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Elizabeth Lyle

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  • 7 reviews
  • 64 ratings
  • 207 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • Heartshot: An Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated By Rusty Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (70)

    New Mexico Undersheriff Bill Gastner is presented with a case that appears to have brought big-time crime, including drug gangs, into Posadas County.

    Ian says: "An Excellent Start"
    "A Believable Mystery Series!"
    Overall

    I've fallen for crusty old undersheriff Bill Gastner. Author Steven Havill has done a marvelous job of developing a believable and intruiging set of characters living in Posadas County New Mexico, and reader Rusty Nelson's voice perfectly embodies the gritty, gravelly sheriff who lives for his job. I'm working my way through the series and enjoying every opportunity to know the folks of Posadas a little better.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fair Miss Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Jane Fortune causes a stir when she arrives in the small community of Dingleford. She has bought an old cottage and plans to open a tearoom. Old friends Charles Weatherby and Harold Prestcott both fall for the newcomer, but her behaviour seems to vary wildly – she encourages first one then the other and at other times barely recognises them. Is there more to the fair Miss Fortune than meets the eye?

    Elizabeth Lyle says: "Charming addition to the D.E. Stevenson collection"
    "Charming addition to the D.E. Stevenson collection"
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    I was delighted to find this little story- a gently wry and humorous tale of twin sisters and their confused beaus from the pen of the talented Dorothy Emily Stevenson.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3313)
    Performance
    (1483)
    Story
    (1484)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Fantastic Epistolary Novel"
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    Absolutely charming narration of the story of the plucky inhabitants of the island of Guernsey- the only English possession to be occupied by the Germans during World War II. Told in letters exchanged between columnist/writer Juliet Ashton and an interesting conglomeration made up of Juliet's publisher, friends, and a colorful cast of Channel Islanders who formed an impromptu book club under the noses of occupying forces to hide the crime of eating their own pork. This is a story I hated to see come to an end and will happily listen to again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12959)
    Performance
    (8832)
    Story
    (8882)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Thank You, Dear Veterans!"
    Overall

    What a story! If you only have time to listen to one book this year, don't miss this moving chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini. It blessed and inspired me, made me laugh and cry. We owe the joys of freedom to God's mercy and people like Louie who fought with everything in themselves and then something more. Laura Hillenbrand's prose is beautifully straightforward and Edward Herrmann's narration is superb.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ree Drummond
    • Narrated By Ree Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    "I'll never forget that night. It was like a romance novel, an old Broadway musical, and a John Wayne western rolled into one. Out for a quick drink with friends, I wasn't looking to meet anyone, let alone a tall, rugged cowboy who lived on a cattle ranch miles away from my cultured, corporate hometown. But before I knew it, I'd been struck with a lightning bolt... and I was completely powerless to stop it."

    Elizabeth Lyle says: "Real Life Romance and Humor"
    "Real Life Romance and Humor"
    Overall

    This is the story of Ree Drummond, a city girl with big city plans, swept off her feet by "Marlborough Man" to a home on a remote cattle ranch in Oklahoma complete with all the eye-opening moments such a major life change entails. I'm a big fan of Ree's Pioneer Woman blog- a delightful spot for country cooking, gorgeous photography, and humorous anecdotes. Her audio book is just as much fun as her blog, and best of all, it is read by the author herself.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Buncle's Book

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Patricia Gallimore
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (98)

    The scene of this entertaining story is laid in a charming English village. The plot centres round Miss Barbara Buncle, a maiden lady who was obliged to write a book because – as she naively explained – her dividends were so poor. Unfortunately, Miss Buncle had no imagination, so she wrote about her friends – quite kindly and truthfully, of course, for she was a benevolent and veracious soul.

    Heather says: "So good, I'll read them all!!"
    "A delightful comedy"
    Overall

    Here's hoping BBC makes a miniseries from the wonderful works of D.E. Stevenson. If so, the Miss Buncle books would be the place to start. They are charming tales that any fan of Austen or Gaskell would likely appreciate.
    Barbara Buncle is a naive single woman of a certain age who must suddenly find a way to make a living for herself. Deciding that her only option is to write a book, but feeling herself to be sadly lacking in imagination, Barabara writes about her neighbors in the small town of Silverstream- first assuming the pseudonym of John Smith and politely changing the names of all who are mentioned in her tale. Rather than writing the lives of her neighbors exactly, Barbara allows each character to do what she believes they secretly wish to do.
    Unfortunately Barbara does such a good job of describing her neighbors that they quickly recognize themselves. While some infuriated townsfolk begin a witch hunt for the slanderous "John Smith," others, including Barbara herself, take the suggestions of the story as an opportunity to embark on new adventures in this humorous tale of fiction becoming fact.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah's Cottage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Recently married to Charles, Sarah is furnishing a cottage in Scotland and starting on a life in sharp contrast to their wartime experiences. Their full entrance into village life is helped by Sarah's delightful grandparents, who have given them the land on which they have built their cottage.

    Elizabeth Lyle says: "Charming and peaceful Scottish novel"
    "Charming and peaceful Scottish novel"
    Overall

    D.E. Stevenson was a wonderful author. Imagine a small town series such as the Mitford novels by Jan Karon or the Miss Read books, but in this case the setting is the countryside of Scotland during the 1940's and 50's. The warmth of Stevenson's characters always leave me smiling and wishing them well. Well done, Audible! Please offer more.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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