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Billie P. Sessions

California | Member Since 2005

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  • 5 reviews
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  • A Murderous Yarn: A Needlecraft Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Heavens to Betsy Devonshire! She never intended to get so caught up in this year's antique car race. But as sponsor of one of the entrants, she can't help but keep a close eye on the outcome - and it's not pretty. One of the drivers never makes it to the finish line. His car is found exploded in flames. Now Betsy and her crafty friends must determine if it was an accident or the work of a jealous competitor. The answer may be in a piece of needlework, but pinning down a suspect won't be easy....

    betty says: "Another mystery!!"
    "Least Best - so far."
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    Story
    What did you like best about A Murderous Yarn? What did you like least?

    I like the characters and their further development. Loved the idea of the antique cars and got more insight to Betsy, the main character. I have listened to several, maybe 5 of these - however this one was a big disappointment. There was not near the investigation by Betsy, we didn't get the little minutia, and logical thinking that Betsy usually goes through. It was a much thinner plot, not as involved, in fact fairly transparent. I will listen to one more, and if it's this 'simple' - then I'm done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thai Die

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Connie Crawford
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    As owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire has become skilled at weaving suspicious threads together. Just back from a trip to Thailand, Doris Valentine is eager to show her stitching friends her souvenirs, which include dazzling Thai silk. She also has a small stone Buddha that she agreed to deliver to an antique store in St. Paul. It's wrapped in a dirty rag, which she throws away.

    Beatrice says: "Worst narrator ever"
    "Give US SUSAN BOYCE!"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would NOT recommend this book ONLY because of the narrator! Where the heck is Susan Boyce! This reader just skims through the text and voices - with very little variation between any of the characters; AND the worse part is, Godwin who should 'get' to show off his personality via his voice - gets no special attention - therefore he sounds no different than the group of women. OMGosh - I enjoy this series; I have most all of them in my library - but this gal has got to go! She should give her wages back!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting premise and the author approached the 'usual' murder in the community from a new angle - which was great! But geez - it gets lost in the narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Completely. Connie Crawford should go in to another line of work! Narrating a book is not a race; "she who reads it fastest, giving no intonation or character to the voices wins!' I don't think so!


    Any additional comments?

    It should be re-recorded by Susan Boyce and re-released! I hope Monica Ferris has some control over who is the reader for her books. I will look more closely at the narrator for her books from now on before I click 'purchase'!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarum: The Novel of England

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (367)

    In Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd weaves a compelling saga of five English families whose fates become intertwined over the course of centuries. While each family has its own distinct characteristics, the successive generations reflect the changing character of Britain. We become drawn not only into the fortunes of the individual family members, but also the larger destinies of each family line.

    Gordon says: "Most enjoyable"
    "Hoping for more . . ."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved Rutherford's New York: The Novel, so I thought this would be as good. Not so much. I did enjoy the history aspect, but he bit off WAY too much. I only slightly exaggerate, that he started at the 'beginning of time' and worked forward. Obviously, the story had to make jumps, in his effort to leave a thread in the genealogy - but too big o'jumps and keeping track of how a surname would change through eons of time was tough. I applaud his efforts, but unless you LOVE history, which I do - you will not make it through this HUGE book. I did make it - and . . . . glad I did, but . . . wouldn't especially recommend it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Edward Rutherfurd again?

    Yes - I own Paris and I am hoping it is better. I will take it on after I let a few more books float under my bridge. Need a break from the history and need to get rid of some Sarum cobwebs.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was okay. About right I guess. But . . . wow - what a looooooooong recording session. This guy deserves a longevity award!


    Did Sarum inspire you to do anything?

    Ha! It has not taken away my desire for a long trip to Great Britain!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Monica Ali
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    Celebrated author Monica Ali was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was named one of the 20 best young British novelists by Granta. In the Kitchen stars Gabe Lightfoot, an executive chef overseeing an eclectic kitchen staff - and dealing with a dead porter and an intriguing young lady from Belarus.

    Billie P. Sessions says: "Biggest Waste of Time & $ Ever!"
    "Biggest Waste of Time & $ Ever!"
    Overall

    I have been with Audible about 4 years; 2 books a month + some sale books - the point is - dozens upon dozens of Audible books. I love Audible. It's changed my life. Driving, cleaning house and yard work are now engaging! I'm an avid reader, listener, and professor/academic. Even though there have been a couple books that I wish I had not bought; this was the crowning glory of horrible listens. I have NEVER taken the time to write a review, but this book was so awful - I just couldn't sleep if I didn't write a review for someone who might be foolish enough, like I was, to be sucked in to the title and description. It was THE MOST boring, pointless, failed and foolish story line (if you could call it that), with flat, colorless, trite and psychotic characters EVER! I can't imagine any publisher paying for this diatribe, and even worse - anyone at Audible wanting it in their repertoire! What were they thinking? It's so bad I want to complain to the management that I deserve a replacement book! (Please?!) I just kept thinking, surely there will be a point to this madness and in the end it will surprise me and be at least somewhat purposeful. Sorry to say - the ending was even more pointless than all the hours I'd spent hoping for a respite. NOT. NADA. NUTT'N. Is there some quality control out there? I beg you - don't download! If I could have submitted this without even 1 star I would have.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Lay of the Land: Frank Bascombe, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    With The Sportswriter, in 1986, Richard Ford commenced a cycle of novels that, 10 years later, after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, was hailed by The Times of London as "an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the 20th century itself." Now, a decade later, Frank Bascombe returns, with a new lease on life (and real estate), and more acutely in thrall to life's endless complexities than ever before.

    Daniel says: "Richard Ford, get out of my mind!"
    "On and on and on . . . blah, blah, blah"
    Overall

    This is the first review I have ever written. I don't have time or take the time for this stuff. However, this book has driven me to it! Yes, Ford writes fabulous sentences, has a fantastic grasp of vocabulary and the "reader" sounds like he should. But OMGosh! What is the point of it all? There is no point! Just one sentence after another, and I have a Ph.D. and should be used to convoluted, pointless drivel -- and this is just too much! It's about a man my age and his daily life. Part I (of 3) covers 1 day in his life and I just can't give up two more days of my life for possibly 2 days of his! This has droned on long enough and has sealed the deal that I don't want a man in my life! So thanks Mr. Ford. I needed that! This is only the second book in my life that I just have to DELETE!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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