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Gale

Elk Grove, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2710)
    Performance
    (2276)
    Story
    (2281)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Bravo!!!"
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    I was transported to another place and time with the beauty of this story and the superb narration by Rosalyn Landor. One of the two main characters is a contemporary American writer, Carrie, as she writes a novel set in early 17th century Scotland about the return of exiled King James to the Scottish throne during the reign of England's Queen Anne. The second narrator is the 17th century heroine, a young Scottish woman named Sophia, who takes the reader back to this time of intrigue, deception and danger, and two satisfying love stories. The two timelines are seamlessly interwoven and the narrator's skill at changing accents makes it easy to follow the two narrators, Carrie and Sophia, as the novel shifts back and forth between them. For those who enjoy historical fiction with detail, a sense of place and time, and romance you might find this as completely satisfying as I did.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (522)

    It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

    Kathy says: "Great book, bad ending"
    "I couldn't get through it."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe the 30 somethings can relate. I kept trying to get into book this but these two characters were so self absorbed and clueless it was just tiresome.


    What didn’t you like about Anna Bentinck’s performance?

    The narrator was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4584)
    Performance
    (2593)
    Story
    (2571)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "The Best of the Lot!"
    Overall

    I have read or listened to all of Michael Connolly's books; both Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller. The Fifth Witness is extremely well written, with an absorbing story line that doesn't gives the end game away -- until the end. The best of the Mickey Haller series yet. Michael Connolly just gets better and better. He is my very favorite mystery writer and I read American and British mysteries and thrillers almost exclusively. Peter Giles narration is perfect for both Mickey and Harry Bosch. I love his voice and how he doesn't make the women sound high pitched and stretched. This is an awesome match -- Connolly's writing and Giles narrating. You cannot go wrong if you enjoy mysteries and courtroom drama.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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