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peterborough, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2009

  • 5 reviews
  • 59 ratings
  • 221 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Don't bother"

    I loved Tommo and Hawk and eagerly bought this, the third in the series. I was terribly disappointed by the abrupt change in style. The cliff hanger ending from T and H wasn't addressed right away and this was a recurring theme throughout the first third of the book I managed to slog through: dramatic event, chapter break, advance 20 years. The pacing was frustrating.
    I also think the Courtenay's strengths lie in the first person narrative. In this volume of his trilogy, as with the first, he is using third person. We don't get inside the head of his characters enough to truly care. T and H was told from the brothers' perspectives and was a much more engaging read.
    Rarely do I abandon a book mid-listen, but I did in the case. The only reason I finished Part One (and the reason for two stars) was Humphrey Bower's superb narration.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Birthright

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On a hot July afternoon, a worker at an Antietam Creek construction site drives the blade of his backhoe into a layer of soil - and strikes a 5,000-year-old human skull. The discovery draws plenty of attention and a lot of controversy. It also changes the life of one woman in ways she never expected.

    Krista says: "Nora must be mad"
    "Nora must be mad"

    Wow. If I were Nora, I would make sure all future contracts included a clause that Ms. Quigley never, ever, ever was within a mile of her novels. I'm sure she is a perfectly lovely woman, but Ms. Quigley has chosen the wrong profession. Her readings have. Periods in the wrong. Places. It is nearly impossible to discern the subject of a sentence because of the poor emphasis. In addition, all the male characters sound alike. She has totally ruined a quality novel. Harsh, I know, but true. Spend your credit on Tribute instead. I wish I did.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Texas Rich: Texas #1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There's Moss, living in the shadow of a father whose obsession with power overshadows the needs of his only son; Jessica, the doomed mother who gave up everything to become the perfect Coleman wife; Moss and Billie's children, desperately trying to live up to the insurmountable expectations; and the grandchildren, heirs to a tarnished empire who just might fulfill their dreams.

    Cheryl says: "Engaging"
    "What a doormat"

    The only thing that saved this one was great narration. The writing was cliched, the characters flat, the plot predictable. Billie is a punching bag through the whole story and never grows into herself. I kept listening to see if she'd grow a backbone, but nope. It's hard to root for a character like that.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Honest Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Marie Caliendo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As the widow of an infamous race car champion, Abby O'Hurley shunned publicity. But how could she keep charming, disarming, and ruthlessly cynical biographer Dylan Crosby from uncovering her darkest secrets?

    Jill says: "Good Read"
    "Are all of Nora's books so bad?"

    This was a poor introduction to the legendary Nora. I was disappointed that her writing was so poor: cliched phrases, repetitive sentences, and so much "head-hopping" I was confused who's POV she was in most of the time. On top of it all, the characters of the Irish parents were terribly stereo-typed. Don't waste your credit! Spend it on something better written, like Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sugar Daddy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Jeannie Stith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Liberty Jones has dreams that will take her far away from Welcome, Texas, if she can keep her wild heart from ruling her mind. Hardy Cates sees Liberty as completely off-limits. His own ambitions are bigger than Welcome, and Liberty Jones is a complication he doesn't need. When Hardy leaves town to pursue his plans, Liberty soon finds herself under the spell of a billionaire tycoon.

    bluebelle says: "A Terrific Read!"
    "Sugar Daddy"

    Lisa Kleypas has written an unusual contemporary romance with strong characters, an interesting plot, and a vivid setting. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The only reason it doesn't have five stars is because of the narration. It feels too rushed, and it lacks procity at times, like it's told by a robot on high speed. It's still a worthwhile listen if you can get used to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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