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I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!

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  • In the Company of Others

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (103)

    Father Tim and Cynthia arrive in the west of Ireland, intent on researching his Kavanagh ancestry from the comfort of a charming fishing lodge. The charm, however, is broken entirely when Cynthia startles a burglar and sprains her already injured ankle. Then a cherished and valuable painting is stolen from the lodge owners, and Cynthia's pain pales in comparison to the wound at the center of this bitterly estranged Irish family.

    Peggy says: "wonderful, enjoyable, heart warming- a must!"
    "Another lovely tale"
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    Would you listen to In the Company of Others again? Why?

    Yes, I probably will listen to this again. The story is entertaining and the performance is wonderful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character in the story is Father Tim because after listening to all of this author's books, I feel like a know the man. Also, the author keeps him in character. She is always true to his history and he never reacts in a way that seems false. I like looking at the world through his eyes.


    What about Erik Singer’s performance did you like?

    The performance is rich and varied. He manages to perform the Irish accents in the book in a believable manner without going over the top. He artfully switches from voice to voice in an easy fashion. As he performs the story, you feel as if he is enjoying it along with you.


    If you could rename In the Company of Others, what would you call it?

    If I could rename the book, I think I'd have to call it, 'Working Vacation in Ireland' because this trip is anything but relaxing for Father Tim.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a story within the story that could stand as a book all on its own. In a way, I felt as if I were getting two stories for the price of one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (1678)
    Story
    (1690)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    FanB14 says: "Soap Opera Digest"
    "I never saw this coming!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to several friends. It's one of those books that seems like a quiet tale of ordinary life, but it isn't. It has wonderful characters. It's filled with reveals and surprises, and it forces you to look at the grey areas. Nothing is all good or all bad.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband's Secret?

    There are so many that this would be a hard question to answer. It would also give away something important within the story, something the listener should experience first hand.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    She has a very pleasant voice and is easy to listen to. She moves easily through the range of emotions in the story making all of them believable. I have listened to her before and am always pleased when I find a story I'm interested in that she is reading.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Husband's Secret and why?

    Janie. She is someone filled with life and eager for new experiences. She is a bit arrogant and not mature enough for the situation in which she finds herself, but although she is young, she has quite an affect on people.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that makes you look at people you know and wonder what they might be hiding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1823)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (764)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "A very moving story"
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    If you could sum up Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet in three words, what would they be?

    Tolerance, respect, friendship


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet?

    There is a moment involving the main character and his grown son that is very powerful in a quiet way.


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

    This was the first time I had heard Feodor Chin. I enjoyed him very much. He makes you feel the emotions of the characters but in a quiet way. He gave this book the perfect tone.


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

    Yes, very much so. There were events unfolding that were hard to put aside. Finding a place to stop was not an easy thing.


    Any additional comments?

    There is important history within this story. I learned a great deal about an event in American history that is seldom mentioned. It was not our finest hour but it needs to be recounted so that we never make the same decisions again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think of a Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration: “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

    Kelley says: "Fresh and Frightening!"
    "Wonderful mystery!"
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    Would you listen to Think of a Number again? Why?

    Yes, but since this is a very complex murder mystery, it wouldn't be as much fun. Once you know the secrets, it's likely to lose some of it's pull.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked the main character's wife. She was very clever. He was the one who had been a police detective but she had a natural instinct and saw things that others missed. I hope she is in future books because she is the perfect sounding board for the main character.


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

    This was the first book performed by George Newbern that I had listened to but I enjoyed him very much. If I find more books that he is narrating, I will count that as a huge draw.He is easy to listen to and makes the characters stand out without over-shadowing the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a personal event in the past of one of the main characters that is very moving. I don't want to give anything away but I will say that it gives you some insight into the character's personality.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to listening to more books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (245)

    Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for just such a child.

    William says: "Terrific!"
    "A lucky find!"
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    Would you listen to Blue Monday again? Why?

    Yes, after a reasonable amount of time, I wouldn't mind listening to this book again. The characters are interesting and the reader is very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Monday?

    I dislike this question because I feel it gives away too much about the story. I will just say that there is a surprise twist within the story that caught me off guard. I was fully expecting one aspect of the mystery to be solved but suddenly, the author turned the entire tale in a different direction and changed the game.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again, this gives far too much of the plot away if someone reading this review is hoping to be surprised by events in the story. I will just say that there is a memorable introduction to one of the characters that leads the story a bit of humor.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Because of the nature of this story, there are little bits of it all through the book that played on my emotions and made me feel deeply for some of the characters. The situations in which they become involved are very emotional ones. It's hard not to find yourself wondering what you might do if it were you in that set of circumstances.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first book I had read by this author or rather team of authors. I found it through one of Audible's sales and I'm very glad that I did. I have already listened to the second book in the series and when the third one comes out, I plan to listen to it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Gentle Lady: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs. Gentle - everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is. Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky. Perhaps it's time for him to get married, they say. But who has time for marriage when there's a murder to be solved? When Mrs. Gentle dies under mysterious circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged.

    W Barry McCue says: "This is just a great story"
    "Light reading"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really. I like the characters and the story was interesting.


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

    I was entertained by the story but it wasn't as suspenseful as I'd hoped it would be. I didn't guess the ending but this wasn't a nail-biter.


    Which character – as performed by Graeme Malcolm – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Hamish MacBeth.


    Did Death of a Gentle Lady inspire you to do anything?

    About the only thing it inspired me to do was to see if there was anything else available by this author. I know the book is part of a series and so after listening to this one, I thought I might enjoy listening to a few more of Hamish MacBeth's mysteries.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Devil Drives

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Christopher Brookmyre
    • Narrated By Hilary MacLean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Actress turned private investigator Jasmine Sharp has become accustomed to clients looking for long-lost relatives, so when a woman hires her to find her younger sister Tessa Garrion, Jasmine presumes the case will be relatively straightforward. The assignment takes her back into the world of professional theater, where she is warned off more than once for probing too deeply into the past. Meanwhile, Detective Superintendent and mother-of-two Catherine McLeod is called to the scene of a murder in the Highlands.

    GW says: "I LOVE Christopher Brookmyre!!!!!"
    "I LOVE Christopher Brookmyre!!!!!"
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    Would you listen to When the Devil Drives again? Why?

    Yes. I love Hilary MacLean's performance and would gladly listen to her read this again. Also, the descriptions and dialogue in this book are wonderful.


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

    This is a very entertaining book with several twists and turns. I will say that I figured out one aspect of the story but not quickly. Another of the author's surprises caught me off guard. In much the same way that one might expect for an Agatha Christie mystery, there are plenty of suspects so the author doesn't make it easy for you to figure out the ending.


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

    The author is from Scotland and the story takes place in Glasgow. Hilary MacLean's performance makes you feel as if you have traveled to Scotland and are listening in on local happenings. She brings the story and the characters to life. If you were to sit down and read this book you would miss out on that aspect. It is important to note however that while the book is written with plenty of Scottish slang, it is very easy to understand. I enjoyed the local color and the feel of being in another place but I didn't have to struggle to understand the reader.


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

    Sooner or later, the past catches up with us.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful, quirky, author. I found his books a few years back and look forward to each new one. At first, it was difficult to find some of his books, especially on audio so it's great to see his work being offered on a wider scale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4742)
    Performance
    (2575)
    Story
    (2606)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Very entertaining story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Garden the most enjoyable?

    I liked the links between the characters and the way that each of their histories hooked together to form a complete one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The story has so many characters that it is difficult to name just one. I liked Nell and Christian very much, but some of the minor characters were quite good also. Although they weren't in the story for very long, they were memorable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a quiet conversation between Nell and an older gentleman who is a retired fisherman that I enjoy very much. It's a part of the story where things start to come together a bit but aren't entirely revealed. I like the fisherman and I found myself wondering how the story might have been different if he had responded to events in his past in a different way.


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

    It was, very much so and I had to make myself stop listening in order to get other things done, like go to work. lol I became very involved in this story.


    Any additional comments?

    So far, I have listened to two book by this author and enjoyed both of them. At the moment, she is on my list of favorites. I hope she continues to write for a long, long, time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (316)

    Born in 1901 in the slums of Brooklyn, Francie Nolan has grown up under the burden of suffering that is the lot of the great city’s poor. Romantic like her father, an Irish singing waiter, yet pragmatic like her mother, a housecleaner and fierce survivor, Francie uses her imagination and tenacity to thrive in the world in spite of these harsh conditions.

    Sara says: "Childhood favorite revisited"
    "What poor people eat and how they cook it."
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    Would you try another book from Betty Smith and/or Carrington MacDuffie?

    I enjoyed Carrington MacDuffie's performance so, yes, I would listen to her read again. I am not certain that I would purchase another Betty Smith book. I might read one if it were given to me. I enjoyed some of her characters, but parts of the book just weren't the sort of thing that I enjoy listening to. I know this story is considered to be a classic and I had always meant to read it at some point. I don't regret listening to it. I just didn't enjoy all of it and don't see what makes this classic literature.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have pre-ordered a John Grisham book but it doesn't come out for a few weeks. I suspect that the next one I listen to will be some type of mystery or thriller but I haven't selected anything yet.


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

    I enjoyed her voices for the characters and at points in the story she sang because several of the characters are musical. If I had read the book myself, I would have missed out on her bringing the songs to life. She performed the book with great feeling and although I didn't always find it easy to become involved in the storyline, she gave emotional expression to all phases of the book. It was because of her reading that I finished the book, that, and the fact that I am trying to read more classic literature.


    Did A Tree Grows in Brooklyn inspire you to do anything?

    Not really. I will listen to more classic novels but this one didn't really give me any inspiration.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the character Sissy, the narrator's Aunt. If the book had been about her more of the time, I think I would have liked it more. I did not feel any great sympathy for the narrator's father, Johnny and I think that is the main reason that the book wasn't very enjoyable for me. His character annoyed me and the narrator was his daughter, Francie. Francie adored her father and so a great deal of the story focused on him. Also, the author spent a very large amount of time telling us what the family had to eat, where they bought it, how much it cost, how they prepared it, and who ate what. I realize that this was done to show how hard their life was, but after the first 'meal purchase event', I understood that and got tired of hearing about every bite of food they ate.The male characters in this story, with the exception of Francie's brother, were all either a great deal of trouble, worthless, or far too needy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore Boone: The Accused

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    Theo Boone might only be 13, but he's already uncovered key evidence in a groundbreaking murder trial and discovered the truth behind his best friend's abduction. Now with the latest unfolding of events in Strattenburg, Theo will face his biggest challenge yet. Filled with the intrigue and page-turning suspense that made John Grisham a number-one international best seller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone's adventures will keep listeners enthralled until the very last minute.

    Jean says: "A delightful series"
    "An entertaining story"
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    If you could sum up Theodore Boone: The Accused in three words, what would they be?

    Comfortable, Entertaining, Surprising


    What other book might you compare Theodore Boone: The Accused to and why?

    Well, the book is the second in a series, so naturally, it reminded me of the first book, "Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer". It also reminds me of the old "Hardy Boys" mysteries.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Thomas – was your favorite?

    I enjoy his performance of all the characters but Theodore's Uncle Ike is my favorite.


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

    For me, this wasn't a book of extremes. It's a nice, entertaining story. I lughed at some of Theodore's observations about the grown ups in his life. The author writes this series with young readers in mind, so I know I am not the target audience. I enjoyed it very much in spite of that. I think it is the sort of book that a parent and child could both read and then discuss without either one being bored.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy the characters that the author has created for this series and I look forward to finding out more about them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daddy's Gone A Hunting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    When the family-owned furniture firm, including the mansion where priceless antiques are kept, explodes into flames in the middle of the night, Kate must escape to save her life. But the suspicious circumstances point to her involvement. Was the explosion set deliberately? Why was Kate, a gorgeous CPA for one of the biggest accounting firms in the country, on the premises at that hour? And why was Gus, a retired and trusted employee, with her?

    will says: "An homage to Agatha Christie"
    "Too much information about nothing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who would enjoy this one. The author spent a great deal of the time filling in information about the lives and histories of minor characters that only played a small role in the story. I was waiting for the action or suspense to start and instead, I was listening to what someone was having for dinner or how they had decorated their apartment. I like it when the author fleshes out the characters, but this story went too far. There was a detective in this story who was involved with one aspect of the book and for some reason, the author chose to give me lots of details about his wife and their dining room table. The wife wasn't involved in the real story. She was a background character. I'm still not certain why I need to know about the table.


    What could Mary Higgins Clark have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have liked this so much more if she had stayed on focus with one story. I think this tried to do too much. There were several things that needed solving within the story and every mystery came with a group of characters. By the time she told us who they all were, how they met, what they had for dinner, who lived next door to them, and how their marriages were going, I had lost interest in the whole thing.


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

    This was my first time listening to Jan Maxwell and I think I would enjoy listening to her again. She did the best she could with the story she was given. I liked listening to her and she did a good job with the male voices in the story as well as the female characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Daddy's Gone A Hunting?

    Without spoiling the story, I will just say that I would have cut out background information on people not important to the plot and left out at least one victim in order to give the reader fewer meaningless characters to sort through. I would also have left out the minor romance. It feels sort of squeezed into the book as an afterthought and it isn't important to the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I normally love this author's books and have read most of them. This one just didn't work for me. There was a very interesting main plot but sadly, by the time all of the surrounding story lines were filled in and explained, the main plot suffered. I wanted to like the book, but this is the only Mary Higgins-Clark novel that I haven't enjoyed. I shall look forward to her next one though, because normally she is very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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