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Michele

Wilmington, NC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 9 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 75 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Secrets in the Heather

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gwen Kirkwood
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Pringle brothers, especially Andrew, take Victoria under their wing, and she is allowed to work in the kitchens of the castle, once the domain of Mistress McCrady. As Victoria grows into a beautiful young woman, and a talented cook, she must face up to new choices and opportunities, and come to terms with a long-buried secret in her past.

    Michele says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointed"
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    What would have made Secrets in the Heather better?

    I am very disappointed that there is cursing in this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gwen Kirkwood again?

    It is doubtful that i will listen or read anything by Kirkwood again.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I will stick with Miss Read, and D. E. Stevenson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hardcastle's Airmen: Hardcastle Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Graham Ison
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    In February 1915, the Great War is still raging on the Western Front, but in Westminster, at the centre of Hardcastle's bailiwick, a policeman is shot dead. At first, Hardcastle believes the murderer to have been a disturbed burglar. But as enquiries continue, attention focuses on an antiquarian bookseller, a struggling artist, a reporter, officers of the Royal Flying Corps, both in England and in France, and the activities of Isabel Plowman, the wife of one of them and the lover of others.

    JoAnn says: "Just OK"
    "Not for me :("
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    I guess that I didn't read the narrative well enough. I was expecting a "cozy" murder series without foul language or descriptive sexual scenes. I was disappointed and did not finish the book. The narrator was very good, however, I will not read more G. Ison books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Kingfisher: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director renames the woods "The Fairy Glen," and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover. It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive.

    Chablis from Seattle says: "A delightful, tangled web of intrigue!"
    "Bad language!"
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    I would have liked the story if the author could have written it without the use of vile language. I like the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wimbledon Poisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nigel Williams
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Henry Farr is forty years old. He is suburban, average, conventional - and desperate to be rid of his wife, Elinor. Inspired by a grisly episode in Wimbledon's local history, Farr begins to concoct a recipe for the perfect murder. But his plans go terribly, terribly wrong - and before long, poor Henry's best efforts to set himself free, in fact send him spiralling wildly out of control.

    Michele says: "Terrible"
    "Terrible"
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    Had I known this book would contain such vile language, I would not have purchased it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Irish Country Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    Barry Laverty, M.B., is looking forward to his first Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. That unhappy prospect dampens his spirits somewhat, but Barry has little time to dwell on his romantic disappointments. Christmas may be drawing nigh, but there is little peace to be found on earth, especially for a young doctor plying his trade in the emerald hills and glens of rural Ireland.

    Sara says: "A wonderful christmas listen"
    "Too much bad language!"
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    What would have made An Irish Country Christmas better?

    I could only listen to a small bit of this book. There was just too much swearing. Bad language really puts me off.


    What was most disappointing about Patrick Taylor’s story?

    I was looking forward to lovely Irish characters; lilting brogues, laughter and warmth in a series that i could settle into and anjoy over and over but bad language renders a book unreadable for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so looking forward to a lovely Irish series that could settle down and savour like Herriot or D. E. Stevenson or Miss Read. I wish this series were more like them.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Psalms

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Naxos AudioBooks
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The 150 Psalms contain some of the most inspiring lines in the Old Testament: Psalm 23 "The Lord is My Shepherd" and Psalm 121 "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills". Yet few know them as a set, and this recording, in Alex Jennings' clear performance, allows us to consider them as a whole. They are not all uplifting and comfortable. Many involve darker sentiments of revenge or punishment; many appear to be by David or about David; others are To the chief Musician upon Gittith.

    Michele says: "The absolute best version of Psalms!"
    "The absolute best version of Psalms!"
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    Where does The Psalms rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks #1 among my favorites!


    What other book might you compare The Psalms to and why?

    No other book really compares to this one. It is finely performed with calming and lovely selections of music. It is the KJB, which is most beautiful.


    Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favorite?

    Mr. Jennings does a superb job, I love his rendering.


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

    No. This is a book I like to listen to in bed at night as I drift off to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book with a wonderful narrator. It could not be better!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte Fairlie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (26)

    Charlotte Fairlie is a successful, elegant career woman. Still in her 20s, she has landed a job as headmistress of her old school. She is admired and liked by both staff and pupils - but she begins to feel there is something missing in her well-organised life. Then one summer she goes to stay with a young pupil on the remote Scottish Isle of Targ. In the romantic atmosphere of the Highlands, anything can happen - and even the cool, efficient Charlotte surprises herself.

    susan says: "A good "read""
    "Another lovely book by D. E. Stevenson"
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    What made the experience of listening to Charlotte Fairlie the most enjoyable?

    Ms. Neville's voice was perfect for each character, especially Charlotte. Slight scottish brogue.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character of Tessa was beautiful.


    What about Hilary Neville’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Neville has a gentle voice, annunciates well and has a nice lilt to it. She performs all characters well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The character of Tessa was so lovely, she is intuitive and bright with fresh and gentle honesty. I was moved at the tenderness of Tessa's father also.


    Any additional comments?

    A very lovely story of charcters with character. Stevenson paints a lovely picture of an isle in Scotland that is wonderful and bright.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    Mrs. Pringle, the lugubrious school cleaner, has always been a favorite character in the Fairacre series. Here, through the eyes and anecdotes of the schoolmistress Miss Read, and others, we trace Maud Pringle's life. They include childhood visits to the village from her Caxley home, through her working days before her marriage to Fred Pringle, and on to her long association with Fairacre School. We meet again many old friends as they cross Mrs. Pringle's path....

    Kathleen says: "Fairacre-the perfect English village-enjoy!"
    "Another great story"
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    Where does Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre ranks among my favorites. Lovely village life, with great characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I did like Mrs. Pringle in this story. Her gruff personality is funny but in this book, we could see a bit more of her life.


    Which character – as performed by Gwen Watford – was your favorite?

    I like all Ms. Watford's character and it amazes me that she is able to do so many voices, even male voices so well.


    If you could take any character from Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Miss Read to dinner, she has such an insight to each of the villagers.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Battles at Thrush Green

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Feelings are running high in the Cotswold village of Thrush Green. The rector's plan for the neglected churchyard doesn't meet with universal approval; there is a clash of personalities at the local school; and someone has returned to the village after an absence of 50 years.

    Debi says: "A trip back in time to a gentler place."
    "Excellent"
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    If you could sum up Battles at Thrush Green in three words, what would they be?

    Read never disappoints!


    What other book might you compare Battles at Thrush Green to and why?

    All Miss Read books are all comforting books with enjoyable British village life and characters.


    What about Gwen Watford’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Watford is my favorite narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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