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  • A Thread of Truth: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman, Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (146)

    At 27, having fled an abusive marriage with little more than her kids and the clothes on her back, Ivy Peterman figures she has nowhere to go but up. Quaint, historic New Bern, Connecticut, seems as good a place as any to start afresh. With a part-time job at Cobbled Court Quilts and budding friendships, Ivy feels hopeful for the first time in ages.

    Jodie says: "Truly one of my new favorite authors!"
    "Peee-eeuuu!!"
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    What disappointed you about A Thread of Truth?

    Oh, there was so much that was bad about this book that I do not know where to begin! Why do we even care about Ivy, as she is lying to everyone all the time? Stories of abuse are not what I call 'entertainment' and this one was certainly a dud. I did not even finish listening as I got so frustrated with Ivy's whining and constantly trying to run away.


    What could Marie Bostwick have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I wish she had not written this book. Her first book was more entertaining. This one is not worth the trouble.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator for Ivy had a whining voice, which, while appropriate for the character, grated on my nerves.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I would say I was frustrated and disappointed in this book. I had hoped to listen to it while I was in my sewing room, but I simply could not get through more than half the book before I gave it up as a waste of time.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother. It is not worth your hard-earned money!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4957)
    Performance
    (4575)
    Story
    (4587)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Wonderful story!"
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    What did you love best about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    Oh, I am afraid I am becoming a Neil Gaiman groupie! I am amazed at his ability to create a realistic portrayal of a fantasy world, through the eyes of a seven-year old boy. The unbelievable story becomes understandable in the simplistic wording of a child's perspective.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I adore Lettie Hemstock and her mother and grandmother. What wonderful characters! Gaiman said the Hemstocks had been with him for many years, so I hope we will see them again.


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

    Yes, though I didn't allow myself to do that, as I wanted to savor it and enjoy the story as long as I could. It's kind of like a rich, dark chocolate; if you eat it all in one setting, you won't enjoy it as much.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is so intriguing and Gaiman's reading is brilliant, as ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anya Seton
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the classic romance Katherine features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets - Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II - who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine.

    Patricia says: "Wonderful the 2nd time around, forty years later!"
    "Very pleasant listen"
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    If you could sum up Katherine in three words, what would they be?

    This is a charming historic fiction novel, clearly created to paint a very rosy picture of Katherine. I mean, really, no one is THAT perfect!


    Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

    Well, naturally Katherine is my favorite, though the inclusion of Chaucer was quite charming. I also liked her performance of John of Gaunt.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in British historical fiction, give this a listen. While not an accurate recitation of this time period, it is an excellent escape from the 'here and now' and filled with interesting tidbits about life in medieval England and France.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6573)
    Performance
    (3349)
    Story
    (3370)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Nobody is the best!"
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    Would you listen to The Graveyard Book again? Why?

    You know, I think I would listen to this again. It was that good! I don't often read a book again, but this one would be one to add to a list of 'repeats.'


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

    Gaiman's voice and modulation are the perfect pitch (pardon the pun!) for this book. He cleverly goes from one character to the next. I think a great deal of the tone of the book would be lost if one simply read the book instead of listened to Gaiman read his own novel.


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

    The book is a coming of age story and, naturally, we all have bittersweet feelings with these themes. I was quite charmed by Nobody and wanted to walk along with him in his quest.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a bit confused by what category Gaiman's books should belong; are they children's, youth, or general reader? Well, it doesn't really matter, as I absolutely love his writing and will 'listen' to anything he writes. He has my ear and I look forward to the next 'read' from Gaiman!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2788)
    Performance
    (2566)
    Story
    (2565)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Wonderful story!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a perfect escape from the drudgeries of daily life. I listened to it as I drove to and from work and found myself in New York along with the characters. I was riveted and found the narrator to be an excellent reader. The pace was perfect for the characters presented. If you like fantasy, fairy tales and mythology, get this book; you won't be disappointed. If, however, you are looking for adventure, danger and thrills a-plenty, look elsewhere. This book is a slow build-up to a fantastical time and place, with a miss-mash of folklore, fiction and fact. It was cleverly written and I look forward to more of the same from the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Single Thread: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Pam Ward, Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (328)

    Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t....

    betty says: "Just a hint."
    "Eh - not bad but not really all that good"
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    Was A Single Thread worth the listening time?

    I suppose listening to it was not so bad. I was actually quilting as I listened. The plot was a bit conceived, though the characters were well developed. Having two narrators was interesting - I did like the switch back and forth. I don't quite know what other reviewers mean about the religious tones of the book. While there is a brief mention of faith and Christian views, I did not think it was overly done. Overall, the book was a pleasant escape while I was in my sewing room.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (460)

    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

    Lehua says: "Took Me by Surprise"
    "Excellent adventure"
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    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a great fan of historic fiction, though I had never ventured into Roman subject matter. This is an excellent introduction. Vance's narration is nothing short of brilliant - I will be looking up other books which he reads, as he truly made the experience memorable. I look forward to 'hearing' other books from this series very soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6182)
    Performance
    (2971)
    Story
    (2992)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Love love love it!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Neverwhere to be better than the print version?

    I do not know as I haven't read the print version.


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

    I absolutely love Gaiman's voices, he is so variable! Usually authors reading their own books is rather dray, but Gaiman clearly has a control of the use of his voice. I am hooked on his books and a large part of that is, I am sure, his successful reading of his own work.


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

    I did not cry, though I did laugh quite a bit. He has a charming way of writing, especially about England (London in particular) and if you have spent any amount of time there (as I have - approx. 4 years while in graduate school) you will pick up on the subtle (and some not so subtle) nuances that make London unique.


    Any additional comments?

    What a charmer! I am always fascinated by 'underworld' stories and this one believably combined upper and lower London to leave me quite spellbound. I was terribly sad when it ended!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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