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Linda

Sebastopol, CA, USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Fadeaway Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Martha Grimes returns to her twelve-year-old heroine, Emma Graham, in this suspenseful sequel to the bestselling Belle Ruin. Emma continues her investigation into the strange disappearance of the four- month-old Slade baby from the Belle Ruin Hotel more than twenty years before. The sudden appearance in town of the baby's father, Morris Slade, makes her even more determined to learn the truth.

    Internet Shopper says: "Take a listen before you buy"
    "Confusing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Knowing how much this novel depends on Belle Ruin to be understood


    Any additional comments?

    The primary difficulty with this book is the degree to which it depends on Belle Ruin, Grime's first book using this central character. I did read the book several years ago but certainly don't remember the characters and that is key to understanding Fadeaway Girl. It was like coming into a play during the middle of Act II, where you are given clues upon which to make assumptions about what happened before your arrival. I felt like I was missing a lot of the connections. So as the mystery unraveled, my interest was limited by not really understanding the previous relationships among the characters. So if you are going to read this book, by all means read Belle Ruin first

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2379)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1090)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    I loved this book so much that I delayed getting up in the morning, preferring to stay a little longer and listen a bit longer (I was on spring break). I grieved when it ended because I could no longer be part of such a wonderful story and engaging characters. It is rare to find a book that is so wonderful you relish every moment of it.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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