It didn't give me as much enjoyment as his other books in this Cole/Pike series, and I didn't really know why. Seems I had inadvertently chosen an abridged version.
Not as interesting or absorbing, probably because it has been abridged
Pleasant voice, easy to listen to.
Helped with understanding the pronunciation of place names
I am sorry I chose abridged, feel this is why I felt let down. Will not let this deter me from listening to more books by this author
Dixie Divas is the first of a "Diva" series
Those Dixie Divas Rock! I want to move to Cherry Hill, Mississippi, just so as I can listen to those accents and join the divas.
Trinket Truevine has moved back to Cherry Hill ,she is the main story teller, she and her cousin, the much divorced, primped and botoxed Bitty are the stars of the show.
Now, back to those Divas, who are they? They are a very exclusive group of Southern ladies who hold regular get togethers in order to have a jolly good time! The wine flows and the entertainment sizzles. What goes on in these meetings stays in these meetings. Trinket is invited along to one by her cousin Bitty, Trinkets' eyes are opened by the secret goings on!
There is, of course, a murder or two with twists and turns to the plot, there is a little romance and lots of sleuthing before the culprit is arrested. For me though, the murder story was secondary to the hilarious narrative, little scenes made me laugh out loud. I hooted at the description of Uncle Freds' funeral (that's Uncle Fred on Mommas side).
In my minds eye I could just see Bittys' acquired dog, Chitlin' in all his ugliness (bless him), and then, oh dear! Bittys' description of the effects of alcohol on Delbert, one of her ex husbands!
The whole story delighted me.
Karen Commins brought these characters to life for me, with a distinct voice for each character, male and female, I was soon able to distinguish who was who. Being British and now living in Australia I could be accused of being unqualified to judge the authenticity of the Southern accents, but I thought Karen did a wonderful job.
This audiobook was gifted to me by the narrator, with no expectation of a review.
I listened to the audiobook version, a short listen at 1hour 32 minutes.
Firstly, it was not quite what I expected, I was expecting more of a jolly romp told from the veterinarian point of view, however, the author describes it as an informative work.
Vet Tales is a series of short chapters, each addressing a different ailment. I was quite interested in the chapter on seizures, as one of my Jack Russells' suffers from epilepsy - and allergies - and ear problems.
In fact I would say it IS a very handy informative and educational book.
It is obvious that Becky is devoted to her Cocker Spaniels, going to great length to ensure their well being and happiness. If you love dogs and need to know a little more about owning and caring for them, then this is for you.
The book was beautifully narrated by Chris Brinkley who has a lovely, easy to listen to voice which enhances this audiobook.
This audiobook was gifted to me in return for review, this review is my honest opinion.
Read in August, 2014
Poor Joe Slagel struggles to raise his boys alone and to work, keep house and keep the peace, of course, he fails. His solution to the problem is to provide stepmothers, this also fails! The last in the line of stepmothers is done with it, she can't put up with the disrespect and bad behaviour.
Then there is Sergeant Pletcher, somehow this lady sorts everything out, and to me, therein lay the story.
The book is written for youngsters, maybe 8 - 12 year olds, hopefully the story would be an enjoyable way for them to learn a few life lessons.
The narration of David Dietz helped me stay with the book, let's face it, it's not always easy to read and rave over a child's story. The narrator made it easy for me to recognise all of the characters, he sounded as believable playing the enthusiastic younger child as he did the sometimes bored, know-it-all older boy.
Bec's review Sep 02, 14 · edit
5 of 5 stars
bookshelves: gifted-for-review, reviewed
Read from August 31 to September 03, 2014
This book was gifted to me by the narrator in return for an honest and timely review.
The story grabbed from the beginning, it drew me in and I did not want to stop listening.
Atlanta, Detective Dave Mackno is on the third night of a tedious stakeout in the city. A Porsche is driven erratically through the street, the driver is restraining a woman.
The gripping story begins! The driver of the Porsche is a baseball star, he is aggressive, he and Dave get into a fight which culminates in Dave shooting the star.
The plot flies along and is full of surprising twists and turns through the murky world of politics, racism and the legal system. This book lacked the tedium of the never ending legal intricacies and long winded speechifying that, to me, signifies a legal thriller.
I really enjoyed the ending, which, in itself held a surprise.
The narration by Steven Jay Cohen was excellent, he acts the role of each character in such a way that the listener is easily able to identify each one. His voice has a pleasing rhythm and pace which added to my enjoyment of the story.
This book was gifted to me by the narrator with no pressure to review. This review is my honest opinion.
My Stupid Girl
A young adult book, despite this being a classification I would not normally choose, I did enjoy the book, evidenced by my wanting to know the outcome of the story. It moved along well, holding my interest to the end.
Set in Montana, 17 year old David is an adoptee, his mother is dead, he lives with his father who, when drunk, becomes abusive toward David. David is a Goth, he and his Goth friends are hanging out together In the park, they like to act all cool and remote. Next thing, The lovely, well brought up Christian young lady, Lucy Peterson falls through the ice to her almost certain death. Seeing as nobody else was about to rescue her, David shakes off his cool aloof persona and bravely goes on to the ice, rescuing Lucy from the freezing waters.
This is just the start of the story of two teenagers, how they deal with their problems and how their respective families deal with them. It has a very satisfactory storyline, although some may feel that the story is an attempt to teach or preach.
Would I wish to change the story? Well yes, yes I would, but I am an older adult on the point of retirement, not the young adult for whom this book was intended.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks, the narration is pivotal to my enjoyment. If the narrator is ( in my opinion) bad, I cannot continue listening. I thought David Dietz' performance very enjoyable.
Changing gender vocally can't be easy but he did so with ease. I liked how, when I listened, I was immediately able to determine each character with no problems at all.
The only voice I didn't much care for was that of Grandma, I thought she sounded a tad too quivery and old, closer to 99 than the younger "old" I I had pictured in my mind.
Davids' voice is pleasant and easy on the ear, I don't know much about American accents, being British / Australian but they sounded pretty good to me. More importantly though, I found his mastery of the little nuances, inflection and change of pace greatly increased my enjoyment of this work.
Some narrators can sell a book, I believe David Dietz to be one of them.
This is the third in Karen Whites "House on a street" series. All are equally good, easy to listen to, not difficult to get in to.
A big part of the story is the renovation process of historical houses, very interesting. I very much enjoyed the ghost story aspect, and of course, there is a romantic thread throughout. All in all difficult to pick out a "best" bit, however, I did really love that I found it interesting
I can't recall reading anything that might compare, in storyline or setting.
Except maybe it compares to a few books where the female main character behaves in a predictably annoying manner, making silly choices that lead to the duly foreseeable trouble or misunderstanding, no, didn't like that aspect
Incomparable, could listen to her reading the Financial Times.
Lovely voice, each characters voice and manner pleasingly conveyed
Yes it was
Mystery, suspense, humour, nothing too heavy or distressing? I do so hope there will be further books featuring Melanie and the Houses
Don't know, not having read it
Why Joan of course
There are no "scenes", but I loved each and every chapter
Laugh, Joan made me laugh out loud, several times, felt a bit silly, but there was no one to see me
I just loved this audio book, Joan Rivers is one of the very few comedians I enjoy. I even watch a show about fashion only because she is the star.
I can't wait for the next book
A "Feel Good" book
Not an extreme reaction, but it did make me smile throughout the story
Katherine Kellgreens narration is exceptionally good, with a wonderful mastery of accents and timing. Her voice is pleasant, lovely to listen to.
It's not the worlds best detective story, but the humour, the writing style, the interesting time period all combine to make this book a really enjoyable and diverting experience. I loved it.
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