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Karen

I am an educated Southerner, plowing through books at the speed of light. I love good stories, good coffee, and good conversation.

Soddy Daisy, United States Minor Outlying Islands | Member Since 2007

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  • The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (510)

    Flavia de Luce is a dangerously brilliant 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

    L says: "delightful!"
    "Love me some Flavia!"
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    I was so glad to get my hands on another Flavia book! Even as a thirtysomething, I can so relate to this precocious girl. And Bradley has such a great feel to his writing.

    2 of 2 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
    (3335)
    Performance
    (1502)
    Story
    (1504)

    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!"
    "Hoped for more, a sleepy little novel"
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    I did not know this when I bought this book, and wish I had --- the entire book is made up of letters back and forth between an astoundingly large cast of characters. There is not a live event that is told at all. Due to that, and the monotone of some of the English accents, this is a slow read, and a confusing one. The storyline is good, but painstakingly understood through the back and forth communication. Honestly, I listen to bits and pieces of this when I have trouble falling asleep. I really wanted to like this book, but I don't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1624)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1086)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Don't let the odd title thwart your reading"
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    I had been told I would like this book by my sister-in-law, but put off using a credit to try it because the title was so wierd! It didn't seem like something I would like. Let me tell ya, you certainly can't judge a book by its cover with this one. Once I began listen, I had to agree with my SIL. It was right up my alley. I was taken in by the funny, curious, 11 year old Flavia, who gets into more scrapes than I ever did. I loved her immediately, and the other characters as well. Bradley has perhaps gotten a late start on his writing career, but I surely hope he intends to make up for lost time with many stories of Flavia to come!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2766)
    Performance
    (1462)
    Story
    (1476)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    A User says: "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt"
    "Southern fiction like the old days"
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    Besides The Help and Cold Sassy Tree, there are very few good Southern novels out there. Thank goodness for Beth Hoffman, because now there's another one! I love a believable Southern story, and one with authenticity in character, accent and tone. This book delivers. Jennna Lamia is the golden standard when it comes to Southern narrators, and I adore her! The characters are so bold, coming to life so easily. There were times I laughed out loud at these ladies antics, and other times I wanted to cry with them. I definitely recommend this book, y'all. You will fall in love with Savannah and her people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vortex

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (314)

    Vortex tells the story of Turk Findley, the protagonist introduced in Axis, who is transported 10,000 years into the future by the mysterious entities called “the Hypotheticals”. In this future, humanity exists on a chain of planets connected by Hypothetical gateways; but Earth itself is a dying world, effectively quarantined. Turk and his young friend, Isaac Dvali, are taken up by a community of fanatics who use them to enable a passage to the dying Earth, where they believe a prophecy of human/Hypothetical contact will be fulfilled.

    Ron says: "well-written, well-narrated, but..."
    "Ick."
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    This trilogy started out so very strong. I was excited to move onto the second book after the first was done. The story itself, let alone the plot of the trilogy, is so hard to keep up with. By the second chapter of Vortex, I had no clue what I was listening to, what the point was, what was going on. I gave up. So while I cannot say I read the entire book, I can say I gave it a go, and just could not bring myself to waste my listening hours on this book.

    2 of 5 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
    Overall
    (5264)
    Performance
    (3030)
    Story
    (3072)

    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.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Blown away!"
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    This was my first listen to Kate Morton, and I am blown away! Although this is quite a lengthy book, I found that I devoured it in a matter of days, stealing moments -- cleaning house, cooking supper, driving -- just to listen to this lovely tale. Just a warning -- once you listen to this book, you will have it on the brain for a long time, and you'll find yourself searching for more Kate Morton here on Audible. Thankfully, you will find more. I look forward with great anticipation to Morton's upcoming works!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Stephen Hoye, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (413)

    In this thrilling sequel to Seventh Son, Alvin Maker is awakening to many mysteries: his own strange powers, the magic of the American frontier, and the special virtues of its chosen people, the Native Americans. Alvin has discovered his own unique talent for making things whole again. Now he summons all his powers to prevent the tragic war between Native Americans and the white settlers of North America.

    Katherine says: "Entertaining alternate history"
    "Not OSC at his best, but good"
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    Having read nearly every novel Orson Scott Card has written, I know what he is capable of, in the way of character development and drawing the reader in with an undeniably great story. And only because of this do I come down hard on this series, and this book in particular. From most other writers, this would be spectacular work, but for OSC, it is just not cutting it for me. However, I am drawn in by the history angle, and because I feel myself to be a devoted OSC fan and reader, I am continuing on with the book and the entire series. But if you have not read any OSC, please, please, please, treat yourself to a life-changing listen and begin with the Ender series. You will thank me for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2720)
    Performance
    (1783)
    Story
    (1780)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "More, please!"
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    This was one of those novels that I hated to see end. I felt as though I had gotten to know Morton's characters quite well, and did not wish to leave. Once again, both author and narrator do not disappoint. This is my favorite book right now, and I don't know if Kate Morton can top this one with an upcoming book, but I sure hope she tries! Love it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1569)
    Performance
    (1064)
    Story
    (1071)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "Cannot get enough Kate Morton"
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    Kate Morton has the ability to take the reader into her own world, masterfully created with her descriptions and character development. Although The House at Riverton remains my favorite Morton novel, this one ties for second! Once again, Caroline Lee does a lovely job of storytelling. Cannot recommend this book, and all of Morton's books, enough!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (441)

    Award-winning author Alan Bradley returns with another beguiling novel starring the insidiously clever and unflappable 11-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. The precocious chemist with a passion for poisons uncovers a fresh slew of misdeeds in the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey—mysteries involving a missing tot, a fortune-teller, and a corpse in Flavia’s own backyard.

    Kelli says: "An excellent addition to the series!"
    "Another great Flavia mystery!"
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    I adore these Flavia de Luce novels! And the narrator is so very enjoyable. I can hardly wait for Mr. Bradley to finish the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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