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Nancy Stubbs

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  • The Dragon's Tooth: Ashtown Burials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By N. D. Wilson
    • Narrated By Thomas Vincent Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run a sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man with bone tattoos arrives, demanding a specific room. Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing. And Cyrus and Antigone are kneeling in a crowded hall, swearing an oath to an order of explorers who have long served as caretakers of the world's secrets, keepers of powerful relics from lost civilizations, and jailers to unkillable criminals who have terrorized the world for millennia.

    Nancy Stubbs says: "Great story - great narration"
    "Great story - great narration"
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    This book was a great listen. N.D. Wilson is one of the best young adult fiction writers and his new series is off to a fantastic start. All of the characters are interesting and it's fun to find out more about each one as the story unfolds. The storyline is really good -- the momentum builds quickly. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Great Deliverance

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe at her side, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. I'm not sorry."Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley- and in their own lives as well.

    Ellen says: "The first and best Elizabeth George"
    "YUCK, UGH, DOUBLE YUCK!!!"
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    This story started out sad and went downhill. I don't even want to describe it.
    I thought the Inspector Lynley series would be good -- it's certainly popular and has been around for a while. However, after listening to this first book in the series, I cannot understand why. The book is well written, but the subject matter and most of the characters in this book are depressing. The details of what happens in the story and why are gruesome and revolting. I won't be listening to any more of this series. In fact, I'm trying to find out how I can delete this book from my Audible library. With all of that said, the narrator was outstanding.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3486)
    Performance
    (1635)
    Story
    (1640)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "One of the absolute best books"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've recommended this book to my friends because it's one of best books I've ever read (listened to). The story is told in such a compelling way -- through letters and telegrams (remember telegrams?) between the characters. Who doesn't love to read old letters, especially when they're witty and full of real people having real experiences?


    What other book might you compare The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society to and why?

    The book is comparable to 84 Charing Cross Road, but there is much more humor, joy and sorrow because of the experiences of the characters during the Nazi occupation.


    Which character ??? as performed by the narrators ??? was your favorite?

    It's hard to pick a favorite character, partly because the narrators did such a wonderful job of bringing each character to life. You, of course, love the main character Juliet, but the


    Who was the most memorable character of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and why?

    Oddly enough, the most memorable character in the book is the person you never hear from directly -- Elizabeth, the strong, brave, stubborn, heroic and beloved friend, neighbor and founder of the Society.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely love this book. I confess that I have listened to it many times and will probably continue to listen to it. Besides the wonderful characters and storylines, the history in the book was fascinating. The details of what happened before, during and after the Nazi occupation of the British Channel Islands was riveting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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