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Paulette

ellicott city, MD, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 487 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Painting the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (160)

    On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

    Janice says: "Skeletons in every closet"
    "A Knockout Puzzle."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Painting the Darkness the most enjoyable?

    Though longer than it needs to be, this thriller keeps the reader on tender hooks. The author weaves a psychological tale with so many ins and outs that the reader will be constantly mesmerized. One vacillates every few minutes between certainty and uncertainty over what the truth really is in this engaging mystery. Michael Kitchen's mellifluous voice is the icing on the cake.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the psychology of the choices of several characters .


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

    Not a thing.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Laskin
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Cantor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    In the latter half of the 19th century Laskin's great-great-grandfather, a Torah scribe named Shimon Dov HaKohen, raised six children with his wife, Beyle, at the western fringe of the Russian empire. The HaKohen family split off into three branches. One branch emigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; one branch went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; and the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the Holocaust.

    susan says: "great telling,feeling,huge success,voice abit fast"
    "A Must Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Family the most enjoyable?

    David Lasken has written a saga of a family's hard work, enduring love, heartbreak and fate. This true story encompasses life's experiences that are relevant to every individual. The reader feels as though he has made the journey along with this family and one embraces each member and feels immersed in his or her story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tone and the even-handedness of the author in telling the story.


    What about Geoffrey Cantor’s performance did you like?

    Was able to sweep you up and engage the listener as if this was really his story.


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

    The epilogue was immensely moving.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder at the Nineteenth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By J. M. Gregson
    • Narrated By Nicholas Bell
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When there is a violent murder at a historic Home Counties golf club, Superintendent John Lambert himself discovers the crime. For the first time in a long career, he finds himself conducting a murder inquiry among people he knows well. The victim is the chairman of the golf club and a prominent local businessman, and it is soon clear that the members of the Club Committee are the chief suspects. They are all prominent members of the local community, and Lambert is saddled with a Chief Constable who is uncomfortably aware of the fact.

    Paulette says: "Deadly dull"
    "Deadly dull"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Murder at the Nineteenth?

    Bland characters, plodding action, repetitiveness and reader's frequently audible swallowing.













































































































































    What could J. M. Gregson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More character development. Attempts to make the reader connect with individuals.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nicholas Bell’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Very few.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble in Topsham

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harriet Hicks
    • Narrated By Patricia Gallimore
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Wind, rain and hail lashed the cottage. And Bun had just run out of knitting wool. What to do? Far too wet for walking up to the shops, she decided to have a poke at their drawing-room walls. Surely there must be alcoves hidden either side of that huge fireplace? Digging revealed a woman’s body…getting rid of it should have been easy, but for a young detective and a scoop-happy newspaper reporter. But when Bun’s younger sister has afternoon tea with their murder suspect, Bun is worried for her safety.

    Paulette says: "Touble in Topsham"
    "Touble in Topsham"
    Overall

    This might have been a wonderful read with all the traditional English murder trimmings. Instead, it was deadly dull with protagonists who were supposed to be charming, witty eccentric spinsters. But their characters were contrived and they were much too pleased with themselves. I found it very hard to generate any interest in them. The "action' goes at a snail's pace and the plot is weak. I wouldn't recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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