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Jorden Collins

Orange County, CA | Member Since 2007

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  • The Innocence of Father Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By G.K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By John Horton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Darwin8u says: "Unabtrusive Edwardian counterpoint to Sherlock H."
    "I love bits of this collection of stories"
    Overall

    I really wanted to like this. I love G.K Chesterton and his character Father Brown are men who lived their faith in a glorious way. But the audio quality was terrible. And I think the stories are a bit too dated. And the racist words that pepper the occasional story (back then were not objectionable) offended me as I listened. I wish someone would take these stories and modernize them, there is some good stuff in there that is mired in antiquity that just feels stale and sometimes offensive.

    1 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Dying for Chocolate: Goldy Culinary Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    In Dying for Chocolate, intrepid caterer Goldy Bear has moved to the posh Aspen Meadows Country Club, where her tasty concoctions are a hit with the wealthy residents. But when her boyfriend, a local analyst, perishes in a car accident, Goldy suspects that his death has all the ingredients of a homicide.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic narrator saves this story."
    "Not worth it."
    Overall

    After I suspended my irritation at the smoker voiced "young mother" narrator I enjoyed the first half of this book but the ending felt really weird. Like the Author rolled the dice to decide who was the murderer and then tried make it fit. Stupid choice for murderer to boot(must have been a bad roll) All the fun loose endings tied up dully. Plus the heroine is tough some moments and a doormat other times... matbe she, the heroine, was the psychopath and wrote this stupid story to frame the "murderer".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Leper of Saint Giles

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    A marriage has been arranged between an ageing nobleman and a very young woman, ill-matched as January and May must be, coerced by greedy guardians. Both parties arrive in Shrewsbury, where the ceremony is to take place, with escorts suitable to their rank. Then there is a savage killing, something Brother Cadfael is called upon to investigate with his customary clear-sightedness and wisdom.

    C. Telfair says: "Historical Mystery Perfection!"
    "Good not Great"
    Overall

    I love any Brother Cadfel novel, but this one was a little too intentionally convoluted at the end. Too many potential murderer options at the end to contend with. But I loved the Leper and wished there had been more inclusion on Brother Mark and his ministry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3168)
    Performance
    (1348)
    Story
    (1347)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Way too sweet and predictable"
    Overall

    I loved the start of this book, there were so many great possibilities being set up (maybe too many) and I liked Juliet (the main character) to begin with but she ended up grating on me ( she reminded me of that Alec baldwin's chracter on Friends who just thought everything was beautiful or amazing or astounding). And at the end, there is the important O.W. "discovery" that really landed flat and so did the finale... Frankly I wish I hadn't waisted my time on it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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