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Mill Valley, CA USA | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 74 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janet Wallach
    • Narrated By Jean Gilpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Turning her back on her privileged life in Victorian England, Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), fired by her innate curiosity, journeyed the world and became fascinated with all things Arab. Traveling the length and breadth of the Arab region, armed with a love for its language and its people, she not only produced several enormously popular books based on her experiences but became instrumental to the British foreign office. When World War I erupted, and the British needed the loyalty of the Arab leaders, it was Gertrude Bell's work and connections that helped provided the brain for T. E. Lawrence's military brawn.

    MRS says: "A very interesting book"

    This book was very interesting however I did find it a little bit dry at times and way too many names of people I never heard of. Maybe more information on her personality and personal life would have gotten it a higher rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated By Cynthia Wallace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide, and to pay off a debt, one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns. Annie also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco's most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of her clients has died. The police believe his death was suicide, but Annie believes he was murdered.

    KarenB says: "Enjoyable story, annoying narration"
    "Cute Story...."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Unfortunately the narrator wasn't very good. She was way to monotone and there was not enough difference from one voice to another. Her man's voice was awful.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I did like the story and the setting but couldn't enjoy it on audio because of the narrator.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Needs more range and depth.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, I think it would be a good who dunnit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "A Little too Predictable"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was just cute. I wasn't surprised by the plot at all. I would recommend it only as a quick read, maybe at the beach or on a vacation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tigers in Red Weather: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Liza Klaussmann
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nick and her cousin Helena grew up in a world of sun bleached boat docks, tennis whites, and midnight gin parties at Tiger House, the family home on Martha's Vineyard. In the wake of the Second World War, the two women are on the cusp of starting their "real lives": Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage to the charismatic Avery Lewis, while Nick is heading for a reunion with her own husband, Hughes Derringer, about to return from the war. The world seems rife with possibility, but the gilt soon begins to crack.

    glamazon says: "Not for Kittens in Fair Weather"
    "Kept My Interest"
    Where does Tigers in Red Weather rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's among the top ten for sure, this book kept me listening. I just had to know what was going to happen next. I loved hearing each characters side of an incident.

    What three words best describe Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    She was good but not enough change to her voice for the different characters. Sometimes I didn't realize there was a different person talking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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