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Tee Bellflower

Tee Bee

Atlanta, GA | Member Since 2009

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  • Mississippi Jack: Bloody Jack #5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (267)

    In Mississippi Jack, the fifth installment in the Bloody Jack series, the intrepid Jacky Faber, having once again eluded British authorities, heads west, hoping that no one will recognize her in the wilds of America. There she tricks the tall-tale hero Mike Fink out of his flatboat, equips it as a floating casino-showboat, and heads south to New Orleans, battling murderous bandits, British soldiers, and other scoundrels along the way.

    Tee Bellflower says: "Kellgren does it again!"
    "Kellgren does it again!"
    Overall

    I am a 40-yr old fan of this series. I read book 3, but did audio for 1,2 & 4, and let me tell you, I wish I had done it for #3 - I really felt I missed out on something! Kellgren is impossibly brilliant in her voicework and narration. If I had read book 4, I would have never heard her take on Mike Fink, and that is very scary, as it is the most annoyingly hilarious thing thus far in the series...or as funny as hearing mam'selle call Jacky "preciousssss". I now walk around saying "Well, helloooooo, preciousssssss", but no one understands.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3598)
    Performance
    (2889)
    Story
    (2915)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Aptly Titled"
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    After my head stopped reeling from the whip-lash smartness and disturbance of Gone Girl, I had to have some more Gillian Flynn. While this novel didn't leave me gawping like GG, it was still a fascinating listen. Be prepared for a bleak landscape and somewhat unlikeable characters; yet, despite the sadness, it was still an extremely great listen that kept me interested to keep cleaning and doing laundry well past bed-time.

    Narrators were fine!

    ***SPOILER ALERT ABOUT END OF BOOK. STOP HERE IF YOU HAVEN'T LISTENED** And I write this for folks who like to read reviews post-listen (like me). I've read others complain about the ending being too far-fetched or ridiculous, but totally disagree. Weird things and coincidences happen every day, and the truth behind the murders did not make the story seem less credible. I always think about the guy who hit the lottery the day he died of a heart attack. His family didn't find the ticket until a couple of months later. It's just life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2114)
    Performance
    (1864)
    Story
    (1850)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Satisfying"
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    This is one of my favorite audiobooks this year. I found it on the Audible "book duel" thingy that was going on several months back. Sometimes I read a book description and think "meh". That is the initial thought I had when I read the reviews for The Chaperone. The whole idea of writing fiction around a culturally significant personality irritates me for some reason. Like cheating, but I know that doesn't make much sense. And since I LOVED "A Good Hard Look", in which Flannery O'Connor has a part, I thought I would let my prejudice slide. And I am so glad I did. The story is absolutely enjoyable from beginning to end. Not so much about Louise Brooks, but about a good, solid, practical mid-western woman of the early 20th century whose life brings unexpected events that change her notions of what is expected and normal in being a "good" person. Thoroughly satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2250)
    Performance
    (1925)
    Story
    (1910)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Micro-Mystery"
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    I am a huge Tana French fan, and was chomping at the bit for this audiobook - especially with so many reviews ranking it as the best in the series. And of course, her writing is brilliant. The setting of the crime takes place in one of the ghost-town neighborhoods of McMansions that were left to starve after the recession. I felt like I was there...the despair of the neighborhood is palpable with the writing. The characters, as always were great - I really liked Ritchie - but not Dinah (which may not have been so bad had I read instead of been exposed to narrator's interpretation....fingernails on chalkboard). And the actual unfolding of the crime was engrossing, too.....what IS that thing in the attic?!! Ms. French is a force of talent and imagination. However...however, I thought it a bit slow in the way that the time I spent listening felt like it was moving more quickly than the action in the book -- extremely meticulous conversations and insight into the main character's thoughts and background. While this may have been my least favorite of the Dublin Murder Squad series, I still recommend it to crime fans and look forward to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Kelly
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    The summer of 1899 is HOT in Calpurnia Virginia Tate's sleepy Texas town, and there aren't a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine from town, but Callie might just have to resort to stealthily cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She also spends a lot time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. It turns out that every drop of river water is teeming with life - all you have to do is look through a microscope!

    MummyCooke says: "Great Listen"
    "Light-Hearted Historical YA Fiction"
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    It is the turn of the 20th century and 12-yr old Calpurinia Tate lives with her family on a somewhat prosperous farm in Texas. What follows is a year in the life of this curious girl, who has more interest in shadowing her botanist-loving grandfather than learning the duties of a proper young lady of that age (embroidery, knitting, cooking). This is a light-hearted read which is reminiscent of classic coming-of-age tales such as Little Women and An Old Fashioned Girl, but with an updated voice. I found this an appealing feel-good read and would recommend to anyone interested in historical fiction.

    The narrator was fine... I didn't care for the sound of her voice at first (seemed strained or like a free LibriVox recording) but I became accustomed to her about halfway through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwoods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (392)

    Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape....

    Molly says: "Beautiful writing and powerful narration"
    "Will Patton Can Make a Dark Story Sound Cozy"
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    I love the narration of Will Patton, and I enjoyed this story. The cast was an interesting/mixed lot, yet I wished for more insight into the kid's minds....of course, this was what Luce wanted, too, so I get it. This was a good audio listen, and I could see the "film" in my head. Imperfect characters, a rambling old lodge in the woods and canned good dinners - this is a perfect slice of Southern Fried Goth.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The White Woman on the Green Bicycle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Monique Roffey
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    A beautifully written, unforgettable novel of a troubled marriage, set against the lush landscape and political turmoil of Trinidad. Monique Roffey's Orange Prize-shortlisted novel is a gripping portrait of post-colonialism that stands among great works by Caribbean writers like Jamaica Kincaid and Andrea Levy. When George and Sabine Harwood arrive in Trinidad from England, George is immediately seduced by the beguiling island, while Sabine feels isolated, heat-fatigued, and ill-at-ease.

    Tee Bellflower says: "Hot, Tropical Escape (and sad it is over)"
    "Hot, Tropical Escape (and sad it is over)"
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    I listen to a lot of audiobooks. A LOT. And I have never, ever reached the end and immediately started it over again. I simply loved this story and mourned the ending...I want more! Superb writing paired with excellent narration brought all the characters to life. Brought the island to life. A very human and flawed, yet sympathetic cast. Starts just a tad slow, and the Trinidadian accent can be tricky (if you aren't accustomed, like me), but stick with it. Look forward to more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dovekeepers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
    • Narrated By Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (607)

    Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet - one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

    FanB14 says: "Grade of B-"
    "interesting story, but not my favorite narration"
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    I think Alice Hoffman is an incredible writer and have enjoyed many of her stories. The Dovekeepers was interesting, historically, but I never really cared much for the characters, and the oppressive tone, however accurate, seemed to drone on at times. The story is told in four parts from the viewpoints of several women, acquainted in different ways. Some parts were so intriguing (the third story from Aziza was my favorite), they kept me out for walks or household chores longer than intended, but more often, I would be distracted from the story by the narrators. One was strong and halting, and another sounded like a low-throated yoga instructor...ohmmmmm. I get the tone they were going for -- no lightheartedness here -- but it just wasn't my cuppa. I suspect I would have enjoyed reading the book more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1481)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (954)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Delightful!"
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    I loved this story...a great fun mystery in the English countryside, but more colorful and whip-smart than your average cozy. I'll admit, I tried this first as a preview on my Kindle and just couldn't get caught up. I had a feeling the audiobook would work better (I love a British accent). Then I noticed quite a few reviewers had trouble with the narrator. This is such a subjective thing, but taking a gamble, I decided to give it a shot. Well, you guys are right! To an extent, anyway. Thankfully, about half-way through the recording, Ms.Entwistle seems to tone down the overly used high lilt at the end of Flavia's sentences. Sometimes she sounds like a grand old dame in a broadway play instead of our heroine...brilliant and sassy as she is. And now I am used to her "voice". I am about to download the next novel! Hoorah!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4120)
    Performance
    (2956)
    Story
    (2952)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Wish I had a Martin Tree"
    Overall

    If only I could find more audiobooks like this. Well-written, interesting characters and plot. Well narrated by Hope Davis. 12+ hours of great listening passed too quickly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (263)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "Enjoyed, but not the greatest ending"
    Overall

    This is my first Bryce Courtenay book, and wow, can he spin a yarn. I enjoyed the hours of sturdy storytelling, and the narrator's voice (although painful at times for Billy Simple and Jessica's whispered "no's!"). However, I didn't expect the last third of the book to go where it did (SPOILER!!!)...the aborigine rights...thought it might concentrate more on where the first of the book led up to: Jessica's baby...that story line completely fizzled. I don't need a nice happy ending, but it just seemed a little disorienting. Nevertheless, I look forward to further exploring the works of this author based on other reviews!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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