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Rebecca

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Deadly Decisions

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    From blood-splatter patterns and ground-penetrating radar to bone-sample analysis, Deadly Decisions triumphantly combines the authenticity of a world-class forensic professional with the narrative power of a brilliant new crime-writing star in this richly nuanced thriller.

    Rebecca says: "A bit hard to follow"
    "A bit hard to follow"
    Overall

    A decent mystery, but filled with too-neat coincidences and mysterious motivations. I have not read others in this series and this one did not make me particularly eager to do so.
    The listless reader did nothing to bring the story to life. I think there's some wry humor there, but it doesn't come through in the reading. The French names, pronounced oh-so-correctly by the reader, were hard to understand in an audio version and sometimes made the story hard to follow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • After Her

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joyce Maynard
    • Narrated By Joyce Maynard
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    Summer, 1979: A dry, hot Northern California school vacation stretches before Rachel and her younger sister, Patty - the daughters of a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome (and chronically unfaithful) detective father and the mother whose heart he broke. When we first meet her, Patty is 11 - a gangly kid who loves basketball and dogs and would do anything for her older sister, Rachel.

    Krista says: "Wonderful to listen to, decent story"
    "How can a book with a serial killer be so boring?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is more about the dysfunctional family of the adolescent narrator than the killer, although the killings provide a constant sense of dread and concern about the detective father's inability to nab the guy. If the work were a memoir, I could forgive the repetitive and uncomfortable exposition on her period and unenthusiastic sexual forays and the details of the unremarkable games she plays with her younger sister. But since it's fiction couldn't it be a little more interesting?
    Maynard's craft is excellent; too bad the content is so dull and depressing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Honor: Grayson Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (166)

    Prepare to fall in love with the Grayson brothers in Shades of Honor, the first novel in the best-selling series by award-winning author Wendy Lindstrom. Haunted by a gruesome war and his own dark secrets, former Union soldier Radford Grayson returns home, seeking a loving reunion with his brothers and a place where he and his young daughter can make a home. Desperate for peace, Radford is ambushed by his unexpected and forbidden love for Evelyn - his brother's fiancée.

    Deborah says: "Embers grow into a Magnificent Love !!!"
    "Pleasant but not outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Some research was done for this post-Civil War story which is set after the Civil War, but it must have focused on the war, livery stables, and saw mills. The characters are far too modern in their speech and behavior to be believable--the heroine in particular spouts modern psychobabble. On the other hand, most of the characters are well-developed and interesting. The plot line is predictable but I liked the emphasis on honor and family.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    Overall
    (9323)
    Performance
    (8542)
    Story
    (8552)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Great story, fantastic reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story is packed with pathos and distinctive characters. David Pittu nails them all.
    I've read two other Donna Tartt novels and while this one is quite different from those, the things they have in common are an uncommon insight into the minds of young people and wonderful writing.
    This sprawling story starts off a little slow but stay with it for a satisfying read--a terrific value for one credit!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Doll

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elvira Woodruff
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunn
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Long ago in London Town, at a time when the muffin man's cries began the day and the lamplighter ushered in the night, two young orphans lived together in the bleak, cold shelter of a public workhouse.

    W says: "Heartwarming Story"
    "Not just for kids"
    Overall

    This is a sentimental, heartwarming story read with a lovely British accent that will get you in the Christmas spirit. The historical detail of what it was like to be poor in Victorian England is vivid and educational as well. I would recommend this to any female age 8 and up! Not that the guys aren't welcome to read it too, but I think girls and women will particularly like the theme of sisterly devotion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Terrence Hardiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Superintendent Runcorn (Anne Perry fans will remember him as William Monk's ex-boss) is feeling rather lonely during his holiday on the remote, snowy island of Anglesey, off the northern coast of Wales. However, he is suddenly called into action when the sister of the local vicar is discovered murdered and draped over a gravestone in her brother's churchyard.

    Rebecca says: "A good story well-read"
    "A good story well-read"
    Overall

    I am a longtime Anne Perry fan and thoroughly enjoyed this story even though the usual cast is not around. The interior life of a middle-aged man who knows his shortcomings--who is in love with his soulmate btw--is sensitively and realistically drawn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Off Air

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Catherine Sampson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    Robin Ballantyne's life is finally coming together. After learning she was pregnant with twins and being abandoned by her irresponsible boyfriend, Adam, she's settling into life as a single mother. But one night, after putting the children to bed, she hears an argument and suddenly, a body falls past her window. Running outside, she finds the body of Paula Carmichael, a renowned activist.

    Hannah says: "Rich, developed and unusual"
    "Fast-paced and interesting"
    Overall

    The protagonist of this story is an all-too-human young woman raising twin babies alone. I quickly came to care about her and to be gripped by the twists and turns of the story. The supporting characters seem like real people and not props. I will be looking for this author's next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monster of Florence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Mario Spezi
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (161)

    In 2000, Douglas Preston and his family moved to Florence, Italy, fulfilling a long-held dream. They put their children in Italian schools and settled into a 14th century farmhouse in the green hills of Florence, where they devoted themselves to living la dolce vita while Preston wrote his best-selling suspense novels. All that changed when he discovered that the lovely olive grove in front of their house had been the scene of a double-murder.

    B. Lingerfelt says: "Enjoyable true-crime novel"
    "Well-researched but a little hard to follow"
    Overall

    This covers an interesting case and is as full of intrigue as any novel. However, the Italian names were hard for me to keep straight and made the story more difficult to follow than it would be as a traditional book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rogue of My Own

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    Lady Rebecca Marshall fulfills her mother's fondest wish when she becomes a maid of honor at the court of Queen Victoria. Having been disappointed two years ago when the Duke of Norford's heir Raphael Locke married another woman, Rebecca's mother sees this court appointment as a golden opportunity for Rebecca.

    Rebecca says: "Not a keeper"
    "Not a keeper"
    Overall

    I loved the spirited females in this story but most of the plot devices were very contrived, and the motivations of the male lead were inexplicable. I enjoy period romances and this one does not stay true to its era's voice. Among a number of anachronisms the word "sexy" is used at least twice--no way in Victorian England. I have seen Lindsey do a better job in other books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donna VanLiere
    • Narrated By Donna VanLiere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When a struggling young single mother saves the life of an elderly woman, she sets into motion a series of events that will test her strength, loyalty, and determination, all the while setting her on the path to finding true love.

    Andrea says: "I wish the Christmas Secret were still a secret"
    "Well-intentioned, but ick!"
    Overall

    This story might kind of get you in the Christmas mood, but there are better choices than this earnest, humorless piece of banality. The heroine is not very likeable and the plot depends upon many, many untenable coincidences. Plus there are some distracting grammatical errors such as a dangling participle and subject-verb agreement issues. The strongest aspect of the writing concerns Jason and his work with underprivileged children, which was believable and moving and _showed_ us a change of heart rather than telling us.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Evil at Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    Here Gretchen is still on the loose and Archie is still hospitalized after his ploy to catch her went spectacularly wrong. They've entered a detente of sorts: Archie agrees not to kill himself if she agrees not to kill anyone else. But suddenly there's something else to contend with that might be worse - a zealous fan of Gretchen's, paying homage to the Beauty Killer by luring Archie and reporter Susan Ward to the scene of a grisly murder.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Average novel with irritating music thru-out"
    "Creepy!"
    Overall

    This was full of plot twists and though grisly, has some unexpected humor. The narrator interpreted the story pretty well but has a slight lisp on the sibilants that is a bit distracting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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