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Sharon

Hood River, OR, United States

ratings
24
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HELPFUL VOTES
54

  • The Wrong Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sophie Hannah
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (30)

    Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband when she hears an unexpected name: Mark Bretherick. It’s a name she shouldn’t know, but last year Sally treated herself to a secret vacation—away from her hectic family life—and met a man. After their brief affair, the two planned to never meet again. But now, Mark’s wife and daughter are dead—and the safety of Sally’s own family is in doubt.

    Sharon says: "Loved and hated"
    "Loved and hated"
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    Wow. Just finished this book...and let me say, the negatives notwithstanding, I read it pretty steadily all the way through. The pros: excellent writing, excellent narration, excellent pacing. The cons: *I disliked the main protaganist, Sally, from the beginning; none of her decisions/actions, from start to finish (the last one almost made me abandon the book) were logical or comprehensible, and therefore I disliked her. *There were 3 five-year-old girls involved, all of whom were extremely precocious, manipulative and unlikable, (has anyone read that old book "The Bad Seed"?) and it made me wonder what the author's experience with children has been -I've known lots of 5 year old girls, and only one met that criteria and she was much less accomplished). *It started to drag a littlle towards the end, like the author was spinning out the story to get the right number of words.
    Overall: very readable, and kept me tuned in right to the end, so it deserves 4 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Overture to Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    It was planned as an act of charity: getting up an amusing play to finance a new piano for the parish hall. The question now under bitter discussion is, who shall play the overture? Though Eleanor Prentice wins, on the night of the performance she cannot play. Miss Campanula steps triumphantly into the breach. A chord is struck, a shot rings out, and Miss Campanula is dead, shot between the eyes.

    Kimberly says: "Not bad"
    "My favorite Ngaio Marsh"
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    The story is good old-fashioned cozy, and Ric Jerrom narrates it perfectly. Thoroughly enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Thrall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Anne Cleeland
    • Narrated By Marcella Riordan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    First-year detective Kathleen Doyle is a plucky Irish redhead of humble origins and modest means. Chief Inspector Michael Acton is her antithesis: a British lord turned cop. He's tall, handsome, and enigmatic - to a fault. He also has a knack for solving London's most high-profile crimes. Acton selects Doyle out of the newbie squad to partner with him on a series of investigations because she always knows when someone is lying - a trait that comes in handy when interviewing suspects and witnesses.

    Tracey says: "Great new entry into British mysteries"
    "I'm returning it."
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    I'm taking down the Christmas decorations, not exactly a distracting process. But after less than 3 hours in, I have had to rewind a dozen times. Ms Riordan has a very pleasant voice, but her characterizations are lousy (the men often sound more like women than the women do) and inconsistent; I keep losing track of who is speaking. Her narration is also rather lifeless, which made it hard to determine if the story is any good. It certainly did not hold my attention. Going to have to exchange this one, because finishing it is out of the question.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of Sin: A Merrily Watkins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Garway church was built by medieval Knights Templar, and after seven centuries, the Welsh Border village is still shadowed by their mysteries. A few fields away, the Master House, abandoned and falling into ruin, has been sold to the Duchy of Cornawll. But renovation plans stall when a specialist builder refuses to work there, insisting it's a place that doesn't want to be restored.

    Jennifer says: "outstanding, as always"
    "My favorite Phil Rickman"
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    Sometimes the narrator contributes so much to a series that they imprint themselves in my mind as indistinguishable from the protagonist. That has definitely happened with Emma Powell. She is one of the most accomplished narrators working today, and I wish she worked non-stop. That being said, the plot here is also absorbing. Listening while I garden is a favorite hobby, and this one kept me on my knees in the dirt til after dark.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Sophy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sarah Woodward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (169)

    Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

    Carol says: "The Full Sophy"
    "Delightful!"
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    I loved this book. The narration was excellent, and the development of the attraction between the two protagonists worked perfectly for me. It ranks as one of my top three favorite Heyer books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Hollow Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Caroline Graham
    • Narrated By Hugh Ross
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    For Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby, a visit to the Causton Amateur Dramatic Society’s production of Amadeus is not an ideal evening’s entertainment. But loyalty to his wife, Joyce, means that attending the first night is a must. Backstage, nerves are fraying. The leading man is taking his role far too much to heart. For Salieri (alias Essalyn Carmichael), suspecting that his wife is having an affair, has decided to wring the truth out of the guilty party on stage. His final act proves to be a pièce de résistance and when the scene takes a particularly gruesome turn, Barnaby finds that his professional skills are called to the fore.

    Sharon says: "Thoroughly enjoyable throughout!"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable throughout!"
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    An avid Caroline Graham reader, I own them all, have listened to them repeatedly, and have finally figured out why, as a reader, Hugh Ross leaves me feeling so ambivalent. In the narration of the story line, he can be very annoying, with pauses and/or emphasis in wrong places, treating the end of each line like the end of a sentence, and so on and so forth. However, as a narrator of dialogue, he is top-notch. The only area he trips up in is the narration of occasional women's voices, sometimes lending them a harsh-edged, snooty-sounding tone that doesn't jibe with the character herself as described. However, that did not occur in Death of a Hollow Man, and I recommend it freely and heartily. In fact, it's my favorite Caroline Graham audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Winter: Max Tudor, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (94)

    In A Fatal Winter, Max Tudor - Anglican priest, former MI5 agent, and village heartthrob - investigates two deaths at Chedrow Castle. But his growing attraction to Awena Owen complicates his case, as does the recent arrival at Chedrow Castle of a raucous group of long-lost, greedy relatives, any one of whom has a motive for murder. With a cozy setting, intricate puzzles, and a handsome (non-celibate) priest doing the sleuthing, the books in this series are destined to become instant classics in the mystery world.

    Ronna says: "Reincarnation Christie updated to 21st century!!"
    "Very very dull"
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    There were readers who liked this book, and even compared Malliet to Christie et al, but it didn't work for me.The narration was not objectionable, and the plot, as described, held promise (at least for me, a lover of cozies). The hero is a likable guy. But somehow the author didn't successfully create any tension in the construction or dialogue of the story. I wish I knew more about the mechanics of creative writing, so I could understand why I was so bored that I returned the book unfinished - and after the murder had occurred.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2424)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1148)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "Delightful, if a little Rose-Colored-Glasses"
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    I just finished listening to this book this morning, and then in the dentist's office read an article by a woman whose four-year-old was making the family's life miserable because the pink color she had chosen for her bedroom walls two months before was now unacceptable and she wanted dark blue....and right now!! Instead of wondering why her daughter was behaving like such a monster, and dealing with that behavior, she was mulling over (with about 2-1/2 pages) the possible reasons that small children change their color choice.....? It made me remember that while I was reading this book, I actually thought to myself that it wouldn't hurt most of the children in the USA (or at least the ones I know) to live in Cecilia Rose's shoes for a couple months, and that article was perfectly timed to drive the point home. This theme has been visited before, but this is such a very charming rendition, with such excellent narration, that it is well worth a read. It left me feeling good, and with an ardent desire that all children who start out life in difficult - if not impossible - circumstances can then seque into life in Savannah, Georgia. Also with the desire that all children who are born into privilege and love and turn into demanding tyrants can seque into life in Ohio. At least long enough to learn better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Caroline Graham
    • Narrated By Hugh Ross
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    To some of the more realistic members of the Midsomer Worthy’s Writers’ Circle, asking best-selling author Max Jennings to talk to them is outrageously ambitious. But, astonishingly, Jennings accepts the invitation and before the night is out a man is dead.Summoned to the village, Chief Inspector Barnaby finds that as witnesses to his final hours the members are of little help. But one thing they agree on is that on the night of his murder Gerald was a deeply troubled man.

    Julie Jones says: "Tedious violence"
    "Another winner by Caroline Graham"
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    Her usual fabulous writing, and either Hugh Ross is becoming a better narrator or I'm just getting used to him. Either way, a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2121)
    Performance
    (1816)
    Story
    (1799)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Very, very bleak"
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    Skilled writing and great narration could not keep me from being very depressed by this book and actually glad when it was over. I love mysteries, but I guess I prefer cozies. Full of guilt, betrayal, insanity and murderous nervous breakdowns (the only love was of the stalker/obsessive type), this is my third Tana French book, but it will be the last for awhile and I will be very careful about choosing another one.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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