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Grete

Love to listen to all genres of audiobooks while I pursue fibre crafts - spinning, dyeing, weaving and knitting. Favourite listens are romantic comedies and historical fiction.

vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • The Vineyard: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Barbara Delinsky
    • Narrated By Beth Fowler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    When Natalie Seebring announces plans to marry within months of the death of her husband of fifty-eight years, her son and daughter are stunned. In the face of their disapproval, Natalie decides it's time to talk about the past and reveal the secrets she has kept for decades. She hires Olivia Jones to help write her memoir and invites her to spend the summer at the family vineyard. As summer deepens and the vineyard's crop ripens, Natalie's story unfolds and startles one family member after another....

    Grete says: "Free spirit and matriarch learn from each other"
    "Free spirit and matriarch learn from each other"
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    A young, photo-restorer in Boston, a single mother of a dyslexic daughter, dreams about a family vineyard as she restorers the photos depicting the history of the vineyard. When she is about to lose her job, she grabs the chance for her and her daughter to spend the summer on the vineyard writing the memoir of its aging matriarch. The free-spirited, young, single mother and the older selfless matriarch are great foils for each other. Now widowed and almost 80, the matriarch decides to marry the childhood sweetheart she gave up years ago in order to marry a richer man whose capital could build the family vineyard. But her children deeply resent her decision.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Party

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (127)

    After her divorce, Charlene Dugan vowed never to get married again - a promise she has kept for twenty-five years. Until the fateful day she finds herself uttering the well-known phrase - "Let's get married!" Almost immediately, Charlene's seemingly perfect life begins unraveling at the seams. Daughter Stephanie's own relationship is about to disintegrate, and she might be just a teensy-weensy bit jealous of her mom. And Charlene seems to be spending more time with her ex-husband than with her fiancé, Dennis.

    Karen says: "Fun Story, Fun outcome"
    "Laughed aloud, but lots of insight too"
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    Therese Plummer is an excellent narrator, as always. She has a wide variety of voices, great with both male and female characters. Very straightforward and natural.

    Lots of characters, and a very human set of events. Enjoyed the humourous moments, as well as those where characters came to greater self-awareness. Highly recommend this great story. I thought it was one of Robyn Carr's best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cold White Sun: A Constable Molly Smith Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Vicki Delany
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It’s the end of March, and Trafalgar, British Columbia, is preparing for the last influx of skiers for the season. Schools are closed for a week, with teachers, parents, and students preparing to relax at home or head out on vacation. But for Cathy Lindsay, the week of relaxation doesn’t work out as planned when she is gunned down by a sniper on the hiking trail high above town, her small dog the only witness. Cathy - a middle-aged, middle-class, small-town resident, high school English teacher, and married mother of two - is an unlikely candidate for a murderous ambush. As Sergeant John Winters begins his investigation, he finds himself frustrated at every turn.

    Grete says: "An engaging mystery with lots of local colour"
    "An engaging mystery with lots of local colour"
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    This is a good mystery with well-developed characters whose personal lives move along with the series, and enrich the plot. It's a treat to read a story situated in Canada. Trafalgar appears to be modeled on Nelson, BC - a one-of-a-kind town in the Kootenays.
    Carrington MacDuffie does such a good job of reading - although the famous Kokanee beer is not pronounced 'Cockanee', and most BC folks would say 'the Kootenees', ignoring the 'a'. I thought the story got a little weaker towards the end, but not enough that it spoiled it for me by any means.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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