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Carol

Stockton, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Death of a Kingfisher: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director renames the woods "The Fairy Glen," and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover. It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive.

    Chablis from Seattle says: "A delightful, tangled web of intrigue!"
    "Twists and turns a plenty"
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    What did you love best about Death of a Kingfisher?

    I'm enchanted with M C Breaton's characters and descriptions of the Scots and the highlands.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death of a Kingfisher?

    The funeral of the kingfisher


    What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

    His voice gives one the feeling of being there & listening in to real people.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    My relatives come from Scotland & I can hear and feel them in the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10853)
    Performance
    (7392)
    Story
    (7414)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Love this series"
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    What did you love best about Dragonfly in Amber?

    Growing development of a varied cast of characters


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Love her voice an interpretations of different people


    If you could take any character from Dragonfly in Amber out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Of course, Jamie - am I a fool!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8915)
    Performance
    (6033)
    Story
    (6011)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    A User says: "7 Stars!! Brilliant!!"
    "Love this Series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Voyager the most enjoyable?

    The continuation of the experiences of the characters


    What other book might you compare Voyager to and why?

    Outlander - same people different situations


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Outlander - She is the only voice for me now in this series


    If you could take any character from Voyager out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Of course - Jamie - who wouldn't!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7605)
    Performance
    (6624)
    Story
    (6615)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Truly suspenseful"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Witness in three words, what would they be?

    captivating - well written - well read


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

    Not on the edge - but - definitely kept my interest


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inner Harbor: The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Guy Lemonier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (442)

    Phillip's brothers, Cameron and Ethan, are now happily married. The family boat-building business is starting to thrive. And the Quinns are closer than ever to keeping Seth permanently protected from his errant mother who would sell her own son rather than loving him the way the Quinns do.

    Darlene says: "One Word WOW!"
    "Loved the series"
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    Where does Inner Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average for the series


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inner Harbor?

    The true coming together of a family


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

    Was not pleasantly surprised by a new reader. After some adjustment I was able to move along with him. Was aware it was always a male voice. This was sometimes disheartening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rising Tides: The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By David Stuart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (517)

    Of three brothers, it was Ethan who shared his father's passion for the Maryland shore. And now with his father gone, Ethan is determined to make the family boatbuilding business a success. But amidst his achievements lie the most important challenges of his life.

    Wendy says: "Best book in a long time"
    "very good second book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure, great characters and interesting material


    What other book might you compare Rising Tides to and why?

    Nora Roberts books in general - similar style and story line


    What about David Stuart’s performance did you like?

    Great voices - I could tell right away who was talked and this kept me interested


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

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sea Swept: The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By David Stuart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (751)

    A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father calls him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changes overnight.

    Louise says: "Outstanding"
    "captivating from the start"
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    Would you listen to Sea Swept again? Why?

    Sure - good character development and story was compelling


    What other book might you compare Sea Swept to and why?

    Other Nora Roberts books - similar style and story line


    Which scene was your favorite?

    descriptions of surrounding area


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Enquiry: A Lady Julia Grey Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    Partners now in marriage and in trade, Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have finally returned from abroad to set up housekeeping in London. But merging their respective collections of gadgets, pets, and servants leaves little room for the harried newlyweds themselves, let alone Brisbane's private enquiry business. Among the more unlikely clients: Julia's very proper brother, Lord Bellmont, who swears Brisbane to secrecy about his case.

    A User says: "Yes! Lady Julia is back and I'm loving it!"
    "a decent listen"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Dark Enquiry again? Why?

    I don't believe I will. It was a good enough book, but some facets seemed a little far fetched. Maybe if I had read or heard some of the authors previous books I might not have found this so.





    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    A woman trying to find her place in the worlkd and her relationship at a time when a woman's position was pretty well set by society.


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

    The abillity to introduce humor or anger and other emotions as she reads.


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

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Midwife's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Karen Cushman
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    Lyrical yet unsentimental, The Midwife's Apprentice won the coveted 1996 Newbery Medal. Filled with striking characters, it paints unforgettable pictures of village life in the Middle Ages, the midwife's craft, and a very remarkable girl's growing independence and pride.

    Amazon Customer says: "A good morality tale for young people"
    "A good listen"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Midwife's Apprentice again? Why?

    I might listen again, but will need to wait sometime before I make up my mind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked to girl's examination of herself & her place in society.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2533)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1237)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "Good character development"
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    Would you listen to A Dangerous Fortune again? Why?

    I'm not sure I would listen to it again, but, I have read it twice and passed it on to others.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorites


    Any additional comments?

    I do enjoy listening to a story well told with interesting characters. Ken Follett is a favorite author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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