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Lorriee

Tell us about yourself! Attorney/Rancher - eclectic taste in books in both fiction and non-fiction. Preference for British authors in mysteries, love well written dialogue and hate historical fiction.

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30
REVIEWS
29
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
42

  • A Question of Proof: Nigel Strangeways, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Nicholas Blake
    • Narrated By Kris Dyer
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In the first book in the Nigel Strangeways classic crime series, an obnoxious schoolboy is found dead at his school Sports Day. Can amateur detective Nigel Strangeways help find the killer?

    Kathi says: "Think I'll read this in print"
    "Not worth the cost."
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    Characters were silly, story was silly and I really thought the detective should have taken up another career.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Before Lunch

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Angela Thirkell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Published in 1939, Before Lunch is a portrait of the charming English community of "Barsetshire." When the erection of a tea shop and garage threatens to spoil the bovine pastures of Pooker's Piece, Lady Bond and Lord Pomfret unite with the Middletons and the Stoners to stop it. In the meantime, the young and the not-so-young all fall in love - though not always with the right person - and sort out their affairs in a hilarious welter of cross-purposes.

    Joseph R says: "How Does a Body Get Into These Kinds of Scrapes?"
    "Noel Cowardish"
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    Manners, misinterpretations, obliviousness and assumptions. A comedy of all the foregoing. I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Departure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By A.G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1179)

    Harper Lane has problems. In a few hours, she'll have to make a decision that will change her life forever. But when her flight from New York to London crash lands in the English countryside, she discovers that she's made of tougher stuff than she ever imagined. As Harper and the survivors of Flight 305 struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of the crash, they soon realize this world is very different from the one they left. Their lives are connected, and some believe they've been brought here for a reason.

    Matthew says: "The start of a new series I suspect.."
    "Not Issac AsimovC"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you are easily entertained, it's okay. But, much like far too many television drams, fast forwarding it, improves the storytelling.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Paid Companion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical - he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiancée will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion. Finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge than he expected.

    Crystal Johnson says: "Great 👉👂👈💫"
    "Better than most in the genre of novels."
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    I was interested in the outcome of the mystery so listened to it to the end. Not a Georgette Heyer, but a relatively decent third place quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape: Survivor's Club, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (296)

    After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws - until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.

    Kimberly says: "A lovely escape"
    "Annoyingly Whiney Heroine"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If the female characters in these novels did not have so much poor frontal lobe development, the stories might be interesting. No wonder the males all had mistresses.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow and the Star

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (357)

    In defense of her honor, innocent Leda Etoile has burned all her bridges and taken refuge in her tiny attic room in a shabby boarding house in London. But her last safe haven is invaded when she wakes to find a man hidden in the dark - a man with golden hair and the face of a fallen angel, who moves in the night like a shadow. Will he be her savior, or her ruin? Samuel Gerard draws her inexorably into the richest circles of aristocratic England. But even as Leda falls in love with a man she can never have, she must keep his secrets.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Wonderful Story - Wished it was longer!! ;-)"
    "A well written stupidly plotted story."
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    Weak and foolish women seem to be necessary to this genre of books. One sort of wished the female protagonist was eaten by sharks to give the story a touch of humor. I stopped reading half-way through, but then gave into the fact that I couldn't get my credit back, continued to find that she has gotten stupider and stupider. A very good narrator.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • August Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Angela Thirkell
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    In August Folly, the village of Worsted is staging Hippolytus. Inevitably, the most absurd romances bloom. Boorish young Richard Tebben, just down from Oxford, falls in love with Mrs. Dean, mother of nine, whose oldest son loves Richard's sister, who in turn loves another. And round and round it goes. Amidst a series of comic catastrophes, everyone manages to redeem themselves.

    Marina says: "Gentle, frivolous, funny"
    "Love requited - eventually."
    Overall
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    A humorous tale about a small village in Great Britain, talking animals, heroes, lovers who do not know love when they see it. A serpent's tooth of a son, with a small s and little venom - and a Greek Chorus - sometime or other.

    Lovely to hear accompanied with tea and a biscuit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Love of the Duke: The Heart of a Duke, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christi Caldwell
    • Narrated By Morag Sims
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (157)

    After the tragic death of his wife, Jasper, the 8th Duke of Bainbridge buried himself away in the dark cold walls of his home, Castle Blackwood. When he's coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to attend the amusements of the Frost Fair, his life is irrevocably changed by his fateful meeting with Lady Katherine Adamson. With her tight brown ringlets and silly white-ruffled gowns, Lady Katherine Adamson has found her dance card empty for two Seasons.

    Tracy T says: "Wow! What a great story and narration!"
    "Absolute Drivel."
    Overall
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    To call this novel drivel is to praise it highly. In fact that may have been too high a compliment. Unable to complete it even as research into the nature and content of so called Romance Novels. I am surprised that the author found a publisher, but, perhaps someone owed her a favor.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Penhallow

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Ulli Birvé
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Hated for his cruel and vicious nature, ruling his family with an iron hand from his sickbed, tyrannical patriarch Adam Penhallow is found murdered the day before his birthday. His entire family had assembled for his birthday celebration, and every one of them had the ways and means to commit the crime. As accusations and suspicion turn in one direction and then another, the claws and backstabbing come out, and no one is exempt from the coming implosion.

    jjaholly says: "I disliked this book."
    "A story of unintended consequences."
    Overall
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    This may not be one of my favorites of Heyer's mysteries, but, I thought it was well worth listening to for character studies. True, these people were victims of their class system and snobbery, a father who would probably be on the short list for sociopathic behavior (not the murdering kind,) a misplaced sense of entitlement by members of the family and finally a realistic approach to the concept that not all things end well in the world of actual human behavior. Perhaps the greatest drawback to this book is that it lacked Ms. Heyer's usual sense of humor in dealing with the absurd society of the time.

    Extremely well written, but, not for those who want blue birds and butterflies at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25178)
    Performance
    (23107)
    Story
    (23113)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Sci-Fi for science majors."
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    Most Sci-Fi leaves me cold today, as I am of the age when Sci-Fi writers knew something about actual science, so this was a novel which I found fascinating. It might be too slow for those who want six legged Martians, or failed chemistry, but for the rest of us, this was a joy to read. A story of survival by an astronaut who was erroneous left for dead on Mars during an emergency which caused the scrubbing of a landing, the plot is heavily weighted in good science and excellent problem solving, without magic. Good for Andy Weir for fulfilling the needs of those of us who harken back to Asimov.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Latter End: The Miss Silver Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Things had never been quite the same at Latter End since Lois had taken over. Suddenly life seemed to be an endless succession of bitter family rows which Lois, needless to say, invariably won. More than one person at Latter End found themselves stretched to the limit by Lois and her bullying, and it was only a matter of time before somebody snapped. It was unthinkable of course...but if anyone ever murdered Lois Latter, it would be very embarrassing to discover just how many people might have wished her dead.

    Elaine says: "Loved the Story but.."
    "Pay Attention to the Psychic."
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    Patricia Wentworth is my guilty secret in mysteries. Among contemporary murder mysteries with body parts all over the place and vampires and zombies, one is not amused or even entertained. These quiet little old family murders and the horror over scandal after the dirty deed are so much fun, that they are only exceeded by the pleasure in dialogue. Loved this one, because, perhaps she believed in Karma.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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