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Bella

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 1 titles in library
  • 39 purchased in 2014
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  • The Other Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Jenny Sterlin, Ron Keith
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the "guest" of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick.

    Teddy says: "Nothing to Write Home About"
    "Interesting but repetative."
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    What did you like best about The Other Queen? What did you like least?

    The various characters are always well developed and true to themselves in Philippa Gregory's novels. This time; however, the characters repeat themselves and their thoughts over and over and over. It moved much slower than her other books in this series.


    If you’ve listened to books by Philippa Gregory before, how does this one compare?

    I still enjoyed the book from the historical standpoint, and she definitely got across what the politics and lives of the people of England were during this period. It also illustrates how society had to deal with changing times. I enjoyed Bess's "self made woman" approach to life. She, too, was an example of how society was in transition from royal and noble rule to people rising in status due to cleverness and hard work.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Bress remains my favorite and the character I was rooting for, but her husband was soooo noble and lost in his love and concern as well as caught up in the change of status for the nobles that my heart felt for him as well.


    Did The Other Queen inspire you to do anything?

    I will use this book to reinforce what life was like in England during this time frame with my fifth grade class. It is so difficult for them to understand just how trapped women of that time were as well as all the political plots which can be applied to politics just about anywhere and any time.


    Any additional comments?

    Philippa Gregory is a master at making history interesting. I am basically a fan of mysteries and detective novels. She fits this genre as well as historical fiction.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The English Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (470)

    Israeli art restorer and occasional secret agent Gabriel Allon has a problem. He finds a prominent Swiss banker dead in front of his Raphael, and he's the prime suspect. After some diplomatic intervention, Allon is freed. However, the banker's daughter tells him that her father's French Impressionist paintings, acquired under dubious circumstances during WWII, have been stolen by the murderers. Once Allon knows about the wartime misdeeds, he is pursued by a shadowy killer known only as "the Englishman."

    Oxi says: "I'm hooked..."
    "Didn't want to put it down."
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    Would you listen to The English Assassin again? Why?

    Yes, There were many details that became more significant as your read further into the book. I think I would find the story even more brilliant if listened to again.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    When I went back to find other stories involving the main character,Anon, I was disappointed that John Lee didn't narrate the next book which interested me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Three points; actually, but I don't want to give them away.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to follow this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1584)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1332)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "An unpredictable outcome."
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    Would you listen to Creole Belle again? Why?

    No, Now I want to begin with book one in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Crete


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amazing character voice variations which creates more individuality for each character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two loveable tough
    guys against the system.


    Any additional comments?

    I really get hooked on the these loveable characters who have to solve so many internal as well as external conflicts in their lives. So many "What would I do in this situation?" questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (922)

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply Fantastic! A great buy!"
    "Intense thriller with many unexpected turns."
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    If you could sum up The Leopard in three words, what would they be?

    Unpredictable intense thriller.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Leopard?

    One of the most memorable moments is when Harry is about to die in the Congo and has to perform an excruciating sacrifice in order to keep his promise of saving a woman's daughter.


    What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Robin Sachs IS Harry. His voice expresses the same feelings, pains, regrets, hopes, and fears that Harry does. He is also able to convey the lack of emotions and feelings of the cold hearted charactars as well as those of the pathetic characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    For every major confrontation Harry has to overcome, I am always hopeful that it will end with the triumphant "eye for an eye" type of justice to result from Harry's selfless efforts. However, Jo Nesbo's never ending repertoire of "justices" gives me the " a ha! " type of insight into each character's inner soul, which fills my fascination for what makes a character tick and reminds me that reality is not always just. We can only hope it is somewhat close.


    Any additional comments?

    Now it is time for Harry to get his act together. His pitiful situation of dependency on drugs is wearing thin on me, as a reader. He needs to go out on the winning end in triumph. The author needs to have Harry reborn or start a new character series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suicide Run: Three Harry Bosch Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (619)

    Here is LAPD Detective Harry Bosch as we've never seen him before, in three never-before-collected stories. In "Suicide Run", the apparent suicide of a beautiful young starlet turns out to be much more sinister than it seems. In "Cielo Azul", Bosch is haunted by a long-ago closed case: the murder of a teenage girl who was never identified. In "One Dollar Jackpot", Bosch works the murder of a professional poker player whose skills have made her more than one enemy.

    B. brown says: "Not what you expect"
    "Stories are fast paced with intricate plots."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like realistic detective stories, the Harry Bosch series makes you feel like you know the characters, the usually two cases per story are easy to follow with just enough suspense to keep you reading. I would recommend that a person begin with the first book in the series and read them all, as Michael Connelly refers to and uses characters from past plots to maintain the realistic life of a detective through the people he works with and has crossed paths with during his lengthly career as a homicide detective. So, I yes, I do recommend this book and the rest of the series.


    Any additional comments?

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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