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RSR

RSR

West Hartford, CT | Member Since 2011

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  • 6 reviews
  • 44 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The Crossing Places

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (189)

    When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

    Melinda says: "Loved this book!"
    "Suspense, Archaeology, and strong real Woman"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Crossing Places the most enjoyable?

    The gentle nature of the reader, and the nuances between characters all made this a great listening experience. The story flows smoothly, though there are a couple of moments when it transitions from one focus to another when a longer pause might have helped me make the transition better.


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

    Didn't want to put it down. Things moved quickly, but I found myself wondering until the very end just which character was the "bad guy." Depth of character, despite what seemed like caricatures, kept the suspense high.


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

    This was my first by this performer, but I'd choose her again!


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

    Brought me to tears at a couple of points - both from relief and from sadness.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knit One, Kill Two: A Knitting Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Maggie Sefton
    • Narrated By Jane Jacobs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (46)

    Kelly Flynn never picked up a pair of knitting needles she liked—until she strolled into House of Lambspun. Now, in the first in a brand-new series, she learns how to knit one, purl two, and untangle the mystery behind her aunt's murder.

    Kim says: "Give us more Sefton"
    "A pleasant, fun "read" - if somewhat predictable"
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    Would you listen to Knit One, Kill Two again? Why?

    Yes. Performance was pleasant and not overly affected. Characters were genial.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Maggie Sefton? Why or why not?

    I'd love to have more of this series on audible (currently skips from book 1 to book 9, and not searchable as a series), and I'd love to see her other series on audible, too. This is exactly the kind of book I enjoy listening to, since the only way I make time for mysteries is multi-tasking (listening while cleaning house, for example).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buttons and Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire heads for the Minnesota north woods to renovate an old cabin. But beneath the awful linoleum is something even uglier--the skeleton of a Nazi. Betsy's investigation yields the site of a former German POW camp, a mysterious crocheted rug, and an intricately designed pattern of clues to a decades-old crime.

    Lavinia says: "Too Sweet"
    "One of the best Needlecrafts! (And performers)"
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    What about Susan Boyce’s performance did you like?

    I'm so glad to be back in Susan Boyce's performance of this series. She is a terrific narrator, and gets characters of all ages, genders, and personalities to come alive. I was disappointed by the few books in the middle of this series that were read by other narrators, but knowing I would get back to her was incentive to keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is one of the best of the Needlecraft mysteries. Ferris is good, but she gets a little long-winded in some of her books. This one comes back to crafty, concise writing, with a pretty good balance of needlecraft information (perhaps not quite enough, but pretty good).

    This whole series has drawn me back into crochet (with thoughts about some of the other needlework I've done), and there were some intriguing tidbits in this book about patterns that I'd love to see, though she only links to a cross-stitch pattern (not my cup o' tea - I'm a free form crewel work or crochet kind of gal).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of the Giant Hogweed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Professor Shandy, propagator of the world's most renowned rutabaga and Balaclava College's best amateur sleuth, takes on the case of the Giant Hogweed - a garden pest about to wipe out Britain's lovely hedgerows. With colleagues Dan Stott and Timothy Ames at his side, he leaves the groves of academe for some fancy fieldwork deep in the heart of Wales. But never in their wildest dreams did the three professors expect the bizarre events that awaited them.... Where Miss Hilda Horsefall's recipe for homemade lye soap becomes as valuable as Dan Stott's knowledge of The Chronicles of Narnia....

    Judith says: "Mystery readers beware."
    "Strays (madly) into fantasy, not just mystery"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Charlotte MacLeod before, how does this one compare?

    If you are reading the Peter Shandy series and expect another Balaclava mystery, be prepared. It doesn't take place at Balaclava College by a long stretch. On the other hand, the story stands up to expected quality, even if it falls down the rabbit hole with Alice (McLeod's own allusion).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4677)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1337)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Better than advertised."
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    What made the experience of listening to Eat, Pray, Love the most enjoyable?

    The narration by the author was perhaps the best experience of listening to the book, rather than reading or going to see the movie.


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

    This book held my emotions, carried me up and down. I cried from joy and from sorrow. This is what I look for in a read - especially memoir.


    Any additional comments?

    Based on things friends had said, and reviews of the movie, I was surprised I liked it. Sometimes it's important to get past what other people think. I found myself relating to the author, experiencing my own memories differently as she discussed her experiences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1751)
    Performance
    (1531)
    Story
    (1506)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

    Lindsay says: "Lots of good fun"
    "I'm in Love"
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    Would you listen to Naughty in Nice again? Why?

    I love everything in this series. The narrator is fantastic, the stories are engaging and fun, and the mysteries are clever.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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