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BookLady

St. Cloud USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 14 reviews
  • 89 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • False Pretences

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Margaret Yorke
    • Narrated By Maureen O'Brien
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    When her goddaughter is arrested, Isabel Vernon is startled to discover that the child of her memory has become an overweight, shaven-headed environmentalist and that Isabel herself is now regarded as Emily Frost's next of kin. Emily is then released on bail to the Vernons in the villlage of Fordswick. But her presence in the Vernons' house proves troubling, and is deepening the tensions already within it.

    annhere says: "DELIGHTFULLY SURPRISED!"
    "Loved it!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set in England, the author successfully captures the everyday world of the characters. A totally engaging book with an intriguing plot. This was my first Margaret Yorke novel and I will definitely be downloading more from this author!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Tap on the Window

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Mark Zeisler
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenaged girl trying to hitch a lift. Even when she starts tapping on his window. But when she says, 'hey, aren't you Scott's dad?' and he realizes she's one of his son's classmates, he can't really ignore her. OK, so giving a ride to a teenage girl might not be the smartest move, but how much harm could it do? Over the next 24 hours Cal is about to find out.

    BookLady says: "Not the best Linwood Barclay novel"
    "Not the best Linwood Barclay novel"
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    The story starts off quite well but really drags towards the middle, the themes felt old.....bad cops intimidating innocent citizens etc. I persevered and though it felt a bit far fetched at times I enjoyed the book overall.

    While not his best book it had enough twists and turns to keep me engaged while driving and doing housework.

    This was my 5th audiobook by this author. I would recommend 'Trust Your Eyes' , ''No Time for Goodbye' and 'Never Look Away' before 'A Tap on the Window'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deepest Secret: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carla Buckley
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Eve Lattimore’s family is like every other on their suburban street, with one exception. Her son Tyler has a rare medical condition that makes him fatally sensitive to light, which means heavy curtains and deadlocked doors protect him during the day and he can never leave the house except at night. For Eve, only constant vigilance stands between an increasingly restless teenage son and the dangers of the outside world.

    Suzn F says: "Engaging and Interesting Story"
    "What would you have done?"
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    What would I have done,I kept asking myself as I was drawn into Eve's world during the aftermath of a horrific accident that would forever change the lives of the residents of a quiet suburban street.

    Eve, the mother of an XP child, a condition where exposure to sunlight and uv light is eventually fatal, finds herself in the centre of the tragedy. This novel is about the choices Eve makes to protect her child as well as the effect of those choices on the rest of the family and the community.

    An intriguing book which I couldn't put down. I will be looking out for more books by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (104)

    For almost a quarter of a century, John Grisham's A Time to Kill has captivated readers and listeners with its raw exploration of race, retribution, and justice. Now, its hero, Jake Brigance, returns to the courtroom in a dramatic showdown as Ford County again confronts its tortured history. Filled with the intrigue, suspense and plot twists that are the hallmarks of the world's favourite storyteller, Sycamore Row is the thrilling story of the elusive search for justice in a small American town.

    Madeleine says: "Grisham is all about the craft"
    "The Grisham you fell in love with"
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    Sycamore Row is more like Grisham's earlier novels than the later ones. The courtroom drama, the inevitable battle and of course ..... the twist!

    LOVE IT!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1444)
    Performance
    (1242)
    Story
    (1254)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Disappointing"
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    I really did not enjoy this book and certainly would not recommend it to a friend.

    Comparisons to Grisham and the likes are misleading. 'A Case of Redemption' lacks the rich layers of intrigue present in a good courtroom drama.

    In my opinion, this book is a bit like a 'Law and Order' episode. Characters are stereotypical and/or over the top and character development is weak. Then there are the protagonist numerous sexual encounters with his 'gorgeous' and obviously 'much younger' assistant.......really, who cares!

    I wanted to stop listening many times and often found myself fast forwarding through chapters. I continued listening however in the hope that the ending would be worth it. Well it wasn't.

    This was not a page turner. I wasn't filled with suspense. I didn't even enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Troubled Man

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Every morning Håkan von Enke takes a walk in the forest near his apartment in Stockholm. However, one winter’s day he fails to come home. It seems that he has vanished without trace. Detective Kurt Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation but he has personal reasons for his interest in the case, as Håkan’s son is engaged to his daughter.... The return of Kurt Wallander, for his final case, confirms Henning Mankell’s position as the king of crime writing.

    Lia says: "Another Great Mystery"
    "Mankell delivers again!"
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    Like returning to visit an old friend, this series has been engrossing, real and of a consistently high standard. Wish there were more like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Shadow: Bone Island Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (168)

    There are those who walk among us who are no longer alive, but not yet crossed over. They seek retribution…vengeance…to warn. Among the living, few intuit their presence. Katie MacDonald is one who can. As she’s drawn deeper and deeper into a gruesome years-old murder, whispered warnings from a spectral friend become more and more insistent. But Katie must uncover the truth: could David Beckett really be guilty of his fiancée’s murder?

    Kathy says: "She can see Ghosts!"
    "Smutty."
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    I thought I was really going to enjoy this series and would have if it wasn't for all the sex scenes. It was as though the author was vacillating between writing porn and a mystery novel. A real pity, it could have been a good series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2971)
    Performance
    (2591)
    Story
    (2594)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "A moving audiobook, from a talented writer."
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    I have never been much of a Jodi Picoult fan but thought I would give this book a go because of the many positive reviews. I am so pleased that I did! It is easily the most moving audiobook that I have listened to.

    Three stories in one, the book was not what I expected and truth be told, I probably would not have purchased it if I had paid more attention to the subject matter. Fortunately, I did purchase it and was hooked from the very beginning.

    Not light listening but certainly a captivating story wriiten by a masterful storyteller.

    Bravo Ms Picoult.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10311)
    Performance
    (5584)
    Story
    (5614)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "An adventure unlike any other."
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    I am so glad I finally purchased Life of Pi and especially pleased that it was in the form of an audiobook. The journey on which this book takes you is simply unforgettable. The performance of the narrator added colour and depth. A great listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Esther

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Dr. Bill Creasy
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Ezra and Nehemiah tell the story of those who return to Judah to rebuild the temple and Jerusalem. In fact, little more than 40,000 people return, only about 10% of the Jewish population in the Persian Empire. Esther tells the story of the 90% who remain behind. This is a fabulous story - and Dr. Creasy tells us the “X-rated” version!

    BookLady says: "A Wonderful Bible Study."
    "A Wonderful Bible Study."
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    Dr. Bill Creasy is an exceptional teacher. The lectures are both informative and entertaining. I am so pleased to have come across these audio books and definitely plan to purchase more of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Jenny Agutter
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    The Thirteenth Tale is a compelling and emotional mystery, in the timeless vein of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling.

    S. Brown says: "Amazing"
    "For lovers of stories."
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    Beautifully written, Diane Setterfield takes you on a great journey to another world. I was enveloped by the characters and their stories. Loved it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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