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Bessie Hawley-Crissman

I have been a member of Audible since the mid 90's. I love the format and have listened to hundreds of books. With the new I-Phone version, I can take my stories everywhere with me. Thank you so much for this great service.

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  • In the Still of the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    From true crime legend Ann Rules comes this riveting story of a young woman whose life ended too soon - and a determined mother’s crusade to clear her daughter’s name. Barb Thompson never for one moment believed her daughter committed suicide.

    Fred says: "Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?"
    "Never a dissapointment!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like true crime novels, Ann Rule is the best. She developes the characters to the extent that you can see and sense them. They become your neighbors and friends. You walk with them through their difficulties and root for their success.


    What other book might you compare In the Still of the Night to and why?

    Truman Copote's "In Cold Blood"


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Caruso – was your favorite?

    Barbara. The Mother who wanted justice for her daughter and found the people and resources to see it through.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me angry. We watch weekly as crimes are solved through technology on our televison and wonder why in this narrative, the police were so incompetent.


    Any additional comments?

    Could not stop listening. Ann Rule draws you into the lives of these people and you just want to finish the book to see what happened.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1109)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "A True Lesson in Strip Mining!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gray Mountain to be better than the print version?

    My eyes are not what they used to be and I listen to many audio editions. I think they are written, directed and produced very well and am very happy to have happened on audio books on tape in it's infancy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the older woman who did not want her mountain made into rubble.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the main character decided to stay and help people who needed her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    THEY ARE TEARING DOWN MOUNTAINS!!!


    Any additional comments?

    This book brought to light a great deal about coal mining that I was not aware of. I lived in West Virginia in the early 50's and buried my Grandmother there in 1976. To think that some of those beautiful mountains no longer exist because the coal industry does not do it's job in reclamation, make my heart ache.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1011)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (904)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not up to par"
    "It is Bosch, what more needs to be said."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have and will continue to recommend any of Michael Connelly's writings. Characters are
    realistic. They get into difficulties, worry about each other and find solutions in often unique manners.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    All of Michael Connelly's novels keep you guessing. Through the introduction of many
    characters, situations, and conflicts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not one scene, the introduction of a new partner, gives the main character a new
    perspective to his work.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Anatomist's Wife: Lady Darby Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anna Lee Huber
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Following the death of her husband, Lady Darby has taken refuge at her sister's estate, finding solace in her passion for painting. But when one of the house guests is murdered, her brother-in-law asks her to aid the insufferable Sebastian Gage - a fellow guest with some experience as an inquiry agent. While Gage is clearly more competent than she first assumed, Kiera isn't about to let her guard down, as accusations and rumors swirl.

    Jane says: "Poor Narration"
    "Time Pieces and Mysteries, a great combination!"
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    If you could sum up The Anatomist's Wife in three words, what would they be?

    keep you guessing?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lady Darby may have a past that is difficult, but she is very brave and intelligent. That is why she stands out.


    Which character – as performed by Heather Wilds – was your favorite?

    Again Lady Darby. The performance allows you the emotional difficulties Lady Darby has
    had to face and those she is currently undergoing


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Oh those Aristocrats!


    Any additional comments?

    Ready for the next onw.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Birds of a Feather: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (514)

    Maisie Dobbs is back, and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress's old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.

    Linda P-C says: "Yikes! This is a problem."
    "What a Treasure"
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    If you could sum up Birds of a Feather in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent, Rewarding, Enjoyable


    What other book might you compare Birds of a Feather to and why?

    The Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen.


    What about Kim Hicks’s performance did you like?

    That each person had their own distinct sound.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I listen while I do data input, so it got broken up into several days.


    Any additional comments?

    I love these types of novels, not just because of the strong women characters, but because of the gentleness of the spirit of the book. People are looking out for one another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10295)
    Performance
    (7738)
    Story
    (7783)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Can not wait for the next one."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up A Discovery of Witches in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, Excellent reading, Familiar


    What other book might you compare A Discovery of Witches to and why?

    Outlander


    What does Jennifer Ikeda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Distinctive voices for each character. You always know who is talking


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Going on to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (473)

    In this mystery series by Dana Stabenow, the Edgar Award-winning author returns to the Alaskan setting she's famous for, with a wonderful character - state trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's just been transferred from Anchorage to the small fishing village of Newenham, Alaska - where a local pilot seems to have lost his head.

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "A quick heads up!"
    "Characters are so realistic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The writer of this novel knows her characters. You also find yourself involved in their lives.
    These types of books are why there are 30 plus novels of Eve Dallas, Jack Reacher, and some of our other favorite people.


    What other book might you compare Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery to and why?

    Lee Child's character's, James Lee Burke's character's, you become attached to these people in their novels


    What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

    Distinctive voices for the characters. Descriptions of the area allows you to visualize it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and did


    Any additional comments?

    We get lost in the adventures and want one more when that book ends. Wonderful, keep them coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1928)
    Performance
    (1678)
    Story
    (1656)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    BJG says: "A little predictable"
    "A Fun Historical Mystery!"
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    Would you listen to Royal Blood again? Why?

    Yes, the characters are real, with real problems of economics, politics, and endearments.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It brought forth the morals of the time, the difficulties and a good old fashion mystery.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will not miss a one from now on.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, can not remember crying, but could not stop listening. You become so involved in the tale, and you just want to keep up with the characters. Therefore I listened to all of them. Great while preparing to sleep and charming to lazily spend an afternoon with.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Boyfriend: The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1961)
    Performance
    (1724)
    Story
    (1747)

    Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist - and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers give him grief for his compulsive list making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery MacTavish... Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a firsthand look at its amazing renovation - and a newfound appreciation for Owen.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Speed up your MP3 Player!"
    "Searching for a Spirit"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would recommend this book. The book is funny, romantic, and full of couples working through problems to find happiness.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Each personality comes through in his reading. You visualize them in his interpretation of the words.


    Did The Last Boyfriend inspire you to do anything?

    Read the third book in the trilogy, and listen to another of the author's books


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2869)
    Performance
    (2413)
    Story
    (2421)

    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"
    "One of the best listens ever"
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    What did you love best about The Winter Sea?

    The characters, the performance, the historical context, the love stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Winter Sea?

    The most memorable would ruin the ending, but lets just say it was one of the best endings ever.


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The scottish borough, the language of the elders, these were brought to life by her interpretation.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both, quick witted, sentimental, loving, sincere.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not inclined to recommend many books because I like them. I have been told that I have a fondness for books that would be read by males, but this one is by far one of the best yet. It even got me going again on the Outlander series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Famous: A Mallory Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (60)

    In Chicago, an FBI agent is killed in a psychiatrist's waiting room. In New York, the jurors from a controversial trial are murdered one by one. The only connections between the two: a flamboyant shock-jock, whose on-air comments seem to be taking him dangerously close to the edge; and a woman, her body misshapen since childhood, whose job it is to clean up crime scenes, and maybe create them as well. This is a federal case, and Mallory's been told that the FBI wants no part of her.

    Carol says: "Peculiar book"
    "Second Time around"
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    Would you listen to Dead Famous again? Why?

    I just did listen to Dead Famous again. I have listened to several of Carol O'Connell's novels twice. There are so many twist and turns to these stories, you might miss some the first time. I often enjoy them again, and again.


    What other book might you compare Dead Famous to and why?

    Any of Carol O'Connell's other novels.


    What does Alyssa Bresnahan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The courage to give unique and trademark voices to each individuals so that you know who is speaking without being told.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Make me cry in the end. Not out of sadness, but out of surprise and warmth.


    Any additional comments?

    Read and Re-read all of these novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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