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My Earring

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  • Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (421)

    Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

    Donald says: "the best Flavia yet!!"
    "She's BACK!"
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    Where does Speaking from Among the Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Jayne Entwistle and Alan Bradley are bench markers for me. I compare other narrators and authors by the Flavia series. So, this series is in the top favorites. I look for referrals to my next books from other fans of Flavia - reading their reviews. I value these reviews so much, that I'm inspired to write as many as possible if someone has similar taste as me. Tasty books can be hard to find without reviews from listeners with similar preferences.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Flavia's bike rides ... I'm in love with how Flavia relates to Gladys! I love picturing Flavia's joy as she imagines Glady's opinions about the wind, mud, and freedom - as they ride to meet adventure.


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

    I laughed ... I smiled throughout the whole book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Painting the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

    Janice says: "Skeletons in every closet"
    "Painting with Words"
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    Smart and interesting story... However, what I love most are the words chosen and how they are placed together. Each sentence IS a piece of art.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (348)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Even with a cat and good coffee... it was not cozy"
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    I like cozy ... and another reviewer called it cozy. I did not find it cozy. I can't relax around people who don't trust themselves and each other- no matter how quaint the location and that there is a cat. The characters were deceiving each other and themselves, even the ones with "good intentions".

    Best part? Enjoyed the tips on coffee preparation and storage.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Caitlin Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (409)

    Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.

    L. Calder says: "Hysterical manual for the 21st century woman"
    "Pumped me UP!"
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    I loved the book! Caitlin has a delightful voice! I felt her love for me ... as a feminist. A woman who loves people ... both men and women. WE ROCK!

    Who can resist a memoir read by the the woman who remembers? I loved how she described the moment she realized she was in love ... and how her brother's body draped on the back of a couch, because there wasn't room elsewhere.

    My favorite moment ... Caitlin's childhood discovery of lust ...

    There was a chapter that seemed to be a rant about her world in pop-culture. I didn't relate. I don't focus a lot on Hollywood - except in weak moments checking out my groceries. I was disappointed that she didn't highlight some more strong women like Chelsea Clinton. There are more and more beautiful and strong women in our 'pop culture' to watch ... beyond music and fashion. Clearly, this one chapter inspired my desire to share what I just shared with you - with Caitlin. You will do. Don't usually have a STRONG desire to speak directly to the author, but I do with Caitlin. A compliment to her personal style. I connected...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (282)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    jennifer says: "A Masterpiece on All Counts"
    "Enjoy the Voice"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. I was excited at first and recommended it to a friend who has similar taste. But somewhere, 25% of the way, it lost it's appeal dramatically. I almost put it down - but the voice was lovely. I didn't like the characters. I was bored.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The voice. I enjoyed the vocabulary ... the grammar... the narration ... the style of talking.


    If you could rename A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement, what would you call it?

    Beautiful title. Don't see the connection to the story. I would title this book something like ... "People Who Caught His Attention"


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2687)
    Performance
    (1810)
    Story
    (1826)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "Provacotive ... Necessary listen for Mystery Lover"
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    Finally! I've heard so much about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock ... It is a big release to FINALLY hear the original stories of Sherlock Holmes.

    I would have given top marks, but there were moments I felt dragged along ... However, not for long before the story would catch my attention. Charolton's narration was the strongest part ... He added greatly to my pleasure of Sherlock. However, before I even pressed play ... I was determined to enjoy this classic! I was not disappointed. I will keep this one to listen to again and again in future years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (847)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Surprisingly Sexy"
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    If you could sum up The Woodcutter in three words, what would they be?

    SmartEarthyIntriguing


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes... many times.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Right before the end ... I'll say no more.


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

    I listen to audio books when I'm working on a manual chore ... like painting my office. This book inspired me to FIND something to do so I could keep listening. "Isn't there a closet to organize and clean?"I wish I found laughter easier ... so the few moments of laughing outbursts were significant to me. And yes ... after my favorite part ... I paused the book ... to sob. Good balance of tears and laughter ... a bit from both extremes.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not be surprised if word gets out ... this will be a book that everyone recognizes as a good listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2719)
    Performance
    (1508)
    Story
    (1503)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Charming Narration"
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    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Barbara's voice is soothing while stimulating my motivation to follow the story. She kept my attention throughout the book, which is not as easy as I wish. Minor displeasure when Barbara narrated Evelyn's self-effacing bits - but these were just momentary cringes. Seems good story-tellers use contrast. There has to be something distasteful to highlight the tasty bits - which was most of the book. Barbara has a charming narrating style.


    Any additional comments?

    Many mysteries do not allow enough clues to include me in solving the mystery. Elizabeth Peters skillfully hinted at who 'did it', which was fun. I felt smart ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shiver

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (341)

    Every summer Sam spends a few precious months being human, until the cold causes him to shift to a wolf once again. Discover what happens when he meets Grace in this chilling romance.

    FanB14 says: "Inventive Wolf YA Drama"
    "Good at first..."
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    I was enthralled by Jenna Lamia reading Shiver, but I had to tolerate David reading. Ugh. David was not using strength as one of the features of his voice. He seemed to whine which I do not find attractive. The contrast with Jenna's interpretation of Sam was significant. When Jenna read, I was savoring every word and realized that she could be reading anything and I would be with her ... until the book seemed to shift in quality. Then I realized it was the combo of Jenna and Maggie that had me at the beginning. However, Maggie's skill at character development and character's inner dialogue did not mean she could pull off the plot. I thought there was a lot of opportunity for this to be a great story, but it was too predictable during the second half of the book.

    Time to find another book read by Jenna... I'll skip Maggie for a few years and try her again after she gets more practice. When I write these, I have a delusional hope that the author will improve the second half of her book and Jenna will read the whole thing on her own next time. As you can see by my review, I'm no writer, but I sure like a good book! Sigh... :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2021)
    Performance
    (990)
    Story
    (999)

    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Ann Marie says: "I will isten again and again"
    "Important work"
    Overall

    As I reflect on this book, I realize I need to raise my rating to 5. I value a book that adds value to my experience. This book expanded my perspective of humanity significantly! I recommend this book. The narration was well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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