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Kathleen

Nanaimo, BC, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • One More Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Liz Flaherty
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    Grace has taken care of her widowed father her entire adult life and the ornery old goat has finally died. She has no job, no skills and very little money, and has heard her father's prediction that no decent man would ever want her so often she accepts it as fact.

    Claudia says: "I Praise this Author"
    "I stayed up all night listening!"
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    If you have ever had a "friend of the heart" and lost her, this book will inspire you, bring you to tears and laughter. Grace, although damaged is never pathetic. She's strong and caring. The cast of characters is fascinating, and the story weaves together like a seemless tapestry (purple prose)

    I loved the deep southern voice of the narrator who brought these people to life. One of the most touching books I've listened to in a long time.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (1256)
    Story
    (1232)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "A captivating story"
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    What did you love best about A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty?

    I am unable to pick one thing about this book. I loved all of the characters, the narration, and the sweet story. I laughed aloud throughout, and cried in places.


    What other book might you compare A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty to and why?

    Not sure if I am able to compare this book to any other. It's a book that stands alone, in it's story, characters, and narration.


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

    I've never listened or bought any of Joshilyn's books before, but now have all of her books in my wish list.


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

    I listened to this book twice. The first time in one sitting which is something I rarely do.


    Any additional comments?

    This a sweet compelling story about the triumph of three outstanding Southern women. A fabulous listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close to Home

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Peter Robinson is the critically acclaimed New York Times and London Sunday Times best-selling author of the Inspector Alan Banks series, as well as a winner of the 2001 Anthony and 2001 Ellis Awards. Close to Home traverses the difficult landscapes of a painful past, and an uncertain future for Inspector Banks. Two 15-year-old boys are lost, and the circumstances of their disappearances seem oddly parallel save one detail. The first boy disappeared and was presumed dead 35 years ago.

    Kev says: "Golden Age of Mystery"
    "spoiled by narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would only recommend it in written form. The narrator totally distracted from the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He made Banks sound (to quote my Yorkshire Dad) A pompous pratt. Stilted nasal narration, and no resemblence to either a Yorkshire or southern dialect. The narration waa so annoying that it spolied the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    I note the same narrator has been used in another couple of Peter Robinson's books. I shall buy them to read as I cannot listen to this narrator "murder" another good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wednesday's Child: An Inspector Banks Novel #6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Wednesday's child is full of woe.... It was a crime of staggering inhumanity: a seven-year-old girl taken from her home right in front of her desperate working-class mother. With each passing moment, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks realizes that the child's death becomes more and more likely. But there are worse fates than death in a nightmare world of human monsters and their twisted games.

    Snoodely says: "Chief Inspector Banks cracks another case."
    "A fabulous narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as I feel the story and narration give a great picture of the wild and wonderful Yorkshire Dales and area.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A complicated thriller with many twists and a great ending.


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    Having lived in Yorkshire many years ago, although I was not born in Yorkshire, and have lived in Canada for over 40 years. I loved his spot on Yorkshire accent, plus the variety of dialogues, melodic voice. I can visualise Inspector Banks vividly, and the many of the Yorkshire fellows I nursed during my training in Bradford Yorkshire.
    Peter Robinson's descriptions of the social problems are handled very well.


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

    The great Yorkshire accent, and description of the countryside and cities brought back many happy memories of my father, who was a Yorkshireman to his core, and took me on many hikes over his beloved moors.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read (and listened) to all the Inspector Bank's series,and enjoy James Langton's narrations very much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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