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San Angelo, TX, USA | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 43 ratings
  • 278 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2018

  • The Year of Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michelle Richmond
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here is the spellbinding story of Abby Mason - photographer, fiancée, soon-to-be stepmother - and the consequences of her greatest error. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, it is a riveting tale of how life can change in an instant, of the search for the truth behind a child's disappearance, and of one woman's unwavering faith in the redemptive power of love.

    Amber says: "a lot of promise"
    "a lot of promise"

    I enjoyed this book for the most part -- it had echoes of "The Weight of Water" but lacked the literary tightness. Still, one is drawn into the story, wanting and caring to know the outcome.

    I thought the protagonist, Abby, was a sympathetically portrayed character whose distress and subsequent actions after a momentary lapse of supervision over a small girl were believable, and that readers/listeners can readily relate to her overwhelming feelings of guilt and confusion. The introductory passages to the chapters were intriguing, and I hope that the author's future writing will reflect more of the ambiguity of life and less of the "tie up all the loose ends" like a TV drama.

    In short, I don't think you would be disappointed in this book or regret spending money on it, but you may find some irksome - though not critical - flaws.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mysteries of the Middle Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Cahill
    • Narrated By John Lee

    After the long period of cultural decline known as the Dark Ages, Europe experienced a rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science, and began to develop a vision of Western society that remains at the heart of Western civilization today.

    Amber says: "the dark ages illuminated"
    "the dark ages illuminated"

    I have immense respect for Thomas Cahill and this series. Cahill manages to cover a lot of ground in a few steps, encompassing politics, religion, art and culture in an engaging and informative style. His strength is in his ability to make history relevant -- why we should care what happened nine centuries or two millenia before we arrived. Where other texts often treat the reader to accounts drier than the bones of these long-dead movers and shakers, Cahill makes them as alive as the people we gossip about, and understands well what facets of a particular age will appeal to today's readers. I highly recommend this book, as well as any of the others in this series, "The Hinges of History."

    So, to the one caveat: Cahill's politics do creep in; however, he offers his opinions openly and briefly.

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "good story wonderfully set"
    "worth a listen"

    The best way to describe this book is to say that it is like Patricia Cornwell rewrote Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose." It is not particularly erudite, but having researched this time period rather extensively, I can't find fault with the author's research that is not included in the afterward. Yes, the "body farm" is a bit precious, but overall, the premise of the book is believable and entertaining. That it occassionally ventures into the "romance" genre is, thankfully, brief and primarily forgivable.

    I was, though, disappointed in the lack of strong characterization -- Adelia is well-drawn, but there aren't any other fully-rounded personalities, which would have added greatly to the overall story and more emotionally invested the listener/reader.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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