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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
    (275)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (122)

    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.

    R. Jones says: "Good as ever, but...."
    "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 Memory Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    When a skeleton is unearthed in the Martellos' garden, Jane Martello is shocked to learn it's that of her childhood friend Natalie, who went missing 25 years ago. Encouraged by a therapist to recover lost memories, Jane hopes to find out what really took place when she was a child - and what happened to Natalie. But in learning the truth about her and Natalie's past, is Jane putting her own future at terrible risk?

    Candice says: "Boring"
    "Surprises with every turn of the page"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Memory Game the most enjoyable?

    I would just think I had things figured out and then suddenly I would get a surprise. Great plotting!


    What other book might you compare The Memory Game to and why?

    The look into the past and the surprises make this one a bit like reading a Kate Morton book.


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

    This is the only one I have listened to but I enjoyed it very much. I would like to hear more from her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting for Wednesday: A Frieda Klein Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    Ruth Lennox, housewife and mother of three, is found dead in a pool of her own blood. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson can’t piece together a motive and calls in Frieda, hoping her talents will offer a new angle on the case. When it emerges that the mother was hiding a scandalous secret, her family closes ranks. Frieda herself is distracted, still reeling from an attempt on her life, and struggling with her own rare feelings of vulnerability. Then a patient’s chance remark sends Frieda down a dangerous path that seems to lead to a serial killer who’s long escaped detection.

    RAMON says: "A well written , well performed name mystery."
    "Can't get enough of Frieda!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Waiting for Wednesday the most enjoyable?

    The main character is very refreshing. She is very no nonsense and very practical. I also love the way the author holds back details of the main character's life and slowly reveals them in each new book. I have read all three available books with Frieda Klein as the main character and am looking forward to the next one.


    What other book might you compare Waiting for Wednesday to and why?

    Well, naturally, I would compare it to the first two books in the series, but perhaps because of the lead character's profession and her relationship with the police, the story reminds me slightly of the Alex Delaware novels by Jonathon Kellerman. The setting and the personalities of the characters are naturally, different, but the books are the same in that they are through the eyes of someone working with the police but not a police office.


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

    She brings the feel of London. I dislike it when a story with characters that are British or Scottish or German is read in an American accent. I like the flavor of hearing the story in the accent that the characters are supposed to have. Also, she has a wonderfully expressive voice and the difference between characters and who is speaking is instantly apparent.


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

    I did laugh in sections of this one and I also found myself holding my breath a time or two.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2496)
    Performance
    (1583)
    Story
    (1578)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Lovely twists and turns"
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    What made the experience of listening to The House at Riverton the most enjoyable?

    I really like this narrator. I have to say that the way the story is performed helps to paint a picture for me. I have listed to several of Kate Morton's books and Caroline Lee is a big part of that. Listening to her makes the books come alive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character in this book is Hannah, but only by a small margin. There are several wonderful characters in the book which makes a choice difficult. I finally chose Hannah because she is so full of life and enterprising.


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

    See my response to the first question. I would chose a book by an author that I had not listened to if Caroline Lee were doing the reading. She is amazing.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2676)
    Performance
    (2389)
    Story
    (2408)

    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
    Overall
    (1913)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (842)

    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
    (400)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (270)

    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
    (399)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (355)

    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
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (138)

    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.


    1 of 1 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
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "just as good as the 1st"
    "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
    (5012)
    Performance
    (2813)
    Story
    (2848)

    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

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