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Mazrui

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  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (586)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Great Fun -- especially for dog lovers!"
    Overall

    A clever and creative mystery from a canine perspective. A nice, but not too sweet, story just begging for a sequel!

    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
    (874)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (740)

    “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"
    "Best in the 3 Pines Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just when you thought the series could not get better, it does! Start with Still Life and continue through this book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Murder, She Wrote: A Slaying in Savannah

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    When Jessica receives a call that her old friend Tillie Mortelaine passed away, she is surprised to learn that Tillie bequeathed her a million dollars. All Jessica has to do is solve a decades-old mystery - the murder of Tillie's fiancé Wanamaker Jones. There is no shortage of suspects. Many in Savannah stand to benefit from Tillie's will or are looking to prosper from her death. With people opposing her at every turn in her investigation, will Jessica be able to solve the crime or will she fail her friend?

    Angie says: "Cynthia Darlow, an extremely talented narrator."
    "Delightful Book"
    Overall

    I never watched the television series but have found the "Murder She Wrote" book series, as a whole, a joy to read. If you get a bit tired of blood and gore but appreciate a good mystery, this is the series for you. "A Slaying In Savannah" continues to be an excellent part of the series with an enjoyable cast of characters, an interesting location and good plot. I would have rated the book higher but the narration did not live up to the quality of the book. Still, this is an ideal book to take on travel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2550)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (301)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "A Must Read!!!"
    Overall

    The Secret Life of Bees provides insight into prejudice and how we can overcome it. It is an engaging as well as entertaining. An excellent book to read with your older children and discuss. I am so glad I had an opportunity to read this book. I hope the author writes many, many more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9951)
    Performance
    (5276)
    Story
    (5297)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Not for the Faint of Heart"
    Overall

    I picked up this book to be enlightened. The first part was a wonderful coming of age story. However, after Pi left India, I found myself engaged in a battle of endurance. Unlike Angela's Ashes, another disturbing novel, the second half of "The Life of Pi" lacked literary merit or insight into the human condition. It seemed to be an attempt to shock readers enough to be considered "artistic" and above criticism using an "Emperor's New Clothes" approach. An idealist,I was certain that the story would improve. I forced myself to finish this disturbing, graphically violent tale. Any character I developed as a result of reading this book was clearly due only to my exercising self discipline not from any insights I received from the author. I think it would have been better to have excercised good judgment and stopped reading. Better yet, I would suggest that potential readers learn from my dreadful experience and pass on this book entirely. Then something good would have come from my ordeal. There are so many good books out there. This is NOT one of them.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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