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hrhellcat

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  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7009)
    Performance
    (4966)
    Story
    (4956)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Disappointing."
    Overall

    "The Kitchen House" reads like a "Princess Diaries" take on slavery. Character and plot development is weak. Quite disappointing overall.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1956)
    Performance
    (1713)
    Story
    (1699)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "Best Stephanie Plum book in a looooong time!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had given up on Janet's books a few years ago. They had become so boiler plate that they were an offense to anyone with greater than a 2nd grade education. That said, I am not sure what made me pick up #17, but it left me thinking that a ghost writer must have signed on, and I was sufficiently satisfied with it to buy #18. I was glad I did!

    18 reads like someone actually put some thought put into the characters and their development. While some of the old baggage continues to hang on (Stephanie has a crappy job, what is she going to do with her life, etc.), there are hints that changes are in the works. Stephanie displays an inner strength that has been missing for a long time.

    Unlike previous books in the series that effectively read as stand alone stories, 18's plot is linked to 17. You can be fairly sure that the integration of the story lines will continue in forthcoming books.

    If you are not sure whether to buy this one, I think it helps to know that 18 actually reads like an old school Stephanie novel. (Pre-9, maybe?) And while these books will never win Pulitzers, 18 was definitely a lot of fun. For the first time in a long time, I am looking forward to the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9963)
    Performance
    (7437)
    Story
    (7477)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "A decent beginning..."
    Overall

    Overall, "A Discovery of Witches" is an interesting tale and has the potential to be a fascinating series. Harkness pulls you into the story, and you want to know more about the characters and where their next move will take them.

    However, I have to say that it took awhile to truly get into this one due to some serious unevenness in the writing as well as the limited vocal range of the narrator. For an Audiobook that is 24+ hours long, some parts of this story feel like they had been chopped to bits in editing, while others drone on and on, bogging down the reader in superfluous information and making the writing seem amateurish. Meanwhile, Ikeda's voice is so monotone at times, it becomes difficult to pay attention to important details that become the backbone of the story.

    In the end, you will not be disappointed in "A Discovery of Witches". It will just take some patience to get there.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finger Lickin' Fifteen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1458)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (556)

    Recipe for disaster: Celebrity chef Stanley Chipotle comes to Trenton to participate in a barbecue cook-off and loses his head - literally. Throw in some spice: Bail bonds office worker Lula is witness to the crime, and the only one she'll talk to is Trenton cop, Joe Morelli. Pump up the heat: Chipotle's sponsor is offering a million-dollar reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the capture of the killers.

    Connie says: "A little Disappointed"
    "Torture..."
    Overall

    The Stephanie Plum books begon the downward spiral around #8, but I held on with the hope that they would get better. The pain of listening to #15 has left me saying enough is enough. I believe Janet has reduced these books to a-fill-in-the-blank, where she simply changes the names of Stephanie's skips. Character growth in this book included the addition of fart jokes. Wow... Then there is the narration. Lorelei King's range is limited, so everyone beyond the core charaters have roughly the same voice or sound borderline mentally challenged. Don't waste your money/credits on this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27322)
    Performance
    (13931)
    Story
    (13979)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Best Audible.com Listen in a Long Time!"
    Overall

    Exquisite narration serves to enhance Stockett's impeccable writing style. After nearly 20 hours of listening, I was saddened that The Help had to end! Don't miss this one!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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