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Sturgis, MI, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 8 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 226 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Not Bad"

    Since I have run the gamut of Agatha Christie's mysteries (some multiple times) I was starting to feel like a part of my life was missing, so I figured that I would give this author a shot, even on the outset, I thought these books would be overly hokey. They aren't. Also, I have to say that although the story lines are sometimes, but not wholly predictable, that this series is pretty darn enjoyable. They definitely fit the cozy genre to a "t" and I think the main character is great. Like Christie, Bowen treats English artistocracy with a tongue in cheek type of humor and manages to keep the reader interested enough in the plot to want to keep going without stopping. I don't necessarily think it is a bad thing to be able to predict some of the outcomes, as long as we aren't able to guess them all, and hey maybe this was the author's intent, anyway.
    If you are looking for a happy, fun, cozy, enjoyable whodunit, this series is for you.

    50 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "Loved it!"

    Excellent adaptation of the play with great narration! Characters are made even more interesting. Extremely well done. Loved it! Couldn't put it down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Lesson Before Dying

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ernest J. Gaines
    • Narrated By Lionel Mark Smith, Roger Guenveur Smith

    Jefferson is an innocent and unwitting party to a deadly liquor store shoot-out in the 1940s. As the only survivor, he is tried and convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, a university-trained teacher at the plantation school, is persuaded to visit Jefferson in his cell. Wiggins is torn between staying in his native Cajun community or moving on. The 2 men gradually form a bond as they jointly discover the simple heroism of resisting - and denying - the expected.

    James says: "Just like the old Sears radio hour"
    "Great book, but skip the audio and get the Kindle."
    If you could sum up A Lesson Before Dying in three words, what would they be?

    This is a beautiful story. Tragic and breathtaking, but the narration kills it. Jefferson's voice is mealy-mouthed and terrible. He's narrated in a way that is almost condescending, which takes away from the beauty and strength of his character. It might work if the voice changed to match the change in character, but this unfortunately does not happen.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Lesson Before Dying?

    This entire book was memorable.

    What three words best describe Lionel Mark Smith and Roger Guenveur Smith ’s performance?

    The one who narrated Jefferson needs to find new work. The person who narrated Grant did a great job. They may be the same person. I didn't actually check who narrated which.

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


    Any additional comments?

    Just read it. It's amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolfe Widow: Book Collector Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Victoria Abbott
    • Narrated By Carla Mercer-Meyer

    Vera Van Alst, the infamous curmudgeon of Harrison Falls, New York, doesn't normally receive visitors without appointment, but she agrees to see the imperious Muriel Delgado upon arrival. Shortly thereafter, Jordan is told that her position is being terminated. Evicted from the Van Alst House, Jordan is determined to find out what hold Muriel has over her erstwhile employer.

    Gina says: "NIce little series"
    "NIce little series"
    What did you love best about The Wolfe Widow?

    I really like this series. It's cozy fiction aimed at the "booksy" female audience, but I think these authors handle it well. It's fresh enough not to be stuffy and safe enough that it will appeal to many. If you are a fan of the Royal Spyness series, try these authors. I would prefer they drop the constant name-dropping of vintage clothing and furniture and stuff because I find it distracting, but it probably appeals to some people.
    Overall, these are entertaining stories which will not bore you and they wrap up their endings well.

    What other book might you compare The Wolfe Widow to and why?

    The Royal Spyness series.

    Have you listened to any of Carla Mercer-Meyer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


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

    This would probably adapt better for the stage, like an Agatha Christie play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleanor & Park

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set over the course of one school year, in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love - and just how hard it pulled you under.

    G. House Sr. says: "Pure Heartstrings -- A Great Story"
    "So beautiful. Rips your heart right out."
    If you could sum up Eleanor & Park in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, magical, sweet.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eleanor & Park?

    The end. I know there is some controversy about it, but I thought it was just perfect.

    Have you listened to any of Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. They do an amazing job.

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

    Not at first. I admit that the exposition was a bit slow, but it also think it was necessary for the plot. After that, I couldn't listen long enough.

    Any additional comments?

    This is YA fiction and I would have never picked it up if it had not been assigned as summer reading. There is a degree of predictability to one of the plot lines in here, too, but that doesn't matter. It's just beautiful. The protagonists will stay with you long after you finish the book. Great for YA readers and equally great for cynical adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonely Polygamist

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brady Udall
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker

    In The Lonely Polygamist, Udall pens a tragicomic tale starring Golden Richards - who despite having four wives and 28 children, hasn’t quite found fulfillment in life. Like other men in the midst of a mid-life crisis, Golden feels as though he’s drowning. His wives squabble amongst themselves, and he hardly has time for all his children - least of all the 11-year-old who’s taken a keen interest in explosives.

    FanB14 says: "Believe the Hype"
    What did you love best about The Lonely Polygamist?

    Compelling and believable. A glimpse inside another world.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lonely Polygamist?

    Fireworks. Sad, tragic and beatuiful all at the same time.

    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This narrator is great. Will not hesitate to listen to him again.

    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Just use the credit and listen. The time flies by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Heidi Julavits
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics. Her mentor, the legendary Madame Ackermann, afflicted by jealousy, subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was an infant. As the two lock horns, and Julia gains power, Madame Ackermann launches a desperate psychic attack that leaves Julia the victim of a crippling ailment. But others have noted Julia's emerging gifts, and soon she's recruited to track down an elusive missing person who might have a connection to her mother.

    Jessica says: "i didn't hate it but i didn't love it"
    "I should have listened to the reviews"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have never given up on a book this soon, but after an hour of listening to the unbelievably annoying, simpering, melodramatic voice of the narrator, and the overly wordy while telling me absolutely nothing and having no point story, I had to give up. And I was on a road trip! I'd listen to someone read the dictionary on a road trip if there was nothing else (unless, of course, it was this narrator).

    I liked the premise, so maybe I'll try to Kindle this and scrape through the first hour of the story again, but I probably won't.

    Wish there was a way to tag this narrator in case I mistakingly pick a book that has her on it again.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Xe Sands’s performances?

    No way.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Loved it!"

    I simply cannot imagine how anyone could not enjoy this book, unless it is a result of not fully understanding it because of the diction. When reading a Preston Child the first few times, it's helpful to have a dictionary handy. After the first two or so reads, you get up to speed.
    I was anxiously anticipating the latest installment from these awesome guys and I was not disappointed. I've read everything they have ever written (and increased my vocabulary in the process) and this particular book is one of the best. The best books (in addition to this one) are Still Life With Crows, Cabinet of Curiosities, Relic and Reliquary, although everything they have written is very good. My only complaint is that they don't write faster, and more movies are not made based on their books, although I get why since the plots are somewhat complex. You realize that they wiped Pendergast completely out of the movie Relic? Whaaaaat?
    Anyway, ignore all the poor reviews on this book or any of their other ones. They rock.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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