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Donald

Ottawa, ON, Canada | Member Since 2003

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  • Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (426)

    Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

    Donald says: "the best Flavia yet!!"
    "the best Flavia yet!!"
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    What did you love best about Speaking from Among the Bones?

    a terrific listen. Flavia gets embroiled in another murder and gets to use her unstoppable curiosity to solve it. In this entry in the series we learn more about her mother, about her family and of course about Flavia herself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaking from Among the Bones?

    love the chemistry lessons too.


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

    Jayne Entwistle's performance is just as good as the novel and she continues to delight.


    Any additional comments?

    can't wait for the next one!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (1308)
    Story
    (1302)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "a terrific listen - you won"t be able to stop"
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    What did you love best about The Good House?

    well-drawn lead character - so likeable - warts and all. You will feel like you have deep insights into a complex woman


    What does Mary Beth Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the lead character is saucy, emotional and sharp. Hurt is excellent at bringing her many moods to life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3211)
    Performance
    (2512)
    Story
    (2530)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "fantastic!"
    Overall

    this is a 'dark' tale well worth the dip into the 'creepiness' other reviewers have noted. This is an author to watch!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (287)

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "terrific!"
    Overall

    this is a rich novel with flawed, human and compelling characters. If you appreciate well-crafted 'complex' novels, you'll like this. The narrator was splendid too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • That Old Ace in the Hole

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (14)

    Strikingly original and intimate, That Old Ace in the Hole tracks the vast waves of change that have shaped the American landscape and character in the past century. In Bob Dollar, Proulx (The Shipping News) has created one of the most irresistible characters in contemporary fiction. "It's like seeing a painting up close and magnified," says Publishers Weekly, "with each tiny brush stroke lovingly emphasized."

    Mark says: "Wonderful characters and a Message, too"
    "solid writing and terrific narrator"
    Overall

    this was a charming book - well-written - with characters you felt you knew by the end. The narrator was fantastic and you will delight in simply hearing the phrases flow by. Here Proulx creates a lush 'texture' you feel immersed in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Rid of Bradley

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (188)

    Lucy Savage is not having a good week. Her cheating husband, Bradley, lobbed the final insult when he stood her up in divorce court. A dye job gone wrong has left her hair green. And someone is trying to kill her. To top it off, sexy cop Zack Warren is certain that the very same man Lucy is trying to wash right out of her hair is the same Bradley he wants to arrest for embezzlement. When someone shoots at her and then her car blows up, Zack decides she needs 24-hour police protection.

    murboyd says: "give me a different voice!"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    I was looking for a light read and thought I would take a chance on this book. A previous reviewer noted that if this were your first 'Crusie romance' you would likely like it. Well it was my first but I didn't enjoy it. It was two-dimensional, predictable and dull. I sped up the 'reader' just to make it to the end.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Shortest Way to Hades

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sarah Caudwell
    • Narrated By Eva Haddon
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    It seemed the perfect way to avoid three million in taxes on a five-million-pound estate: change the Trust arrangement. Everyone in the family agreed to support the heiress, Camilla Galloway, in her court petition, except dreary cousin Deirdre, who suddenly demanded a small fortune for her signature.

    Sybilla Goodall says: "If Jane Austen wrote Ally McBeal...."
    "One of Audible's very best"
    Overall

    You will find this delicious fun. The mystery itself is clever but what makes it so appealing is the erudite humour and carefully drawn characters. The narrator is terrific and you will replay scene after scene just to hear the sparkling dialogue and 'silken' English.

    If I could give this a 6 out of 5 I would. The only question is why is this the only title in Audible by this author?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quite Ugly One Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Christopher Brookmyre
    • Narrated By Kenny Blyth
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Yeah, yeah, the usual. A crime. A corpse. A killer. Heard it. Except this stiff happens to be a Ponsonby, scion of a venerable Edinburgh medical clan, and the manner of his death speaks of unspeakable things. Why is the body displayed like a slice of beef? How come his hands are digitally challenged?

    Donald says: "Wow!"
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    what an incredible book! You will laugh out loud in your car or under your headphones. The dialogue is hilarious. Pls. let's have more from this author + same narrator!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Falcon at the Portal: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (314)

    Join spunky Amelia and her charming family for a thrilling new archaeological adventure in Edwardian Egypt. Even on the joyous occasion of the marriage of their Egyptian "son" David to their beloved niece Lia, trouble finds Amelia and hunky hubby Emerson. And this time it is personal.

    Kermit says: "Perhaps Best of Series"
    "one of Peters' best yet!"
    Overall

    what could be more delightful for a summer listen? Great plot with lots of twists and turns, leaps ahead in the Emmerson family story itself, Amelia's hilarious view of it all and read by the incomparable B. Rosenblat. Terrific!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Ape Who Guards the Balance: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (369)

    Against the romantic backdrop of Edwardian Egypt, the irresistible Amelia Peabody and her charmingly unconventional family prove themselves to be formidable foes of villainy. In The Ape Who Guards the Balance, Amelia must muster all of her considerable skills of detection to unravel a snarled web of stolen archeological treasures, murderous cults, and fallen women.

    Yvonne Jocks says: "Another Wonderful Book in the Series"
    "a great mystery"
    Overall

    another terrific book from E. Peters. I continue to be hooked on B. Rosenblat's narration and can't listen to another!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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