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Lynda Turpin

ANTELOPE, CA, US | Member Since 2011

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  • The Bargain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Emma Newman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    Forced to wed to keep her inheritance, independent Lady Jocelyn Kendal finds an outrageous solution: she proposes marriage to Major David Lancaster, an officer dying from his Waterloo wounds. In return for making her his wife, she will provide for his governess sister. But after the bargain is struck and the marriage is made, the major makes a shocking, miraculous recovery.

    April says: "A Classic Worth Your Time"
    "Wonderful story and exceptional narration"
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    What did you love best about The Bargain?

    A combination of the wonderful narration and the story itself. I am not always a huge fan of historical romances, because some authors get so caught up in describing historical facts that it detracts from the story itself. And in some romance novels, the authors sometimes try so hard to develop conflict between the characters that it becomes tiresome. You pretty much know that the characters are going to eventually get together, and a little friction is good - but when page after page after page is so full of the conflict it wears me down. Mary Jo put just the right amount of tension in this book. Plus, she didn't make it seem like a history lesson. There was enough detail of the era to make it interesting and to make the reader understand the period, but it didn't detract from the story. The characters were very well developed and I was drawn into their lives. I was very satisfied with the outcome at the end of the book, which makes me want to read more from this author.


    What other book might you compare The Bargain to and why?

    I don't read a lot of historical romances, but I would probably compare The Bargain to Julie Garwood's novels set in Scotland and her Clayborn western series. Both authors did a great job of creating characters that draw the reader into their lives and make you want the best for them. Both authors also, while providing the historical information you need to understand the era where the story takes place, do not let the details bog down the story.


    What about Emma Newman’s performance did you like?

    Emma Newman was amazing. I have a great respect for voice artists - I think their skills are often underrated. A good performance can make the characters come to life and do justice to the author and the story. However, a bad performance can make even a good book difficult to listen to. I have over 60 audio books, and I would put Emma's performance in the top 3. Her voice is beautiful and she performed the different characters in a way that you could tell who was talking simply by the voice she used, and she was able to perform both male and female voices without having the males sound odd. Some narrators try too hard and it can be distracting. I would definitely listen to more books that she narrates.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many pivotal moments in the story, but a particular moment doesn't readily come to mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Because of vision issues, I cannot read paper books, so I buy Kindle books so I can increase the font on my Kindle and on my computer. However, I am trying to get as many audio books as I can. Not only because of my vision issues but also because I can listen to audio books when I don't have time to sit down and read. I usually have one audio book in progress in my car and one in the house. I had "The Bargain" in my car, but was tempted on several occasions to bring it into the house because I was so caught up in the story. I would definitely recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Christie Curse: Book Collector Mystery Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Victoria Abbott
    • Narrated By Carla Mercer-Meyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She's back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card-stealing ex and pending grad school loans.

    Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There's just one problem: her employer, Vera Van Alst - the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls.

    Kathi says: "Great new cozy series!"
    "Love this book..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book to any of my friends who enjoy cozy mysteries - and it might be a good book for those who are not familiar with cozies to get started reading them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characterizations. I became very fond of Jordan and her uncles (and I was hoping that Officer Smiley would end up being a good guy). Also, the book moved along smoothly and didn't drag. It held my attention throughout.


    Have you listened to any of Carla Mercer-Meyer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of her other performances, but I have listened to a lot of audio books and I thought her performance was exceptional.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually have two audio books going at once - one in the house on my Kindle and one in the car on my iPod. This one was in the car, but several times I brought it in because I didn't want to wait until I was on the road again to hear more. That's unusual for me, which is an indication of how much I enjoyed it. I will definitely be getting the remaining books in this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Honor's Splendour

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    In vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton — the Wolf — unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he captured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life. In his rough-hewn castle, Duncan proved true to his honor. But when at last their noble passion conquered them both, she surrendered with all her soul. Now, for love, Madelyne would stand fast...as bravely as her Lord, the powerful Wolf who fought for Honor's Splendour.

    Lynda Turpin says: "Didn't notice I was orderig abridged..."
    "Didn't notice I was orderig abridged..."
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    Any additional comments?

    Just wanted to mention that I love Honor's Splendour. I have a copy in paperback and Kindle. I wanted it in audio as well, but didn't notice when I ordered it that it was ABRIDGED. An abridged book may be OK if you have never read the book before, but if you have, it is VERY disappointing. The parts of the book that are left out are ones that I believe add to the story. Ms. Garwood has written a very entertaining book, but I think the abridged version did not do the story credit. I ended up ordering a copy of the unabridged book in audio, and am happy with it. But I learned from this experience that I will never buy an abridged audio book ever again. I rated this 5 stars for the STORY, not the actual product.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goodbye Witch: A Wishcraft Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Heather Blake
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    Darcy's closest friend and fellow witch, Starla Sullivan, hoped she'd never see her ex-husband, Kyle, again. Two years ago he tried to kill her, and he has been a fugitive ever since. Now Starla claims to have seen him back in Enchanted Village, but it seems she's the only one who can see him. To everyone else, her ex is invisible. Darcy only wishes his motives were as transparent as the rest of him. Since the police can't arrest someone they can't see, it's up to Darcy to find the secret behind Kyle's latest disappearing act - before he does something they can't see coming.

    Tarri says: "Love the book"
    "Best so far..."
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    Where does The Goodbye Witch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 out of over 60 audio books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goodbye Witch?

    The ending was very satisfying. I was a bit worried about some developments (with Mrs. P in particular), but it was handled so well that instead of being sad I was really happy.


    Which character – as performed by Coleen Marlo – was your favorite?

    That's hard to answer. Often in a book, the main character is generally the one you relate to the most, but Heather has developed the other characters so well throughout this series that I feel like they are all friends. Darcy, Nick, Mimi, Harper, Mrs. P, Evan, Starla, Vi, Godfrey....and the list goes on. And of course the familiars are so adorable - I'm crazy about Archie and Pepe. I think it would be difficult for me if any of these characters disappeared from future books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wouldn't say extreme....I was totally involved in it from start to finish. It was a feel good book that was fun to read and I definitely want to hear more from Darcy and the gang.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read other series by Heather (as both Heather Blake and Heather Webber), but so far this is the only series in audio book. I don't have a lot of time to read, but I can listen to audio books when driving or doing other tasks. So I hope that more of Heather's books end up in audio

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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