christine

Birdsboro, Panama | Member Since 2006

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  • 8 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 555 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Alice I Have Been: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Samantha Eggar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit holeand the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.

    Christine says: "Wonderful...but missing the author's note"
    "Solid Underpinnings, Beautifully Written"
    Overall

    As a person quite familiar with the actual histories of Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), Alice P. (Liddell) Hargreaves, and the "Adventures of Alice Underground" I must say that this is one of the most lovely, beautifully-written, and enchanting fictional works done on this subject.

    Yes, it touches upon the 20th and 21st Century conjecture that Dodgson (as well as John Ruskin) was a paedophile, but does so with factual convention and without salacious conjecture or uncomfortable accusation. (I personally believe Dodgson was not a paedophile, by the way.)

    The very intricate weaving of facts with fiction, along with the authentic historical nature of this book, is breathtaking for both those who know little or alot about the persons involved.

    In fact, the intricacy is so striking that I urge those who listen to this book to search online for the persons mentioned in order to fully understand just how profound and complicated this story really is, and how masterfully it has been written.

    A "must read".

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (432)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "Stick With It!"
    Overall

    This is one of THE most compelling books I have read in a very, very long time. It took me 6 or 7 tries to get past the first 30 minutes due to the narrator, but once the story thread is picked up, you just can't stop listening. The only reason I gave 4 stars is due to the narration. So, stick with it! As far as plots and storylines go, this book is a winner.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Of Bees and Mist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Erick Setiawan
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Of Bees and Mist centers on Meridia, who, at age 16, tries to escape her alienating childhood and her mysterious parents by running away to marry a tenderhearted young man, whose family is harboring secrets of their own. There is a grave hidden in the garden. There are two sisters groomed from birth to despise each other. And there is Eva, the formidable matriarch whose grievances swarm the air in an army of bees

    Christine says: "Bizarre But Good"
    "Bizarre But Good"
    Overall

    I'm almost through listening to this book, and I must say, it's a nice deviation from the "normal" novel chronicaling the tumultuous life of a main character.

    This story is ... weird. It's not a fantasy novel, but one that is of the mystical: fortune tellers, spells, curses, psychic influences, ghosts, and twisted storylines. Tragedies of the oddest nature, and descriptions which make one wonder if they are literal or figurative abound. The story moves along well; there are lots of characters to hate and pity, and occurances to silently applaud. The bizarre nature of this story is actually what kept me listening.

    The novel had an historical feel to me. Not modern, but not exactly ancient, either. It's hard for me to pin down a good, solid review for you, but I wasn't sorry to have parted with a credit to listen to it.

    If you want to listen to something out of the norm, but aren't into fantasy, give this strange little gem a try!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (4884)
    Performance
    (2924)
    Story
    (2926)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Deliciously Flawed and Bittersweet"
    Overall

    Don't be afraid to listen to this book! I vehemently disagree with the reviews which make this book sound like an empty, slow, unsatisfying read.

    It is beautifully written, with just the right amount of character flaws, dry humor, ironic twists, and bittersweet resolve peppered over a masterful crime novel.

    The lack of Irish accents is not a problem, and the lack is, in fact, often referenced in the novel itself.

    I would not be surprised, as this book seems to be the first in a series, that the mystery of "In The Woods" will resurface, and may ultimately be resolved.

    The main crime portion of the plot *is* completely solved, and that is more than enough to keep me coming back to this author every chance I get.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (347)

    Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And 21 years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men - and the women who love them.

    beth says: "So-So for Nora"
    "Oh, Dear! Such A Narrator ..."
    Overall

    The story, in and of itself, was a good one. If you aren't into listening to sex scenes, however, you might want to get ready to toggle your MP3 player forward at times.

    I suppose that my biggest problem with this book, and the reason I gave it 4 stars, is the narrator. He has a fine resonant voice, however when he attempted to voice the ladies, he sounded like Nathan Lane in "The Birdcage". Or, for those of you of the younger persuasion, he sounded very much like Chris Crocker of YouTube fame during his rant to "leave Britney alone!".

    My husband and I did laugh at the voices, though. One character in particular sounded like Liberace. LOL!

    If you're concerned, be sure to listen to the snippet provided.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Siege

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    A chance encounter on the snowy slopes of a castle moat throws together three lonely teenagers: Emily, Simon, and the highly enigmatic Marcus, who is the catalyst for all that follows. At first the castle's ruins are merely the backdrop to a day in the snow. But when the three break into the forbidden interior of the keep, they find the castle taking on a different and deeper meaning. Despite the freezing conditions, they spend the night there, to experience the power of occupation.

    Shelly M. Felton says: "Is this the same author!?!?!"
    "Fine Book"
    Overall

    Personally, I didn't have a problem with the narration of this book, but if you are concerned, be sure to listen to the snippet offered.

    I found this book enjoyable, and was riveted during the last two or three CDs. The ending did provoke a reaction, both from me and my 14 yr. old daughter (who loved the book).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • S is for Silence: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again. In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband.

    Christine says: "Worth Every Second"
    "Worth Every Second"
    Overall

    Loved this book! The excellent, expressive narrative skill of Judy Kaye makes this latest installation of the Kinsey Millhone series interesting and worth every second.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Break No Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Dorothee Berryman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (138)

    The inspiration for the hit Fox series Bones, Kathy Reichs explores another high-stakes crime from today's headlines, in a case that lands forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan in the middle of a gruesome international scheme.

    Meridith says: "Unbearable Narrator"
    "Good Story; Awful Narration"
    Overall

    As with all Kathy Reichs novels, the story is sound, but in this particular reading, the narrator was absolutely terrible! She sounded as though she was reading an instruction manual rather than a good, solid mystery. Very distracting and disappointing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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