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Margaret

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  • Murder on Bank Street

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Victoria Thompson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Widow and midwife Sarah Brandt helps the less fortunate of the city bring new life into the world. But when a local doctor is found murdered, the shocking motive may destroy Sarah.

    Margaret says: "Simplistic mystery"
    "Simplistic mystery"
    Overall

    This is a mystery with few surprises and little to interest the reader. The narrator's voices are a bit over the top and more distracting than entertaining.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Taker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alma Katsu
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (246)

    On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her...despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort.

    Jodie says: "Left wanting something more..."
    "Too dark for my taste"
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    This is only the 2nd book that I gave up on in several yrs of audible membership. Unless you enjoy dark, weird tales including sexual sadism, give this a pass.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (638)

    London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

    Katherine says: "Lovely"
    "More Nancy Drew than Maisie Dobbs"
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    Performance
    Story

    I was disappointed. I had hoped for a complex mystery series comparable to the Maisie Dobbs series. While the reader did a good job, the story was too predictable to keep my attention. I will have to keep looking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frances and Bernard

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Carlene Bauer
    • Narrated By Angela Brazil, Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Bernard Elliot, a poet, and Frances Reardon, a fiction writer, meet at a writers' colony during the summer of 1957 and begin a friendship and correspondence. Bernard, well-born and Harvard-educated, is gregarious, reckless, and passionate; Frances, the precocious daughter of a middle-class Irish family, is circumspect, wry, and more than a little judgmental. What starts as an exploration of faith eventually becomes a romance, a development complicated by Bernard's fall into manic depression and Frances' struggle to decide whether she is strong enough to weather the illness with him for the long term.

    Margaret says: "Satisfying"
    "Satisfying"
    Overall
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    Story

    I always enjoy stories told through a series of letters. This story and the characters were well developed through the letters between Frances and Bernard as well as letters to their friends. I was initially turned off by the frequent references to religion but their religious devotion, or lack thereof, became almost a 3rd character in the book. The author had so many pithy insights. I often wished for a pencil and paper so I could record them. And I cried at the end-something I rarely do with a recorded book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • There Are No Shortcuts

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rafe Esquith
    • Narrated By Rafe Esquith
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Year after year, Rafe Esquith's fifth-grade students excel. They read passionately, far above their grade level; tackle algebra; and stage Shakespeare so professionally that they often wow the great Shakespearen actor himself, Sir Ian McKellen. Yet Esquith teaches at an L.A. inner city school known as the Jungle, where few of his students speak English at home, and many are from poor or troubled families. What's his winning recipe? A diet of intensive learning mixed with a lot of kindness and fun.

    4dogspal says: "Also, Be Nice. Work Hard."
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I was hoping for an assessment of our education system and suggestions for improvement. While both of those were included, there were too many personal asides which detracted from the book. Sometimes I thought "self centered twaddle" as I listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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