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C. K. Harrell

Hill Country Reader

SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Promise of Hope: Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Amy Clipston
    • Narrated By Devon O'Day
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In this unabridged audio download of A Promise of Hope, the second installment in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series by Amy Clipston, an Amish widow with newborn twins discovers her deceased husband had disturbing secrets. As she tries to come to grips with the past, she considers a loveless marriage to ensure stability for her young family ... with her faith in God hanging in the balance.

    C. K. Harrell says: "Tragic Romantic Love Story"
    "Tragic Romantic Love Story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    If you’ve listened to books by Amy Clipston before, how does this one compare?

    Very Good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say the story was so sorrowful.


    Do you think A Promise of Hope needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I believe there are several more books already in print.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't give the book a 5 star rating but nevertheless I will most likely read/listen to the rest of the series out of curiosity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cold Day for Murder: A Kate Shugak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (250)

    Eighteen months ago, Aleut Kate Shugak quit her job investigating sex crimes for the Anchorage DA’s office and retreated to her father’s homestead in a national park in the interior of Alaska. But the world has a way of beating a path to her door, however remote. In the middle of one of the bitterest Decembers in recent memory ex-boss — and ex-lover — Jack Morgan shows up with an FBI agent in tow.

    Tracey says: "You never go wrong with a Stabenow novel"
    "Excellent Read!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have enjoyed book/audiobook along with suggesting it to my friends and family. I not only Facebook/Share it, I copy and paste the information in my emails to non FB family/friends. I am more often drawn to series that explore the actual historical values of the area written about, ie - Alaskian history and the Aleut historical culture that is weaved throughout the suspense of the murder and intrigue. The author has developed Kate's circle of family and friends along with her own trauma which keeps the plots moving.


    What other book might you compare A Cold Day for Murder to and why?

    I would actually compare the book style to Thomas Perry's to " Jane Whitefield Series" because he also writes about the historical & cultural values of the area and the native American Indians. Both are the kind of series that you read and then start from the beginning and RE - READ it again.


    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    Kate of course is # 1. Mutt is ranking # 1 also...They are a pair..


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

    That is a very hard question because I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I found one of the audiobook/books at the San Antonio Public Library on line and was hooked.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Poacher's Son: A Mike Bowditch Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Paul Doiron
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find an alarming voice from the past on his answering machine: his father, Jack, a hard-drinking womanizer who makes his living poaching illegal game. An even more frightening call comes the next morning from the police: They are searching for the man who killed a beloved local cop the night before.

    Dennis says: "Like having oatmeal for breakfast every day"
    "Mike Bowditch Mysteries - Good Beginning"
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    What did you love best about The Poacher's Son?

    The story will wrench your heart strings as you follow the life of Mike Bowditch a 24 year old game warden in the wild woods of Maine weather more that complaining residents, snowstorms, blizzards, rogue bears, unscrupulous poachers, dishonest destructive tourists, his wife leaving and his Father Jack Bowditch being accused of killing a cop.

    Despite feeling utterly alone sometimes, Mike Bowditch knows that he is where he belongs - in the woods in Maine. He heads home to an empty house and finds a message from his Father on his answering machine asking for help. Mike is suspicious at first realizing that it has been 2 long years since he has spoken to his father - so why is he calling now? Jack Bowditch never needed anyone or anything.

    Soon, Mike is in the middle of a man hunt for his Father struggling with his fellow law enforcement community because he is the "son of a known poacher" and now maybe a cop killer. No matter how alienated Mike feels he is determined to find his Father. After all, Mike knows how his Father thinks & knows all of his hiding places. He knows almost every square inch of the forest and Mike has one ace - one somebody that he can depend on because he knows deep down inside that he will never be able to depend on his own flesh and blood.

    Mike soon catches up with him and is confident that he can convince his Father to return so they both can clear his name. Before long it becomes more than obvious that Mike has made a grave mistake and he may not be able to reason with his Father or live through the whole nightmare.


    What other book might you compare The Poacher's Son to and why?

    The next sequel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know that I can come up with a "favorite" scene.


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

    The entire book moved me. Learning about his childhood and all the neglect & abuse he suffered at the hand of his Father was gut wrenching. John Bedford Lloyd's rich deep voice makes you feel the agony of rejection.


    Any additional comments?

    The Poacher's Son "Mike Bowditch's Mysteries" Audiobook read by John Bedford Lloyd is the first book in the intense series written by Award Winning Paul Doiron. The narrator's smooth deep-toned voice guides you through a maze of anguish, suspicion, treachery, betrayal and keeps you so enthralled that you won't be able to stop listening/reading for a minute.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is High: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (48)

    Barbara Holloway is a low-key attorney in Eugene, Oregon, who left her father’s high-powered firm to handle small legal problems for local residents and ponder her next move. But while trying to sort out her own future, two people, desperate for help, show up on her doorstep: former pro football player Martin Owens and his wife, Binnie. Binnie, who is mute, met her husband when she sneaked aboard his boat while it was docked in Haiti and smuggled herself into the US.

    Zoe says: "Out of sequence"
    "Excellent Mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as a matter of fact I did recommend this audiobook to allof my friends! So far so good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Barbara of course.


    Which character – as performed by Carrington MacDuffie – was your favorite?

    Barbara of course.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was very interested in the plot and all of the characters and listened to it as I read it on my KINDLE. Couldn't put it down!


    Any additional comments?

    Great Series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Dead Speak: Sam Casey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By S. D. Tooley
    • Narrated By Beth Richmond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    A body is discovered in a cement pillar. Clasped in his hand is a gold pin shaped like a lightning bolt. What secret did he carry to his grave and why is someone hell-bent on keeping that secret buried? Detective Sergeant Samantha Casey is more than just a cop. She is part Native American with a unique ability to hear the dead speak. They tell her secrets about their life and death. And sometimes what she learns can get her killed.

    C. K. Harrell says: "Worth Every Penny!"
    "Worth Every Penny!"
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    Would you listen to When the Dead Speak again? Why?

    Yes! I have so far listened/read along with my Kindle twice! So far I am enjoying the series!


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

    "When The Dead Speak" was filled with intrigue, suspense and charisma along with the narrators lovely voice and even cadence! Great read!


    What about Beth Richmond’s performance did you like?

    She has great tone and inflection along with a great cadence.


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

    I wouldn't have a clue.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent read & the narrator makes each character spring to life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Die Twice: A Chase Dagger Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Driver
    • Narrated By Jerry Sciarrio
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Chase Dagger is a private detective with seemingly no past, an on-again off-again fiancee, a scarlet macaw with photographic memory and an attitude, and Sara as his beautiful and mysterious young assistant. Chase also seems to only inherit the most unusual of cases. Such as when Sara witnesses the murder of a woman she cannot identify. Then, while visiting the Tyler Mansion, she sees a picture of Rachel Tyler.

    C. K. Harrell says: "Fascination"
    "Fascination"
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    Would you try another book from Lee Driver and/or Jerry Sciarrio?

    It is an interesting read. It takes some effort to get into the shape shifting fantasy genre but hang in there it is afterall "entertainment".


    If you’ve listened to books by Lee Driver before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first.


    What three words best describe Jerry Sciarrio’s performance?

    1. Excellent 2. Resounding 3. Sexy


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

    Very entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leah's Choice: Pleasant Valley, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Marta Perry
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    All of Pleasant Valley seems to think the newcomer from Lancaster County is the perfect match for teacher Leah. After all, so few new families come to their separate Amish community, and fewer still unmarried men. Daniel Glick is a widower with three young children to look after - clearly he's in need of a wife.

    Susan says: "not sure of ending till the end good amish fiction"
    "More that one choice."
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    What did you love best about Leah's Choice?

    The complexity of the characters and Leah processing how she would come to her final decision - all her decisions. Then the compromise was welcomed.


    What other book might you compare Leah's Choice to and why?

    I wouldn't begin to compare this work to another.


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

    Her tone and inflection bring the characters and circumstances to life enriching the story!


    If you could rename Leah's Choice, what would you call it?

    Perfect name!


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful story! I also bought the Kindle to go along with the audiobook and it was delightful! I have read/listened to it twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonder of Your Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Beth Wiseman
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Settling in to her new life in Canaan, Colorado, Katie Ann Stoltzfus gives birth to a beautiful baby boy. This child comes to her late in life following the death of her estranged husband. She resolves to play the role of both father and mother to the child. Ivan was her one true love and despite his infidelities, she mourns his loss and vows never to trust another man. But when a meddling - but good hearted - Englisch woman plays matchmaker for Katie Ann and Eli Detweiler who just arrived in Canaan, they both need to restructure their expectations of the future....

    Millie says: "How Wonderful"
    "My Favorite All Time Story"
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    Would you listen to The Wonder of Your Love again? Why?

    I hour have listened to "The Wonder of Your Love" 6 times so far and read along with the story on my Kindle! It has become one of my favorites!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love that abounded around Katie as she struggled through a devastating change in her life.


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    Katie.


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

    Yes. I was anxious to get to it after listening/reading "Seek Me With All Your Heart" and had prepared to take the whole day to endulge myself.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! Excellent narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plain Perfect: A Daughters of the Promise Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Beth Wiseman
    • Narrated By Renee Ertl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    On the rolling plains of Lancaster County, PA., Lillian Miller is searching for her grandparents' house...and so much more. After years of neglect and abuse, she's turning to a lifestyle of simplicity among the Amish to find herself. As she discards the distractions of her former life, she befriends the young boy working on her family's farm and his attractive widowed father, Samuel Stoltzfus.

    Natalie says: "Could not get past chapter 4.."
    "Satisying, Rewarding & Relaxing"
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    Where does Plain Perfect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would have to say if I had to rank "Plain Perfect" among all of the audiobooks that I have listened to I would rank not only the book but the "series" among the "TOP 5". I found the series on Audiobook Library Loan & enjoyed the first book so much I researched the author & all of her books & went to Audible & purchased the next book in the line up "Plain Pursuit". When I completed the second book I immediately went to the third & so on. I not only researched the author but read all of the reviews to ascertain if the book or books will be something that I am interested in reading or listening to. Beth Wiseman is creative, talented and weaves believable events among the trials & tribulations of English life & Amish Life. You will walk in their shoes along the pathway of searching for an enriched life whether they choose the English life or the Amish life. I was curious about the philosophy of the Amish life & their day to day activites which lead me through the series of books. I have listened/read the series twice & have enjoyed each and every book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In answering the question,"What did you like best about this story?" I would have to say the "Simple Abundance" of daily Amish life & the search for GOD's LOVE & GIFTS in each & every moment of the day. I was curious about the Amish culture & interested in how Lillian would escape her unfilling life & find refuge in her Amish grand parents farm. Beth did an excellent job in creating a Amish lifestyle that causes an Englisher such as myself to examine my own dialy life & work to "simplify" everything & search for more of GOD"s abundant gifts. The book was relaxing & rewarding & I would recommend it to everyone I know.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can honestly say that the gathering for the "barn raising" literally caused goose bumps on my arms & I felt so inspired with that segment of the story. All in all the entire books was a "work of art" ! Thank you Beth Wiseman. May GOD continue to bless & enrich your writing skills for us.


    If you could rename Plain Perfect, what would you call it?

    If you could rename "Plain Perfect" what would you name it? That is an interesting question for a reader. I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I do have an additional comment & request. Please reduce the number of questions that you ask a reviewer to answer. Most likely you would receive a lot more reviews if you didn't ask so many questions. Give us the freedom to write from the heart. That is what review is all about. Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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