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Frog Lady

Roanoke, VA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Hiss and Hers: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (117)

    Agatha has fallen head over heels in love - again. This time, she has her eye on the local gardener, George Marston, but so do other women in their little Cotswold village. Shamelessly determined, Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. And then George doesn't even show up. Only partly deterred, Agatha goes looking for him, and finds his dead body in a compost heap. Murder is definitely afoot, but this killer chose no ordinary weapon: A poisonous snake delivered the fatal strike.

    Maureen says: "Pity for the narration but story also lacking"
    "I miss Penelope Keith!"
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    This reader makes Agatha sound like a b_tch all the time. If you've kept up with these whodunits, you know Agatha has softened through the years. You couldn't tell it by listening to Davina Porter! Very disappointing performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14385)
    Performance
    (6687)
    Story
    (6766)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Man! What a good read!"
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    Masterful storytelling - I could actually visualize life in the circus during the Depression. Having 2 readers (old Jacob and young Jacob) really added to the authenticity of the characters. I never saw the movie & don't know if I will - I might be disappointed after this thoroughly satisfying rendition. I highly recommend this novel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (593)

    Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

    Clare says: "Charming Regency Fun - Romance & Adventure"
    "Disappointed author listed as MC Beaton"
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    I didn't know that Marion Chesney used the pseudonym M C Beaton to write the Hamish McBeth and Agatha Raisin murder mysteries - I purchased this book based on the fact that M C Beaton wrote it, and thought it would be along the lines of Agatha Raisin. I was very disappointed to learn it was a Regency romance novel. If the author had been listed as Marion Chesney I wouldn't have purchased it, although I did enjoy Chesney's vivid descriptions of life as it was in England in the early 1800's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3484)
    Performance
    (1640)
    Story
    (1653)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "One of the best books I've ever "read"!!"
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    This was a long book, but the closer I got to the end, the more I didn't want it to end because it was so well-written! I became completely invested in the characters, especially because the 5 main characters were read by different people, which helped give them their own personalities. I imagine this would be a good read, but it was an excellent listen! The author either has first-hand knowledge of autism, or has done a masterful job of researching the disorder. Combine an autistic 18-year-old boy with a murder mystery, and you end up with an exceptional novel. I can't recommend this book highly enough!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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