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Jill

Great Bend, KS, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 7 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 622 titles in library
  • 69 purchased in 2014
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  • The Keys to the Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Mary Jago had donated her own bone marrow to save the life of someone she didn’t know. And this generous act led directly to the bitter break-up of her affair with Alistair. For him, it was as though her beauty had been plundered. But the man whose life she had saved would change Mary’s life in a way she could never have imagined.

    Marlène says: "Good and clever, as they say a page turner"
    "Rendell is always good"
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    What did you love best about The Keys to the Street?

    The story involves the setting and makes you live in the park


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

    You know something is wrong but you can not guess what


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Return to the park by Mary with dog


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Rendell manages to weave current issues into her stories, here organ donation. Keeps her writing current and fresh

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (768)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    David Walker says: "Back in 3 Pines"
    "Lost the Way?"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Long Way Home? What did you like least?

    Familiar characters we all love but this is my least favorite of the series....by a very long way. Perhaps Ms Penny was reluctant to part with the character so parts of the book felt protracted for no reason, editing might have improved it. The ending felt just a little soap opera like. The series always seemed real although magical to me but this book did not.


    What was most disappointing about Louise Penny’s story?

    It seemed to much like a soap opera to me. Killing off a character is fine with me but the manner seemed as if designed for the maximum emotional drain...


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

    Accents, change of tone for each character.


    Was The Long Way Home worth the listening time?

    Perhaps


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Jewels of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career elsewhere, mostly abroad. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Birmingham, England, as a research fellow and assistant professor. Birmingham, however, is no Venice, so when she gets word of a position back home, Caterina jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one.

    Ruth says: "A "mystery" of a different sort, . ."
    "Vehicle for her own views"
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    Would you try another book from Donna Leon and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    I like Brunetti series


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I Hear Sirens in the Street


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    both slow


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The food described is always good but Leon wrote this as a way of venting her dislike of the Catholic Church and her view of people who believe as fools to be pitied or liars


    Any additional comments?

    Just too much of Leon's own anti-Catholic rant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1702)
    Performance
    (1479)
    Story
    (1478)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "new to me"
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    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    interesting main character


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The place of the story, few books I have read are set in Denmark. The story itself was a bit much in one way......not to spoil the plot but I did find myself saying oh really!


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    He gets every name, word, accent spot on.


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

    Cruel Danes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damascus Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Stone
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Christopher Lucas, unsure of his own beliefs, is wandering through Jerusalem, working on an article about religious mania. When he meets Sonia Barnes, dusky nightclub singer, devoted Sufi and mystic, he is entranced. As Sonia helps Lucas meet some of the visionaries and gurus who fill the city, the two suddenly find that they have become pawns in a fanatical bombing plot.

    W.Denis says: "Much to learn"
    "Learned Much, Entertained Greatly"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book teaches so much about all the complex issues in the middle east conflict that involves religion, ownership of land, and grudges that go back several centuries. George Guidall is a great great reader and he does one of his best here. I bought a hard back copy of this book after I listened to this audible, I will read and re-read this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Queen: And How She Came to Court

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ford Madox Ford
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (11)

    The Fifth Queen is Ford Maddox Ford’s masterful trilogy of historical fiction centered on Katharine Howard, a young girl of a proud, noble, and impoverished family who catches the jaded eye of Henry VIII and becomes his controversial fifth Queen.

    Jill says: "same queen, different story"
    "same queen, different story"
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    All history has said Howard was a foolish, uneducated teenager who did her best with an obese King with a reeking wound on his leg. Clearly involved with men closer to her own age and in her cousin especially.This author has her the most learned, saintly of women. Wise beyond her years and dedicated to bringing England back to the Catholic faith, deeply in love with Henry, who is large but not disgustingly so and whose leg is now healed. The language was sounding very old England and traditions, etc were good. But this is a view of this queen the likes of which no one has heard.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Mary is quietly celebrating her independence, having nursed her ailing mother for many years. She decides to write a book to bring the plight of the poor to everyone's attention. But with more resolve than experience, as she sets out to travel around the country, it's not only her family who are concerned about her....

    Amanda says: "Take it or leave it."
    "It was a disappointment"
    Overall

    This is just a silly book. I though perhaps it would be a tale of a woman finding independence in early 1800s England. But no, there was a demented monk with child slaves, hidden gold, secret half brothers, it was just a silly book that got sillier as the reading went on. Save your money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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