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The Dog Mom

California

ratings
49
REVIEWS
20
FOLLOWING
3
FOLLOWERS
9
HELPFUL VOTES
52

  • Silent on the Moor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (291)

    In Grimsgrave Hall, enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane has inherited a ruined estate, replete with uncanny tenants and one unwanted houseguest: Lady Julia Grey. Despite his admonitions to stay away, Lady Julia arrives in Yorkshire to find Brisbane as remote and maddeningly attractive as ever. Cloistered together, they share the moldering house with the proud but impoverished remnants of an ancient family: the sort that keeps their bloodline pure and their secrets close.

    M&M says: "Compelling romance continues"
    "Wonderful, imaginative, and thrilling"
    Overall

    This is a fabulous read. Lady J and her dashing man are at it again! Right up to the end, I was surprised by the events. It's a fantastic book by Deanna Raybourn, whose imagination, character development and story lines never cease to entertain me. I need more Lady Julia in my reading life!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mourning Bells

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Christine Trent
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    One of Victorian London's most respected undertakers, Violet Harper has the new duty of accompanying coffins from various undertakers on the London Necropolis Railway for respectful funerals and burials in Surrey. But on her fateful first trip, the mournful silence of the train is shattered by the shrill ringing of a coffin bell - a device that prevents a person from being buried alive.

    Caroline D. Hayes says: "Never disappoints..."
    "Excellent story, narration is annoying"
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    Right out of the gate let it be noted that I really enjoy Ms. Trent's writing. Her main character is a great product of a gifted author's wonderful imagination; a female undertaker who is also an amateur sleuth. Great idea! The time and setting are also perfect for my taste - England, 1800s. A set-up for a great listen. Right? Sadly, wrong.

    While Ms. Lee's voice is very pleasant when she is speaking the 'perfect King's English,' when she is trying to ape an American accent (complete with Southern accent no less), things go awry. And, there is more than one character that requires this. It just didn't work for me. Also, the style and speed of her reading seems 'off' somehow. Maybe too slow? Maybe without enough emotion in many circumstances? Many too automated? Unsure exactly what the problem is.

    I really wanted to recommend this book heart-and-soul, but found the narration too annoying to get much through more than half.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers from the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (886)

    He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!"
    "Clever, well written and beautifully narrated"
    Overall
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    I had never read a Laura Kinsale book when I discovered this gem. Must say that I am very glad I found this talented author. It's difficult to write about the story without giving it away, but suffice it to say that Ms. Kinsale has brought together plot, characters, atmosphere . . . and some romance. . . in a touching, engaging and memorable way. But, the book is a romance unlike any other I've read. I highly recommend this novel if you are seeking a historical romance that will truly touch you. The narration is brilliant also!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blood on the Water: William Monk, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    In her twentieth William Monk mystery, she brings us to London's grand Mayfair mansions, where the arrogant masters of the Western world hold sway - and to the teeming Thames waterfront, where one summer afternoon, Monk witnesses the horrifying explosion of the pleasure boat Princess Mary, which takes nearly two hundred of the merrymakers on board to their deaths. The tragedy is no accident.

    Jean says: "Captivating"
    "No traction, much to my dismay"
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    Being a self confessed Anne Perry addict, there are few of her books that I haven't loved. This one is the exception. The story seemed tedious, at best, and boring at worst. Monk and Hester are present but missing that special quality that makes them so wonderful. I got tired of the street urchins as sleuths bit pretty fast. Struck me that Ms. Perry didn't have her heart and soul in this novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1085)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    Sharon says: "Louise, what were you thinking?"
    "REMARKABLE!"
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    Louise Penny is my all time favorite author. Full stop. I absolutely love her novels. She is right above Anne Perry on the list of authors I ALWAYS read, meaning she is #1 on the list.

    Her latest book, The Long Way Home, is absolutely her best ever. Just when I thought her writing couldn't get any better, it did. In fact, it didn't get marginally better; rather Penny has taken her writing to staggering new heights. If she ever needed a vehicle to establish herself as the top mystery writer in her genre, this book is it (although I'm sure she won that honor from her fans - like me - many books ago). But this book is Penny at her most creative, her most compelling, her most compassionate, her best storytelling.

    There is something truly special about this story. It is complex, touching, engaging, sad and contains literally hundreds of beautiful phrases that I will always remember ("Fear comes from the head, courage from the heart. In between is the lump in the throat"). Her imagery, while always striking, is so rich and robust that the reader is right there, along with the most human of characters of any book I've ever read and a town that makes me want to pack up and move there if it really existed.

    Many kudos to Mr. Cosham who transports readers with his magnificent voice to the place Penny intends us to go. His ability to bring her characters to life is nothing short of extraordinary.

    If you are looking for a new author or have read Penny and could not wait for her latest book, you will be thrilled with The Long Way Home. This is a book that will stay with you for many years to come, maybe even a lifetime.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to the Village: A Kurland St. Mary Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Catherine Lloyd
    • Narrated By Susannah Tyrrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    A wounded soldier and a rector's daughter discover strange goings-on in the sleepy village of Kurland St. Mary in Catherine Lloyd's charming Regency-set mystery debut. Major Robert Kurland has returned to the quiet vistas of his village home to recuperate from the horrors of Waterloo. However injured his body may be, his mind is as active as ever. Too active, perhaps. When he glimpses a shadowy figure from his bedroom window struggling with a heavy load, the tranquil faade of the village begins to loom sinister....

    Sara says: "A Happy Surprise!"
    "Patience is a Virtue"
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    Sadly, patience is not one of my virtues. One must exercise more than a little of this quality when listening to this book. The story develops very s-l-o-w-l-y. The writing is excellent however as is the narration. If you are looking for a good old fashioned British mystery - I wouldn't call this 'cozy,' BTW - then you might enjoy this read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Calls: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Pirie
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    As a young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle - the creator of Sherlock Holmes - studied under the pioneering forensic investigator Dr. Joseph Bell. Critically acclaimed author David Pirie has created an engrossing series of novels that pairs the two as partners in criminal investigations in the dark underworlds of Victorian England. The Night Calls chronicles a most frightening and disturbing case: their encounter with the man who prefigures Holmes's arch-nemesis Moriarty.

    paula says: "Annoying"
    "Didn't Knock My Socks Off"
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    Perhaps my expectations were too high, but The Night Calls simply did not get any traction with me. I wanted so much to love this book, but I found it tedious and - as another reader wrote - "annoying." This said, if you are looking for Dickens-like detail, this is probably a book you would enjoy. The writing is excellent, BTW, just not my cup of tea. I suggest anyone read the reviews on Amazon before purchasing this book, so you know what you are getting into.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anne Fortier
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (173)

    Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.

    Glory says: "Excellent! Merits 20 hours"
    "'Valley Girls' Meet Shakespeare"
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    If you can get past the terrifically annoying 'valley girl speak' (particularly from one of the primary characters), this is a very enjoyable book. The story is intriguing, well developed and written and quite engaging. By the time I got to Part 2, I was getting really tired of
    "P-L-E-E-E-Z-E" coming out of the mouth of the two sisters who are the main players but I hung in there because I was hooked on the storyline. In fact, I plan to read Fortier's next book, hoping that the 'valley girl factor' won't be present in that novel. If you are looking for a fun, romantic, interesting read, I recommend this book. The reader's voice gets a bit grating when she's doing the main characters in present day, but when the book switches back to Italy in the 1400s, she's great with accents and keeping myriad characters straight. Give her a lot of credit for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rembrandt Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1446)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (720)

    Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.

    Alexis says: "Silva and Gigante -- A Superb Team!!!"
    "A Masterpiece of a Novel"
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    Performance
    Story

    Daniel Silva novels amaze me. Actually, they captivate me, hold me in their clutches, never fail to deliver on a literary promise and leave me waiting for another great Silva story.

    The Rembrandt Affair is an excellent book, particularly If you like art mixed in with your mystery. This is also a very touching, sad book, in parts (no plot spoilers), so much so that I had tears ready to spill onto my face. These sections are genuinely tender and how the author manages to write so lovingly, respectfully and - at times - brutally is beyond me.

    Even if you don't know Daniel Silva from Dan Brown, this is a Silva book you can pick up and get enough backstory to understand the characters, circumstances and conditions.

    A masterful read indeed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letters from a Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Matthews
    • Narrated By Piers Wehner
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    New York, 1891: a rapidly changing city, torn between lamplight and electric light, where the burgeoning steel and railway industries attract a flood of humanity from every corner of the globe, fuelling cutthroat gangs, corruption and vice. A prostitute is found brutally murdered. Immediately fear starts to spread. The victim bears the same hallmarks as Jack the Ripper's recent killing spree in England. Could it be that the Ripper has crossed the Atlantic to fresh killing grounds? Or is this simply a copycat murder?

    ReadingRider says: "It's a ripper!"
    "It's a ripper!"
    Overall
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    I could not resist using an obvious - but nonetheless descriptive - headline. Think Jack the Ripper comes to NYC, complete with abundant gaslight atmosphere, a tightly woven mystery and great narration. If you are looking for one of those perfectly fabulous Victorian-era pieces (the story takes place on both sides of "The Pond"), this book never fails to deliver.

    Our hero is an intense chap with a troubled past that leads to a difficult present. As the brilliant criminal forensics analyst, his character is believable, captivating, charming and complex. His side-kick in NYC is a policeman with his own share of challenges. And, let me not forget to mention our protagonist's personal assistant, Lawrence, who is also awash with his own personality issues.

    I worked though this 11+ hour novel in two days, I was so entranced with it. This seems as though it is the PERFECT property for a Hollywood option. As you listen, you start to imagine who would be playing the myriad people that populate the story.

    In a phrase, "I loved this book!" If you like Anne Perry, Caleb Carr, P.D. James, you would enjoy this author's writing. For a person with a pretty weak stomach, I was able to survive the crime scenes and attendant details without feeling 'icky.' There is a certain degree of creepiness that anchors the story, but it works very well. Would love to see another book featuring these characters.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Painting the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

    Janice says: "Skeletons in every closet"
    "Held me in its clutches"
    Overall
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    I just discovered Robert Goddard. I purchased this book because it is narrated by Michael Kitchen, the actor extraordinaire. I knew practically nothing about Goddard's writing prior to this novel.

    This is a fascinating, fabulous and captivating listen. If you are looking for an exceptional story and a true fan of high quality historical mystery, this book will be right up your alley.
    There are loads of twists and turns. Every time I thought I had solved the mystery, I was wrong!

    I don't like to compare authors, but if you are an Anne Perry fan, you will love Painting the Darkness.

    I could listen to Michael Kitchen's narration and talent until the cows come home. What a range of characters he can pull off. Brilliant narration and true acting at its finest. He should do more of this work!

    Buy it, read it, share the buzz! A must read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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