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Amy

murphaim

Allen, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (363)

    It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern.

    Frobertimus says: "The Character who brought me back to Cozy Mystery"
    "Too Short!"
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    I love the story, but I don't think I would enjoy the story so much if it weren't for Jayne Entwistle's spot-on performance of Flavia. My only problem with the book is that it is too short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2715)
    Performance
    (2380)
    Story
    (2396)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "It's Not Harry, and That is OK"
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    I am an avid Potter fan, even at 35. I have all the books, audiobooks, and movies, and have read them, listened to them, and watched them multiple times. So have most of my friends.

    When this book first came out, my group of friends and I snatched it up. I did not listen to it right away because I was in the middle of another audiobook. My friends read it and all hated it. So it sat in my library until I was low on audiobooks. I put it on my IPod and prepared for the worst.

    I was wrong, oh-so-wrong. Although parts of this book seemed like JK was trying to prove that she could write something that was the opposite of Harry, that was ok with me. I love her new charcter-driven, not action-driven, story.

    Other reviewers have made negative comments about her pitting two social classes against each other, but that is what I loved about the book; it was real. None of the books charcters are lovable, but they aren't evil either; they are real.

    At the end of the day, I was sad that the book came to end, and I am looking forward to JK's next book, no matter what genre she chooses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2798)
    Performance
    (2402)
    Story
    (2412)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Just when you thought..."
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    Kate Morton couldn't get any better, she wrote this. It is clear that Morton gets better with her slight of hand with each book, and her slight of hand was pure perfection in this book. When the secret is revealed in the book, which, as always was read expertly by Caroline Lee, I have to admit, I slammed on my brakes in the middle of the freeway, and yelled, "What the...!" I always look forward to Kate Morton's books, but now I am excited to see how she is going to knock my socks off next time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (391)

    Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

    Donald says: "the best Flavia yet!!"
    "Finally, a Cliffhanger!"
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    By far, my favorite of the series. I love the addition of a cliffhanger at the end, it makes me crave the next in ther series. As always, Jayne Entwistle's Flavia made me laugh at loud!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (737)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    Jean says: "worth a listen"
    "Very slow"
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    The story itself is very slow. The only reason I kept listening was Kate Winslet. Her performance actually gave some life to a very dull and slow story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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