Katherine Kellgren's performance was supurb, improving the listening pleasure, but the book itself was too slow...love scenes too long. The story was unique in that instead of featuring a "match-maker" it featured a "match-breaker", but I found it difficult to finish--it was depressing despite the happy ending.
I would not recommend it.
This is my first Blaize Clement book, and when it first started (the first murder was so bizarre), I thought, "Oh, no, I've done it again" (some of my choices lately have not been that great), but as I continued to listen I actually found myself enjoying it.
It's a light mystery with a surprising ending. Julie Gibson reads well and has a pleasant voice.
I appreciate Audible having these sales, as it gives us an opportunity to listen to different authors/books we may not have wanted to take a chance on otherwise, not wanting to waste a credit.
I've read and listen to hundreds of books, and whether they are entertaining, so-so or boring I can't remember any not having a definite theme and plot, even if a poor one--the "plot" being the literal step by step action in a story leading the reader/listener to some conclusion --- the "theme" the moral of the story, what the reader should take away as the main idea.
It's hard to say, but I would say the plot was the hiring of a Marshal and his Deputy to clean up the town ran by the bully who killed the previous Marshal and Deputy. The Marshal falling for a lady (but very little dialog between them) who wanted to be with the top man of the town (the Marshall until someone better came along). That was it!
They rode up in the hills and watched the Appaloosa stallion with his mares (thus the name of the "story"?), but didn't say why, never tied it into anything. I can guess, by the dialog of the Marshal and his Deputy and later when they took the lady with them that it was to drive home a point that a stallion (depicting men) had to be constantly vigilant to keep his mares together and fight other stallions to keep them, the top stallion would get the mares (depicting her). But I'm just guessing, they gave no reason for watching the wild horses.
There was no step by step action that led to a conclusion, no moral of the story that I could see. I listened to the end, and came away with NOTHING!
Titus Welliver has a good reading voice, but there was too many "he said", "she said". It was probably written that way in the book, because when he did talk for the different characters he did well.
Not your usual Historical Romance, and one of the best audiobooks I've heard in some time.
The talented Elizabeth Lowell certainly knows how to keep a listeners interest, and with Anne Flosnik's excellent narration the listener is taken through a gambit of emotions as the story takes unexpected twists and turns.
Well worth a credit, but happy to get it on sale.
A little too many, and enduring sex scenes in my opinion, but it had a good story line, which included: Clan feuds, King interference, Scottish hand-fast marriages, treacheries, etc.
It was well narrated by Antony Ferguson, although at times he forgot the Scottish brogue...the reason for only 4 Stars. He has a voice that is easy to listen to, and gave a good performance over-all.
It was worth the sale price, but don't know about spending a credit for it???
If you like light Romance-Mystery you'll love this 5th book in the series of "The Traveling Matchmaker".
Deborah Goes to Dover has more twists and turns than a mountain road, with surprises along the way. You'll laugh and cry as Miss Pym continues her adventures.
As always Helen Lisanti gives us a great performance.
I highly recommend Deborah Goes to Dover. Although it's best to start with Book 1 and follow the series, because old characters are brought back as new characters are introduced, but each book can stand alone.
This 4th Book in "The Traveling Matchmaker" series is one of the best. The 1st Book was my favorite until now.
I often found myself smiling at the length Miss Hannah Pym will go in her matchmaking. In Beatrice Goes to Brighton, she becomes the target of a ruthless man determined to force Hannah's new friend to marry him, and is nearly killed. Miss Pym gets a big surprise about her "Footman".
A thoroughly enjoyable read by a great narrator.
This is only my 3rd M. C. Beaten book, all in "The Traveling Matchmaker" series.
I gave it 5 Stars, because I enjoyed listening to it, but I have to say I enjoyed the other 2 more.
I'm finding it harder to make wise choices for my listening pleasure lately, but feel pretty safe with M. C. Beaten books with Helen Lisanti narrating. Beaten is an entertaining read, with all the elements of a good book: adventure, romance, mystery & intrigue...with likeable characters and hateful villains.
I've just purchased #4 and look forward to hearing it.
If you haven't read/heard her books, I highly recommend them, and if possible starting with Book 1.
Dusty Rhodes has a way of holding your attention to the end. He seems to know to what lengths he can go into his descriptions of things giving the reader a mental picture of the terrain, people, or situation without boring them.
Although fiction, Shawgo gives us an idea of the dangers of being a Texas Ranger and the wide scope of their duties...and why they were sorely needed to bring law and order into a lawless land.
Gene Engene was a good choice for narrator--he gave a great performance.
This book should not disappoint any fan of western genre.
I've made errors in judgements when ordering books with good reviews, so I was leery of purchasing "Summer of Two Wishes" with less than stellar reviews, but I'm so glad I did. The story was excellent, I didn't want it to end.
I did not find it predictable, quite the opposite. I found the well written story interesting and Natalie Ross' performance exceptional.
I found the story more silly than funny, but do agree that Emma reminded me of Bridget Jones in some of her roles.
"Can You Keep A Secret?" was my first Sophie Kinsella audio book, and although I may not buy another, I found this one entertaining. It was easy and light to listen to, and the time passed quickly.
Kate Reading gave an excellent performance.
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