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asassyvic

asassyvic

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  • Sour Apples: An Orchard Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Apple orchard owner Meg Corey is finally feeling settled into her new life in Granford - she's made friends, and her relationship with Seth Chapin is heating up - when her old Boston coworker Lauren Converse comes barreling into town, running the Congressional campaign for a former hometown football hero. But Meg doesn't have time to worry about why Seth seems reluctant to back Lauren's campaign when her neighbor, local dairy farmer Joyce Truesdell, is found dead from an apparent kick to the head from one of her cows.

    asassyvic says: "Who Killed My Cow"
    "Who Killed My Cow"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sour Apples to be better than the print version?

    Can't say as I don't do print versions. The audio version is bound to be better in 99% of the books. With the right narrator of course.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Took a long time getting there but it was a decent ending.


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

    Robin Miles manages to give each person and detail a lot of emphasis that gives a good listen regardless of the book itself. Reading it myself I just don't give it the dimensions that Robin Miles gives it.


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

    The story doesn't lead itself for either emotion as all the people are not represented that way. So really no extreme emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    The unraveling of the toxic fields is what makes the story interesting. We're at book 6 and I still don't see any real romance between Meg and Seth. It's more like a friendship or brother/sister relationship.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Harvest: Orchard, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Now that Meg Corey's apples have been harvested and sold, she's enjoying some free time. But when the small but annoying mishaps plaguing her start turning sinister, Meg begins to worry that her first harvest may be her last.

    Doug Wilkie says: "Love Sheila Connolly's writing!"
    "Bitter Intent"
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    Would you listen to Bitter Harvest again? Why?

    I have listened to the book a second time because any book reveals things missed on the first listen.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sheila Connolly? Why or why not?

    I so far like all of Sheila Connolly's books even though some of the characters are very unlikeable or side plot lines are sometimes downright unbelievable. Nonetheless the basic story of the books are interesting, and mostly a fun listen and can hold my attention.


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

    Robin Miles is consistent throughout the series. Always a reliable listen where each person is identifiable from book to book. Her inflections are great giving a real boost to the story every time.


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

    Bitter Intent is not a book that would make a great movie as much depends on knowing the background history of the characters and plots. It's just not that interesting to be a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though I did enjoy the book I found it a stretch to have someone harassing Meg that had no part in a past book in the series. It just was not believable but the story itself is interesting enough to give it 3 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Killer Crop: An Orchard Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    After an English professor - and old friend of her mother - is found dead in a cider house, orchard owner Meg Corey starts to wonder: Could her own mother have committed murder?

    Beatrice says: "Family drama and murder"
    "Mommy Dearest"
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    What did you love best about A Killer Crop?

    Finally having a role for Elizabeth Corey, Meg's mother, although I didn't like her being the main suspect in a murder. I like the details of her house renovations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Meg, who is willing to learn new things and go in a very different direction in life than she'd previously known. She's also not to young to be a nit wit nor too old to be out of sync.


    What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

    I adore Robin Mile's narration of this series. She definitely does bring out every ounce of personality available even though some characters like Seth are bland as heck. She's a talented narrator.


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

    Not really as it is very long with lots of side detailing of pesticides. I also can't listen to long to a woman that has such angst dealing with her own mother. She's so deceptive and needy when it comes to dear old mom.


    Any additional comments?

    Robin Miles' is so talented that you can listen and drift away to Granford. All of the series is overly heavy on side lessons on different things, that reading text could be boring or slow but Robin Miles makes that palatable with her lovely voice and excellent interpretation the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rotten to the Core: An Orchard Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Spring has come to Meg Corey's apple orchard—and it's quickly becoming a killer season. Just as she's getting the hang of managing the two-hundred-year-old orchard she's inherited, the dead body of a local organic farming activist is found in her springhouse. And the only thing that's sprung is a murder accusation - against her...

    Doug Wilkie says: "Keeps you guessing right to the end."
    "Gotta love apples"
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    A fun story but heavy on details that could become a bit boring. Once again Meg has to deal with Detective William Markus her nemesis from One Bad Apple. Thankfully this time Meg does not know Jason Miller who's body she finds in her springhouse. Markus does manage to implicate Meg in the murder and Meg sets out to discover who Jason is and why someone killed.
    Robin Miles, narrator for the Orchard Series does such a wonderful narration that it's sometimes hard to tell if this series is fiction or non fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Delicious Death: An Orchard Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    In this latest Orchard mystery, amateur sleuth Meg Corey takes a bite out of crime.... Some baby-faced chefs, fresh out of cooking school, are looking to open a restaurant in Granford. They plan on using local foods - great news for city girl banker-turned orchard owner Meg Corey. Yet when one of the chefs is found dead, face-down in a farmer's pig wallow, plans come to a screeching halt. And Meg soon discovers they may have a locally grown killer on their hands.

    Doug Wilkie says: "Another good book in the series"
    "An Apple A Day Might ...."
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    Meg continues to slog through the learning process of running her apple orchard. She has a long task list of needs for her 200 year old Colonial house. All of them expensive. Getting involved in helping a young couple start their restaurant business in Granford is cutting into her other duties in a big way. When the Sou Chef turns up face down in a pig wallow, Meg sets out to find out who killed him and why. A bit of an over kill on the pesticides. I found that slow and a bit dull to listen too. Robin Miles to the rescue with her outstanding narration that makes even the less interesting and slow parts move along and sound more interesting then they really are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Bad Apple: An Orchard Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Meg Corey has come to the quaint New England town of Granford, Massachusetts, to sell her mother's old colonial home and apple orchard. Instead, she becomes embroiled in development plans that include her land - and her former flame from Boston. When he's found dead in the new septic tank on her property, the police immediately suspect Meg, whose only ally in town is the plumber Seth Chapin. Together, they'll have to peel back the layers of secrecy that surround the deal in order to find the real murderer.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "Historic Homes Can be Murder"
    "An all Around Cozy Mystery"
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    LIght reading but a tightly knit story. Interesting characters that are credible people, you might know or would like to know.
    Meg would never have imagined that she'd become involved in a murder and of her own ex boyfriend. When his corpse is blocking up her new septic system, Meg is a prime suspect. Dealing with a hostile detective that looks for the easy, fast way to close the case forces Meg to find the killer herself. Robin Miles was the perfect narrator for this book. Her voice is fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thing about December

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Donal Ryan
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    While the Celtic Tiger rages, and greed becomes the norm, Johnsey Cunliffe desperately tries to hold on to the familiar, even as he loses those who all his life have protected him from a harsh world. Following the deaths first of his father and then his mother, Johnsey inherits the family farm, and a healthy bank account, both of which he proves incapable of managing on his own. Village bullies and scheming land-grabbers stand in his way, no matter where he turns.

    asassyvic says: "Inner Thoughts of a Mentally Challenged Man"
    "Inner Thoughts of a Mentally Challenged Man"
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    The Narrator was really excellent. Helps the he is Irish so the accent is natural to him.
    Overall story is about how bullies torment Johnsey and we hear his thoughts about what they say and do. His father challenges for him in all regards and his mother, slightly less kind to him is ameliorated by his fathers standing up for him. They protect him from the outside world as much as they can but don't prepare him to deal with life on his own once they have passed on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • At the Behest of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By Todd Menesses
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Phineas Cavanaugh likes to play with dead things. As a centuries-old necromancer he is Seattle's foremost investigator on the recently deceased, and he hasn't met a corpse he didn't like. Hired to track down a serial killer, Phineas and beautiful Detective Andrews face off against an enraged beast that should not exist. Things go from bad to worse when is summoned to probe the murder of his teacher and oldest friend. Phineas learns the hard way that the two cases are related when a demonic force attempts to devour him.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "bit of blood, terror, and different things"
    "Ghost Busters and Beyond"
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    This was out of my comfort zone of cozy mysteries but I did enjoy it a lot. I had a lot of laughs with some great one liners and funny dialog, Phineas, is the go to person for solving murders, rogue shape shifters and other creatures of the darkness. Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to set him up to come against some of the strongest demons around. Phineas is ages old and had a lot of experience but even he may not be able to defeat the worst of the worse.
    The narrator Todd Menesses, was truly wonderful and knows how to keep the excitement going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captain of My Heart: Heroes of the Sea, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Danelle Harmon
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Handsome, wily Irish privateer Captain Brendan Jay Merrick is running from a painful past - and fighting for a new nation's future when he arrives in the colonial town of Newburyport, Massachusetts, with plans for shipwright Ephraim Ashton to build his magnificent new schooner.

    Karen says: "A Favorite Read - Now Comes Alive With Narration!"
    "A Gentleman and a Feisty Wench"
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    Lots of fast paced action on land and on the high seas. Makes Taming of the Shrew seem, well tame. Shakespeare would blanch at this story and might just be a little envious he didn't think of it first.
    I hate Mira, but the overall story and pace is good with excellent scene setting, covers everything from smell, sound and taste to throbbing passions. I'm betting romance lovers will adore this book.
    Wayne Farrell narrated it and did it justice. He really enlivened it and made it spring into life. I really prefer the audio over reading the text version. Audio gives it many dimensions that just reading it can render it flat.
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty Kitty Bang Bang

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sparkle Abbey
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Caro Lamont, pet therapist, and her cousin Melinda Langston, owner of The Bow Wow Boutique, pamper the kitties and pooches of Laguna Beach's elites. Unfortunately, their human clients keep turning up dead.

    asassyvic says: "Fun, Southern Comfort Cozy"
    "Fun, Southern Comfort Cozy"
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    Caro Lamont pet therapist has the misfortune to not only have to take care of her neighbors Bengal cats, but deal with a long lost sister that arrives unexpectedly at her door. Caro is at first sorry to tell May that her sister is dead, and but wants to avoid dealing with her at all costs. May is pesty and very needy and and naive and soon wears Caro down to where she feels sorry for her.
    No matter what Caro tells herself about not getting involved once it's revealed her neighbor didn't have just a car accident but was murdered, everything conspires to get her deeply involved. The story is fun, has lots of laughs, and moves at a good pace.
    The only thing I didn't like was the title and I had a little bit of a problem wrapping my mind around Bengal cats that paint.
    Karen Commins does a stellar narration and her accents and personality expressions are right on target. She does the high pitched nasally voiced May so well that you sympathize with Caro about trying to avoid the harpy. Wonderful narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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