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Karen

Cayce, SC, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2948)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1192)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    Patricia says: "Totally predictable"
    "written with the screen in mind?"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed all of the Corey books and DeMille. However, this one seemed to have so much unnecessarily graphic violence that it detracted from the story. Still - more John and Kate!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A long lost letter arrives in the post, and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13-year-old child during WW II. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives looking after the third and youngest sister, Juniper, who hasn't been the same since her fiancé jilted her in 1941.

    Laurel says: "Distant Hours"
    "If the pieces don't fit, did I miss something?"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed all of Kate Morton's books. This one, however, was not as good as the others. It is a gothic novel filled with characters, shifts in time, mysteries, etc., etc. But, some of the characters in this book, just didn't make sense. Especially the father - with no grandchildren, there is no one to inherit. If he loves his castle so much, wouldn't he want his descendents to protect it? With not much information on his childhood, his attitude can't be understood. Why would he leave his children almost destitute? His guilt was not reasonable.

    Why wasn't more said about the muniment room? Are there too many characters and story lines? Why did Juniper become unbalanced?

    Now that I have finished it - and I listened to parts of it twice - I am asking myself, "Did I miss something?"

    Still, it was enjoyable. I look forward to her next one. Maybe I will listen to this one again.

    This could have been a great book, instead it is a good one. But, I am still thinking about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (520)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Missed the Mark"
    Overall

    This book has many of the elements of a best seller. I love all the quirky characters - especially the apple tree. However, the writing could be better and the characters could have more depth. It is a just a little too sweet for me in places. I think this writer has a great career ahead of her.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (350)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "A lot of potential"
    Overall

    This is a good book, weaving together historical characters, the plight of women, mystery, romance, changing society. It could have been a GREAT book. More character development would have helped. A little less sappy romance.

    Too bad the editorial staff did not take more time with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Anne Brontë
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Jenny Agutter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    This is the story of a woman's struggle for independence. Helen "Graham" has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage. Exiled to the desolate moorland mansion, she adopts an assumed name and earns her living as a painter.

    A User says: "highly recommended"
    "Good reading for all women considering marriage."
    Overall

    I never read this book as a teen or twenty-something. Enjoyed it so much, I just read (listened to)it twice - back to back.

    Was a little slow starting out the first time around, but then I was hooked.

    Beautiful story-telling, surprises, romance, folly of youth, good vs evil, mystery, feminism, spousal abuse, double standards are all elements found in the remarkable book.

    Some of the themes must have been shocking when it was published in 1848.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Forsyte Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (88)

    The three novels that make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family through three generations, beginning in Victorian London during the 1880s and ending in the early 1920s. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women.

    Kay in DC says: "A delight"
    "changing role of women in society"
    Overall

    Another classic I did not appreciate when younger. I particularly enjoyed experiencing the changing role of women written in real time over a period of 20 or 30 years. The historical events such as the Boer war and death of Queen Victoria and their impact on society was appealing as well.

    John Galsworthy and Anthony Trollope are two of my all time favorite authors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3700)
    Performance
    (2025)
    Story
    (2075)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "classics for mature readers"
    Overall

    I read this book in high school, but did not grasp (or don't remember) many of its subtleties. This book is a prime example of why adults show read the classics. A great book, that I just didn't "get" as a youngster.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Malice Prepense: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    When he was a kid, Teddy Wendover had an accident that left him stunted at the mental age of eight. Physically, he's six-foot-two and 28-years-old, but he acts and thinks just like a little boy. Could this big little boy be a killer?

    Carol T. Carr says: "Well-crafted with Compelling Characters"
    "Good story - not so good narrator"
    Overall

    I generally enjoy Kate Wilhelm, even if her books are somewhat predictable. However, the narrator's male voices were annoying on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4565)
    Performance
    (2621)
    Story
    (2622)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "haunting"
    Overall

    I, too, was frustrated by the loose ends and unanswered questions. But, this made the book seem more like real life. The characters are like people you have met - not perfect, trying to do a good job most of the time, sometimes confused, making mistakes they must learn to live with.

    I would have enjoyed an Irish accent for some of the characters, but the narrator did a wonderful job overall.

    I look forward to Ms. French's next book. I, too, would like to know what happened to Rob's friends.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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