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carina

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OREGON CITY, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1686)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1029)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Yuriko says: "Wow"
    "A Sherlock Holmes Not Often Known"
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    If you could sum up The Beekeeper's Apprentice in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligently written story


    What did you like best about this story?

    I LOVED it all, but especially the growth of the relationship between Holmes and Mary Russell


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

    The different voices she used made the story come alive.


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

    I loved the ending. A lot was left for the listener to


    Any additional comments?

    At first, I wasn't sure about a Holmes story with a young woman apprentice, but I decided to try the first book. Sure glad I did as I now plan to listen to all of Laurie R. King series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2496)
    Performance
    (2131)
    Story
    (2141)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Splendid Story"
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    Where does The Secret Keeper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, one of my favorite.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

    One of the most memorable moments was the bombing of Dolly's apartment and the result of that event. I got a sense of the horror of the Blitz of London in 1941. This was a moment of a choice that would change lives and carry the story into the present.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorites was when Laurel makes the connection with the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth Stamp and remembers a visit from a man in 1953 when she was only 8 years old turning cartwheels around her house. This scene was key to letting the reader know what happened to one of the main characters in the 1921 story.


    If you could rename The Secret Keeper, what would you call it?

    Some Secrets Best Kept


    Any additional comments?

    I adored this story. I'm amazed at the author's ability to weave back and forth between generations, to keep me interested in the characters past and present, and to keep the final secret to the very end that fully explains the event at the very beginning of the story. Outstanding writing, engaging story. One of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bones of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (230)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King garners widespread acclaim for her suspenseful novels rich with historical detail. Set in the vibrant Paris Jazz Age, The Bones of Paris introduces private investigator Harris Stuyvesant, an American agent who’s been given the plum assignment of locating beautiful young model Philippa Crosby. But when Philippa’s trail ends at the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, Stuyvesant discovers a world where art meets sexual depravity - and where a savage killer lurks in the shadows.

    ShySusan says: "I'm not sure..."
    "Goes Almost Nowhere"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story seems to drag on and on until the last scenes of part two.I don't see this story earning even a 3-star for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laurie R. King again?

    Yes, I love Laurie R. King, especially the Sherlock Holmes Mary Russell series.I can't say some of her other books excite me.


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

    Jefferson Mays is an excellent narrator who changes his voices like a pro.I wouldn't have finished this book if it hadn't been for his narration.


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

    Not for me. I'm glad I purchased it through a 2 books for 1 credit. The other book I chose was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story of the weird and macabre in Paris in the late 1920s. It just didn't seem to have much of a plot. Maybe someone who is interested in art society and strange artists of this time period could relate more to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford follows in his patriotic footsteps, volunteering to serve her country as a nurse during the Great War. In 1916 she promises Lieutenant Arthur Graham that she will carry his dying request to a brother. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference.

    Anne says: "Terrific period mystery"
    "Difficulties of World War I"
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    What did you love best about A Duty to the Dead?

    I liked the examples in the characters of the devastation war has on men and women after they have returned from battle.


    What other book might you compare A Duty to the Dead to and why?

    Maise Dobbs book series about World War I. Very good stories.


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

    The main character moved me as she had the strength to go against the status quo of England in that time period..


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first book by Charles Todd, and I was unsure. Now I will listen to more of his stories in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mermaid Chair

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (83)

    Sue Monk Kidd's stunning debut, The Secret Life of Bees, has transformed her into a genuine literary star. Now, in her much-anticipated new novel, Kidd has woven a transcendent tale that will thrill her legion of fans and cement her reputation as one of the most remarkable writers at work today.

    Reid says: "Such a disappointment"
    "Personal Connections"
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    If you could sum up The Mermaid Chair in three words, what would they be?

    Very Difficult Decisions


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interactions of the characters, their inner struggles to make decisions and the support they received from minor characters. Wonderful full character development.


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

    I enjoyed her character voices. I will probably listen to this book a second time or maybe more.


    If you could rename The Mermaid Chair, what would you call it?

    Forbidden Attraction


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a Sue Monk Kidd fan. Incredible Writer! I may purchase the text form of the story as I enjoy reading and marking some of her best lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1551)
    Performance
    (1379)
    Story
    (1369)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Cute British Christmas Story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was OK. I listened durning the Christmas season. It was entertaining to hear the details of a traditional British Christmas in a country village while I was baking and decorating.


    What could Rhys Bowen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I have been listening to Louise Penny mysteries and Laurie R. King mysteries. This is my first Rhys Bowen book. I think the story was just too light for me, but cute.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Darsie - I love the Scottish accent.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe at Christmas time, maybe on DVD.


    Any additional comments?

    See comments above.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (782)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "Wonderfully Entangled Plot and Characters"
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    If you could sum up How the Light Gets In in three words, what would they be?

    Light Shines Through


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How the Light Gets In?

    The most memorable moment for me was when Ruth asked Bouvoir to take Rosa.I cried.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many favorite scenes so well written, but I especially love when the two men dance together. This scene summed up their entire relationship. Beautiful!


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

    The one mentioned above: Ruth hands Rosa to Bouvoir. This touched my heart deeply, and unveiled Ruth's true nature.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to hug Louise Penny. I've listened to all of her books, and this one brings out the best in all the characters I've come to know and love. Three Pines truly shines. The antagonists are awful, made me hate them. The writing is superb as it carries the reader along with the action with suspense and surprises at the end. Decisions the main characters have to make are incredible but believable. I enjoyed every minute. I encourage readers to listen to all of Louise Penny's earlier books before listening to this one in order to FEEL the impact this story brings. I hope there may be another book one day soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (843)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "What Can Happen in a Monastery?"
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    What did you love best about The Beautiful Mystery?

    I listened to this book twice. The first time I didn't get the full depth of being inside a place not many have seen or experienced. The second time I felt it. What I liked best was the real sense of what life must be like in a monk's world so removed from the outside and how the different personalities of the brothers all fit together.


    What other book might you compare The Beautiful Mystery to and why?

    I wouldn't compare this book to another of Louise Penny's books or any other book. This one is truly unique.


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

    I've listened to all of the Louise Penny audiobooks with Ralph Cosham. This one is outstanding like all of the others he reads. He's the BEST.


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

    This was not a story that grabbed me the first time I listened perhaps because it was such a very different kind of setting. However, the second listen did keep my interest even though I knew the plot. There is a lot more to this book than just solving the mystery. Music lovers will appreciate and enjoy this story greatly.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending of this book was very difficult for me to hear and accept. Bouvoir is one of my favorite characters, and I adore the interactions between Gamash and Bouvoir. There has to be another book to follow this one to let us know where their relationship goes. I seem to be emotionally involved with these characters. I feel as if I know and care about them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Lesson in Secrets: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (314)

    In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs' career takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities "not in the interests of His Majesty's government". She soon finds herself investigating a web of activities being conducted by the emerging Nazi Party.

    Jeanette Finan says: "A worthy edition to the series"
    "Before the Second Storm"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Lesson in Secrets to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Maisie Dobbs stories don't keep me on the edge of my seat waiting to know "who done it". Her stories are more about the journey than the destination. I love hearing what is happening with all of the characters I have followed through her other 8 or 9 books. I love just listening to her words and sentences. This book, like the others is very well written.


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

    I associate Orlagh Cassidy's voice with that of the character, Maise Dobbs. I don't think I'd like to listen to one of the books being read by any other reader. Orlah reads all of the characters so well. It's amazing how she can change her accents. I especially enjoy the Scottish inspector's accent. Orlagh Cassidy is an amazing reader, and I have listened to almost all of the Maise Dobbs books. The reading of this book has the same outstanding quality as her other readings.


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

    I enjoyed listening to it in parts, to savor the writing and reading.


    Any additional comments?

    This story gave me insights into the time between WWI and WWII. Windspear's books are all very well researched. I learn details about the period and the struggles people went through in England during WWI, and the aftermath. I felt sad knowing a second horrible war was soon to be upon them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (738)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "For Intelligent Readers and Art Enthusiasts"
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    Where does A Trick of the Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of my Louise Penny favorites


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Trick of the Light?

    A conversations between Chief Inspector Gamache and his next in command, Inspector Bovoir concerning finding the perfect life partner. A very personal and sweet moment.


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

    I love his voice, his use of some French words. He is just perfect for how I imagine Chief Inspector Gamache.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An inside look at the REAL world of Artists and Art collectors


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable story with some of the best characters at Three Pines, and an in depth look into the personalities of artists and art collectors. Bravo !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (6402)
    Performance
    (4414)
    Story
    (4403)

    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"
    "One of the Best"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Kitchen House the most enjoyable?

    The readers and the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kitchen House?

    When Ms. Martha takes up a shotgun against the overseer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes with 'Momma." What a strong, kind, and wise woman.


    If you could rename The Kitchen House, what would you call it?

    White on Black


    Any additional comments?

    The different voices of the readers made me feel I knew the characters.
    Bravo to the way this story is presented by the readers. I've listened to it twice and I hardly ever listen to the same story twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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