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  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Character development. I didn't care if they lived or died because they were so under developed.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Though a lot of people didn't like the narrator, she didn't bother me that much. But the grandour in her voice implied the story was more epic and interesting than it actually was.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, no redeeming qualities. I can enjoy a slow book if it is beautifully written or rewards you with intelligence and a good ending, this has none of those qualities. I finished this story because I paid for it, but what a waste of time. Only someone truly starved for anything Outlander could compare The Winter Sea to Diana Gabaldon's novels. This story is extremely contrived.

    Everyone enjoys different books and this is just my opinion, but if you enjoy the magic, history, action and rich characters of Diana Gabaldon's books like I did, you will feel starved listening to The Winter Sea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    What did you like best about An Echo in the Bone? What did you like least?

    I really wish I had known this would tie together the Lord John series and Outlander. I didn't read the Lord John series and this has whole pieces devoted to his story. I wouldn't mind if I knew what the heck was going on in them. It is assumed you read his story and know his background. If you haven't, characters are never properly introduced or explained. I find this very frustrating and wish that Gabaldon had kept the two book series separate. This is my least favorite book by far.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not intertwine two series in the same book without giving back story for those who haven't read one series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    Robert says: "Six stars if I could"
    Would you try another book from Kate Morton and/or Caroline Lee?


    What was most disappointing about Kate Morton’s story?

    It was horribly cliché. I was very disappointed after all the good reviews I read. I frequently stopped listening because the bile rose in my throat and finally I could take no more.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Maybe more than 2 accents. Every character sounded the same.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointed. I was hoping I would find something epic and romantic, like Outlander (based on the reviews). It fell far short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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