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Denise Barker

Columbia South Carolina | Member Since 2012

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  • Death of a Cozy Writer: A St. Just Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (153)

    From deep in the heart of his 18th century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance. Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces his latest blow - a secret elopement. Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is found cleaved to death by a medieval mace. And soon Sir Adrian himself is found slumped over his writing desk - an ornate knife thrust into his heart.

    Ronna says: "A modern day classic mystery!"
    "A Fun Read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if my friend enjoys a good British mystery, I would recommend it. It was very entertaining, well written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death of a Cozy Writer?

    When the killer was revealed, it was a surprise, I had picked someone else!


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

    She is an excellent narrator, always enjoy her work.


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

    Families: Everybody has them!


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1198)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Keep them coming!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heirs and Graces the most enjoyable?

    I love this series, cleverly written and enjoyable.


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

    Fast moving, funny characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

    Well, she is the only problem with this series, I really do not care for her presentation, too stilted.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, just an easy listen


    Any additional comments?

    Wish this author would try a new narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound of Broken Glass: A James and Kincaid Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (137)

    In the past... On a blisteringly hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, once home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition, a solitary 13-year-old boy meets his next-door neighbor, a recently widowed young teacher hoping to make a new start in the tight-knit South London community. Drawn together by loneliness, the unlikely pair forms a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal. In the present... On a cold January morning in London, Detective Inspector Gemma James is back on the job....

    Kathi says: "Excellent addition to a consistently good series"
    "Love a new Deborah Crombie!"
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    What did you love best about The Sound of Broken Glass?

    I love the complex way Deborah Crombie weaves a story and the interesting pieces of life she chooses to present to you.


    What other book might you compare The Sound of Broken Glass to and why?

    Any of Deborah Crombie's books share this same gift for story telling and suspense, I would recommend any of her books..


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narrative, very easy to listen to and great delivery.


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

    Not sure, but something about music, that was a very interesting twist to this story


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The American Heiress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daisy Goodwin
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (350)

    Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.

    Maria says: "I loved this book!"
    "Could have been better"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wanted more of the story, more character development. She didn't go very deep into any of them really, story was a bit predictable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not sure, I wanted to know more about the characters. It was an interesting perspective of the time, also the excess of wealthy Americans during this time and the struggle of the British aristocracy.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She did great transitions from American to English accents, something that usually slips in books like this.


    Was The American Heiress worth the listening time?

    It was an interesting story of the time period, always makes me glad to be a woman now, not then!


    Any additional comments?

    Would read more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (160)

    London, summer 1920. An unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Ian Rutledge is leading the investigation to uncover what happened. While the signs point to murder, vital questions remain: Who is the victim? And where, exactly, was he killed? One small clue leads Rutledge to a firm built by two families, famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine. Lewis French, the current head of the English enterprise, is missing. But is he the dead man? And does either his fiancée or his jilted former lover have anything to do with his disappearance - or possible death?

    Kathi says: "Predictably excellent addition to Rutledge series"
    "Charles Todd scores again!"
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    If you could sum up Proof of Guilt in three words, what would they be?

    Best series ever!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The excellent quality of the writing, the intriquing story line and the excellent research that goes into each of these novels.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    No doubt, Ian Ruthledge


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, they just always keep me hanging on and aborbed until the last minute


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (290)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "Such a fun read""
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they like this genre, it was interesting and historical.


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

    Writing was well done, but the narrator's voice was a tad annoying at times.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Duerden?

    Not sure, she just got a bit overdone and sugary at times, rise and fall of her voice was odd and she seemed to struggle with the American accent.


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

    Not sure


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Uninvited Guests: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sadie Jones
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    One late spring evening in 1912, in the kitchens at Sterne, preparations begin for an elegant supper party in honor of Emerald Torrington's twentieth birthday. But only a few miles away, a dreadful accident propels a crowd of mysterious and not altogether savory survivors to seek shelter at the ramshackle manor - and the household is thrown into confusion and mischief. The cook toils over mock turtle soup and a chocolate cake covered with green sugar roses, which the hungry band of visitors is not invited to taste. But nothing, it seems, will go according to plan.

    Cidney says: "And You Think You’re Haunted By Your Past!"
    "Different....."
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    What would have made The Uninvited Guests better?

    Clearer storytelling, I found the whole thing a bit fuzzy, wasn't really sure where the author was going with characters or storyline


    What could Sadie Jones have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Developed her plot better, this story really jumped around, not much character development


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing stands out, it was all a bit farfetched


    What character would you cut from The Uninvited Guests?

    The neighbor


    Any additional comments?

    Nope, this was not a very entertaining read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1791)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1575)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Keep 'Em Coming!"
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    What did you love best about Notorious Nineteen?

    Stephanie and her relationships, always a funny experience!


    What other book might you compare Notorious Nineteen to and why?

    While all of the Stephanie books are similiar, they are just different enough to keep them interesting and entertaining.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Well, she IS Stephanie and Lula, and all the rest, she does a great job.


    If you could take any character from Notorious Nineteen out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ranger, who else would it be?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Walnut Tree: A Holiday Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    In 1914, while visiting her friend Madeleine, Lady Elspeth Douglas's life is thrown into chaos when war breaks out and the Germans quickly overrun Belgium, threatening France. Having just agreed to marry Alain, Madeleine's dashing brother, Lady Elspeth watches him leave to join his unit, and then she sets out for England, only to find herself trapped on the French coast.

    sharon says: "Terrible Narrator. Don't Waste your credit."
    "Love Charles Todd!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Walnut Tree to be better than the print version?

    DId not read the print version, but I love to listen and to read Charles Todd novels.


    What other book might you compare The Walnut Tree to and why?

    A lot like the Bess Crawford series, Bess was even in this book. A little too much like Bess Crawford actually.


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

    That beautiful Scottish accent!


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

    Hmmm, I always listen in my car, so that's hard to say.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming, Charles Todd!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Gentle Lady: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs. Gentle - everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is. Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky. Perhaps it's time for him to get married, they say. But who has time for marriage when there's a murder to be solved? When Mrs. Gentle dies under mysterious circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged.

    W Barry McCue says: "This is just a great story"
    "Enjoyable, but predicatable!"
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    Where does Death of a Gentle Lady rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Kind of in the middle, I like these stories, but they are all very similiar


    Would you recommend Death of a Gentle Lady to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure, I love the Highland accent!


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

    Yes, he is the main reason I listen, love his voice and accent


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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