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P. Penwood

Armchair sleuth

Beautiful NC, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Spider Woman's Daughter: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Anne Hillerman
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (125)

    Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key.

    rick says: "The slide continues"
    "Hurrah A new Hillerman to read!"
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    I was skeptical about how well anyone could do with characters so recognizable as Chee and Leaphorn. But this author has captured her father's style and story-telling technique very nicely, The Navaho traditions appear as naturally as you would expect, and all the elements are as familiar as a favorite pair of slippers. All of this is wrapped around a mystery as prickly as the plants of the desert home of Chee and Leaphorn.

    Bernie and Jim and the tribal police struggle as they try to solve this shooting without the insights of Leaphorn's years of experience. More than one mystery needs to be solved, adding to the confusion. Another great storyteller comes to the fore, and I would love to read more by Anne Hillerman.

    My sole distraction was the reader. Years in the southwest has taught me that Navaho and most other Native peoples of this area, speak exactly as you and I do. Christina Delaine made nearly every native speaker sound if they were barely in touch with English. They sounded wooden, stilted and like they were acting in a badly directed and stereotyped play at a small-town production where Navaho characters would be exotic. If the story hadn't kept me involved I would have quit listening long before the end. Surely, someone must have heard how badly done this was performed. They should have caught this long before it went public. She did very poor service to the story, the characters and the author, who did a magnificent job of recreating the world of her father's stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Opal Fire: A Stacy Justice Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Barbra Annino
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (288)

    Stacy Justice is your average small-town reporter...who just so happens to be a witch. She’s never had the time or patience to mess around with the magic her grandmother and great-aunts are into, even though Grandma says Stacy has a higher calling. Right now, Stacy has stories to cover, her cousin Cinnamon’s bar to help run, and her cute cop boyfriend and flatulent Great Dane to keep her company. But when someone sets Cinnamon’s bar ablaze - almost killing Stacy in the process - the green-eyed redhead will have to embrace her inner witch after all.

    susan says: "Very enjoyable mystery with a slight bit of magic"
    "Good but could be better"
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    A reporter who happens to be part a family of witches, a suspicious fire, and a reporter-want-to-be with a silent approach are all components in a story that could be both mysterious and fun. However the story itself plays second fiddle to narrator who relates this story at a pace that is both fast and clipped. Granted, first person narratives are not always my favorite, but with the right voice, they can be very entertaining and engaging. But rush through them as if you have better things to do, and the story really loses out. This story has interesting characters, quirky plot twists, humor and even some tingly moments. It could be improved greatly by narrator who sounds more engaged bye material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11368)
    Performance
    (6778)
    Story
    (6662)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "A gift for any parent with a sleepless child."
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    I have listened to this wonderful piece several times. It always makes me laugh, and it reminds me that patience and children are not always busom buddies. There is more truth in this little outing about how hard it can be to be a parent, and a wealth of knowing you are not alone. This path has been travelled by parents since bedtime was invented.

    Listen, laugh, then hug those kids. Remember this too shall pass, and one day you may want it back. Fortunately we have this wonderful piece to help us see humor in in those wee hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Young Sherlock Holmes 2: Red Leech

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andrew Lane
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (16)

    The world’s most famous detective. The most brilliant mind in fiction. But before he became the great detective, who was young Sherlock Holmes?Sherlock knows that Amyus Crow, his mysterious American tutor, has some dark secrets. But he didn't expect to find a notorious killer, hanged by the US government, apparently alive and well in Surrey - and Crow somehow mixed up in it. When no one will tell you the truth, sometimes you have to risk all to discover it for yourself.

    P. Penwood says: "Great story but still a duplicate"
    "Great story but still a duplicate"
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    Where does Young Sherlock Holmes 2: Red Leech rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I foung it quite entertaining, and engaging. I was very concerned to find out it's the same story as "Rebel Fire" by the same author, especially since I was impressed enough by this story and it's predecessor, "Death Cloud" to purchace that version as well. I'm not a young reader, unless you call 60+ young, but as a lofelong Holmes fan, I'm delighted with Andrew Lane's stories. They are well-written, full of great descriptions and lots of adventures.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Young Sherlock Holmes 2: Red Leech?

    The ability of young Sherlock to find his way out of trouble, just as interestingly as he finds his way into it.


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

    No, but I will look for him in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    Just remember, "Rebel Fire" and this book are the same story, they just have different readers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel Fire: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Andrew Lane
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes knows that Amyus Crowe, his mysterious American tutor, has some dark secrets. But he didn’t expect to find John Wilkes Booth, the notorious assassin, apparently alive and well in England - and Crowe somehow mixed up in it. When no one will tell you the truth, sometimes you have to risk all to discover it for yourself. And so begins an adventure that will take Sherlock across the Atlantic, to the center of a deadly web - where a friend is in peril and a defeated army threatens to rise again.

    Lisa says: "Even better than # 1"
    "This a duplicate of Red Leech"
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    Would you try another book from Andrew Lane and/or Daniel Weyman?

    I would love another book by this author. However this one isn't that. This is "Young Sherlock Holmes: The Red Leech" with a different name. Both stories are great, they are just the same story, not two different ones. So, buy one, buy the other, but don't buy both.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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